Bulletin Staff Report
BLANKET — The Zephyr Bulldogs posted their second victory of the season Friday night, drilling Blanket, 82-36, to ruin the Tigers’ homecoming.
Zephyr (2-3) chalked up 551 yards of total offense — 306 rushing and 245 passing — led by Jason Hughes’ 400 total yards and six touchdowns.
Hughes completed 14-of-28 passes for 222 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 178 yards and a score on 15 carries.
Hughes threw touchdown passes to Cord Biddy (10 and 15 yards), Luke Creed (60 yards), Chris Newton (17 yards) and Ryan Martin (21 yards).
Creed finished with a team-high six catches for 129 yards, while Biddy had five for 62 yards and three scores, including a 14-yard scoring reception from Chris Newton. Newton completed 3-of-7 passes for 23 yards and caught three passes for 24 yards.
Biddy also chipped in 128 yards rushing and three touchdowns, scoring on runs of 73, 30 and 8 yards.
Defensively, Biddy led the Bulldogs with 18 tackles and a forced fumble, followed by Martin’s 14 tackles and a fumble recovery — which he returned 64 yards for a touchdown. Hughes added eight tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, Chase Jackson had eight tackles and a fumble recovery and Ethan Fisher collected seven tackles.
The trouble for Blanket (1-4) began on the opening kickoff when the Tigers fumbled into their end zone for a safety.
The Tigers — who entered the game with nine of their 14 players injured — finished with 394 yards of total offense, but turned the ball over five times.
Brian Box completed 13-of-21 passes for 127 of the Tigers’ 247 yards through the air with two interceptions.
Zach Isham was 8-of-9 for 75 yards with a touchdown and Corey Wetzel completed all three of his attempts for 45 yards and a score.
Chris Boykin, Darrell Greenwood, K.J. King and Wetzel all caught five passes. Boykin finished with a team-high 84 yards receiving, while Greenwood had 63 yards and a touchdown and King finished with 57 yards and a score.
On the ground, Box rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns while Isham added 46 yards and a score.
Zephyr will host Mullin — which lost 87-40 to Star Friday — for homecoming next week while Blanket welcomes Gordon — a 55-6 Friday winner over Sidney.
May 46, Lometa 8
MAY — The May Tigers picked up their 21st straight regular season victory, rolling the Lometa Hornets in a 46-8 homecoming win Friday night.
May (5-0) — which slipped out of the most recent sixmanfootball.com Division I Top 10 — received five combined touchdowns from Nathan Howard.
Howard completed 11-of-21 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns to go along with nine rushes for 75 yards and two more scores.
Matt Pruitt added 62 yards rushing and a touchdown and also intercepted two passes to spark the Tiger defense.
Mikey Dickerson caught a team-high three passes for 31 yards, Timothy Turner had two receptions for 66 yards and Conner Murphree pulled down a pair of passes for 28 yards. All three Tigers also had touchdown catches.
Murphree’s 18 tackles served as a team-high, followed by 14 from Dickerson and 12 from Thane Wells.
The Tigers will hit the road next week, facing the team that replaced them in the Top 10. May will tangle with No. 10 Throckmorton, a 55-0 winner over Abilene Christian Friday night.
Santa Anna 57,
BROOKESMITH — Behind 57 unanswered points, the Santa Anna Mountaineers improved to 4-1 with a 57-12 victory over the Brookesmith Mustangs here Friday night.
Brookesmith (2-3) led after the first quarter in its previous two losses, and again the Mustangs — who were playing their homecoming game — were unable to hold an early 12-point advantage.
Santa Anna’s Terrence Jackson rushed for 126 yards on nine carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 55, 10, 45 and 35 yards.
Fausto Maldonado added 61 yards on eight carries and scoring runs of 1 and 37 yards. He also caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Jackson, who was 2-for-3 for 60 yards through the air.
Chris Tate also contributed a 51-yard touchdown run on his lone carry of the night.
Defensively, Maldonado led Santa Anna with 15 tackles, followed by 14 from Tate and 13 from Vance Rice. Jordan Whaley also intercepted a pass for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers will host Duncanville Christway — which defeated Fannindel, 49-42, Friday — for homecoming next week. That game will start at 7 p.m.
The Mustangs will venture to Valera to face winless Panther Creek, which is coming off a 62-52 loss to Veribest.
No. 1 Richland Springs 72,
El Paso Faith Christian 0
RICHLAND SPRINGS — The No. 1-ranked Richland Springs Coyotes extended their win streak to 18 games with their most lopsided victory of the season, a 72-0 pasting of El Paso Faith Christian here Friday night.
The Coyotes (4-0) limited El Paso Faith (1-3) — which was ranked 10th among private schools by sixmanfootball.com — to 24 yards of total offense, one first down and forced a pair of turnovers. Abraham Ahumada recorded an interception, which he returned 18 yards for a touchdown.
Offensively, Richland Springs finished with only 197 total yards, but scored eight touchdowns on just 13 snaps the entire night.
Tyler Ethridge added to his career passing touchdowns record with six more Friday, giving him 193. Ethridge completed 9-of-10 passes for 156 yards.
Catching touchdown receptions were Mark Williams (60 and 11 yards), Patrick Couch (1 and 45 yards), Mitchell Jacobson (5 yards) and Andrew Fowler (16 yards).
Williams led the Coyotes with four catches for 89 yards and Couch finished with three for 46 yards.
Jacobson added a 22-yard touchdown run on a his only carry, while Ethridge scored on a 20-yard run on his lone rush as well.
The Coyotes host Granbury Happy Hill — which is coming off a 78-47 win over Avalon — next week for homecoming.
No. 10 Goldthwaite 49, Frost 0
FROST — The Goldthwaite Eagles scored 30 points in the first quarter of their District 13-A opener and never looked back.
The Eagles — three-time defending district champions — kept the Frost Polar Bears both winless and scoreless with a 49-0 win here Friday night.
Goldthwaite (4-1, 1-0) limited Frost (0-4, 0-1) to just 24 yards of total offense — all rushing — and a pair of first downs, while forcing five turnovers. The Eagles’ defense scored twice as Taylor Watson returned one interception 48 yards for a touchdown, while Bo Lindsey returned another pick 33 yards for six points.
The Eagles, who scored 43 points before halftime, finished with 239 yards rushing on 21 carries — an average of 11.4 yards per rush — and completed 4-of-6 passes for 44 yards.
Wade Clifton scored on a 64-yard touchdown run just 11 seconds into the game and finished with 79 yards on the ground.
Cory Baker added scoring runs of 24 and 15 yards and also kicked field goals of 27 and 43 yards. Walt Clifton also chipped in a 29-yard touchdown run for the Eagles.
Goldthwaite will host Meridian, which had a bye Friday, in district action next week.
Ballinger 24, San Saba 7
BALLINGER — The Ballinger Bearcats scored 18 points in the second half to rally from a one-point halftime deficit and upend the San Saba Armadillos, 24-7, in the District 6-2A opener for both teams Friday night.
Trailing 7-6 at intermission, Ballinger (3-1, 1-0) scored on a 35-yard pass from Tucker Travis to Michael Pena 2:36 into the second half to reclaim the lead.
The Bearcats tacked on a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown by Pena and a 30-yard Aaron Quiroga field goal.
San Saba (1-3, 0-1) led 7-6 after John Henry scored on a 4-yard run and Bobby Pairett converted the extra point with 3:02 left in the opening period. But the Armadillos turned the ball over three times and finished with just 125 yards of total offense.
Henry finished with 34 yards rushing and completed 10-of-23 passes for 113 yards. Joseph Henry had 46 yards receiving for San Saba.
Ballinger received 73 yards rushing from Travis, who also completed 15-of-26 passes for 195 yards. Pena caught eight passes for 170 yards.
The Armadillos will host Wall — a 32-6 winner over Grape Creek Friday night — next week, while Ballinger will visit Jim Ned — a 21-6 loser at Early Friday.
No. 10 Gustine 60, Cherokee 14
GUSTINE — Ty Keeter scored five touchdowns and recovered a fumble to lead the Gustine Tigers — ranked 10th in Division II by sixmanfootball.com — to a 60-14 homecoming win over the Cherokee Indians Friday night.
Keeter finished with 186 yards receiving and ran three times for 95 yards.
Evany Cervantez added 73 yards rushing and two touchdowns on four carries and also threw for 13 yards.
Jaden Keeter passed for 186 yards, including 13 yards and a touchdown to Wesley Jones.
Defensively, Jaden Keeter led Gustine with nine tackles, followed by eight from Ty Keeter six each from Cervantez and Jones, four from Shawn Milligan and three tackles and two interceptions from Colton Hicks.
Gustine (3-2) will host Strawn — a 60-14 winner over Rising Star Friday night — next week.
Other Scores — No Reports
Novice 87, Victory Life 40
No. 2 Cisco 41, Comanche 7
Tolar 56, Cross Plains 12
Strawn 60, Rising Star 14
Star 87, Mullin 40