Bulletin Staff Report
ZEPHYR - The No. 5 Zephyr Bulldogs’ bid for a third straight district championship got off on the right foot Friday as they rolled past the Paint Rock Indians, 54-6.
Jason Hughes rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns, completed 6-of-8 passes for 116 yards and two more scores and returned a fumble 43 yards for the game-ending touchdown with 8:43 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs (4-2, 1-0), winners of three straight, had three players catch touchdown passes. Cody Wallin grabbed five receptions for 83 yards with two scores, Ethan Fisher finished with two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown and Greg Faubion caught a 9-yard touchdown.
Haustin Simmons added a 2-of-2 passing effort for 18 yards, and he also chipped in a 3-yard carry.
Next week, Zephyr will host winless Lohn (0-5, 0-1), which is coming off a 48-0 loss to No. 9 Panther Creek, while Paint Rock (2-4, 0-1) hosts No. 10 Cherokee (4-2, 1-0), a 52-16 winner over the Brookesmith Mustangs.
Blanket 56, Rising Star 48
BLANKET - The Blanket Tigers kept their undefeated record intact as they rallied for a 56-48 victory over the Rising Star Wildcats in the Division I, District 10 opener Friday night.
Trailing 42-26 early in the third quarter, Blanket (5-0, 1-0) limited Rising Star (3-3, 0-1) to just one touchdown the rest of the game and reeled off 30 unanswered points to snatch the victory.
Brian Box rushed for 251 yards and five touchdowns, and completed 6-of-10 passes for 102 yards and two more TDs.
Box’s 23-yard scoring toss to Taylor Kent, followed by the Caleb Reich two-point kick, put the Tigers ahead for good, 48-42.
The Tigers finished with 426 yards of total offense and turned the ball over just once.
Chris Boykin caught a team-high four passes for 64 yards, while Kent finished with two touchdown receptions totaling 25 yards. Box also grabbed two passes for 25 yards.
Ray Ramos chipped in a 3-yard rushing touchdown, while Corey Wetzel completed 5-of-9 passes for 67 yards.
Rising Star’s effort was led by Alec Apple, who rushed for 166 yards and six touchdowns on 34 carries. Apple scored on runs of 48, 14, 25, 13, 51 and 34 yards.
Aron Wilson completed 4-of-8 passes for 65 yards with a touchdown toss of 22 yards to Adrian Greenfield, who caught three passes for 43 yards. Raymond Sutton added three catches totaling 46 yards.
As a team, the Wildcats finished with 281 yards of total offense, but lost three fumbles.
Reich led the Blanket defense with 19 tackles, while Box finished with 12 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Boykin also notched a dozen takedowns.
Next week, Blanket will visit Gustine (3-3, 0-1), a 56-6 loser to Gordon (5-1, 1-0), while Rising Star will head to No. 2 Strawn (6-0, 1-0), which rolled past May, 72-28.
No. 3 Richland Springs 70, Eden 24
EDEN - The two-time defending state champion Richland Springs Coyotes opened Division I, District 9 action with their 35th consecutive win overall - and 67th straight in the regular season - 70-24 over Eden Friday night.
The No. 3 Coyotes (6-0, 1-0) ended the game at halftime as they racked up 373 yards of total offense in 20 minutes.
Haustin Burkhart rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries, and completed 3-of-8 passes for 70 yards with two more touchdowns.
Abraham Ahumada chipped in 45 yards rushing and a pair of TDs, a 45-yard touchdown reception and he also completed a 6-yard pass.
Andrew Fowler scored twice, pulling in an 18-yard touchdown reception and rushing for a 3-yard score.
Defensively, Richland Springs held Eden (1-5, 0-1) to 174 yards and recovered two fumbles. The first fumble was returned 5 yards for a touchdown by Mitchell Jacobson, and accounted for the first points of the game.
Tommy Hollon led the Coyotes with 14 tackles, followed by 13.5 from Fowler.
Eden’s Chris Ogle completed 7-of-13 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns, but was held to just 6 yards rushing on five carries. Earlier this season against Brookesmith, Ogle rushed for 355 yards and nine touchdowns.
Next week, the Coyotes host Robert Lee (3-3, 1-0), a 54-6 winner over Rochelle (1-5, 0-1) Friday, while Eden plays at Santa Anna (2-4, 1-0), which is coming off a 57-8 win over Veribest (2-4, 0-1).
Victory Life 32, WF Notre Dame 19
BROOKESMITH - The Victory Life Warriors overcame four turnovers by making four fourth down stops inside the red zone on their way to a 32-19 district win over Wichita Falls Notre Dame Friday night.
The win was VLA’s first in two seasons of district competition as the Warriors improved to 4-2 overall.
The Warriors amassed 395 yards of total offense - 219 rushing and 176 passing - while holding Wichita Falls Notre Dame a hair under 200 total yards.
Trey Valencia rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns, and threw a pair of scoring tosses to Frankie Valencia, who finished with six receptions for 166 yards.
Cameron Polasky and Daniel Coronado contributed 36 and 21 yards rushing, respectively.
Defensively, the Warriors were led by Polasky’s nine tackles and six from Trey Valencia. Frankie Valencia and Gibson Hull intercepted passes.
VLA will be back in action Friday as it hosts Joshua Christian (0-5, 0-1), which is coming off a 59-14 district loss to Arlington Fellowship (4-1, 1-0), in its homecoming game. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Mullin.
No. 2 Strawn 72, May 28
MAY - The May Tigers dropped their first district game since 2005 as they were upended by the No. 2 Strawn Greyhounds, 72-28, in Friday’s Division I, District 10 opener.
May (4-2, 0-1), which had won 29 of its previous 31 regular-season games, received 220 yards passing and four TDs from Nathan Howard, who completed 25-of-40 attempts.
Matt Pruitt caught seven passes for 78 yards with two touchdowns, Cody Brown grabbed six receptions for 35 yards and a score, Tyler Hammond pulled down five catches for 101 yards and Jeremy O’Briant finished with three receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Michael Turner and Timothy Turner tallied a team-high 10 tackles for May.
The Tigers will head to No. 6 Gordon (5-1, 1-0) next week, a 56-6 winner over Gustine (3-3, 0-1) Friday, while Strawn (6-0, 1-0) plays host to Rising Star (3-3, 0-1), which is coming off a 56-48 loss to Blanket.
No. 10 Cherokee 52, Brookesmith 16
CHEROKEE - The two-game win streak of the Brookesmith Mustangs came to an end as the No. 10 Cherokee Indians tallied their fourth straight victory, 52-16, in the Division II, District 13 opener here Friday.
Brookesmith’s two touchdowns were scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards by Cameron Hughes. The Mustangs trailed 32-16 at halftime.
Next week, the Mustangs (3-3, 0-1) will host the No. 9 Panther Creek Panthers, 48-0 winners over Lohn (0-5, 0-1) Friday, while Cherokee (4-2, 1-0) takes on the Panthers (4-2, 1-0).
Santa Anna 57, Veribest 8
VERIBEST - Santa Anna put an end to its four-game losing streak as the Mountaineers opened Division I, District 9 action with a 57-8 win over Veribest Friday.
Santa Anna (2-4, 1-0) finished with just 188 yards of total offense, but took advantage of three Veribest (2-4, 0-1) turnovers.
Mike Maldonado returned one fumble 62 yards for a touchdown, while Joe Guerrero scored on a 56-yard fumble return. Manny Dancy also chipped in a 72-yard kick return.
Offensively, Fausto Maldonado scored on runs of 1 and 15 yards, while Jordon Whaley added scoring sprints of 24 and 2 yards. Richard Ramsey contributed touchdown passes of 5 yards to Mike Maldonado and 47 yards to Whaley.
Whaley’s touchdown reception ended the game with 1:30 left in the third period.
Veribest finished with 171 yards of total offense, led by Jonathan Ubando’s 66 yards rushing and a first-quarter touchdown.
Next week, Santa Anna will host Eden (1-5, 0-1), which lost to No. 3 Richland Springs, 70-24, while Veribest hosts Rochelle (1-5, 0-1), which is coming off a 54-6 loss to Robert Lee.
Coleman 46, Dublin 7
COLEMAN - The Coleman Bluecats kept their perfect record intact with a 46-7 District 8-2A victory over the Dublin Lions Friday night.
Coleman (6-0, 2-0) eclipsed 400 yards in total offense for the second straight district game, finishing with 464 yards - 365 rushing and 99 passing.
The Bluecat defense limited Dublin (1-5, 0-3) to 145 total yards and forced two turnovers.
Colton Buzzard completed five passes for 99 yards with touchdowns to Dalton Deleon, who grabbed two catches for 78 yards, and Kahlam Salazar.
Glen Edington rushed for a team-high 112 yards and a touchdown, while Zach Doyle chipped in 50 yards and two scores. Buzzard and Jonathon Sanchez also ran for touchdowns.
Coleman will visit Bangs (5-2, 3-0) in a key District 8-2A showdown next week, while Dublin has its bye on Friday.
Other scores (No information reported)
Brady 34, San Saba 7
Goldthwaite 75, Evant 42
Star 62, Mullin 56
Sidney 60, Jonesboro 14