Bulletin Staff Report
SANTA ANNA — The May Tigers wrapped up their second outright Six-Man Division I, District 13 championship in a row — and secured a playoff berth for the Blanket Tigers as well — with a 64-52 win over the Santa Anna Mountaineers here Friday night.
The Tigers (9-1, 4-0), who will have a bye through next week’s first round of the playoffs, will face either No. 2 Richland Springs or Lometa over Thanksgiving weekend.
May’s Nathan Howard rushed for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns and completed 11-of-18 passes for 219 yards with four more scores.
Mikey Dickerson caught four passes for 108 yards and a score, Conner Murphree grabbed four receptions for 82 yards with a pair of touchdowns and Justin Atkinson added two catches for 27 yards with a score.
Defensively, Murphree led May with 19 tackles, followed by 15 from Howard and 14 from Dickerson.
Santa Anna (7-3, 2-2) was plagued by penalties, finishing with 13 for 120 yards compared to May’s three for 20 yards.
Fausto Maldonado rushed for 204 yards and five touchdowns, scoring on runs of 30, 1, 8, 25 and 50 yards. He finished the season with 1,017 yards rushing and 18 TDs.
Terrence Jackson chipped in 170 yards rushing and scored on runs of 2 and 41 yards. He finished with 2,075 yards rushing and 41 touchdowns.
Jordon Whaley led the Santa Anna defensive effort with 15 tackles and an interception, while Demetrus Reese also picked off a pass.
Six-Man Division II, District 14
Zephyr 71, Paint Rock 24
ZEPHYR — The Zephyr Bulldogs racked up their second straight outright Six-Man Division II, District 14 championship by blasting the Paint Rock Indians, 71-24, Friday night.
Zephyr (7-3, 4-0) — which piled up 402 yards of total offense — won its sixth straight game and will enjoy a bye next week in the opening round of the playoffs.
Jason Hughes rushed for 135 yards and touchdowns of 4 and 5 yards, ran a kick back 48 yards for a TD, returned an interception 62 yards for six points and passed for 98 yards and three more scores.
Hughes completed touchdown tosses of 6, 34 and 20 yards to Luke Creed, who finished with four receptions for 98 yards.
Cord Biddy added 66 yards rushing and scored on runs of 9 and 38 yards. He also caught two passes for 29 yards.
Chris Newton completed 4-of-6 passes for 60 yards and ran for 53 yards on just four carries.
Defensively, Ryan Martin returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown and finished with seven tackles.
Biddy led Zephyr with 14 tackles, followed by 10 from Taylor Hart, eight from Hughes, seven from Martin and five each from Creed, Newton and Chase Jackson. Hart also recovered a fumble and Creed intercepted a pass.
After winning seven of its first eight games, Paint Rock (7-3, 2-2) dropped its last two contests to miss the postseason.
Six-Man Division I, District 15
No. 2 Richland Springs 60, Rochelle 14
RICHLAND SPRINGS — The No. 2 Richland Springs Coyotes pushed their overall win streak to 23 games and won their 60th straight regular season contest, 60-14, over the Rochelle Hornets to lock up another outright district championship.
Richland Springs (9-0, 4-0), which will face Lometa in the bi-district round of the playoffs at San Saba Friday night, led just 16-6 at halftime. But the Coyotes scored four touchdowns in the third period to jump out to a 48-14 lead, then added two more scores in the final period.
Tyler Ethridge completed 10-of-13 passes for 272 yards with three touchdowns, giving him 211 for his career. Ethridge also rushed 13 times for 123 yards with touchdown runs of 36, 21 and 2 yards.
Mark Williams caught five passes for 188 yards and all three of Ethridge’s touchdowns, covering 59, 50 and 24 yards.
Bryn Allgood led Rochelle (8-2, 3-1), which will face Calvert next week, with 188 yards passing and 42 yards rushing.
Allgood also threw a pair of touchdown passes, including one of 55 yards to Billy Rainwater.
Rochelle’s leading rusher — Jason Valliant — was limited to 21 yards. Valliant did catch a team-high six passes for 48 yards.
Six-Man Division I, District 13
Blanket 73, Rising Star 28
BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers made a strong showing heading into the postseason as they cruised past the Rising Star Wildcats, 73-28, Friday.
Blanket’s (4-6, 3-1) win, coupled with May’s victory over Santa Anna, locked up the second seed from Division I, District 13 for the Tigers, who will enjoy a bye during next week’s opening round of the playoffs.
The Tigers picked up 237 of their 399 total yards on the ground as Brian Box rushed for 115 yards and four touchdowns, while Neil Dove added 111 yards and two scores.
Dove also completed 9-of-16 passes for 162 yards with a touchdown, which accounted for one of Chris Boykin’s two catches for 62 yards.
Corey Wetzel finished with a team-high three catches for 21 yards, while Zach Isham added two catches for 48 yards and K.J. King had two receptions for 31 yards.
Defensively, James Nance led the Tigers with 21 tackles, followed by 16 from Box. Caleb Reich added 10 tackles and two interceptions, including one for a 50-yard touchdown, while Isham had eight takedowns and returned an interception 43 yards for six points.
Rising Star (1-9, 0-4) finished with 274 yards of total offense, including 254 rushing.
Six-Man Division I, District 15
Veribest 68, Brookesmith 53
BROOKESMITH — The Mustangs of Brookesmith finished their first season under head coach Clint Lowry with a 2-8 record, falling to Veribest, 68-53, following an hour and a half light delay Friday night.
The Mustangs, who were 0-4 in district after reaching the playoffs last season, competed with only seven players in each of their district games.
Veribest (6-4, 1-3) finished the season with a two-game win streak, having defeated Victory Life Academy, 92-46, last week.
Goldthwaite 48, Valley Mills 7
GOLDTHWAITE — In a battle of the Eagles, Goldthwaite locked up the top seed in Division II from District 13-A and also finished alone in second place with Friday’s 48-7 drubbing of Valley Mills.
Goldthwaite (8-2, 5-1), which has a bye into the second round of the playoffs, will carry a four-game win streak into the postseason.
Valley Mills (7-3, 4-2) is the second seed in Division II from the district, but dropped its final two games of the regular season.
Goldthwaite jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and padded its advantage with four second-half touchdowns.
Wade Clifton rushed for 120 yards and scored on a 6-yard sprint, while Walt Clifton chipped in 101 yards and touchdowns of 3 and 40 yards. Cory Baker added 92 yards rushing and three catches for 97 yards, including touchdowns of 73 and 19 yards from Walt Clifton. Clifton completed 4-of-7 passes for 127 yards.
Goldthwaite finished with 527 yards of total offense, including 386 yards rushing on 42 carries.
Valley Mills tallied 249 total yards — 125 rushing and 124 passing — and had the game’s only two turnovers.
Coleman 45, Jim Ned 20
TUSCOLA — The Coleman Bluecats snapped a two-game losing streak and secured the final playoff berth from District 6-2A with a 45-20 road win at Jim Ned Friday night.
Coleman (8-2, 5-2) will face Haskell in the first round of the Class 2A, Division II playoffs Saturday in Cisco, while Jim Ned (6-4, 3-4) finished tied for fifth place in the district.
The Bluecats — who chalked up 447 total yards — increased their 10-7 halftime lead by scoring 21 points in the third quarter.
Colton Buzzard — who rushed for 144 yards and completed 8-of-12 passes for 109 yards — scored on a 16-yard run and threw a 2-yard scoring toss to Jamal Agbor to help Coleman distance itself.
Brandon Worsham added a 3-yard touchdown run later in the period.
Buzzard also threw a pair of touchdown passes to Dalton Deleon that covered 20 and 8 yards in the first and fourth quarters, respectively. Deleon caught a team-high six passes for 72 yards.
Bronson Buzzard led Coleman with 212 yards rushing on 26 carries, while Jim Ned received 150 of its 184 yards on the ground from quarterback Jordan Coffman.
Coffman ran for a 63-yard touchdown in the second period, while Joseph Mayfield adding scoring runs on 1 and 2 yards in the fourth period.
The Indians finished with 269 yards of total offense.
San Saba 28, Grape Creek 7
SAN SABA — The San Saba Armadillos snapped a seven-game losing streak Friday with their second straight season-ending victory over the Grape Creek Eagles, 28-7.
San Saba (2-8, 1-6) finished with 289 yards of total offense, while the Armadillo defense forced three turnovers and limited Grape Creek (2-8, 0-7) to 223 total yards.
John Henry threw touchdown passes of 48 yards to Justin Barker and 17 yards to Joseph Henry, while adding rushing scores of 19 and 12 yards.
Henry finished with 109 yards rushing and 132 yards passing, completing 9-of-12 attempts.
Grape Creek’s lone touchdown came in the second quarter and trimmed the deficit to 14-7. Landon McCall threw a 7-yard scoring toss to Jordan Beardon.
No. 9 Abilene Wylie 47, Comanche 0
COMANCHE — The Comanche Indians finished a winless campaign with a 47-0 loss to No. 9 Abilene Wylie, which will head to the playoffs as the District 7-3A champion.
The loss was the 17th straight for Comanche (0-10, 0-4), which has not won since Sept. 15, 2006 — a 49-12 decision over Brady.
Wylie (8-2, 4-0) scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and added three more in the second period to account for all the scoring.
Comanche turned the ball over seven times — including five on interceptions — and finished with 183 yards of total offense.
Wylie chalked up 244 total yards and scored one defensive touchdown and once on special teams.
Cameron Rogers returned the opening kick 91 yards, then added scoring runs of 7 and 10 yards. Other Wylie touchdown runs belonged to Jared Wallace (2 yards), Jesse Jennings (1 yard) and Joe Kimmell (30 yards).
Chance Perkins returned an interception for a Wylie touchdown.
Jerick Roberts rushed for 106 yards for Comanche, while Byman Ballard added 53 yards.
Six-Man Division II, District 15
No. 9 Gustine 75, Iredell 28
GUSTINE — The No. 9 Gustine Tigers clinched the Six-Man Division II, District 15 title with a 75-28 win over the Iredell Dragons Friday night.
Gustine (7-3, 4-0) will face District 16 runner-up Star, which won a three-way coin flip to advance, next week in the opening round of the playoffs. Iredell (7-3, 3-1) will take on District 16 champion Jonesboro.
Evany Cervantez rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, while passing for 158 yards.
Ty Keeter had 103 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns, while Garrett Leggett caught three touchdown passes that covered 48 yards.
Leggett also led the Gustine defense with 11 tackles, followed by Wesley Jones with 10. Colton Hicks added nine tackles and two fumble recoveries and Jaden Keeter tallied nine tackles.
De Leon 45, Cross Plains 6
Cranfills Gap 98, Mullin 85
Arlington Fellowship def. VLA
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