Bulletin Staff Report
SANTA ANNA — As healthy as they’ve been all season, the Blanket Tigers vaulted themselves into playoff contention and snapped a four-game losing streak with a 56-54 Six-Man Division I, District 13 win over the Santa Anna Mountaineers here Friday.
The Tigers (2-5, 1-0) — who at one point were playing with nine of 14 varsity players injured — had two weeks to heal and prepare for Santa Anna (6-2, 1-1) as their district bye occurred last Friday.
Blanket’s win puts the Tigers in the driver’s seat to return to the postseason after a one-year absence. Meanwhile, Santa Anna will likely have to run the table and defeat May in their year-end showdown to keep its chances of a third straight postseason appearance alive.
Each team scored eight touchdowns, but Blanket converted four two-point kicks and Santa Anna was successful on just three tries, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
Blanket’s Neil Dove completed 16-of-23 passes for 234 yards and two TDs and also rushed 26 times for 144 yards and two more scores.
Brian Box added 79 yards rushing and four TDs on 15 carries, along with five receptions for 76 yards.
Zach Isham hauled in a team-high six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Boykin grabbed five passes for 55 yards and a score.
The Tigers finished with 459 yards of total offense —236 passing and 223 rushing — while the Mountaineers tallied 415 total yards — 334 on the ground and 71 through the air.
Terrence Jackson led Santa Anna with 270 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 26 carries. Jackson rushed for touchdowns of 20, 30, 60, 25 and 50 yards.
Jackson also completed 5-of-12 passes for 71 yards with touchdown tosses of 21 and 12 yards to Fausto Maldonado.
Maldonado added 73 yards rushing on nine carries and an 8-yard touchdown.
Defensively, Jordon Whaley recorded 14 tackles for Santa Anna.
Next week, Blanket will host Panther Creek, which is coming off a 54-40 win over Rising Star, while Santa Anna has its bye.
SIX-MAN DIVISION II, DISTRICT 14
Zephyr 73, Lohn 26
ZEPHYR — The Zephyr Bulldogs cruised to their fourth consecutive victory and remained atop the Six-Man Division II, District 14 standings with their 73-26 triumph over the Lohn Eagles Friday night.
Leading 14-6 after one quarter, Zephyr (5-3, 2-0) scored 29 points in the second quarter and 30 in the third to end the game 36 seconds prior to the start of the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs amassed 384 yards of total offense — 231 rushing and 153 passing — against the Lohn (4-3, 0-1) defense.
Jason Hughes rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns covering 11, 15, 16 and 43 yards. He also completed 8-of-12 passes for 151 yards with four more scores.
Cord Biddy hauled in scoring receptions of 19 and 41 yards and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. Biddy finished with three receptions for 70 yards.
Luke Creed — who also grabbed three passes for 70 yards — added a 14-yard touchdown catch, while Chris Newton recorded a 25-yard scoring reception.
Defensively, Hughes and Biddy returned interceptions 70 and 68 yards for touchdowns, respectively, while Creed also picked off a pass.
Ryan Martin and Chase Jackson chipped in nine tackles apiece for Zephyr, which is off next week.
SIX-MAN DIVISION I, DISTRICT 15
No. 1 Richland Springs 62,
RICHLAND SPRINGS — The top-ranked Richland Springs Coyotes showed no signs of letting up in their march toward a second straight state championship.
The Coyotes held their second opponent in a row to no first downs and negative total yardage as they dismantled the Brookesmith Mustangs, 62-0, in Six-Man Division I, District 15 action.
Brookesmith (2-5, 0-1), coming off its district bye, rushed for minus 9 yards and did not complete a pass.
Offensively, Richland Springs (7-0, 2-0) took 10 snaps and scored on seven.
Tyler Ethridge increased his career passing touchdowns total to 207 as he completed 4-of-6 attempts — all touchdowns — for 142 yards. He also ran for a 39-yard score.
Catching touchdown passes were Mark Williams (57 yards), Patrick Couch (35 yards), Khalid Khatib (30 yards) and Andrew Fowler (20 yards).
Shelby Smith added 89 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on his two carries.
Richie Daniels converted seven two-point kicks for the Coyotes, who are off next week.
The Mustangs will attempt to bounce back at home against Eden, a 49-0 winner over Veribest Friday night.
SIX-MAN DIVISION II, DISTRICT 15
No. 9 Gustine 60, Mullin 12
GUSTINE — The No. 9 Gustine Tigers improved to 2-0 in Six-Man Division II, District 15 action with a 60-12 win over the Mullin Bulldogs, who were making their league debut.
Mullin (0-7, 0-1), which was off last week, has allowed 452 points in its seven losses this season.
Gustine (5-3, 2-0) was sparked by 169 yards rushing and three TDs from Evany Cervantez, who also passed for 187 yards.
Colton Hicks added 61 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns, while Anthony Johnson had four receptions for 22 yards and a score.
Jaden Keeter contributed a touchdown, 17 yards receiving and 73 yards passing, and Garrett Leggett chipped in an 11-yard scoring reception.
Hayden Hicks also finished with 55 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Gustine defense was led Jon Poage’s 10 tackles.
The Tigers are open next week, while Mullin welcomes Sidney.
Goldthwaite 40, Bosqueville 24
BOSQUEVILLE — The Goldthwaite Eagles rebounded from their District 13-A loss to Meridian two weeks ago with a 40-24 road win over the Bosqueville Bulldogs Friday.
The Eagles (5-2, 2-1), who had last week off, trailed 18-14 after three quarters, but exploded for four touchdowns in the final 12 minutes.
Goldthwaite racked up 304 yards of total offense, including 232 rushing. Defensively, the Eagles gave up 383 yards through the air, but held Bosqueville (3-5, 1-3) to negative 7 yards rushing on 15 carries and forced three turnovers.
The Eagles will host Evant, which is coming off a 73-6 loss to Meridian, next week.
No. 5 Coleman 42, San Saba 20
COLEMAN — The No. 5 Coleman Bluecats surrendered their first points in District 6-2A action, but remained unbeaten with a 42-20 win over the San Saba Armadillos.
Coleman (7-0, 4-0) scored all its points prior to halftime as the Bluecats chalked up 428 yards of total offense, while holding San Saba (1-6, 0-4) to 232 total yards.
Bluecat Bronson Buzzard rushed for 113 yards and a 1-yard touchdown, while Glen Edington added 104 yards and TD runs of 4 and 6 yards. Coleman finished with 286 yards on the ground.
Colton Buzzard connected on 9-of-15 pass attempts for 142 yards and three TDs, while adding 23 yards on the ground.
Edington tallied a 20-yard scoring reception, Corbin Brooks caught a 17-yard touchdown pass and Jamal Agbor scored on a 6-yard toss.
San Saba received 56 yards rushing and a touchdown from John Henry, who also completed 9-of-19 passes for 154 yards with a 25-yard scoring toss to Justin Barker.
Aaron Watkins recovered a fumble and turned it into six points for San Saba’s other touchdown.
Coleman will visit Early — which knocked off Wall, 35-7 — in a first-place battle next week, while San Saba plays host to Bangs — which is coming off its first district win, 32-14, over Jim Ned.
Breckenridge 52, Comanche 22
COMANCHE — The Comanche Indians dropped their second straight district game, eighth consecutive decision this season and 15th contest overall as the Breckenridge Buckaroos rolled to a 52-22 win here Friday.
Breckenridge (3-4, 1-0), which was off last week, abandoned its spread passing attack and rushed for 559 yards on 43 carries. The Buckaroos completed just 3-of-8 passes for 38 yards and threw a pair of interceptions.
Troy Roberson rushed for 262 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries for the Buckaroos, while Blaine Vick chipped in 225 yards and three scores on 14 rushes.
Roberson scored on jaunts of 42, 57 and 47 yards, while Vick found the end zone following sprints of 66, 14 and 25 yards.
Comanche (0-8, 0-2) — which led, 7-6, with 3:29 left in the first quarter — finished with 198 yards of total offense, including 112 rushing.
Jerick Roberts completed 8-of-25 passes for 76 yards and rushed for 63 yards and touchdowns of 4 and 7 yards.
Josh Feaster added 45 yards on the ground and a 27-yard touchdown scamper.
The Indians are open next week while Clyde — which knocked off Sweetwater, 15-8 — visits Breckenridge.
Other scores — No information reported
Cherokee 63, Victory Life 18
Santo 53, Cross Plains 24
Panther Creek 54, Rising Star 40