Some of the Bulletin’s coverage area teams still have dreams of a undefeated season, while others look to regroup after a disappointing start to the 2012 campaign.

Among the marquee contests Friday night, 2011 Class A Division I state champion Mason visits 2009 Class A Division I state champion Goldthwaite in a battle of former district rivals as the Eagles open their home schedule.

Also, Zephyr faces its second straight Top 10 foe as the Bulldogs venture to Oakwood in search of their first victory of the year, while longtime rivals May and Rising Star clash with the initial win of the season at stake for both squads.


No. 5 Mason (1-0) at Goldthwaite (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Goldthwaite Eagles will attempt to bounce back from a 42-28 loss at Class 2A McGregor, a game in which the Eagles led at halftime, while the No. 5 Mason Punchers picked up from where they left off in their 2011 state championship run with a 62-20 win over Winters.

Goldthwaite led McGregor 21-20 at halftime and was tied at 28 heading into the fourth period, where the Eagles allowed two touchdowns and were unable to respond.

The Eagles finished with 347 yards of total offense, including 245 yards on the ground. Logan Harper led the Eagles with 98 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Through the air, T.R. Jones completed 6 of 11 passes for 110 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Taylor Stephens finished with two catches for 41 yards and a touchdown, while Harper also grabbed two receptions for 27 yards.

Defensively, Goldthwaite surrendered 331 yards but forced one turnover.

Mason rushed for 481 of its 529 yards of total offense against Winters, with Rio Schmidt contributing 202 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Raul Silguero chipped in 115 yards and two scores.

Defensively, Mason yielded 217 total yards and forced five turnovers, including four on interceptions.

The Punchers led 43-0 at halftime and opened a 50-0 edge before allowing a 100-yard kick return for the first Winters points.


Veribest (0-1) at Brookesmith (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Brookesmith Mustangs cruised to a 61-28 victory over Moran in their first game Friday, and look to begin head coach Jeremy Black’s second stint at the school with two consecutive victories.

Veribest is coming off a 75-28 opening loss to Santa Anna, but is a 45-point favorite according to The Six-Man Division I Falcons return five starters on each side of the ball — including quarterback Cody Hurt, running back Jose Lara and receiver Ethan Lankford — from a 3-6 team a year ago.

In the Mustangs’ opening victory, Brookesmith compiled 466 yards of total offense, including 382 yards rushing. Derek Mackey picked up 289 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns, while Gage Fenton chipped in 93 yards with two trips to the end zone.

Through the air, Mackey completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Colby Breeding, Fenton hurled a 2-yard scoring toss to Zach Boyette and Peyton Donahoo completed 3 of 5 attempts for 32 yards with a touchdown. Payton James added two catches for 17 yards and Fenton caught a 15-yard touchdown.

Defensively, the Mustangs surrendered 250 yards to Moran — 115 yards on the ground and 135 yards through the air.


Zephyr (0-1) at No. 8 Oakwood (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Zephyr Bulldogs’ bid for a second straight undefeated regular season went up in smoke during the Bulldog Bonanza, but first-year head coach Royce Jesko’s squad will attempt to rebound against another state-ranked foe Friday night.

The Bulldogs suffered a 54-40 setback against Milford, which moved up to No. 3 in the Six-Man Division II rankings following the win.

In the loss, Derek Jesko rushed for 109 yards and four touchdowns, while Dakota Rogers chipped in 71 yards and a touchdown. Through the air, Josh Todd completed 7 of 11 passes for 140 yards with one touchdown as Kaiden King caught two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown while Bolton Day finished with two receptions for 31 yards.

Defensively, Todd tallied a team-high six tackles, followed by four from Dillon Williams and three each from Jesko and Rogers.

Oakwood, which returns 14 of 15 lettermen — including five offensive and six defensive starters — from a year ago, began the season with a 62-6 win over Blum. Players to watch include running back Bryson Randle and end Damiyne Durham.

Zephyr is a 15-point underdog according to


May (0-1) at Rising Star (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The May Tigers became the 31st consecutive victim for two-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion Richland Springs last week, but head coach Craig Steele’s squad is primed to bounce back against the rival Rising Star Wildcats.

Rising Star suffered a surprising 51-6 loss at the hands of the Lingleville Cardinals last week, who are participating in their first season of UIL action.

In May’s 63-18 loss to Richland Springs, the Tigers compiled 364 yards — 242 rushing and 122 passing — but lost three fumbles and threw an interception.

Justin Howard rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while Ethan Jaggars connected on 8 of 11 passes for 122 yards and a score. Dylan Starnes led all receivers with three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, May allowed 387 total yards — all on the ground.

In Rising Star’s loss, the Wildcats surrendered 428 total yards, including 293 rushing.

Samuel Rodriguez recorded Rising Star’s only points on a 17-yard first-quarter touchdown before the Wildcats gave up 45 unanswered points.

May is a 45-point favorite according to


Blanket (0-1) at Eden (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Blanket Tigers let a season-opening victory slip through their fingertips, but head coach Tyler Tabor’s squad will attempt to rebound against the Eden Bulldogs.

Blanket dropped a 36-32 home decision to Six-Man Division II No. 10 Panther Creek due to four missed extra-point conversions. Meanwhile, Eden is coming off a 66-14 loss to Division II No. 4 Robert Lee.

In the Tigers’ defeat, Blanket finished with 415 yards of total offense, including 255 rushing. Rafael Marquez contributed 149 yards rushing and one touchdown, while Tyler Martinez chipped in 89 yards and another score.

Through the air, Martinez connected on 12 of 24 passes for 126 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Jaime Mares grabbed three receptions for 57 yards, including two touchdowns, while Martinez pulled in a 34-yard touchdown reception.

Defensively, the Tigers yielded 352 yards of total offense, with 274 yards coming on the ground, and intercepted a pass.

Eden returns three starters on each side of the ball from a 2-7 team a year ago. Players to watch include spreadback Christian Rodgers and receiver Patrik Gloria.

 Blanket is a 45-point favorite according to


Comanche Premier (0-1) at No. 1 Richland Springs (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The two-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion Richland Springs Coyotes ran their win streak to 31 games with a season-opening 63-18 victory at May, a Division I playoff team last year.

On Friday, the Coyotes will battle a Comanche Premier squad that suffered a 51-6 season-opening loss to the Zephyr JV last Thursday at the Bulldog Bonanza.

In the Coyotes’ victory last week, Richland Springs racked up all 387 yards of total offense on the ground. Chance Bush amassed 307 yards and eight touchdowns, while Gunner Mann chipped in 45 yards and a score.

Defensively, the Coyotes allowed 364 yards to May, but created four turnovers — three fumbles and an interception.

Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite according to


Tolar (0-1) at Comanche (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Comanche Indians opened the Stephen Hermesmeyer era with a 33-14 road loss against Hamilton, but will attempt to rebound against the Tolar Rattlers, who are coming off a season-opening setback, as well.

In the Indians’ loss at Hamilton, Comanche surrendered the first 33 points and 410 yards of total offense, including 381 yards rushing.

Offensively, the Indians finished with 280 yards of total offense — 159 rushing and 121 passing.

Caisson Montieth rushed for a team-high 69 yards and also threw a touchdown pass, while Jaden Roberts chipped in 65 yards on the ground. Montieth also completed 7 of 11 passes for 121 yards as Jaylon Roberts hauled down a team-high five receptions for 52 yards.

Defensively, Blake Denning recorded 22 tackles for the Indians followed by 17 from Travis Hickman.

In Tolar’s 24-6 loss at San Saba, the Rattlers managed just 216 yards of total offense, with 132 yards coming on the ground. Tolar also committed three turnovers, including two on interceptions.


Coahoma (0-1) at Coleman (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The second season of the Brad Ballard era at Coleman got off to a rocky start as the Bluecats, coming off a 7-4 playoff campaign a year ago, were blanked by No. 7 Wall, 35-0.

Meanwhile, the Coahoma Bulldogs also came up short in their opener as they fell to Class A Forsan, 30-27, in Midland last Thursday.

In Coleman’s loss to Wall, the Bluecats defense yielded 336 yards, including 308 on the ground.

Offensively, the Bluecats were limited to 123 yards of offense as D.J. Terrell rushed for a team-high 46 yards, while Anthony Thomas completed two passes for 55 yards, both to Jacquan Hemphill.

In Coahoma’s loss to Forsan, the Bulldogs chalked up 306 yards of total offense, including 231 yards rushing, but turned the ball over three times. Meanwhile, the defense allowed 330 yards with 223 coming on the ground, but intercepted a pair of pass attempts.

Tanner Ruiz rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and also passed for 59 yards and two more scores. T.J. White chipped in 44 yards on the ground and caught a team-high three passes for 23 yards and a touchdown.


Gustine (1-0) at Mullin (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Mullin Bulldogs coasted to a 64-36 season-opening win over Oglesby last week and will shoot for a 2-0 start Friday night. The Gustine Tigers, however, have the same intentions in mind following last week’s 60-32 triumph over Iredell.

Players to watch for Mullin include Jared Correll, Tito Peralta, Jacob Mickelson, Mason Weaver, Matt Evans and Josh Mickelson.

For Gustine, key players include quarterback Jaze Randolph, running back Christian Ordonez and receiver Case Hoekeman.

Gustine is a 45-point favorite according to


Granbury Cornerstone (1-0) at Sidney (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Sidney Eagles destroyed Dublin Premier, 72-0, to open the season a week ago, but head coach Derek Stevens’ squad should receive a significantly tougher challenge from Granbury Cornerstone, which is ranked No. 5 in the latest TCAL Division II poll.

Players to watch for Sidney include Chris Dominguez, Liam McDonald and Blake Crawford.

Cornerstone is coming off a 52-6 victory over Decatur Wise County Home School.

Sidney is a 36-point favorite according to


Santa Anna (1-0) at No. 10 Panther Creek (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Santa Anna Mountaineers will look to build on last week’s 75-28 victory over Veribest, but will meet a significantly tougher opponent in Six-Man Division II No. 10 Panther Creek.

Players to watch for the Mountaineers include Michael Valencia, Lucas Diaz, Zach Diaz and Nate Salazar.

Panther Creek is led by Ethan Morris, Matthew Lowry, Seth Ryan and Rowdy Escobar.

The Panthers are coming off a 36-32 win over Blanket as Panther Creek finished with 352 yards of total offense, including 274 yards rushing.

Defensively, Panther Creek yielded 415 total yards, including 255 rushing.

Panther Creek is a 45-point favorite according to