GORDON Entering the game as a 45-point underdog, the Blanket Tigers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the six-man football ranks this season, upending the Gordon Longhorns, 28-24, to remain undefeated.
Tyler Martinez threw a 35-yard scoring strike to Caleb Wigham for the decisive score.
Blanket (3-0) jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 12-yard Martinez run, which accounted for the only points of the first half.
Gordon (1-2) drew even at 6 in the third period, but Martinez hooked up with Aaron Martinez on a 45-yard scoring toss, coupled with a Jacob Lavy two-point run, to push Blanket back in front, 14-6.
The Longhorns fired back with the next two touchdowns as Blanket faced its first deficit, 18-14.
Tyler Martinezs 28-yard touchdown staked the Tigers to a 22-18 lead, but again Gordon responded with a 30-yard touchdown run to reclaim a 24-22 edge.
Blanket finished with 309 yards of total offense 183 passing and 126 rushing and committed a pair of turnovers, while Gordon generated 295 yards 179 rushing and 116 passing and lost three turnovers.
Tyler Martinez rushed for a team-high 79 yards and two scores and connected on 10 of 17 passes for 183 yards and a pair of scoring strikes.
Aaron Martinez caught three passes for 67 yards with a trip to the end zone, Wesley Musick added two catches for 16 yards and Wigham (35 yards, TD), Jason Valdez (23 yards), Rodolfo Valle (16 yards), Kenan Vanecek (13 yards) and Jacob Lavy (8 yards) added one reception apiece.
Blanket will visited undefeated May (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
May 46, Newcastle 38
NEWCASTLE The Six-Man Division I No. 8 May Tigers continued to impress Friday night, emerging from a showdown with Division II No. 4 Newcastle with a 46-38 triumph.
May (3-0), which entered the game ranked 12th overall by sixmanfootball.com while Newcastle (2-1) was 14th, finished with 420 yards of total offense including 386 rushing. The Tigers gave up 268 total yards to Newcastle.
Trailing 22-20 at halftime, May scored 14 third-quarter points to take a 34-22 lead into the final 10 minutes. Justin Howards 27-yard touchdown run with 2:05 remaining iced the victory for the Tigers.
Howard rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns, Kendrick Aguerro chipped in 96 yards, Dakota Chambers chalked up 57 yards and two scores and Caleb Hardy contributed 24 yards and a trip to the end zone.
Aguerro also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Howard, while Brant Harris caught a 24-yard toss from Isaac Williams.
Defensively for May, Harris led the way with 10 tackles trailed by eight from Isaac Williams and seven apiece from Aguerro and Chambers.
May will play host to undefeated Blanket (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Zephyr 68, Watauga Harvest 19
FORT WORTH The Zephyr Bulldogs chalked up a third consecutive victory to open the Shannon Williams coaching era, rolling past Watauga Harvest, 68-19, Friday in their first road game of the season.
The Bulldogs (3-0) led 14-0 after one quarter and 53-14 at halftime. The game ended with 7:03 left in the third period.
Zephyr finished with 414 yards of total offense 303 yards rushing and 111 through the air.
Dylan Croaker rushed for 78 yards and two scores, Bishop Norman chipped in 69 yards and a touchdown, Jayden Choat contributed 57 yards and six points, Bradley Lewis rushed for 47 yards and a score and Jaydon Ezra tacked on a 35-yard touchdown carry.
Lewis also completed 6 of 7 passes for 64 yards with a touchdown, while Ezra was 2 for 2 for 47 yards with a scoring strike. Kade Miller caught a team-high three passes for 47 yards with a touchdown and Seth Jesko added two receptions for 24 yards and a score.
Defensively, Choat led the charge with eight tackles followed by seven from Croaker and six tackles and an interception by Lewis.
Zephyr will venture to Six-Man Division II No. 2 Jonesboro (3-0) next week, a 54-22 winner over Aquilla Friday night.
Mullin 51, Victory Life 6
The Mullin Bulldogs remained undefeated and spoiled the home opener for the Victory Life Warriors, 51-6, Friday night.
Mullin (3-0) finished with 233 yards of total offense, including 218 yards rushing.
Mason Weaver rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns, while Josh Mickelson chipped in 61 yards and four touchdowns. Weaver also tossed a 15-yard touchdown to Jared Correll.
Defensively, Tyler Burris recorded seven tackles to lead Mullin.
Victory Life (1-2) amassed just 146 yards of total offense, with 119 coming through the air.
Roland Aguinaga completed 6 of 12 passes for 82 yards with a 26-yard touchdown to Kaleb Taylor. Jadyn Thedford caught two passes for 40 yards, Jack Haley added a 37-yard reception and Oscar Joseph rushed for a team-best 30 yards.
Joseph and Kegan Bessent finished with five tackles each trailed by Marshall Clark with three.
Mullin will host Santa Anna (2-1) next week, while Victory Life welcomes Stephenville Faith (1-2).
Richland Springs 55, Cherokee 0
RICHLAND SPRINGS The Six-Man Division II No. 9 Richland Springs Coyotes returned to their winning ways with a resounding 55-0 victory over Cherokee Friday night.
The Coyotes (1-1) scored 34 first-quarter points and added 21 in the second period en route to 412 yards of total offense, with 379 coming on the ground.
Bryan Salinas rushed for 193 yards and four scores while Ty Mann contributed 189 yards and three trips to the end zone. Salinas also threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Cohn.
Cohn recorded a team-high 11 tackles as Richland Springs yielded just 61 yards of total offense to Cherokee (0-3) and caused a pair of turnovers.
The Coyotes will visit the winless Gustine Tigers (0-3) next week.
Santa Anna 55, Paint Rock 0
PAINT ROCK The Santa Anna Mountaineers rebounded for their loss to two-time defending Six-Man Division I state champion Throckmorton by posting their second shutout of the year, 55-0 over Paint Rock Friday night.
The Mountaineers led 25-0 after one quarter and tacked on 30 points in the second period to end the game at halftime.
Jacob Herrod scored on a 55-yard kick return and carries of 72 and 55 yards.
Michael Valencia added scoring runs of 65 and 10 yards and also threw touchdown passes of 55 yards to Jed Herrod and 26 yards to Colby Nelson.
Devan Denton tacked on a 3-yard touchdown run as well.
Santa Anna (2-1) will hit the road next week and attempt to hand Mullin (3-0), which is coming off a 51-6 win over Victory Life, its first defeat.
Rising Star 65, Trent 22
RISING STAR The Rising Star Wildcats collected their first victory of the Caleb Calloway coaching era Friday night, cruising past the Trent Gorillas, 65-22.
Trailing 14-8 after one quarter, Rising Star (1-2) outscored Trent (2-1) by a 21-0 count in the second period to take a 29-14 halftime lead. The Wildcats then added 36 points after halftime, while the Gorillas mustered just one additional touchdown.
The Wildcats manufactured 440 yards of total offense 270 passing and 170 rushing while allowing 322 yards.
Ben Boucher completed 10 of 19 passes for 269 yards with four touchdowns and also rushed for 146 yards and five touchdowns.
Krispin Froese finished with four receptions for 128 yards and two scores, Dakota Harding added three receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown and Samuel Rodriguez caught two passes for 26 yards and a score. Tommy Gunn and Kyle Jaynes each chipped in a 20-yard reception.
Rising Star will shoot for its first win streak of the season next week at Paint Rock (0-3), which is coming off a 55-0 loss to Santa Anna.
San Saba 14, Ballinger 0
SAN SABA The San Saba Armadillos notched their first victory of the season, blanking the Ballinger Bearcats by a 14-0 count Friday night.
The Armadillos (1-2) produced just 175 yards of total offense 107 passing and 68 rushing but still came away with the victory, scoring touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters.
Kelan Verette completed 6 of 10 passes for 107 yards with a touchdown and also rushed for 22 yards.
Cosme Diaz led San Saba with four catches for 105 yards and a trip to the end zone, while Kolton Ellis rushed for a team-best 68 yards and scored once.
Defensively, Verette and Garrett Welch intercepted passes and Ellis recovered a fumble. Joel Franco led San Saba with 11 tackles followed by eight each from Ellis, Verette, Ishmael Ramirez and Bryon Riggs.
San Saba will head to Hamilton (0-3), which is coming off a 20-14 loss to Hico, next week.
Blackwell JV 46, Brookesmith 27
BLACKWELL The Brookesmith Mustangs suffered a second straight defeat since opening the season with a victory, falling to the Blackwell JV, 46-27, Thursday night.
Brookesmith (1-2) outgained Blackwell in yards of total offense 407-350, but the Mustangs turned the ball over twice.
The Mustangs rushed for 228 yards, led by Devin Easons 214 and three touchdowns of 20, 32 and 50 yards.
Peyton Donahoo was 4 of 7 for 101 yards through the air with a 10-yard scoring strike to Tanner Nunn. Colby Breeding finished with a team-high two catches for 85 yards as the Mustangs threw for 179.
Brookesmith will attempt to rebound next week when it hosts Eden (1-2), which is coming off a 73-28 loss to Rochelle.
Cisco 42, Comanche 14
COMANCHE In a battle of unbeatens, the No. 8 Cisco Loboes proved to be more than the Comanche Indians could handle in a 42-14 decision Friday night.
Comanche (2-1) produced 263 yards of total offense, with 242 coming on the ground, while Cisco (3-0) churned out 502 yards, including 402 rushing.
Caisson Montieth scored on a 27-yard run for Comanche in the first half, while Jaden Roberts added a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth period.
Ciscos Colton Kent rushed for touchdowns of 44, 55 and 41 yards and also threw a 27-yard touchdown to Mason Reed, who chipped in rushing touchdowns of 1 and 3 yards, as well.
Next week, the Indians will attempt to rebound at Brady (1-2), which is coming off a 27-6 loss to Fredericksburg.