Bulletin Staff Report
GOLDTHWAITE — The No. 4 Goldthwaite Eagles put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season with Friday’s 35-0 win over Meridian, the fifth shutout of the season for the District 25-A champions.
Goldthwaite (10-0) will begin postseason play against the same team it faced in the first round last year — District 26-A’s Thorndale Bulldogs (8-2). Goldthwaite and Thorndale will meet in Class A, Division I bi-district action at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Marble Falls.
In the Eagles’ victory Friday night, Goldthwaite amassed 379 total yards, including 319 rushing.
James Harden rushed for a team-high 127 yards and an 18-yard touchdown, while Jonathan Williams chipped in 122 yards and touchdown runs of 23, 21 and 6 yards. Cagan Smith also scored on a 3-yard carry.
Defensively, Goldthwaite gave up just 137 total yards to Meridian (3-7) and forced a turnover.
Sidney 56, Star 8
STAR — The No. 5 Sidney Eagles capped an undefeated regular season with Friday’s 56-8 win over Star — the team that prevented Sidney from winning a district championship last year.
Sidney (10-0), the Six-Man Division II District 13 champion, will open postseason play against District 14 second seed Paint Rock (6-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Zephyr.
Eight different Eagles scored Friday night as Sidney put points on the board with its offense, defense and special teams units.
Offensively, Sidney racked up 317 total yards as Stephan Ortiz led the ground game with 191 yards and a score. Jeremy Ainsworth added three carries for 11 yards with a touchdown and Kyle Hunt scored on a 3-yard run.
Ethan Smart completed 5-of-8 passes for 82 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Shawn Fortney had four receptions for 79 yards and a score, while Colt Caffey grabbed a 3-yard touchdown.
Allen Foust recovered a fumble in the end zone for the defensive score, Jacob Crim pounced on a blocked punt in the end zone for another six points and David Arizola returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown.
Crim and Hunt led the Eagle defense with 10 tackles each, Francisco Munoz tallied eight, six came from Ainsworth and Foust finished with five tackles. Sidney forced three turnovers.
Richland Springs 59, Veribest 12
VERIBEST — The No. 7 Richland Springs Coyotes wrapped up the Six-Man Division I District 9 championship outright with Friday’s 59-12 win over the Veribest Falcons.
Richland Springs (9-1) will face District 10 runner-up Gustine (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bangs in first-round playoff action.
The Coyotes produced 319 yards of total offense against Veribest (1-9), with 276 coming on the ground.
Haustin Burkhart rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries, scoring on runs of 54, 38, 70 and 9 yards.
David Vietch chipped in 65 yards and scoring sprints of 20 and 23 yards on just three carries.
Through the air, Burkhart completed 3-of-5 passes for 43 yards with a 21-yard touchdown toss to Randy Couch. Stephen Fowler caught the other two passes, totaling 22 yards.
Defensively, Richland Springs allowed 161 yards and forced two turnovers, including a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ben VanCleave.
Phillipp Bruder and Antony Caldera caught touchdown passes of 27 and 7 yards, respectively, for Veribest.
Victory Life 58,
Wichita Falls Christian 13
WICHITA FALLS — The Victory Life Warriors picked up their lone TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 3 victory, 58-13, in Friday’s regular-season finale at Wichita Falls Christian, but it was good enough to send VLA to the postseason for the second straight year.
Unlike UIL six-man football, three teams advance to the playoffs out of TAPPS six-man districts, so VLA (4-6, 1-2) will actually move on to the postseason after snapping a season-worst three-game skid.
Tyler McDaniel sparked VLA as he completed 5-of-10 passes for 149 yards with four touchdowns, while rushing for 90 yards and another score for the Warriors.
Further information on the VLA win and its postseason future were unavailable at press time.
San Saba 49, Coleman 0
SAN SABA — The playoff-bound San Saba Armadillos wrapped up the regular season with their eighth victory, a 49-0 decision over Coleman Friday.
San Saba (8-2) will make its first playoff appearance since 2003 when it faces Wall (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Early in Class 2A Division II bi-district action.
In Friday’s win over Coleman (1-9, 1-5), San Saba finished with 309 yards of total offense while holding the Bluecats to 147 yards and forcing four turnovers.
Ryan Pannell completed 7-of-14 passes for 148 yards with three touchdowns for San Saba, while Jack Whitten rushed for 84 yards. Chase Key finished with four receptions for 65 yards.
For Coleman, Zach Doyle rushed for 36 yards, Logan Owens connected on 9-of-13 passes for 47 yards and Travis Brixey caught six passes covering 49 yards.
Pannell and Key hooked up on touchdown passes of 36 and 18 yards, while Chance Gotcher caught a 17-yard scoring toss.
Whitten scored on a 25-yard run, while Gary Gant added a 22-yard TD scamper and Anthony Salinas scored on a 2-yard dive. Gant also returned an interception 49 yards for an Armadillo touchdown.
Zephyr 70, Brookesmith 22
ZEPHYR — The Zephyr Bulldogs concluded their season with a 70-22 win over Brookesmith Friday night, which prevented the Mustangs from finishing the year with a winning record.
Zephyr (4-6, 3-2) also earned third place outright in the Six-Man Division II District 13 standings with the victory.
Leading 30-22 after one quarter, Zephyr outscored Brookesmith (5-5, 2-3) 34-0 in the second period and tacked on its final touchdown with 5:57 to go in the third period.
Zephyr’s Haustin Simmons connected on 7-of-13 passes for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Greg Faubion was 3-of-3 for 59 yards with two scoring tosses.
Cody Wallin caught two passes for 48 yards with two touchdowns, Marvin Simpson added two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown and Simmons chipped in two receptions for 30 yards and a score.
Also making receptions were Layne Weidl (28 yards), Faubion (23 yards) and Kaiden King (5 yards).
On the ground, Simmons ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns, Weidl had two carries for 23 yards and a score, Jake Stanley reeled off a 36-yard touchdown run and Faubion scored on a 17-yard carry.
Defensively, Lacy Culpepper led Zephyr with 13 tackles, trailed by 10 and a fumble recovery from Ryan Martin. Simmons had eight tackles, followed by four each from Stanley, Simpson and Dalton Fowler. Wallin added three tackles and a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Cameron Hughes rushed for touchdowns of 50 and 41 yards for the Mustangs, while Dustin Gideon threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Hill to account for the points for Brookesmith.
Rising Star 60, May 14
MAY — Rising Star did what was required to reach the playoffs Friday night — defeating May by a 60-14 count — but Blanket’s loss to Gordon kept the Wildcats out of the postseason.
Gustine (8-2, 3-2), which defeated Rising Star (5-4, 3-2) by a 44-42 count last week, advanced as the second playoff team from Six-Man Division I District 10 due to its win over the Wildcats.
May, meanwhile, finished the season with a 1-9 record, but showed promise late in the district campaign.
The Tigers’ effort Friday night was led by Logan Ferguson, who rushed for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jeremy O’Briant chipped in 46 yards rushing while Dustin Graves ran for 41 yards.
Through the air, Cody Lancaster went 4-of-11 for 46 yards, while Jared Howard completed a 23-yard pass in his only attempt.
Graves caught two passes for 28 yards, Ethan Jaggers finished with two catches for 11 yards and O’Briant added a 24-yard reception.
On defense, Graves led May with nine tackles.
Rochelle 68, Santa Anna 21
SANTA ANNA — The Rochelle Hornets claimed the second playoff berth from Six-Man Division I District 9 Friday as they denied the Santa Anna Mountaineers a spot in the postseason, 68-21.
Rochelle (9-1) produced 406 total yards, including 297 rushing, while Santa Anna (5-5) finished with 226 yards, with 143 coming through the air.
Will Snyder rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns for the Hornets, while Kyle Kunc completed 7-of-9 passes for 109 yards and two scores.
Santa Anna received 95 yards passing and 61 yards rushing from Chris Tate, while Joe Guerrero caught four passes for 99 yards.
Rochelle led 36-0 at halftime, and Santa Anna scored all its points in the third period.
Tate threw scoring tosses of 49 yards to Guerrero and 3 yards to Dustin Gray, while rushing for a 2-yard touchdown in the third period.
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Gordon 58, Blanket 56