Bulletin Staff Report
GUSTINE - The Blanket Tigers remained undefeated and kept pace with state-ranked Strawn and Gordon atop the District 10 standings with Friday’s 70-22 win over Gustine.
Blanket (7-0, 2-0) piled up a staggering 600 yards of total offense - 306 yards on the ground and 294 through the air.
Brian Box finished with 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground, while Caleb Reich chipped in 129 yards rushing and three scores of his own.
Through the air, Corey Wetzel completed 8-of-10 passes for 128 yards with a pair of touchdowns, while Box was 3-of-5 for 146 yards and two scores.
Darrell Greenwood caught three touchdown passes totaling 128 yards, while Chris Boykin finished with a team-high five receptions for 112 yards and a score.
Reich chipped in two catches for 29 yards, Sam Boyd hauled in a 24-yard pass and Taylor Kent grabbed an 11-yard reception. Also, Rey Ramos contributed 20 yards rushing.
Gustine (3-4, 0-2) finished with 210 yards of total offense, but lost a pair of fumbles.
Defensively, Blanket was led by 13 tackles each from Kent and Reich, 11 tackles from Boykin and nine from Greenwood.
All of Gustine’s points were scored in the second quarter as it trailed Blanket, 38-22, at intermission. Blanket responded with 26 points in the third period and six more in the fourth.
Blanket will host No. 2 Strawn, a 62-8 winner over Rising Star Friday, in a first-place showdown next week. Gustine, meanwhile, will head to May, where the Tigers are looking to end a two-game slide after Friday’s 54-24 loss to No. 6 Gordon.
No. 5 Zephyr 47, Lohn 0
ZEPHYR -The No. 5 Zephyr Bulldogs racked up their fourth straight victory and tallied their first shutout of the season with a 47-0 Division II, District 13 win over Lohn Friday.
The Bulldogs (5-2, 2-0) kept pace with No. 8 Panther Creek and No. 11 Cherokee atop the district standings, and used several weapons in doing so.
Jason Hughes completed 3-of-6 passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown on two carries. Hughes also scored on a 48-yard punt return and contributed seven tackles.
Haustin Simmons added a 71-yard rushing score, while Greg Faubion carried the ball twice for 93 yards with a touchdown, and also completed a 19-yard pass.
Cody Wallin caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown, while Taylor Hart added a 4-yard scoring reception and Ethan Fisher pulled down a 19-yard catch.
Defensively, Cord Biddy led Zephyr with eight tackles and a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Taylor Hart chipped in six tackles, followed by Fisher with four, Wallin and Eric Simpson with three, Marvin Simpson, Seth Gardner, Billy Gatlin and Simmons with two and Faubion with one tackle. Simmons also intercepted a pass.
Next week, Zephyr heads to Cherokee, which is coming off a 90-44 win over Paint Rock, while Lohn will host Brookesmith, which fell to Panther Creek, 66-20, Friday.
No. 3 Richland Springs 56,
Robert Lee 6
RICHLAND SPRINGS - The two-time defending state champion Richland Springs Coyotes had little trouble with the Robert Lee Steers Friday night, rolling to a 56-6 Division I, District 9 victory.
The No. 3 Coyotes (7-0, 2-0) finished with 431 yards of total offense in one half, while holding Robert Lee (3-4, 1-1) to 195 total yards with three turnovers.
Haustin Burkhart completed 12-of-14 passes for 273 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 102 yards and another score on nine carries.
Nigel Bates finished with six receptions for 124 yards and four touchdowns, while Tommy Hollon grabbed two receptions for 82 yards and a score.
Andrew Fowler chipped in three receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a 1-yard touchdown.
Also, Abraham Ahumada contributed a 32-yard scoring toss.
Robert Lee’s Cody Brosh completed 9-of-16 passes for 125 yards and a 13-yard touchdown to Jeremy Martinez, who gave the Steers an early 6-0 lead. Martinez finished with four catches for 67 yards, while Josh Gallegos ran for a team-high 54 yards on 14 carries.
Next week, Richland Springs - which has won 36 straight games and 68 in a row during the regular season - visits Rochelle, which is coming off a 78-28 loss to Veribest. Robert Lee will host Santa Anna, which fell to Eden, 80-35, on Friday.
Victory Life 59, Joshua Christian 14
MULLIN - The Victory Life Academy Warriors remained atop the TAPPS Six-Man District 3 standings with a second straight league victory, 59-14, over the Joshua Christian Knights on homecoming Friday.
The victory marked the first time VLA has mercy-ruled an opponent in its 18-game history.
The Warriors (5-3, 2-0) displayed a balanced offensive attack with 177 yards passing and 174 yards rushing.
Trey Valencia rushed for a team-high 121 yards and three touchdowns, completed 4-of-4 passes for 89 yards and a score and finished with 85 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Tyler McDaniel threw the scoring tosses to Valencia.
Frankie Valencia added three catches for 59 yards and a score and returned a kickoff 45 yards for another touchdown.
Joshua Layton chipped in a 34-yard touchdown run that ended the game, while Daniel Coronado ran for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Trey Valencia and Cameron Polaski finished with eight tackles apiece, while McDaniel recovered a fumble.
The Warriors are off next week, but return to action on Oct. 31 when they host Arlington Fellowship in Brookesmith in a game that could determine the district championship.
No. 6 Gordon 54, May 24
GORDON - The May Tigers were dealt consecutive losses for the first time since 2005 as their playoff hopes took a blow with Friday’s 54-24 loss to No. 6 Gordon.
May (4-3, 0-2) received 126 yards passing and two touchdowns from Nathan Howard, who also rushed for 58 yards and a score.
Jeremy O’Briant and Tyler Hammond caught the Tigers’ touchdown passes, while Matt Pruitt chipped in 34 yards rushing.
Defensively, Howard and Timothy Turner led May with 13 tackles apiece.
The Tigers will attempt to rebound next week when they host Gustine, which dropped a 70-22 decision to Blanket Friday. Gordon (6-1, 2-0), will travel to Rising Star, which is coming off a 62-8 loss to No. 2 Strawn.
No. 8 Panther Creek 66,
BROOKESMITH - The No. 8 Panther Creek Panthers dished out the Brookesmith Mustangs’ second straight Division II, District 13 defeat, 66-20, here Friday night.
Stephen Hoelscher sparked Panther Creek (5-2, 2-0) with 150 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 10 carries, along with two catches for 78 yards and another score.
Jake Stewart also chipped in a pair of receptions covering 47 yards with a touchdown.
Derek Ferguson was the top offensive performer for the Mustangs with two touchdown catches covering 12 and 47 yards.
The Mustangs will attempt to regroup at winless Lohn next week, which is coming off a 47-0 loss to Zephyr. Panther Creek, meanwhile, will host Paint Rock, which fell to Cherokee by a 90-44 count Friday.
Other scores (No information reported)
Brady 56, Comanche 21
Goldthwaite 54, Chilton 14
Strawn 62, Rising Star 8
Eden 80, Santa Anna 35
Mullin 54, Jonesboro 18
Sidney 48, Cranfills Gap 0