Bulletin Staff Report
BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers chalked up their second consecutive victory — and second straight 70-point performance — in Friday night’s 70-25 win over the Santa Anna Mountaineers.
Blanket (2-2) finished with 314 yards of total offense, while Santa Anna (2-3) compiled 252 total yards. The Mountaineers, however, turned the ball over seven times — including six on fumbles — and the Tigers’ Braxton Gonzalez returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns.
Joseph Meeks recovered a pair of fumbles, while Jerod Ramirez and Darrell Greenwood also pounced on loose balls for Blanket.
Offensively for the Tigers, Corey Wetzel rushed for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns on eight carries, while completing 7-of-13 passes for 103 yards with two more touchdowns.
Austin Hughes chipped in 66 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just six carries and grabbed two receptions for 48 yards with another score.
Tanner Downes finished with two catches for 38 yards with a touchdown for the Tigers, who are off next week.
Blanket returns to action on Oct. 9 when it visits Rising Star in the Six-Man Division I, District 10 opener.
Santa Anna is also off next week and will resume action on Oct. 9 when it hosts Veribest in the Six-Man Division I, District 9 opener.
Victory Life 48,
BROOKESMITH — The Victory Life Warriors snapped a three-game skid with a fourth-quarter surge that resulted in a 48-34 win over Coolidge Friday night.
Tied at 34 heading into the final period, Tyler McDaniel scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:48 left and he added an insurance score on a 4-yard run with 7:37 left to ice the victory for VLA (2-3).
The Warriors finished with 444 yards of total offense and allowed 396 to Coolidge (1-4).
McDaniel rushed for 167 of the Warriors’ 250 yards on the ground and added a 4-yard touchdown run with three seconds left in the first half.
Gibson Hull contributed 58 yards rushing and scored on a 8-yard carry, as well as a 70-yard kick return.
Through the air, McDaniel was 13-of-33 for 194 yards with touchdown passes of 9 and 11 yards to Hull. Weston Norway finished with a team-high six catches for 110 yards, Hull tallied four catches for 43 and Cameron Polaski had two receptions covering 26 yards.
Victory Life is slated to host San Antonio River City Believers Academy for homecoming next week.
NOVICE — The Brookesmith Mustangs’ bid for a three-game win streak was foiled by the Novice Hornets, who picked up a 64-44 victory Friday night.
Cameron Hughes rushed for touchdowns of 30, 2, 3, 2 and 25 yards and also converted four two-point kicks to account for 38 of the points for Brookesmith (2-2).
Josh Arispe led the Novice (3-1) scoring surge as he returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown, rushed for scores of 39, 4 and 52 yards and threw touchdown passes of 50 and 78 yards.
Novice jumped out to an 18-0 lead after one quarter, but the Mustangs closed the deficit to 37-30 by halftime. Neither team scored in the third period, and the Hornets owned a 13-point scoring edge over the final 10 minutes.
The Mustangs host Grandfalls-Royalty next week in their final game before the start of Six-Man Division II, District 13 play.
MAY — The May Tigers put forth their best offensive effort of the season, but were unable to notch their first victory as the Lometa Hornets tallied a 69-28 win Friday night.
Jeremy O’Briant scored for May (0-5) on a 20-yard touchdown reception from Cody Lancaster, a 40-yard sprint and a 75-yard kick return. Logan Ferguson also got into the end zone with a 3-yard touchdown run.
With 4:10 left in the first period, May and Lometa were tied at 14-all, but the Hornets scored 32 of the last 40 points in the first half to open a 46-22 halftime edge.
Lometa finished with 470 yards of total offense, including 411 yards rushing. Cody Brister sparked the Hornet offense with touchdown runs of 40, 35 and 6 yards.
May tallied a season-high 209 yards of total offense and rushed for 178 yards.
The Tigers are off next week and visit defending state champion Strawn in the Oct. 9 Six-Man Division I, District 10 opener.
No. 10 Zephyr 0
ZEPHYR — Fresh off their first win of the season — and first at the new Bulldog Field — the No. 10 Zephyr Bulldogs could not piece together their first win streak of the season as Gustine remained unbeaten with a 50-0 victory.
Zephyr (1-4) allowed 307 yards of total offense, including 282 on the ground to Gustine (5-0). The Bulldogs, meanwhile, tallied just 33 yards of total offense.
Cody Wallin completed 3-of-7 passes for 43 yards for Zephyr, with Eric Simpson grabbing a 31-yard reception.
Layne Wiedl rushed for 13 yards, while Lacy Culpepper added nine.
Culpepper finished with eight tackles for the Bulldogs, followed by six from Waller and three from Greg Faubion and Dalton Fowler.
Gustine scored 30 points in the first quarter and added 14 more in the second. The Tigers were led by Anthony Johnson, who scored on runs of 25, 30 and 35 yards and also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Zephyr, which has played all five of its games at home, will hit the road for the first time when the Bulldogs resume play on Oct. 9 at Paint Rock in the Six-Man Division II, District 13 opener.
No. 3 Sidney 61,
Rising Star 16
SIDNEY — The No. 3 Sidney Eagles kept their unbeaten record intact as they throttled the Rising Star Wildcats for a 61-16 homecoming win Friday night.
Stephan Ortiz led the Sidney (5-0) attack — which churned out 404 yards of total offense — as he rushed for 185 yards and five touchdowns on 10 carries, threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Colt Caffey and caught a 71-yard scoring strike from Ethan Smart.
Andrew Santibanez chipped in 118 yards rushing and a touchdown on five carries, while Chris Dominguez tallied 18 yards rushing and a touchdown on five carries.
The Eagles held Rising Star (2-2) to 182 yards of total offense as Santibanez recorded a team-high 10 tackles, followed by seven each from Kyle Hunt, Jacob Crim and Francisco Munoz.
Sidney will travel to Morgan for a non-district contest next week, while Rising Star is off until Oct. 9 when it hosts Blanket in the Six-Man Division I, District 10 opener.
IREDELL — The Mullin Bulldogs continued their early season roll Friday as they moved to 5-0 with a 64-38 victory over the Iredell Dragons.
Trailing 16-14 after one quarter, the Bulldogs grabbed a 28-24 halftime lead and took a 48-38 lead into the fourth period, where Mullin tallied the final 16 points of the game.
Randy Sims rushed for 174 yards and finished with 40 yards receiving, while Michael Weaver chipped in 59 yards on the ground. Zach Maxey led the air attack with 45 yards passing.
Defensively, Weaver led the Bulldogs with 12 tackles, followed by Maxey with 11.
Mullin will visit Cherokee next week in the Bulldogs’ final game before the start of Six-Man Division II, District 14 action.
No. 5 Goldthwaite 41, Merkel 0
GOLDTHWAITE — The No. 5 Goldthwaite Eagles avenged their only loss from the 2008 regular season as they crushed the Merkel Badgers, 41-0, here Friday night.
Leading just 7-0 at halftime, the Eagles (5-0) exploded with 20 points in the third period and 14 more in the fourth.
Goldthwaite tallied 439 yards of total offense — 295 rushing and 144 passing — while limiting Merkel (1-4) to just 196 total yards.
Jonathon Williams led the Eagles with 114 yards rushing, while James Harden rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Horton chipped in 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Cagan Smith also rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Through the air, Horton completed 7-of-13 passes for 144 yards with a 39-yard scoring toss to Williams, who led all receivers with three catches for 74 yards. Garrett Schwartz added two catches for 28 yards for Goldthwaite.
Robert Jackson led Merkel with 75 yards rushing, Dylan Turner completed 6-of-19 passes for 42 yards and Dallas Lyon grabbed three receptions for 16 yards.
Goldthwaite will travel to Mart next week in its final game before beginning defense of its District 25-A championship.
COLEMAN — The Comanche Indians continued to pile up the points in the District 8-2A opener as they coasted past the Coleman Bluecats, 49-13.
The Indians (5-0, 1-0) finished with 436 yards of total offense — 250 rushing and 186 through the air — while Coleman (0-5, 0-1) tallied 275 total yards — with 208 coming on the ground.
Coleman opened the scoring on a 67-yard touchdown run by Andrew Isom, who finished with 159 yards on 15 caries.
Comanche responded with three touchdowns — a 74-yard pass from Jerick Roberts to Cody Biggs, a 1-yard Josh Feaster run and an 8-yard Roberts to Biggs connection — to grab a 21-7 halftime lead.
Feaster finished with 157 yards rushing for the Indians, while Roberts added 70. Roberts completed 9-of-13 passes and added a third scoring toss — a 6-yarder to Scott Bill — as well as a 53-yard scoring sprint, both in the third period.
Trent Hambright caught a 15-yard pass from Logan Owens to complete Coleman’s scoring.
The Indians will host Dublin in district action next week, while Coleman has its bye. The Bluecats will next visit Dublin on Oct. 9.
San Saba 35,
DUBLIN — The San Saba Armadillos recorded their second two-game win streak of the season with Friday’s 35-6 win over Dublin in the District 8-2A opener for both teams.
San Saba (4-1, 1-0) scored 14 points in the first quarter — on a 13-yard pass from Ryan Pannell to Chance Gotcher and a 10-yard run by Anthony Salinas — to seize control of the contest.
The Armadillos finished with 381 yards of total offense — highlighted by 286 yards rushing — while holding Dublin (1-4, 0-1) to 128 total yards and forcing four turnovers.
Jack Whitten rushed for 128 yards and a 59-yard touchdown, while Hayden Oliver added 44 yards and a 1-yard touchdown. Max Palacio chipped in a 10-yard scoring jaunt.
Pannell completed 6-of-18 passes for 95 yards and Gotcher caught three passes for 50 yards. Issac Jimenez added a 24-yard catch, Chase Key had a 15-yard reception and Whitten caught a 5-yard pass.
Defensivley, Salinas led the way with 14 tackles and a fumble recovery, Will Sloan and Pete Torres each recovered a fumble and Whitten intercepted a pass. Ryan Parks also added eight tackles.
The Armadillos will host Bangs next week.