Bulletin Staff Report
BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers chalked up their first win of the season Friday night, hammering the Comanche Paradigm Patriots, 70-20, to celebrate homecoming.
Blanket (1-2) finished with 434 yards of total offense, including 246 rushing on 34 carries. Defensively, the Tigers allowed Paradigm (2-2) just 183 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers.
Corey Wetzel rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, while completing 12-of-20 passes for 180 yards and four TDs to spark the Tiger offense.
Jaron Prater added three rushing touchdowns and 29 yards on the ground, while Braxton Gonzalez also rushed for a touchdown.
Tanner Downes was the top receiver for Blanket with five catches for 46 yards, including a pair of touchdowns. Darrell Greenwood caught four passes for 45 yards with one touchdown, while Cameron Prater added two receptions for 71 yards and a score.
Defensively, Joseph Meeks picked off a pass, while Jerod Ramirez and Greenwood pounced on fumbles for the Tigers.
Blanket ventures to Santa Anna next week.
Zephyr 81, Santa Anna 34
ZEPHYR — It took four tries, but Zephyr finally earned its first victory at the new Bulldog Field Friday, 81-34, over the Santa Anna Mountaineers.
Zephyr (1-3) racked up 472 yards of total offense, with 426 coming on the ground on 43 carries.
Haustin Simmons rushed for 192 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 3, 7 and 7 yards. Simmons also completed 6-of-7 passes for 46 yards with scoring tosses of 7 and 23 yards to Ryan Martin.
Cody Wallin chipped in 155 yards on the ground and rushed for touchdowns of 35, 9 and 47 yards.
Greg Faubion contributed a 49-yard touchdown run and 79 yards rushing overall, while Martin returned a kick 46 yards for the Bulldogs’ other touchdown.
Santa Anna (2-2) scored first and the Mountaineers were tied with Zephyr, 14-14, after one quarter. But the Bulldogs scored 23 unanswered points in the second quarter to seize control.
The game was called with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter.
Zephyr welcomes undefeated Gustine next week, while Santa Anna hosts Blanket.
Throckmorton 49, May 0
THROCKMORTON — The May Tigers slipped to 0-4 with a 49-0 loss against Throckmorton, the top-ranked six-man team in the state, Friday night.
Throckmorton (4-0) finished with 257 yards of total offense and limited May to 20.
Last season, Throckmorton outlasted May, 102-100, in a five-overtime classic.
May will attempt to rebound next week when it hosts Lometa.
Star 96, Victory Life 52
STAR — The Victory Life Academy Warriors slipped to 1-3 with Friday’s 96-52 loss to Star.
The Warriors trailed 23-0 after one quarter and 41-6 at halftime, but kept the game alive for the full four quarters.
Star (1-3) compiled 621 yards of total offense to Victory Life’s 482, and the Warriors turned the ball over six times.
Tyler McDaniel completed 15-of-30 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns for VLA.
Gibson Hull grabbed seven receptions for 163 yards with three touchdowns, Michael Taylor caught three for 87 yards and a score and Cameron Polaski chipped in three catches for 67 yards with a TD.
Polaski also rushed for a team-high 109 yards and two scores.
Star’s Alberto Martinez completed 16-of-19 pass attempts for 303 yards with six touchdowns and rushed for 286 yards and five more scores.
VLA hosts Coolidge next week.
Grape Creek 38
COMANCHE — Comanche upped its record to 4-0 as the Indians drilled Grape Creek, 49-38, Friday night.
The Indians raced out to a 42-6 lead after three quarters, but Grape Creek attempted to rally with four touchdowns and four two-point conversions in the fourth period.
Comanche finished with 352 yards of total offense, while yielding 477, including 317 passing.
Jerick Roberts completed 7-of-13 passes for 182 yards with touchdowns of 20 yards to Ty Weaver, 33 yards to Cody Biggs and 4 and 44 yards to Josh Feaster.
Roberts also rushed for scores of 25 and 16 yards, while Feaster — who finished with a team-high 109 yards on the ground and three catches for 106 yards — added a 2-yard touchdown run.
Comanche, which surpassed last season’s win total with its fourth victory Friday, opens District 8-2A action at Coleman next week.
San Saba 35,
Johnson City 27
JOHNSON CITY — The San Saba Armadillos bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 35-27 victory at Johnson City, giving first-year head coach Jeff Pannell’s troops a 3-1 record heading into next week’s District 8-2A opener at Dublin.
San Saba finished with 387 yards of total offense, including 342 yards rushing on 46 carries. Defensively, the Armadillos yielded 342 yards of offense, including 282 through the air.
Jack Whitten paced the San Saba ground game with 248 yards rushing on 33 carries, featuring touchdown runs of 1, 5, 3 and 17 yards.
Whitten’s 17-yard run with 6:30 left, coupled with Diego Gonzalez’s extra point, gave San Saba a 28-27 lead. Alex Cervantes added an insurance 11-yard scoring sprint with 1:08 remaining.
Colorado City 16,
COLORADO CITY — The Coleman Bluecats remained winless Friday with a 16-6 loss to the Colorado City Wolves.
Coleman (0-4) compiled 211 yards of offense while surrendering 270 total yards to the Wolves (4-0).
The Bluecats scored first on a 2-yard run by Zach Doyle with 6:17 left in the first period, but could not add any more points to their tally.
Andrew Isom tallied 73 of the Bluecats’ 122 yards on the ground.
Derek Gainey completed 13-of-21 passes for 189 yards with scoring tosses of 40 and 26 yards for Colorado City.
Coleman will host undefeated Comanche in the District 8-2A opener for both teams next week.
Goldthwaite 13, Mason 6
MASON — The sixth-ranked Goldthwaite Eagles received their toughest challenge of the season, but escaped Mason with their perfect record intact following a 13-6 victory.
Goldthwaite (4-0) held Mason (2-2) on downs inside the Eagle 10 in the closing seconds to the preserve the win.
The Eagles, who finished with 211 yards of total offense, relied on their special teams to open the scoring as Garrett Schwartz returned the first half kickoff 87 yards for six points.
Mason cut the deficit to 7-6 with 1:34 left in the opening period on a 12-yard Justin Yonker run.
The final points of the game were scored in the second period on a 60-yard touchdown run by Eagle Jonathon Williams, who finished with 100 yards on 15 rushes.
Tyler Horton completed 3-of-7 passes for 57 yards and also ran for 38 yards for Goldthwaite.
Mason — which racked up 224 total yards — received 104 yards on the ground by Yonker, who also completed 5-of-15 passes for 41 yards.
Goldthwaite hosts Merkel next week.
Richland Springs 48,
GORDON — The seventh-ranked Richland Springs Coyotes kept the Gordon Longhorns winless while improving to 3-1 on the season with their second straight 48-0 victory here Friday night.
Richland Springs held Gordon (0-4) to 4 yards of total offense while racking up 223.
Haustin Burkhart rushed for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Chance Bush added a 7-yard scoring run.
Through the air, Burkhart was 2-for-4 for 81 yards with touchdowns of 64 yards to Tommy Hollon and 17 yards to Randy Couch.
Burkhart also returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to enforce the 45-point mercy rule.
The Coyotes are off next week and host Buckholts on Oct. 2.
Sidney 74, Novice 28
NOVICE — The No. 4 Sidney Eagles ran their record to 4-0 with a 74-28 win over previously unbeaten Novice Friday night.
Stephan Ortiz rushed for 263 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries, while Andrew Santibanez chipped in 56 yards and a pair of scores on six carries for the Eagles.
Ortiz scored on runs of 7, 35, 14, 3 and 4 yards, while Santibanez crossed the goal line on carries of 1 and 4 yards.
Kyle Hunt added a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, Chris Dominguez scored from 11 yards out, and Santibanez recorded a safety on defense.
The Eagles finished with 498 yards of total offense, including 405 on the ground. Novice racked up 330 total yards, but turned the ball over four times.
Sidney will host Rising Star next week for homecoming.
Mullin 80, Lohn 20
MULLIN — The Mullin Bulldogs improved to 4-0 with a lopsided 80-20 homecoming victory over the Lohn Eagles.
Mullin — which already has scored 282 points this season — finished with 311 yards of total offense, including 275 rushing on 13 carries.
Randy Sims rushed for a team-high 136 yards and scored on runs of 52, 42, 15 and 8 yards, along with a 60-yard kick return.
Michael Weaver added a 60-yard touchdown sprint and a 73-yard kick return for six points, while Paul Knight crossed the goal line on runs of 5 and 38 yards, along with a 24-yard fumble return.
Zach Maxey returned an interception 55 yards for a Mullin touchdown as the Bulldog defense gave up just 158 yards of total offense and forced seven turnovers.
Mullin visits Iredell next week.
Woodson 60, Rising Star 14
WOODSON — The Rising Star Wildcats were handed their first loss in three games Friday, falling to the Division II No. 3 Woodson Cowboys, 60-14.
Raymond Sutton returned the opening kick 50 yards for a Rising Star (2-1) touchdown, but the Cowboys (3-1) answered with 36 unanswered points before Alec Apple scored on a 5-yard run for the Wildcats.
Rising Star was limited to just 136 yards of total offense, while Woodson finished with 297, including 239 on the ground.
Apple led the Wildcats with 77 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Rising Star heads to Sidney next week.