Bulletin Staff Report
STRAWN — The May Tigers picked up their 20th consecutive regular season victory Friday, but it didn’t come without a fight.
The Tigers (4-0) — ranked No. 10 in Division I by sixmanfootball.com — outlasted the Strawn Greyhounds, 38-28, in their toughest test of the season.
Nathan Howard completed 21-of-35 passes for 370 yards with four touchdowns — all to different receivers.
Mikey Dickerson had a team-high 137 yards receiving on five catches, but did not record one of the touchdowns.
Tyler Hammond finished with five catches for 76 yards and a score, Conner Murphree had five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown, Cody Joyner hauled in three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown, and Ian Jacobson had a 17-yard touchdown reception.
Matt Pruitt also finished with three catches for 67 yards, while Howard added 58 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries.
Defensively, Murphree led the Tigers with 11 tackles, followed by seven each from Dickerson, Timothy Turner and Thane Wells.
May will host Lometa — a 56-51 winner over Iredell Friday — for homecoming next week.
Santa Anna 57, Zephyr 34
SANTA ANNA — Behind 43 straight points to start the second half, the Santa Anna Mountaineers avoided Zephyr’s upset bid and rallied for a 57-34 victory Friday night in non-district six-man action.
Santa Anna (3-1) — coming off a 42-36 double overtime loss at Robert Lee — trailed 26-14 at halftime, but scored the first six touchdowns of the second half.
The Mountaineers were sparked by Terrence Jackson’s 323 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. Jackson had 20 carries for 246 yards with TD runs of 21, 35, 35 and 13 yards. He also completed 3-of-5 passes for 77 yards and another score.
Fausto Maldonado added 155 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored on runs of 30 and 5 yards. He also hauled in a 41-yard scoring toss from Jackson.
Chris Tate contributed a 15-yard touchdown run for the Mountaineers, who rushed for 438 yards and finished with 518 total yards.
Defensively, Vance Rice led Santa Anna with 20 tackles, while Maldonado recorded 14 and a pair of interceptions. Jackson and Jordan Whaley also picked off passes.
Zephyr (1-3) — which ran for 288 yards and passed for 285 — scored four first-half touchdowns to gain control of the contest.
Chase Jackson scored on runs of 6 and 4 yards, while Jason Hughes added a 4-yard run and a 24-yard scoring toss to Luke Creed in the first half.
The Bulldogs also tacked on a fourth-quarter Chris Newton to Ethan Fisher 9-yard TD pass.
Newton finished 8-of-13 for 149 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Hughes was 12-of-20 for 136 yards with a TD and three interceptions. Hughes also rushed for a team-high 161 yards on 18 carries.
Creed hauled in nine receptions for 138 yards, while Cord Biddy had five catches for 41 yards. Biddy also rushed for 77 yards on eight carries.
Santa Anna will visit Brookesmith — which is coming off a 76-32 win over Star — for the Mustangs’ homecoming next week. Zephyr travels to Blanket, which lost to Cherokee, 42-38, in overtime Friday.
Hamilton 39, Comanche 14
HAMILTON — The Comanche Indians continue to search for their first win of the Jeryl Brixey era as they fell to 0-4 Friday night with a 39-14 loss at Hamilton.
The Indians, who have lost 11 straight dating back to last season, gave up 358 yards rushing and 25 first downs to Hamilton (3-1).
Jerick Roberts ran for 130 yards and a touchdown for Comanche, but the Indians committed 14 penalties and turned the ball over three times.
Hamilton’s Seth LeBlanc rushed for 108 yards on just three carries, including a 93-yard touchdown.
John Galindo was 5-of-6 through the air for 82 yards with a 16-yard scoring strike to Mason Burke.
Comanche will visit Class 2A No. 2 Cisco — which is coming off a 51-0 victory over Albany — next week.
Goldthwaite 34, Mason 14
MASON — The Goldthwaite Eagles won their third straight game — all against Class 2A opponents — as they cruised past the Mason Punchers, 34-14, here Friday night.
The Eagles (3-1) amassed 306 yards of total offense, including 288 rushing on 39 carries. Cory Baker led Goldthwaite with 149 yards on just 11 attempts and scored on runs of 44 and 4 yards.
Goldthwaite quarterback Michael Williams opened the scoring with a 46-yard sprint, but Mason (2-2) answered with an 11-yard touchdown run from Bryce Estes.
The Eagles responded with the next 27 points, scoring on Baker’s two runs and touchdown runs of 1 and 6 yards by Wade Clifton.
Defensively, Goldthwaite forced four turnovers and held Mason to 246 yards passing. The Punchers completed just 4-of-12 passes for 6 yards, but Adam Timms ran for 161 of their 240 yards on the ground.
Goldthwaite begins its defense of the District 13-A title next week when it visits Frost (0-3), which has been outscored 156-0 this season.
Lohn 62, Mullin 12
MULLIN — The Mullin Bulldogs remained winless as the Lohn Eagles dished out a 62-12 defeat here Friday night.
Lohn (3-1) passed for 227 yards and added 139 yards on the ground to finish with 416 yards of total offense.
Mullin (0-4) chalked up 174 total yards, including 130 through the air.
Alex Salinas completed 10-of-16 passes for Lohn and threw scoring tosses of 36 and 16 yards to Josh Fore, 1 and 34 yards to Jonathan Jordan and 70 yards to Josh Aguilar.
Lohn also scored on a 17-yard Aguilar run and sprints of 10 and 29 yards by Salinas.
Mullin jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 32-yard pass from Trey Torres to Randy Sims, but the Bulldogs gave up 48 straight points before Alan Maxey caught a 33-yard TD pass from Sims.
The Bulldogs completed 12-of-29 passes, but rushed for just 44 yards on 14 carries.
Mullin will host Star — which lost to Brookesmith, 76-32 - next week.
Gustine 56, Buckholts 0
BUCKHOLTS — The Gustine Tigers — ranked No. 10 in Division II by sixmanfootball.com — evened their record at 2-2 with a 56-0 win over Buckholts that ended at halftime Friday night.
Gustine scored 34 points in the second quarter after opening with 22 in the first period.
Colton Hicks caught touchdown passes from Evany Cervantez and Jaden Keeter in the first quarter, while Cervantez also hit Ty Keeter for six points in the opening 10-minute frame.
Scoring in the second quarter were Ty Keeter on runs of 14 and 2 yards, Cervantez on a 75-yard interception and a 35-yard run, and Hicks on a 17-yard interception return.
Cervantez, Ty Keeter, Anthony Johnson and Hayden Hicks finished with 11 tackles each for Gustine. Jon Poage added 10 tackles and Wesley Jones recorded five.
Gustine will host Cherokee — a 42-38 overtime winner at Blanket Friday — for homecoming next week.
Other games — No report
Brookesmith 76, Star 32
Cherokee 42, Blanket 38 (OT)
Evant 41, Cross Plains 13
Gordon 58, Rising Star 8
Glenview Chr. 51, Victory Life 0