BROWN COUNTY GAMES
Blanket Tigers (1-1) at Rochelle Hornets (2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Hornet Pride Stadium
2006 Result: Rochelle 48, Blanket 20
The Blanket Tigers are out to build on last week’s first victory of the season, while attempting to slow down a Rochelle squad that has steamrolled its first two opponents.
Blanket is coming off a 62-12 victory at Brookesmith where the Tigers scored all their points after the first period. Rochelle defeated Rising Star, 46-0, last week after pummeling Zephyr, 60-14, in its season opener.
The Tigers finished with 511 yards of total offense while allowing just 175. Blanket also forced four turnovers.
Blanket received a 171-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance from Brian Box, while Neil Dove passed for 191 yards and two scores. K.J King caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Zach Isham rushed for a 60-yard touchdown and a ran a kick back 72 yards for six points.
Rochelle finished with 271 yards of total offense against Rising Star last week, including 223 on the ground. Jason Valliant picked up 119 yards on just seven carries.
Brookesmith Mustangs (1-1) at Lohn Eagles (1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Eagle Field
2006 Result: Brookesmith 73, Lohn 6
The Brookesmith Mustangs hope to rebound from their first setback of the season, while the Lohn Eagles have revenge on their minds.
Brookesmith annihilated Lohn last season, 73-6, but the Eagles have shown improvement this year though they are coming off a 64-28 loss to the Mustangs’ Division I, District 15 rival Veribest.
The Mustangs led 12-0 after one quarter last week, but the defense fell apart as Blanket rallied for a 62-12 victory.
In the Mustangs’ season-opening 27-20 victory over Rising Star, Michael Watkins threw touchdown passes of 42 and 7 yards to Weston Patterson, while Dalton Stevens and Ethan Gonzalez added scoring runs of 4 and 8 yards, respectively.
Brookesmith got off to a similar fast start against the Wildcats, building a 20-0 lead, before Rising Star closed the gap to seven points.
Lohn opened the season with a 46-35 victory over Panther Creek, but was bullied by Veribest last week.
Bryson Cowboys (1-1) at DI No. 10 May Tigers (2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Tiger Field
2006 Result: May 49, Bryson 0
The May Tigers crept into the sixmanfootball.com Division I Top 10 this week following their 18th consecutive regular season win, a 57-12 trouncing of the Bynum Bulldogs.
The Bryson Cowboys, who failed to score against May last year, will attempt to build on last week’s 25-12 win over TAPPS school Wichita Falls Notre Dame.
Nathan Howard followed his opening 561-yard, nine-touchdown effort with 366 total yards and nine more scores against Bynum. Howard threw for 200 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 166 yards and four more scores.
Conner Murphree chalked up four catches for 67 yards with three touchdowns, while Mikey Dickerson also hauled in four catches for 86 yards with two scores.
May’s defensive effort was sparked by nine tackles each from Dickerson and Thane Wells, while Jacobson and Timothy Turner chipped in eight tackles each.
Bryson rebounded last week from a 52-6 loss to Knox City in Week 0.
Zephyr Bulldogs (0-2) at Cherokee Indians (1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Indian Stadium
2006 Result: Zephyr 62, Cherokee 22
The Zephyr Bulldogs made strides in the second week of the Landon Buffe era and are hoping the third game of the season again results in their first victory.
Despite a 46-0 victory over Uvalde Tafolla, which is ranked 125th out of 125 UIL six-man teams, the Cherokee Indians are still ranked 61st out of 61 Division I programs.
The Bulldogs amassed 569 yards of total offense, including 360 yards passing last week. Jason Hughes threw for 223 yards and five touchdowns, while Chris Newton had two scoring tosses and 137 yards through the air. Hughes also rushed for a team-high 90 yards.
Luke Creed was the top Zephyr receiver, with 12 catches for 226 yards, while Ryan Martin caught three passes — all touchdowns — for 113 yards.
Cody Biddy finished with a team-high 15 tackles for Zephyr, followed by 13 from Hughes and nine from Taylor Hart.
Garden City JV Bearkats (n/a) at Victory Life Academy Warriors (0-2)
2 p.m. Saturday — Zephyr’s Bulldog Field
2006 Result: Victory Life did not have program last year
The Victory Life Academy Warriors put their first points on the board last week, now they are hoping the third time is a charm as they continue to pursue the program’s first victory.
The Warriors suffered a 61-14 setback to Balch Springs Christian this past Saturday, as VLA turned the ball over four times, but did rack up 211 yards of total offense.
Trey Valencia rushed for 75 yards and added a 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, while Frankie Valencia connected with Josh Layton on a 28-yard scoring toss.
Defensively, the Warriors yielded 348 yards of total offense — 174 yards rushing and 174 yards passing..
Brady Bulldogs (0-2) at Comanche Indians (0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Indian Stadium
2006 Result: Comanche 49, Brady 12
The Comanche Indians will attempt to snap a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season as the Brady Bulldogs visit in the 2007 homecoming game.
The Indians have suffered losses of 20-9 to Bangs in Week 0 and last week’s 40-13 defeat at the hands of Llano.
Comanche mustered just 188 yards of total offense last week. The Indians picked up 126 yards through the air on 5-of-11 passing while rushing for 62 yards on 30 carries.
Wes Dudley scored on a 14-yard run, while Jerick Roberts completed a 67-yard touchdown pass.
Defensively, Comanche gave up 32 points in the first half and 342 yards of total offense overall.
Brady was dealt a 28-8 loss by Ballinger at the Gordon Wood Classic Saturday, following their 45-6 defeat at the hands of No. 5 Coleman in Week 0.
Since dropping to Class 2A, the Bulldogs have lost 21 of their 22 games after reaching the second round of the 3A playoffs in 2004.
Rotan Yellowhammers (1-1) at No. 5 Coleman Bluecats (2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Hufford Field
2006 Result: Coleman 21, Rotan 12
The Coleman Bluecats jumped two spots in the Associated Press Class 2A poll after hammering the Winters Blizzards, 49-14, last week.
The Bluecats come into their homecoming contest averaging 47 points per contest, while allowing just 10 points per game.
In their win over Winters, Coleman scored 35 points in the first half and finished with 432 yards of total offense, including 304 rushing.
Bronson Buzzard rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns while Colton Buzzard passed for 132 yards and a score and added 71 yards rushing and two more touchdowns.
Rotan is coming off a 35-12 win over Bronte. The Yellowhammers rushed for 293 yards and scored 21 points in the third period to pull away in their victory.
Rotan dropped its opener, 44-6, to Haskell.
San Saba Armadillos (1-1) at Goldthwaite Eagles (1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Eagle Field
2006 Result: Goldthwaite 41, San Saba 7
The “Battle of the River” resumes Friday as the Goldthwaite Eagles will look to continue their recent dominance over the San Saba Armadillos.
Goldthwaite got a shot in the arm last week as it rebounded from a surprising 22-19 loss to Irion County with a 24-7 win over Wall. Meanwhile, San Saba’s positive momentum from a 24-7 season-opening win over Junction was zapped with a 20-7 loss at Lago Vista, which fell to TAPPS school Austin Regents, 26-0, in Week 0.
In the Eagles’ win Friday, Cory Baker rushed for three touchdowns and 84 yards, while Walt Clifton chipped in 123 yards on the ground. Goldthwaite finished with 226 yards rushing as a team.
Defensively, Wall mustered just 159 yards of total offense against Goldthwaite, including 54 yards rushing on 30 carries. The Eagles also forced three turnovers.
Hamlin Pied Pipers (0-2) at Cross Plains Buffaloes (0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Buffalo Field
2006 Result: Hamlin 24, Cross Plains 0
Both the Cross Plains Buffaloes and the Hamlin Pied Pipers are gunning for their first victories of the season Friday night.
Cross Plains, which has lost 12 straight games overall, blew a 13-0 lead last week as Miles rallied for a 26-19 victory. Hamlin has suffered close losses to Stamford, 27-20, and Anson, 6-0.
J.J. Calloway had 80 yards passing and 74 yards rushing last week for Cross Plains, which finished with 184 yards of total offense, but gave up 283.
Calloway ran for touchdowns of 1 and 8 yards, while Joe Dalton returned a block punt 48 yards for six points.
Hamlin turned the ball over seven times against Stamford, including five interceptions, while amassing just 142 yards of total offense.
The Pied Pipers led 12-0 after one quarter, but surrendered 27 unanswered points.
DI No. 1 Richland Springs Coyotes (1-0) at DII No. 9 Gustine Tigers (1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Roger Oliver Stadium
2006 Result: Richland Springs 56, Gustine 6
The Richland Springs Coyotes, who got the night off last Friday, continue their march toward a state championship repeat at Gustine, where the Tigers are coming off their first win of the season.
The Coyotes clobbered No. 6 Happy, 78-32, in Week 0, while the Tigers earned a 38-26 win over Morgan last week.
Ty Keeter rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers finished with 394 total yards against Morgan.
Coyote Tyler Ethridge inched closer to the career high school football record for touchdown passes at any level in Richland Springs’ season-opening win, its 15th straight victory.
Rising Star Wildcats (0-2) at Lometa Hornets (1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Hornet Field
2006 Result: Rising Star 28, Lometa 26
The Rising Star Wildcats are looking to take a big step forward after suffering a 46-0 loss to Rochelle last week. Lometa, meanwhile, will attempt to build on its momentum from a 65-43 win at Zephyr.
After dropping a 27-20 decision to Brookesmith in Week 0, the Wildcats gave up 271 yards, including 223 rushing last week. Offensively, Rising Star finished with just 132 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times.
Lometa yielded 569 yards against Zephyr, but did turn the Bulldogs away twice inside the Hornet 10-yard line.
Mullin Bulldogs (0-2) at Jonesboro Eagles (1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Pruitt Field
2006 Result: Mullin 44, Jonesboro 22
The Mullin Bulldogs’ search for their first win will take them to Jonesboro, where the Eagles are coming off a 38-33 victory over Sidney.
Mullin’s Alan Maxey threw for 112 yards and three touchdowns last week, while rushing for 35 yards and catching five passes for 32 yards. Hauling in scoring tosses were Austin McCulloch (48 yards), Chris Owens (14 yards), and Randy Sims (3).
The Bulldogs turned the ball over four times, however, including three interceptions.
Jonesboro’s five-point win answered a 46-40 loss to Iredell — a district rival of the Bulldogs — in Week 0.