Class 2A, DIVISION II Region I Area Playoff
Coleman Bluecats (9-2)
vs. Crane Golden Cranes (10-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — San Angelo Stadium
The Coleman Bluecats’ 10-point fourth quarter produced their fourth straight bi-district championship and earned a Division II-2A, Region I area playoff date with the District 7-2A champion Crane Golden Cranes.
Coleman knocked off Haskell, 17-7, in a stark contrast from last year’s 48-42 triple overtime thriller between the two teams. Meanwhile, Crane pulled away for a 50-21 victory over Comfort.
The Bluecats scored touchdowns on an 89-yard kick return by Glen Edington, which tied the game at 7 in the second quarter, and a 1-yard dive by Stanley Cole. Oscar Villeda also added a 22-yard field goal.
Coleman finished with 198 yards rushing, led by Brandon Worsham’s 105 yards. Colton Buzzard added 50 yards rushing and completed 5-of-9 passes for 41 yards. Dalton Deleon caught two passes for 28 yards.
Defensively, Coleman gave up just five first downs and 137 yards of total offense, including 104 yards rushing on 32 carries.
For the season, Coleman is averaging 348.7 yards of total offense per game with 259.5 of that coming on the ground.
Bronson Buzzard leads the Bluecats with 1,061 yards on the ground, followed by 861 from Colton Buzzard, 376 from Worsham and 293 from Edington.
Colton Buzzard has connected on 70-of-140 passes for 956 yards, while Deleon has grabbed 44 receptions covering 422 yards.
Defensively, the Bluecats have yielded only 151.1 yards per game and just 87.7 yards rushing.
In Crane’s victory last week, it entered the fourth quarter tied at 21 with Comfort, then exploded for 29 points in the first seven minutes of the final stanza.
Jordan Mendoza scored on a 2-yard run 54 seconds in the quarter, then Lloyd Chisum hit Justin Carrasco on scoring tosses of 4 and 12 yards before the midway point of the period. Cody Black added a 28-yard run with 5:14 left.
Crane finished with 290 yards of total offense — 180 on the ground and 110 through the air. Defensively, the Golden Cranes forced six turnovers — three interceptions and three fumble recoveries — and gave up 276 yards, but only 81 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Carrasco caught six passes for 84 yards and four touchdowns — including a 36-yarder on a halfback pass from Tyler Esparza.
Chisum completed 7-of-16 passes for 74 yards, while Mendoza ran for a team-high 83 yards.
The winner of Friday’s game will advance to face either Canadian (11-1) or Childress (10-1) in the Region I semifinals.
CLASS A, DIVISION II Region II Area Playoff
Goldthwaite Eagles (8-2)
vs. No. 10 Albany Lions (9-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Stephenville’s Tarleton Memorial Stadium
The Goldthwaite Eagles are targeting their third opening win in their fourth straight year of making the Class A playoffs. Goldthwaite advanced three rounds deep in the 2004 playoffs and earned a 32-7 victory over Roscoe in last year’s opener.
No. 10 Albany, meanwhile, rolled to a 41-13 bi-district victory over Christoval at Gordon Wood Stadium last week and will shoot for its seventh win in the last eight games. The only blemishes on the Lions’ record are a 35-27 loss to No. 2 Roscoe in Week 10, and a 51-0 loss to Class 2A No. 2 Cisco.
Goldthwaite enjoyed a bye last week after crushing Valley Mills, 48-7, in the regular season finale.
The Eagles piled up 527 yards of total offense in their most recent outing, including 386 yards rushing on 42 carries. Wade Clifton rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, Walt Clifton added 101 yards and two scores and Cory Baker chipped in 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Through the air, Walt Clifton connected on 4-of-7 passes for 127 yards, while Baker grabbed three receptions for 97 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown.
Defensively, the Eagles allowed 249 yards of total offense — 125 rushing and 124 passing — and forced a pair of turnovers.
In Albany’s last outing, the Lions outscored Christoval 20-0 in the fourth period to run away with the victory.
Albany finished with 387 yards of total offense, including 341 on the ground. Robert Hare led the Lions with 121 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Taylor Riley added 91 yards and a score and quarterback Ben Bumguardner finished with 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Defensively, Albany surrendered 210 yards of total offense — 105 passing and 105 rushing — and forced five turnovers, including three fumbles.
Friday’s winner will take on either No. 5 Gorman (11-0) or Windthorst (4-6) next week in the Region II semifinals.