Bulletin Staff Report
MAY — The No. 10 May Tigers ran their streak of consecutive regular season victories to 19 with a 47-0 thumping of the Division II Bryson Cowboys in non-district six-man action here Friday.
Conner Murphree rushed for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just two carries and added a 44-yard touchdown on his only reception to pace the May (3-0) offense.
Ian Jacobson added 63 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Nathan Howard completed 6-of-10 passes for 140 yards and two scores.
Mikey Dickerson caught three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, while Tyler Hammond contributed a 26-yard scoring catch.
Bryan Pate also completed his only pass attempt for 1 yard and a touchdown.
Defensively, Murphree’s 13 tackles led the Tigers, followed by nine from Thane Wells and eight each from Dickerson and Timothy Turner. Jacobson also intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble for May.
The Tigers will hit the road next week and face Strawn, which is coming off a 54-24 win over TAPPS No. 2 Rockwall Heritage.
Zephyr 58, Cherokee 38
CHEROKEE — Zephyr picked up its first win of the Landon Buffe era as the former Cherokee coach led the Bulldogs past the Indians, 58-38, here Friday night.
Zephyr (1-2) piled up 430 yards of total offense, including 243 yards on the ground and 187 yards through the air.
Jason Hughes connected on 9-of-24 passes for 137 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed for 172 yards and another score on 14 carries.
Hughes completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Luke Creed, who grabbed seven catches for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Creed also caught a 15-yard toss from Chris Newton to open the scoring. Newton completed 6-of-9 passes for 50 yards with two touchdowns.
Ethan Fisher also hauled in a 6-yard scoring toss from Newton.
Cord Biddy added a 36-yard scoring sprint while Chase Jackson found the end zone on runs of 1 and 2 yards.
Biddy led the defense with 13 tackles and a forced fumble. Jackson added 12 tackles and an interception, while Hughes tallied 10 takedowns and two interceptions, including an 80-yard return for a touchdown that closed the scoring.
Next week Zephyr will visit Santa Anna, a 42-36 double overtime loser to Robert Lee Friday.
Rochelle 42, Blanket 22
ROCHELLE — The Blanket Tigers’ bid for back-to-back victories was denied by the Rochelle Hornets, who remained undefeated with a 42-22 home win here Friday night.
Neil Dove threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for another in a losing effort for Blanket (1-2).
Dove completed 6-of-11 passes for 131 yards with both of his scoring tosses going to Brian Box, who finished with four catches for 78 yards.
The Tigers racked up 181 yards rushing, led by 73 yards from Box, 52 from Zach Isham and 47 from Dove.
Blanket also tallied 144 yards through the air with Corey Wetzel completing 3-of-4 passes for 13 yards.
Defensively, James Nance forced a fumble, which Rochelle (3-0) recovered, and Timothy Langston intercepted a pass.
The Hornets finished with 367 yards of total offense, led by Jason Valliant’s 218 yards rushing and 100 yards passing.
Valliant scored on runs of 9, 28, 33 and 6 yards, and completed a 60-yard scoring toss to Bryn Allgood.
Next week the Tigers will play host to Cherokee, a 58-38 loser to Zephyr Friday night.
Lohn 82, Brookesmith 34
LOHN — After defeating the Lohn Eagles, 73-6, a year ago, the Brookesmith Mustangs were dealt a dose of their own medicine in an 82-34 loss here Friday night.
Brookesmith (1-2) surrendered 717 yards of total offense to Lohn (2-1), including 653 yards rushing on 34 carries — an average of 19.2 yards per carry. With only four more carries as a team, the Eagles outrushed Brookesmith by 606 yards.
Josh Aguilar led Lohn with 494 yards rushing on 21 carries.
The Mustangs, who led 14-13 after one period, tallied 332 yards of offense, but only 47 yards rushing on 30 carries.
Michael Watkins paced the Mustang offense with 285 yards through the air as he completed 19-of-47 passes.
Derek Ferguson caught four passes for 76 yards, while Dalton Stevens chipped in 23 yards rushing.
Brookesmith will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak as they face Star, which lost to Novice, 43-38, Friday night.
Brady 33, Comanche 20
COMANCHE — The Brady Bulldogs earned just their second win in 23 games since dropping down to Class 2A as they spoiled the Comanche Indians’ homecoming game, 33-20, Friday night.
After giving up 32 points in the first half last week, Comanche (0-3) allowed Brady (1-2) to build a 27-7 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs finished with 344 yards of total offense, including 285 yards rushing. Prennis Williams led Brady with 151 yards on the ground and scored on runs of 4 and 51 yards.
Brantley King added touchdown runs of 7, 8 and 6 yards.
Comanche did produce a season-high 20 points, 245 total yards and the final 13 points of the game, those coming after Brady had build a 26-point cushion.
Chance Akin scored on a 4-yard run and Jason Steiner caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Indian quarterback Jerick Roberts.
Roberts also connected with Nestor Reyes for a 64-yard touchdown in the first half.
Roberts finished with 116 yards passing and 80 yards rushing for the Indians, who head to Hamilton — a 29-14 loser to Salado Friday — next week.
No. 5 Coleman 59, Rotan 14
COLEMAN — The No. 5 Coleman Bluecats completed their non-district schedule with another convincing victory, this time pummeling the Rotan Yellowhammers, 59-14, for homecoming.
Coleman (3-0) scored 52 points prior to halftime, including 31 in the first period alone.
The Bluecats amassed 373 yards of total offense, including 308 rushing.
Defensively, Coleman held Rotan (1-2) to 67 yards of total offense and four first downs, while forcing four turnovers.
Colton Buzzard rushed for a team-high 137 yards on just five carries, which included scoring runs of 50 and 60 yards. He also completed 5-of-8 passes for 55 yards with touchdown tosses of 6 and 24 yards going to Dalton Deleon and Brandon Worsham, respectively.
Bronson Buzzard added an 11-yard touchdown run, Caleb Walker contributed scoring runs of 5 and 4 yards and Oscar Villeda booted a 37-yard field goal.
The Bluecats are off next week and open District 6-2A action at home against Bangs on Sept. 28.
Hamlin 34, Cross Plains 24
CROSS PLAINS — In a battle of winless squads, the Hamlin Pied Pipers were able to get over the hump and extend Cross Plains’ losing streak to 13 games with a 34-24 victory over the Buffaloes here Friday night.
Cross Plains (0-3) fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and was forced to play catch-up all night.
The Buffaloes yielded 349 yards of total offense, including 206 rushing.
Matt Hall led Hamlin (1-2) with 132 yards rushing on just six carries, highlighted by a 57-yard scamper that opened the scoring.
Cross Plains’ J.J. Calloway completed 28-of-35 passes for 269 yards with a pair of touchdown passes — covering 10 and 12 yards — to Ashton Yates. Calloway also ran for two 7-yard touchdowns.
Brice Bowden’s 50 yards rushing served as the team-high for the Buffaloes, who finished with 337 yards of total offense. Of those yards, 292 came through the air.
The Buffaloes will travel to Evant — which lost to Texas Christian Academy of Waco, 36-29, Friday — in their final game prior to the start of District 12-A action.
DI No. 1 Richland Springs 68,
DII No. 9 Gustine 6
GUSTINE — The defending Six-Man Division I state champion Richland Springs Coyotes showed no ill effects from an early week off, throttling the Gustine Tigers — ranked No. 9 in Division II — by a 68-6 count here Friday.
Richland Springs (2-0) finished with 256 yards of total offense, while the defense forced five turnovers and held the Tigers (1-2) to 22 total yards.
Tyler Ethridge completed all five of his pass attempts for 119 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 75 yards and a 19-yard touchdown on four carries.
All four of Mark Williams’ catches were for touchdowns, which covered 38, 36, 16 and 5 yards.
Shelby Smith added 64 yards rushing and scoring runs of 5 and 16 yards.
Haustin Burkhart scored on a 69-yard punt return and also had a 24-yard reception.
Defensively, Ethridge picked off a pass and recovered a fumble. Williams added an interception, while Richie Daniels and Khalid Khatib also recovered fumbles for the Coyotes.
Gustine’s lone touchdown came on a first-quarter 28-yard pass from Jaden Keeter to Ty Keeter.
The Coyotes will take on reigning Division II state champion Northside on Saturday at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium. Gustine will visit Buckholts, which is coming off a 62-16 loss to Aquilla, on Friday.
Robert Lee 42, Santa Anna 36 (2 OTs)
ROBERT LEE — Santa Anna and Robert Lee were able to duplicate their thrilling double overtime contest from a year ago, but the Mountaineers again came up short in a 42-36 loss to the Steers here Friday.
Santa Anna (2-1) had a pass intercepted by Brody Dillard to start the second overtime, then Dillard scored on an 8-yard run to cap the Steers’ (1-1) first victory of the season.
The Mountaineers rallied from a 22-point halftime deficit to pull even at 30-all by the end of regulation.
Santa Anna finished with 271 yards of total offense, led by 91 yards passing and 86 yards rushing from Terrence Jackson.
Jackson scored on a 19-yard run in overtime and also threw scoring tosses of 40 yards to Fausto Maldonado and 43 yards to Demetrus Reese.
Chris Tate added a 23-yard touchdown run for Santa Anna.
The Mountaineers will attempt to rebound next week when they receive a visit from Zephyr, which is coming off a 58-38 win over Cherokee.
Other scores — No report
Lometa 60, Rising Star 14
Jonesboro 68, Mullin 0