May Tigers (1-0) at Bynum Bulldogs (0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Bulldog Field
2006 Result: Did not meet last season
The May Tigers will be gunning for their 18th consecutive regular season win — dating back to a 52-43 district loss to Blanket in 2005 — as they venture to Bynum to face the Bulldogs in their season opener.
May, ranked No. 11 in sixmanfootball.com’s Division I poll this week, is coming off a 71-54 victory over Division II No. 4 Woodson.
The Tigers received a 561-yard, nine-touchdown performance from junior Nathan Howard in the opener. Howard completed 18-of-34 passes for 411 yards with eight touchdowns, while rushing for 150 yards and another score.
Mikey Dickerson recorded four touchdown receptions, Conner Murphree added three and Tyler Hammond grabbed a pair of scoring tosses.
Defensively, Howard tallied 15 tackles, followed by a dozen from Murphree and 10 from Timothy Turner.
Bynum, which took Cherokee’s spot on the Tigers’ schedule, is coming off a 7-3 season, but missed out on the playoffs in Division I’s District 12, which also houses No. 10 Abbott and formerly No. 6-ranked Blum.
The Bulldogs return three starters on each side of the ball, including quarterback Cody Fain.
Lometa Hornets (0-1) at Zephyr Bulldogs (0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Bulldog Field
2006 Result: Lometa 36, Zephyr 22
The Landon Buffe era got off to a rocky start as the Zephyr Bulldogs were hammered by Rochelle, 60-14, in their new coach’s debut at the Richland Springs Coyote Football Classic.
Zephyr trailed 24-14 midway through the third quarter last week, but a safety triggered a run of 23 points before the start of the fourth period, which ruined the Bulldogs’ chance at a comeback.
Chris Newton threw for 124 yards and a touchdown, while Jason Hughes added a rushing and a receiving touchdown, along with 164 yards of total offense.
Defensively, Hughes, Cord Biddy and Ethan Fisher recorded seven tackles apiece. Hughes and Biddy also forced one fumble each, while Fisher recovered one.
Lometa’s season started with a 41-22 loss to Grandfalls-Royalty in Hico Saturday. The Hornets, coming off a Six-Man Division I bi-district playoff appearance despite a 3-8 record, welcome back three defensive starters, but none on the offensive side of the ball.
Players to watch include backs James Logsdon and Joe Michael Rivera, along with ends Toby Davis and Brandon Fausion.
Balch Springs Christian (0-0) vs. Victory Life Academy Warriors (0-1)
2 p.m. Saturday — Zephyr’s Bulldog Field
2006 Result: First season for Victory Life
The Victory Life Academy Warriors burst on to the TAPPS six-man landscape this past Saturday at the Richland Springs Coyote Kickoff Classic. Despite a 39-0 loss to Dickinson’s Pine Drive Christian, the Warriors have a few positives to build on.
The Warriors — who will be opening their home schedule at Zephyr — advanced inside the Pine Drive 10-yard line three times last week, though they came away with no points.
VLA racked up 211 yards of total offense, including 136 yards on the ground. Daniel Coronado picked up 67 yards rushing, while Trey Valencia added 60. Frankie Valencia completed seven passes for 55 yards, while Cory Vogel pulled down four catches for 43 yards.
Defensively, the Warriors held Pine Drive to one touchdown each in the first and second quarters. After the heat caught up to VLA, which led several players cramping, Pine Drive was able to pull away in the second half.
Balch Springs Christian, a member of TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 2, is making its season debut.
OTHER NON-DISTRICT GAMES
Comanche Indians (0-1) at Llano Yellowjackets (1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Yellowjackets Field
2006 Result: Llano 35, Comanche 13
The Comanche Indians will attempt to regroup from their season-opening 20-9 loss to the Bangs Dragons, while the Llano Yellowjackets are out to carry over the momentum from their 26-14 win over Marble Falls.
The Indians, playing their first game under new head coach Jeryl Brixey, committed three turnovers and finished with only 141 yards of total offense in the debut of their new Pro-I offense.
Quarterback Jerick Roberts scored Comanche’s lone touchdown on a 15-yard run. The Indians tallied just 95 yards rushing on 23 carries, while completing 4-of-9 passes for 46 yards with two interceptions.
Llano scored the first 19 points in its season opener, reaching the end zone on a 14-yard fumble return by linebacker Austin Freeman, a 1-yard pass by Trey Brooks and a 37-yard Ty Thurman run. Brooks also added a 10-yard scoring run in the fourth period.
San Saba Armadillos (1-0) at Lago Vista Vikings (0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Lago Vista Stadium
2006 Result: San Saba 42, Lago Vista 8
The San Saba Armadillos can match their 2006 victory total in just their second outing of the season as they head to Lago Vista for a rematch of last year’s 42-8 ’Dillos triumph.
San Saba is coming off a 24-7 win over Junction as the Armadillos overcame four turnovers with 270 yards of total offense.
Quarterback John Henry ran for touchdowns of 14 and 7 yards and threw scoring tosses of 38 yards to Justin Baker and 21 yards to Ryan Plumley.
Defensively, San Saba yielded just 174 yards of total offense and forced seven turnovers, including four fumble recoveries.
Lago Vista is coming off a 26-0 loss to the Austin Regents Knights, the defending TAPPS Division III state champions.
No. 7 Coleman Bluecats (1-0) at Winters Blizzards (0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Blizzard Stadium
2006 Result: Coleman 49, Winters 7
The No. 7 Coleman Bluecats passed their first road test of the season with ease, and will be looking to run their record to 2-0 when they head to Winters Friday.
Brandon Worsham rushed for four touchdowns — 5, 1, 19 and 30 yards — to highlight Coleman’s 45-6 win over Brady. Colton Buzzard added a 46-yard scoring sprint and Caleb Walker found the end zone on a 4-yard run as the Bluecats amassed 237 yards rushing.
Defensively, the Bluecats surrendered just 114 yards of total offense and J.D. Crowder recorded a safety.
Winters is coming off a season-opening 27-21 loss to Christoval in which the Blizzards surrendered 482 yards of total offense — 225 rushing and 257 passing.
The Blizzards rushed for 304 of their 379 total yards, but turned the ball over twice. Justin Medina racked up 173 yards and a 10-yard touchdown on 19 carries, while Hayden Bergman added 101 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown, on 11 rushes.
Miles Bulldogs (0-1) at Cross Plains Buffaloes (0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Buffalo Field
2006 Result: Miles 22, Cross Plains 20
The Cross Plains Buffaloes will attempt to halt an 11-game slide and deliver first-year head coach Jim Sides his first victory as the Miles Bulldogs visit Friday night.
The Buffaloes are coming off a 29-12 loss to Bronte in which Cross Plains fell behind 23-0 in the first half. Cross Plains finished with 173 total yards, while surrendering 339 — including 255 yards on the ground.
J.J. Calloway completed 14-of-22 passes for 110 yards as the Buffaloes debuted their new spread offense. Mitchell Gibbs caught a team-high five passes for 54 yards, including touchdown tosses of 5 and 12 yards, while Chris Marr rushed for 71 yards.
Miles was blasted by Evant, 42-13, as the Bulldogs gave up 399 total yards — 210 passing and 189 rushing — while chalking up 266 yards.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over four times, including losing three fumbles, which overshadowed Kyle Schwertner’s 94 yards rushing and Jay Rodriguez’s 50 yards passing and a touchdown.
Wall Hawks (0-1) at Goldthwaite Eagles (0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Eagle Field
2006 Result: Goldthwaite 14, Wall 13
The Goldthwaite Eagles and the Wall Hawks are both attempting to regroup following surprising season-opening losses.
The formerly seventh-ranked Eagles slipped out of the AP Class A Top 10 following their 22-19 loss to Irion County Saturday in San Angelo. Meanwhile, Wall will be looking for some semblance of offense after being shutout by Colorado City, 7-0.
Despite outgaining Irion County 412-234, the Eagles are off to their first 0-1 start since Irion County handed Goldthwaite a season-opening defeat in 2004.
Goldthwaite rushed for 389 yards and received touchdown runs of 45, 5 and 2 yards by Walt Clifton, who accounted for 219 yards on 21 carries. Through the air, Goldthwaite connected on just 1-of-5 passes.
The Eagle defense surrendered 128 yards passing on just four completions, including an 85-yard touchdown pass.
Wall finished with just 163 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times. The Hawks completed just 3-of-13 passes for 35 yards while rushing for 128 yards on 26 carries.
The Hawk defense forced three turnovers, but gave up 256 yards of total offense, including 155 through the air.
Santa Anna Mountaineers (1-0) at Eden Bulldogs (1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Sanders Field
2006 Result: Santa Anna 63, Eden 30
The Santa Anna Mountaineers coasted to a 53-0 win over Coolidge in the season opener, while the Eden Bulldogs turned heads with a 25-18 upset of Lorenzo.
Terrence Jackson rushed for 108 yards and scored on runs of 5, 35 and 7 yards. Fausto Maldonado added 100 yards on the ground and scoring runs of 1 and 5 yards.
Defensively, Maldonado recorded 13 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Jordan Whaley added nine tackles and a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown. Jackson also picked off a pass.
Eden scored the first 18 points in its win last week and amassed 297 total yards, including 225 rushing. Chris Ogle rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Seth Rucker. Noah Jackson also threw a 25-yard scoring toss to Cory Robles.
Defensively, the Bulldogs gave up just 241 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions.
Moran Bulldogs (0-1) at Mullin Bulldogs (0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Bulldog Field
2006 Result: Moran 55, Mullin 22
The Mullin Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back from a disastrous start to the 2007 season, while Moran is also hoping to rebound.
Mullin was dealt a 54-8 opening loss by Veribest, which scored 40 points in the second quarter alone.
The Bulldogs gave up 385 yards of total offense, including 309 yards rushing on just 15 carries, an average of 20.6 yards per rush.
Mullin finished with just 63 yards of total offense and managed only 10 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Zach Maxey recorded Mullin’s lone touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Alan Maxey.
Moran is coming off a 43-22 loss to Sidney.
Rochelle Hornets (1-0) at Rising Star Wildcats (0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Wildcat Stadium
2006 Result: Rochelle 52, Rising Star 45
The Rising Star Wildcats challenge another member of Six-Man Division I District 15 when they host the Rochelle Hornets in their home opener.
Rising Star was dealt a 27-20 loss by Brookesmith last week. The Wildcats trailed 20-0 before Alec Apple returned a kickoff 65 yards for Rising Star’s first touchdown.
Faustino Aguilera added touchdown runs of 60 and 6 yards in the fourth quarter, but Rising Star’s comeback bid fell short.
Rochelle hammered Zephyr in its opener, 60-14. The Hornets scored the final 36 points of the contest and held Zephyr to 309 total yards.
Amarillo Bible Heritage at No. 1 Richland Springs Coyotes (1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Coyote Field
2006 Result: Richland Springs 54, Amarillo Bible 8