The season’s quietest night of high school football will take place Friday with just six local games on the docket.

The No. 10 Zephyr Bulldogs will attempt to stretch their win streak to five games as they open district action, while the Victory Life Warriors and Goldthwaite Eagles also kick off league play.

Meanwhile, the Santa Anna Mountaineers seek an eighth straight victory, the Comanche Indians eye a second consecutive district triumph and the Coleman Bluecats look to pull a major upset.


Lometa (4-3, 0-1) at No. 10 Zephyr (4-2, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

After moving back into the Division I Top 10 following last week’s bye, the Zephyr Bulldogs will shoot for a fifth straight win against a recently struggling Lometa Hornets squad.

Since dropping the first two games of the season to Six-Man Division II No. 2 Milford (54-40) and Division I No. 12 Oakwood (72-26), the Bulldogs have downed Dublin Premier (88-0), Division II No. 3 Jonesboro (60-36), Cherokee (72-6) and Mullin (62-16.)

Lometa opened the season at 3-0 with wins over San Marcos Hill Country Christian (60-14), Lohn (53-0) and Comanche Premier (52-28), but has won just once in its last four outings — 46-45 over Eden.

The Hornets have dropped games to Cherokee (54-28) and Mullin (66-59) — both teams defeated by Zephyr — and also fell to Rochelle (66-46) in last week’s district opener.

Zephyr is led by the running trio of Derek Jesko (42-489, 13 TDs), Dillon Williams (15-242, 4 TDs) and Dakota Rogers (17-238, 5 TDs) offensively, while Josh Todd (17 of 29 for 353 yards, 5 TDs) and Jesko (7 of 10 for 91 yards, 3 TDs) have sparked the air attack. Kaiden King (6-135, 3 TDs), Bolton Day (4-53, 2 TDs) and Jesko (3-44, TD) are the Bulldogs’ top receiving threats.

On defense, Jesko’s 31 tackles lead the way followed by 30.5 from Todd, 28 from Williams, 17.5 from Day and two interceptions from Dylan Crocker.

The Bulldogs are 45-point favorites according to


Victory Life (1-5, 0-0) at Wichita Falls Christian (3-4, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Victory Life Warriors will attempt to put a shaky pre-district performance behind them as they open TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 2 action against Wichita Falls Christian Friday night.

Victory Life’s only win to this point is a 49-8 decision over Brookesmith, while Wichita Falls Christian has knocked off Patton Springs (47-0), Killeen Memorial (65-44) and Lubbock Christ the King (50-44).

In the Warriors’ win over Brookesmith, VLA finished with 287 yards of total offense and allowed 205 yards, but recovered six fumbles.

Garrett Hagood rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns and also caught four passes for 17 yards with three trips to the end zone. Kegan Bessent chipped in a team-high 128 yards rushing and a  touchdown. Sam Haley completed 10 of 20 passes for 89 yards with four touchdowns while Ethan Essary caught five passes for 48 yards and a score.

Victory Life is a 45-point favorite according to


Santa Anna (7-0, 1-0) at Rochelle (6-1, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The race for the two playoff berths from Six-Man Division I District 9 heats up Friday night as the teams with the best overall records clash.

Santa Anna is coming off a 60-38 victory over May in its district opener last week, while Rochelle knocked off Lometa, 66-46, in its first league outing.

The only loss for Rochelle, which is in the midst of a six-game win streak, came at the hands of TAPPS Division I No. 3 Boerne Geneva (88-44) in the season opener.

Santa Anna heads into the contest averaging 61 points while surrendering just 16 per game. The Mountaineers are also generating 345 yards of total offense per outing —  258 rushing and 87 passing.

Michael Valencia has rushed for 1,295 yards and 19 touchdowns to pace the Santa Anna attack, while passing for 473 yards.

Lucas Diaz has chipped in 475 yards and 13 scores on the ground while Zach Diaz has caught 11 passes for 211 yards and six touchdowns. Mikey Rhoades has chipped in four receptions for 128 yards and a score and Talon King has grabbed three catches for 140 yards with a trip to the end zone.

Defensively, Nate Salazar leads the Mountaineers with 43 tackles followed by Valencia with 32, Colby Nelson with 38 and Josh Perez with 34. Nelson and Salazar have recorded five sacks each and Santa Anna has forced 16 turnovers.

Rochelle is averaging 58 points and allowing 32 per outing.

Santa Anna is a 22-point favorite according to


Clyde (3-4, 1-2) at Comanche (2-4, 1-1)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Comanche Indians look to keep up the momentum they gained in their most recent District 4-2A Division I outing as they host the Clyde Bulldogs Friday night.

Comanche, which is coming off its bye week, defeated Dublin by a 21-0 count for its first district win on Oct. 5.

Clyde, meanwhile, routed Dublin by a 47-0 count last week but has fallen to Breckenridge (21-7) and Merkel (41-13) in 4-2A action. Comanche’s district loss was at the hands of Merkel (44-19).

The Indians are averaging 18 points and allowing 27 coming into the contest. Comanche is also producing 241 yards — 170 rushing and 71 passing — per game while giving up 226 yards — 144 rushing and 82 passing.

Caisson Montieth has thrown for 429 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 272 yards and three scores. Jaden Roberts has chipped in 363 yards and a touchdown on the ground while Jaylon Roberts has grabbed 15 passes for 194 yards and two scores. Daniel Davila has also chipped in seven receptions for 110 yards and three touchdowns.

On defense, Blake Denning leads the way with 74 tackles followed by 42 each from Jaden Roberts and Davila — who has also intercepted five passes.

Clyde is scoring 27 points per game and giving up 25.

The Bulldogs are led by quarterback Clint Lesley (1,359 yards passing, 17 TDs), running back Ty Spears (583 yards rushing, 3 TDs) and receiver Jon Seabourn (39 catches, 589 yards, 8 TDs).


Santo (4-3, 0-1) at Goldthwaite (2-4, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

Following a bye week, the Goldthwaite Eagles are looking to start District 5-A Division I action on the right foot against the Santo Wildcats.

The Eagles are coming off a 54-0 victory over Winters, to go along with a 47-14 win over Bangs earlier this season. Goldthwaite came up on the short end against McGregor (42-28), Mason (31-14), Eastland (34-14) and Mart (26-20) in pre-district action.

Santo was hammered by Hico, 41-19, in its district opener after posting a 4-2 start to the season. The Wildcats defeated Ranger (46-0), Meridian (37-14), Olney (48-0) and Petrolia (41-7), with losses at the hands of Dublin (10-7) and Perrin-Whitt (28-20).

Goldthwaite comes into the game averaging 30 points per outing while surrendering 25, while Santo is generating 31 points and yielding 14 on average.


No. 8 Cisco (5-1, 1-0) at Coleman (1-5, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Coleman Bluecats will attempt to collect their first District 4-2A Division II victory and bump the Cisco Loboes out of the Class 2A Top 10 Friday night.

Coleman opened district with a 24-6 loss to undefeated Hamilton last week, while Cisco rolled to a 41-3 win over Hawley.

The Bluecats are in the midst of a three-game slump with their only victory being a 34-0 decision at Early.

Meanwhile, the Loboes bounced back from a surprising 30-25 loss to Class A No. 4 Stamford in their pre-district finale.

Coleman enters the game averaging just 13 points and allowing 23, while Cisco is producing 41 points per contest and surrendering 17.

D.J. Terrell leads Coleman with 371 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Anthony Thomas has contributed 278 yards passing and one touchdown and 246 rushing yards and three scores. Also, Jaquan Hemphill has tallied 241 yards rushing and one touchdown and seven catches for 143 yards and a score.

The Loboes are led by quarterback Colten Gayle (503 yards passing, 409 yards rushing and 3 TDs) and running backs Mason Reed (641 yards, 15 TDs) and Landen Lewis (202 yards, 5 TDs).