BROWN COUNTY GAMES
Santa Anna Mountaineers (3-1)
at Brookesmith Mustangs (2-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Mustang Field
2006 Result: Santa Anna 78, Brookesmith 67
The Santa Anna Mountaineers and the Brookesmith Mustangs will clash in a rematch of one of the highest-scoring six-man games in the area a year ago.
The Mustangs snapped a two-game losing streak by pummeling the Star Tigers, 76-32, Friday night. Meanwhile, Santa Anna needed a half to shake off the rest from a double-overtime loss at Robert Lee, scoring 43 straight points to open the second half in a 57-34 win over Zephyr.
Brookesmith had scored just 73 points in its three previous games before its 76-point output against Star. The Mustangs were tied with Star at 14-all in the first period, but increased their lead to 47-20 by halftime.
Terrence Jackson sparked the Mountaineers’ rally with a 323-yard performance that included 246 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Fausto Maldonado added 155 yards rushing, 41 yards receiving and three touchdowns, while Chris Tate contributed a rushing score.
Santa Anna allowed 573 yards against Zephyr, but did intercept four passes. Maldonado had two interceptions, while Jackson and Jordan Whaley tallied one each. Vance Rice led the defense with 20 tackles.
Lometa Hornets (3-1)
at May Tigers (4-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Tiger Field
2006 Result: May 48, Lometa 0
Despite winning their 20th straight regular season game, the May Tigers dropped out of the sixmanfootball.com Division I Top 10. The Tigers will be looking to send a message as the Lometa Hornets visit for homecoming.
The Tigers are coming off a 38-28 road win at Strawn, where Nathan Howard threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers.
Howard — who also rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown — completed 21-of-35 pass attempts with five completions each going to Mikey Dickerson (137 yards), Tyler Hammond (76 yards, TD) and Conner Murphree (54 yards, TD). Cody Joyner and Ian Jacobson also caught scoring tosses.
Defensively, Murphree chalked up a team-high 11 tackles, while Dickerson, Timothy Turner and Thane Wells added seven takedowns apiece.
Lometa has already matched its win total from a year ago and enters the game with a three-game win streak. After dropping a 41-22 decision to Grandfalls-Royalty in the season opener, the Hornets have responded with wins over Zephyr (65-43), Rising Star (60-14) and Iredell (56-51).
Victory Life Warriors (0-4)
at Novice Hornets (4-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Hornet Field
2006 Result: Victory Life did not have program last year
The Novice Hornets are off to a fast start in 2007, but the Victory Life Academy Warriors are looking to play spoiler and pick up the program’s first-ever victory.
Victory Life is coming off a 51-0 loss to defending state champion Fort Worth Glenview Christian in their first TAPPS Division II District 3 Six-Man contest. The Warriors have been shut out in two of their four games thus far, and been outscored 205-21.
The Hornets’ four-game win streak includes victories over Paint Creek (62-16), Lueders-Avoca (81-71), Star (43-38) and Moran (69-35). Despite its unbeaten start, Novice is still ranked 42nd out of 65 Division II teams by sixmanfootball.com.
CLASS 3A: NON-DISTRICT
Comanche Indians (0-4)
at No. 2 Cisco Loboes (4-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Chelsey Stadium
2006 Result: Cisco 56, Comanche 28
The Comanche Indians’ losing streak stands at 11 games and counting following a 39-14 loss at Class 2A Hamilton last week. The Indians are looking to pull off a stunner and upend a Cisco squad that has won 18 of its last 19 games.
In the Indians’ loss at Hamilton, Jerick Roberts rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown, but Comanche was plagued by three turnovers and 14 penalties.
Comanche’s losses to Llano and Brady saw the Indians give up a combined 59 points in the first half, so getting off to a better start defensively will be paramount in their upset bid.
Cisco is coming off a 51-0 victory over Albany and has outscored its four victims a combined 157-24. The Loboes have not allowed more than nine points in game, that coming in a 20-9 win over Early in the season opener.
Against Albany, Cisco racked up 474 yards of total offense, including 364 yards on the ground. Four players eclipsed 50 yards rushing — Elton Garrett (99), Robert Medina (79), Klay Strickland (78) and Caleb Busby (54).
Defensively, Cisco yielded just 140 yards of total offense and caused four turnovers.
San Saba Armadillos (1-2, 0-0)
at Ballinger Bearcats (2-1, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Bearcat Stadium
2006 Result: Ballinger 48, San Saba 7
Both the Ballinger Bearcats and San Saba Armadillos are rested and ready to end their playoff droughts as District 6-2A action begins Friday. Both teams are looking to get off to a fast start in league action, but Ballinger has more momentum coming into the game.
Following a convincing 24-7 victory over Junction in the season opener, San Saba has again fallen on hard times. The Armadillos lost to Lago Vista — a team they defeated by 34 points last year — by a 20-7 count, and suffered their 11th loss in the last 14 games to archrival Goldthwaite, 30-7.
In that game, the Armadillos turned the ball over five times, which negated their 247 yards of total offense.
Quarterback John Henry scored San Saba’s only touchdown on a 7-yard run, but finished with just 5 yards rushing for the night. He did complete 16-of-33 passes for 192 yards, however.
Defensively, the Armadillos gave up 342 yards of total offense, including 300 yards rushing.
After suffering a 32-7 home loss to Clyde in the season opener, Ballinger has responded with road victories of 28-8 over Brady and 37-13 over Coahoma.
In their most recent win over Coahoma, the Bearcats chalked up 289 total yards, with 263 coming through the air. Ballinger completed 15-of-19 passes, but ran the ball for just 63 yards on 30 carries.
Tucker Travis had a pair of rushing touchdowns, Jayson Strambler added another score on the ground and Michael Pena caught a 48-yard touchdown pass.
Defensively, the Bearcats allowed just 158 yards and two turnovers, including a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown by Matthew Rodriguez.
Tolar Rattlers (1-3, 0-0)
at Cross Plains Buffaloes (0-4, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Bearcat Stadium
2006 Result: Tolar 63, Cross Plains 6
The Cross Plains Buffaloes are hoping for a fresh start as District 12-A action commences with the program in the midst of a 14-game skid dating back to last season.
The Tolar Rattlers haven’t fared much better this season, but do own a 49-41 victory over Chico. Aside from 8th-ranked Gorman and Ranger, the Rattlers are the only other team from District 12-A to win a non-district football game.
In the Buffaloes’ 41-13 loss to Evant last week, Cross Plains trailed 32-0 at halftime. Evant outgained Cross Plains, 603-266, as Elk quarterback Aaron Doyle completed 27-of-43 passes for 443 yards and two touchdowns. Stephen Siepart caught 11 passes for 245 yards and both scoring tosses.
The Rattlers are coming off a 21-14 overtime loss to Valley Mills, which reached the Class A Division II state semifinals last season.
A Tolar fumble in overtime — one of five Rattler turnovers — allowed Valley Mills to secure the win.
No. 10 Goldthwaite Eagles (3-1, 0-0)
at Frost Polar Bears (0-3, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Joe Parum Stadium
2006 Result: Goldthwaite 56, Frost 0
The three-time defending District 13-A champion Goldthwaite Eagles roll into league play with a three-game win streak — all over Class 2A programs. The Frost Polar Bears, meanwhile, are still looking for their first points of the season.
After a surprising 22-19 loss to Irion County in the season opener, the Eagles have responded with wins of 24-7 over Wall, 30-7 over San Saba and 34-14 over Mason.
In last week’s win at Mason, the Eagles scored at least one touchdown in each quarter and compiled 306 yards of total offense. Cory Baker rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, Wade Clifton added two scoring runs and quarterback Michael Williams also reeled off a 46-yard scoring scamper.
Defensively, the Eagles gave up 246 yards, but just 6 yards through the air. Goldthwaite also created four turnovers.
Frost, which was off last week, has been outscored a combined 156-0 in its first three games. The Polar Bears have lost by 33, 53 and 70 points to three Class A schools that posted a combined 8-22 record a year ago.
El Paso Faith Christian (1-2)
No. 1 Richland Springs Coyotes (3-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Coyote Field
2006 Result: Did not meet
Another state-ranked opponent was 45’d by the defending Division I state champion Richland Springs Coyotes, who hammered the reigning Division II state champions and top-ranked Northside Indians, 62-16, last week.
Tyler Ethridge became the all-time high school leader in career touchdown passes last week, throwing three to give him 187 for his career, two more than current Chicago Bear Chris Leak.
The Coyotes did most of their damage on the ground against Northside as Shelby Smith rushed for 124 yards and two TDs, while Ethridge chipped in 94 yards and a pair of scores.
The defense, which allowed 176 yards, intercepted four passes that all led to Richland Springs touchdowns.
Mark Williams picked off two passes, including a 32-yarder that ended the game on the first snap of the second half. Ethridge and Khalid Khatib also intercepted passes.
El Paso Faith Christian is ranked No. 10 in the sixmanfootball.com private school rankings. El Paso Christian defeated Dell City, 74-36, but suffered losses to Sierra Blanca, 63-50, and Fort Davis, 82-52.
Star Tigers (1-3)
at Mullin Bulldogs (0-4)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Bulldog Field
2006 Result: Mullin 42, Star 6
The Mills County Six-Man Championship will be determined Friday as the Star Tigers and Mullin Bulldogs square off in the Bulldogs’ homecoming game.
The Bulldogs will be looking for their first win after opening with four straight defeats. Mullin was handed a 62-12 defeat by Lohn after being blown out by Jonesboro, 68-0, the week prior.
Star, meanwhile, is coming off a 76-32 loss to Brookesmith and has dropped three straight after starting the season with a 68-18 victory over Lueders-Avoca.
In Mullin’s loss last week, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-0 lead before giving up 48 straight points.
Mullin’s touchdowns were scored by Randy Sims, on a 33-yard pass from Trey Torres, and Alan Maxey, on a 32-yard pass from Sims.
The Bulldogs completed 12-of-29 passes for 130 yards, but rushed for just 44 yards on 14 carries.
Strawn Greyhounds (1-3)
at Rising Star Wildcats (0-4)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Wildcat Stadium
2006 Result: Strawn 48, Rising Star 0
The Rising Star Wildcats’ search for their first win continues, while the Strawn Greyhounds are getting a break from a tough opening schedule.
Strawn, which lost to May by a 38-28 count last week, has also suffered losses of 50-30 to No. 9 Valley and 54-49 to No. 11 Abbott. The Greyhounds’ lone win came against TAPPS No. 3 Rockwall Heritage, 54-24.
Rising Star has lost six straight dating back to last season and has been outscored 191-42 in four games this year. In their last three games, the Wildcats have been outscored 164-22, including losses of 60-14 to Lometa and 58-8 to Gordon.