With Week 2 of the high school football season upon us, the Richland Springs Coyotes and Santa Anna Mountaineers are among the teams attempting to keep their undefeated records intact. The Coyotes, who haven’t lost a game since 2009, visit Cherokee, while the Mountaineers host winless Paint Rock.

Friday’s schedule features only two battles between undefeated squads as the San Saba Armadillos hit to the road to face the Ballinger Bearcats, while the Six-Man Division II Sidney Eagles visit the Division I Lingleville Cardinals.

In Brown County, the Blanket Tigers and May Tigers are both shooting for win streaks as they challenge the Gordon Longhorns and Newcastle Bobcats, respectively. Also, the Brookesmith Mustangs will attempt to get back on track against the Blackwell Hornets.

In homecoming action, the Zephyr Bulldogs target their first win against Dublin Premier, while the Victory Life Warriors will visit unbeaten Mullin for the Bulldogs’ homecoming game.


Gordon (0-2) at Blanket (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Blanket Tigers are shooting for their second straight victory of the season against the preseason Six-Man Division I Top 10 Gordon Longhorns, who are still eyeing their first win of the year.

After a narrow 36-32 loss to Panther Creek, the Tigers rebounded with a 48-34 victory over Eden last week.

Meanwhile, Gordon has kicked off the season with losses of 28-24 to Division I No. 2 Ira, along with last week’s surprise 44-35 setback at the hands of TCAL Division II No. 1 Stephenville Faith.

Through two games, Blanket is averaging 40 points and 443.5 yards — 288.5 rushing and 155 passing — per outing, while giving up 35 points and 353.5 yards — 283.5 rushing and 70 passing.

On the ground, Rafael Marquez has rushed for 352 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries, while Tyler Martinez has chipped in 192 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.

Through the air, Martinez is 19 of 38 for 276 yards with five touchdowns, while leading receivers include Marquez with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown, Wesley Musick with four grabs for 42 yards, Jason Valdez with three for 58 yards and a touchdown, Jaime Mares with three for 57 yards and two touchdowns, Caleb Wigham with three for 28 yards and a touchdown and Martinez with a 34-yard touchdown reception.

Blanket is a 7-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.


Dublin Premier (0-1) at Zephyr (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Following back-to-back losses to the No. 4 and No. 10 ranked teams in all of Texas six-man football, the Zephyr Bulldogs are targeting their first victory of the season as Dublin Premier visits for homecoming.

Thus far, the Bulldogs have fallen to Six-Man Division II No. 2 Milford 54-40, while dropping a 72-26 road decision to Division I No. 3 Oakwood.

For the season, Derek Jesko has paced the Zephyr rushing attack with 231 yards and six touchdowns, while Dillon Williams has chipped in 81 yards and a touchdown and Dakota Rogers has added 71 yards and a score.

Through the air, Josh Todd has completed 8 of 15 passes for 150 yards with a touchdown, while Kaiden King leads all Bulldog receivers with three catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Zephyr’s defense is led by Todd’s 11 tackles trailed by eight each from Bradley Lewis, Williams and Jesko. Dylan Crocker has recorded one interception.

Dublin Premier opened its season, the second in school history, with a 72-0 loss to Sidney during zero week. Dublin Premier is ranked 15th out of 23 TCAL Division II football programs.

Zephyr is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.


Newcastle (0-2) at May (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The May Tigers picked up their first victory on the road last week, 68-0 at Rising Star, and will shoot for their first win streak and home victory of the season Friday night when the Newcastle Bobcats visit.

Newcastle has started its season with losses at the hands of TAPPS Division I No. 1 Abilene Christian (62-20) and Division I No. 18 Paducah (62-56).

May — which is averaging 43 points per game — is led running back Justin Howard, who has picked up 238 yards and scored four touchdowns, while Dakota Chambers has added 60 yards and a score on the ground.

Through the air, Ethan Jaggars has completed 7 of 11 passes for 113 yards with a touchdown, while Kendrick Aguerro has completed his only pass attempt for a 23-yard touchdown.

Leading receivers for the Tigers include Jared Howard with three catches for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Dylan Starnes has grabbed two receptions totaling 35 yards.

Defensively, the Tigers have scored two touchdowns and are allowing 31.5 points per outing.

Leading tacklers for May include Brant Harris and Justin Howard with eight apiece, followed by Starnes and David Woods with six apiece. Chambers has intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown, while Jared Howard also has a pick six. Caleb Brown has contributed four tackles and recovered a fumble.

May is a 4-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.


Victory Life (0-2) at Mullin (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Victory Life Warriors are looking to play spoiler as they head to Mullin for the undefeated Bulldogs’ homecoming contest.

Victory Life has started the season 0-2 with losses to Dallas Tyler Street (56-6) and the Lometa JV (44-35), while Mullin has kicked off its season with victories over Gustine (79-68) and Oglesby (64-36).

The Warriors head into the contest averaging 20.5 points and 207 yards — 177.5 passing and 29.5 rushing — per outing.

Ethan Essary has completed 13 of 29 pass attempts for 146 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions, while Sam Haley has connected on 14 of 31 passes for 148 yards with three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

Leading receivers for Victory Life include Jack Haley (6-63, TD), Jadyn Theadford (5-36), Sam Haley (5-32), Martin Venegas (4-71), Roland Aguinaga (3-41, 2 TDs) and Duncan McNeill (3-34).

Essary has rushed for 36 yards for the Warriors, while Sam Haley has chipped in 21 yards on the ground.

In Mullin’s 11-point win over Gustine last week, Mason Weaver accounted for 592 total yards — 277 passing, 215 rushing and 100 yards on kick returns — while Josh Mickelson tacked on 208 yards, including 126 yards on seven receptions.

Weaver threw seven touchdown passes covering 60, 45, 25, 35, 35, 8 and 9 yards, with five going to Mickelson. On the ground, Weaver rushed for touchdowns of 10 and 30 yards, while Mickelson, who picked up 86 yards on the ground, also chipped in rushing touchdowns of 2 and 20 yards.

Mullin is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.


Blackwell (1-1) at Brookesmith (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Brookesmith Mustangs are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, as are the Blackwell Hornets, who visit Friday night.

Brookesmith kicked off the year with a 61-28 win over Moran, but suffered a 79-30 loss to Veribest last week. Meanwhile, Blackwell — led by former Brookesmith coach Clint Lowry — defeated Westbrook 54-6 in its opener, but is coming off a 57-30 loss to Jayton.

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.

Against Veribest, Donahoo rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 23-yard touchdown pass. Mackey added 52 yards through the air and a touchdown. Leading receivers for the Mustangs were Fenton with two catches for 32 yards, while Boyette (10 yards), Brandon Leonard (17 yards) and Taylor Stephens (40 yards) caught touchdown passes.

Brookesmith is a 44-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.


No. 1 Richland Springs (2-0) at Cherokee (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The two-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion Richland Springs Coyotes set their sights on a 33rd consecutive victory when they visit the winless Cherokee Indians Friday night.

The Coyotes have opened the season with victories of 63-18 over May and 46-0 over Comanche Premier, while Cherokee has dropped decisions to Rochelle (50-44) and Abilene Christian (68-34).

Richland Springs enters the game averaging 54.5 points and 298.5 yards per contest, with 227.5 yards coming on the ground. Defensively, the Coyotes are allowing 176 yards — 115.5 rushing and 60.5 passing.

Chance Bush has rushed for 375 yards and 10 touchdowns for Richland Springs, while also completing 3 of 6 passes for 107 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Gunner Mann has contributed a 45-yard rushing touchdown and a 13-yard scoring reception, while Thomas Fowler has completed both of his pass attempts for 35 yards with a touchdown. Chris Munoz has grabbed two receptions for 57 yards and a trip to the end zone, while Ty Mann owns a 50-yard touchdown catch.

Defensively, Bush and Fowler share the team lead with 13 tackles followed by nine from Munoz and six apiece from Stanley Buttler and Brian Salinas. Salinas and Jacob Cohn lead the Coyotes with one interception apiece.

Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.


Comanche (0-2) at No. 6 Cisco (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Comanche Indians are looking to pick up their first victory of the Stephen Hermesmeyer era, but are facing a gargantuan task in the No. 6 Cisco Loboes at Chelsey Stadium.

Comanche has opened the season with losses of 33-14 to Hamilton and 33-19 to Tolar, while Cisco has knocked off Early by a 54-7 count and Clyde, 49-21.

The Indians are averaging 16.5 points and 220 yards — 133.5 rushing and 84.5 passing — per contest, while giving up 33 points and 399 yards — 286 rushing and 113 passing — per game.

Quarterback Caisson Montieth has completed 10 of 21 passes for 169 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions, while Jaylon Roberts leads the Indians with six catches for 86 yards, trailed by Daniel Davila with two for 67 yards and a touchdown, Jaden Roberts with one for 11 yards and Tyson Rodriguez with one for 5 yards and a touchdown.

Jaden Roberts leads the Comanche ground game with 108 yards on 20 carries, followed by Montieth with 69 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while Salvador Marquez has chipped in 62 yards and two touchdowns on 19 rushes.

Defensively, Blake Denning leads Comanche with 32 tackles followed by Travis Hickman with 25, Davilla with 19 and two interceptions and Efren Lira and Saul Lopez with 15 tackles apiece.

Cisco enters the game averaging 51.5 points and 452.5 total yards — 330 rushing and 122.5 passing — while allowing 14 points and 234 yards — 148 passing and 86 rushing — per game.

Mason Reed has rushed for 286 yards and seven touchdowns, while Landen Lewis has chipped in 114 yards and three scores. Colten Gayle has completed 5 of 7 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while Colten Kent leads the Loboes with three receptions for 62 yards. Vernon Ownings and Reed have hauled down touchdown receptions of 48 and 24 yards, respectively.


San Saba (2-0) at Ballinger (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Both the San Saba Armadillos and Ballinger Bearcats will attempt to keep their undefeated records in an inter-classification non-district showdown Friday night.

San Saba has collected victories of 24-6 over Tolar and 20-17 over Early, while Ballinger has blasted Brady, 47-7, and Winters, 43-7.

The Armadillos enter the game averaging 262.5 yards per outing, with 230.5 of those yards coming on the ground.

Kelan Verette has chalked up 163 yards rushing, while Sean Argote has tallied 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Russell Lowe has picked up 70 yards and a touchdown, while Kolton Ellis has rushed for a 49-yard score.

Through the air, Verette is just 6 of 18 for 64 yards with an interception. Lowe leads the ’Dillos with three receptions for 53 yards.

On defense, San Saba has recorded 15 sacks through two games with three each by Michael McKinnerney and Ellis. Lowe’s 25 tackles are a team-high followed by Ellis with 20 and Juan Ortega and Issac Zepeda with 18 apiece.

Ballinger’s ground attack is paced by Zach Perez, who has rushed for 288 yards and five touchdowns, while Cory Johnson has chipped in 102 yards and a touchdown and Jacob Rodriguez has contributed 93 yards and a trip to the end zone.

Through the air, Rodriguez is 12 of 15 for 116 yards and a touchdown. Tyler McBurney has caught three passes for 35 yards, Clay Worthington has tallied three receptions for 34 yards and Anthony Rodriguez has caught a 25-yard touchdown pass.


Paint Rock (0-2) at Santa Anna (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Santa Anna Mountaineers can eclipse last season’s win total and push their win streak to three games as the Paint Rock Indians visit Friday night.

Santa Anna has started its second season under head coach Cameron Norris with wins of 75-28 over Veribest and 71-24 over Panther Creek, which was ranked No. 10 in Six-Man Division II heading into the game.

Paint Rock’s year has begun with losses of 60-0 to Division II No. 4 Robert Lee and 49-38 to Hermleigh.

Through two games, Santa Anna is averaging 73 points and 439.5 yards — 306.5 rushing and 133 passing — of total offense.

Michael Valencia has rushed for 417 yards and three touchdowns, while Lucas Diaz has chipped in 219 yards and four scores. Valencia has also passed for 186 yards, while Talon King has thrown for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Zach Diaz leads the Mountaineers with five receptions for 91 yards and three touchdowns, while Michael Rhodes has contributed two catches for 98 yards.

Defensively, Valencia and Nate Salazar lead Santa Anna with 13 tackles each followed by Colby Nelson with 11 and Josh Perez with seven.    

Santa Anna is a 29-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.


Sidney (2-0) at Lingleville (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

In a battle of unbeatens, the Six-Man Division II Sidney Eagles hit the road for the first time this season to tangle with the Division I Lingleville Cardinals.

Sidney owns victories of 72-0 over Dublin Premier and 48-32 over Granbury Cornerstone, while Lingleville has knocked off Moran, 70-25, and Rising Star, 51-6.

Sidney is a 27-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.


Rising Star (0-2) at Trent (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Rising Star Wildcats are off to a tough start in head coach Edward Aviles’ first season, but they will attempt to pull off an upset Friday night against the undefeated Trent Gorillas.

Rising Star has been outscored 119-6 in two games, falling to May and Lingleville. Trent, meanwhile, has downed Lohn (70-40) and Paint Creek (76-30).

Rising Star is a 45-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.