District action kicks into high gear for all teams in the Bulletin’s coverage area as the six-team teams who enjoyed byes last week finally open their slate of league games Friday.

In Division I District 9, May and Rochelle clash in the top half of the district, while Santa Anna and Zephyr square off looking to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Division II District 13 action begins with Brookesmith at Blanket and Richland Springs at Mullin, while District 12 action pits Strawn at Rising Star and Moran at Sidney.

Also, in TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 2 action, Victory Life hosts top-ranked Wichita Falls Notre Dame.

In the 11-man ranks, Comanche visits Clyde in a first-place battle in District 4-2A Division I, while Goldthwaite welcomes De Leon in a game that could decide the District 5-A Division I champion.

Also, Coleman looks to improve its playoff chances against Ballinger in District 4-2A Division II play, while San Saba attempts to cling to postseason hope as it visits Hico in District 5-A Division I action.


Brookesmith (1-6, 0-0) at Blanket (5-2, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The Blanket Tigers look to get a head start on a second straight playoff berth as they host a Brookesmith Mustangs squad in the midst of a six-game skid.

    Blanket has defeated Rising Star (48-14), Rochelle (52-50), Gordon (28-24), Eden (67-22) and Stephenville Hutson (45-0) and lost to Blackwell (48-34) and May (52-6).

    Brookesmith started the season with a 42-31 win over Moran and has since lost to the Strawn JV (52-7), May (46-0), Victory Life (45-25), Eden (59-18), the Blackwell JV (46-27) and Veribest (46-0).

    The Tigers average 38 points and 294 yards — 194 rushing and 100 passing — coming into the game while surrendering 28 points and 260 yards — 152 rushing and 108 passing.

    Tyler Martinez has rushed for 753 yards and 17 touchdowns and thrown for 699 yards and eight scores. Jacob Lavy has chipped in 245 yards and four touchdowns on the ground followed Wesley Musick with 161 yards and four scores and Kenan Vanecek with 113 yards and three touchdowns.

    Leading receivers for Blanket include Rodolfo Valle (10-172, TD), Musick (9-127, TD), Jordan Chasteen (5-143, 2 TDs), Aaron Martinez (5-95, 2 TDs), Jason Valdez (3-69, 2 TDs) and Caleb Wigham (3-60, TD).

    Through Brookesmith’s first six games, the Mustangs were averaging 243 yards of total offense — 156 rushing and 87 passing — while yielding 316, including 217 on the ground.

    Devin Eason had rushed for 507 yards and seven touchdowns followed by Gage Fenton with 336 yards and two scores and Taylor Stephens with 89 yards and a trip to the end zone.

    Peyton Donahoo had thrown for 262 yards and three touchdowns, while Fenton had passed for 95 yards with a pair of scoring tosses. Leading receivers included Tanner Nunn (14-138, TD), Stephens (7-74, TD), Eason (6-67, 3 TDs), Colby Breeding (4-108) and Travis Crouch (3-92, 2 TDs).

    According to sixmanfootball.com, Blanket is a 45-point favorite.

May (7-0, 1-0) at Rochelle (6-2, 1-1)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The No. 6 May Tigers will attempt to remain undefeated and stay in contention for the Six-Man Division I District 9 title as they visit the Rochelle Hornets, who are coming off a 37-27 victory over Santa Anna.

    The Tigers’ ground game has been the key to their success this season as Kendrick Aguerro has compiled 788 yards and 13 touchdowns while Justin Howard has contributed 658 yards and 13 scores. Other key cogs in the run game include Dakota Chambers (257 yards, 6 TDs), Caleb Hardy (215 yards, 5 TDs) and Christian Scott (130 yards, 3 TDs).

    Through the air, Isaac Williams has thrown for 302 yards and six touchdowns and Aguerro has passed for 149 yards and three scores. Leading receivers include Brant Harris (4-124, 2 TDs), Chambers (3-84, TD) and Howard (3-64, 3 TDs).

    Prior to May’s district opener, a 38-31 victory over Santa Anna two weeks ago, Harris had tallied 49 tackles followed by Howard with 28, Chambers with 27, David Woods with 26 and Williams with 23. Williams had picked off four passes, Woods had recovered three fumble and Chambers scooped up two.

    According to sixmanfootball.com, May is a 35-point favorite.

Santa Anna (5-3, 0-2)

at Zephyr (5-2, 0-1)

 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    Both the Zephyr Bulldogs and Santa Anna Mountaineers, Six-Man Division I District 9’s playoff representatives from a year ago, find themselves in a must-win situation Friday night if they are to keep their postseason hopes alive this season.

    Santa Anna has opened district with losses of 38-31 to May and 37-27 to Rochelle, while Zephyr dropped its only district game thus far to Lometa, 46-31, last week.

    Prior to the district opener, Zephyr was averaging 59 points a game and tallied at least 60 points in all five victories. The Bulldogs were also averaging 385 yards per game, with 302 coming on the ground.

    Leading rushers for the Bulldogs were Dylan Croaker (597 yards, 8 TDs), Bradley Lewis (405 yards, 7 TDs), Jaydon Ezra (332 yards, 7 TDs), Jayden Choat (265 yards, 6 TDs) and Bishop Norman (187 yards, 5 TDs).

    Lewis had thrown for 451 yards and 10 scores as top receivers were Kade Miller (9-165, 3 TDs), Choat (8-115, 2 TDs), Norman (6-94, 3 TDs), Seth Jesko (4-59, TD) and Ezra (3-41, 2 TDs)

    Defensively, Choat’s 71 tackles led the team followed by 60 from Lewis, 39 from Ezra and 37 from Jesko. Lewis had intercepted five passes while Croaker, Jacob King and Kyle Newton had recovered three fumbles apiece.

    In Santa Anna’s district-opening loss to May, the Mountaineers generated 252 yards — 135 on the ground and 117 through the air — but gave up 349 yards, including 341 rushing.

    Lucas Diaz scored on runs of 3 and 55 yards, Michael Valencia threw touchdown passes of 7 yards to Jacob Herrod and 38 yards to Colby Nelson and Valencia also added a 2-yard touchdown carry.

    According to sixmanfootball.com, Zephyr is a 10-point underdog.

Wichita Falls Notre Dame (7-0, 1-0)

at Victory Life (3-4, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The Victory Life Warriors are shooting for a 2-0 start in TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 2 action, but will have to defeat the top-ranked team in the classification to do so.

    The Warriors are coming off a 24-21 win over Wichita Falls Christian in their district opener last week.

    VLA finished with 310 yards of total offense, including 243 rushing, with three turnovers, while allowing just 164 total yards and causing four turnovers.

    Sam Haley rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown and passed for 67 yards and another score, while Kegan Bessent ran for 75 yards and scored once. Bessent also caught a team-high three passes for 36 yards, Martin Venegas grabbed two receptions for 19 yards and a score and Kaleb Taylor finished with a pair of catches for 12 yards.

    Defensively, Bessent recorded nine tackles and an interception followed by Haley with 8.5 tackles and Oscar Joseph with eight tackles.

    Wichita Falls Notre Dame has defeated Granbury NCTA (76-26), Saint Jo (61-24), Northside (89-48), Dallas Tyler Street (54-8), Harrold (52-0), Chillicothe (64-16) and Bryson (85-36).

    According to sixmanfootball.com, Victory Life is a 45-point underdog.

Comanche (6-1, 3-0) at Clyde (6-2, 4-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The Comanche Indians and Clyde Bulldogs will both attempt to remain atop the District 4-2A Division I standings as two of the league’s three remaining undefeated teams tangle.

    Following a 42-14 loss to No. 5 Cisco, Comanche has reeled off four straight wins, a streak the Indians carry into the contest. In district action, the Indians have defeated Breckenridge (33-15), Merkel (21-7) and Dublin (61-14).

    Clyde, meanwhile, has collected five straight wins since back-to-back losses to Cisco (48-7) and Whitney (37-13). The Bulldogs have downed Jim Ned (48-30), Breckenridge (7-6), Merkel (42-6) and Dublin (24-7) in district action.

    Comanche, which averages 31 points and allows 16, is led by Jaden Roberts, who has rushed for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught a team-high eight passes for 92 yards with four more scores. Caisson Montieth has rushed for 442 yards and six touchdowns and thrown for 263 yards and six scores, while Jesse Luker has chipped in 414 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

    Clyde is producing 32 points and surrendering 22 and is led by Ty Spears, who has thrown for 1,311 yards and 17 touchdowns. Leading receivers for Clyde include Mason Latham (42-523, 7 TDs), Mason Burson (33-569, 7 TDs), Christian Eubanks (19-158, 2 TDs) and Brett Underwood (16-151, 2 TDs). Top rushers include Austin Rain (349 yards), Dustin Goliher (313 yards, 2 TDs) and Eubanks (287 yards, 3 TDs).

Coleman (3-4, 1-1)

at Ballinger (2-5, 1-1)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The Coleman Bluecats will attempt to rebound from a loss to state-ranked Cisco and improve their odds of reaching the postseason as they visit the Ballinger Bearcats.

    Coleman was dealt a 47-7 loss by No. 5 Cisco last week, while Ballinger is coming off a 21-7 loss at the hands of Hawley.

    The Bluecats were held to just 74 yards of total offense last week and rushed for only 7 yards on 28 carries. Cord Norris scored on a 2-yard run with 3:56 left to prevent a shutout for the Bluecats. Defensively, Coleman allowed 331 total yards with 248 coming on the ground.

    For the season, Coleman averages 23 points and surrenders 24 per game.

    Norris has thrown for 1,019 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 347 yards and two scores. Jaquan Hemphill has chipped in 299 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and caught 11 passes for 236 yards with four trips to the end zone. Thomas Hurtado leads Coleman with 12 catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

    Ballinger allows just 18 points per game, but is averaging only 11, scoring more than 15 points just one this season.

De Leon (6-1, 1-0)

at Goldthwaite (4-4, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The only two undefeated teams in District 5-A Division I square off Friday as the Goldthwaite Eagles host the De Leon Bearcats in a game that could determine the district championship.

    Friday’s game will also mark the final home appearance for Goldthwaite coach Gary Proffitt after spending the last 36 seasons as a coach at the school in some capacity.

    After dropping their first four games of the season, Goldthwaite is in the midst of a four-game win streak, which includes victories over district foes Hico (28-21) and San Saba (28-14).

    De Leon has also chalked up four straight victories since experiencing its only loss, 30-7, against Tolar. The Bearcats have played just one district game, that a 28-14 triumph over Santo last week.

    The Eagles, who are averaging 25 points and allowing 28, are led by rushers Joseph Paddock (710 yards), Dakota Perry (450 yards) and Eric Chavez (316 yards). T.R. Jones has thrown for 492 yards and seven scores, while Ryan Wright has grabbed 10 catches for 181 yards and three scores.

    The Bearcats, who generate 30 points and yield 12 per outing, are led by top ground gainers Auston Sadberry (661 yards, 7 TDs), Danny Cervantes (521 yards, 5 TDs), Robert Smith (300 yards, 3 TDs), Joshua Brownlee (282 yards, 3 TDs) and Robin Palmer (240 yards, 6 TDs).

San Saba (2-6, 0-2) at Hico (6-1, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The San Saba Armadillos will try to keep their rapidly fading playoff hopes alive as they visit the Hico Tigers Friday.

    San Saba, which is seeking its fifth straight postseason trip, has opened District 5-A Division I action with losses to Santo (48-35) and Goldthwaite (28-14), and has dropped four straight overall. Hico, coming off its bye week, also fell to Goldthwaite (28-21) in its district opener.

    The Armadillos are averaging 18 points and allowing 32 per game, while Hico produces 37 points and yields 17 per outing.

    Kelan Verette has rushed for 616 yards and four touchdowns and thrown for 863 yards and four touchdowns to spark the San Saba offense. Kolton Ellis has chipped in 187 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and caught 14 passes for 168 yards with two scores.        

    Cosme Diaz leads all Armadillo receivers with 21 catches for 399 yards and three scores, while T.J Hibler has added 168 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Richland Springs (4-1, 0-0)

at Mullin (5-2, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The three-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion Richland Springs Coyotes will play their first game since Oct. 4 as they visit the Mullin Bulldogs in the District 13 opener.

    Richland Springs’ game with Odessa Latter Rain Christian was cancelled on Oct. 11 and both the Coyotes and Bulldogs had pre-district byes set last week.

    The Coyotes’ most recent outing was a 68-55 victory over Walnut Springs as Richland Springs Coyotes finished with 518 yards of total offense — 431 rushing and 87 passing — and allowed 419 yards — 280 on the ground and 139 through the air.

    Bryan Salinas rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Coyotes and also completed 7 of 12 passes for 87 yards with two more scores. Ty Mann finished with 207 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and caught a pair of passes for 38 yards with a touchdown.

    Mullin defeated Ranger Home School in its most recent outing, while the week prior the Bulldogs suffered a narrow 62-54 loss to Zephyr. In that contest, Mullin finished with 457 yards of total offense — 287 rushing and 170 passing, all from the arm of Mason Weaver. Josh Mickelson rushed for a game-high 188 yards and four touchdowns and added six receptions for 104 yards. Weaver also rushed for 61 yards, while Jared Correll chipped in two receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown and Jacob Mickelson rushed for 38 yards on four carries.

    According to sixmanfootball.com, Richland Springs is a 14-point favorite.

Strawn (5-2, 0-0)

at Rising Star (4-3, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The Rising Star Wildcats will attempt to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the six-man season and jump into the driver’s seat of the Division II District 12 race as they welcome the No. 4 Strawn Greyhounds.

    Rising Star’s four-game win streak was snapped by Blanket (48-14) in its most recent outing, while Strawn is coming off a 66-6 win over Marfa last week. The Greyhounds have tasted defeated twice this season, however, falling to Abilene Christian (74-64) two weeks ago and Division I No. 1 Ira (64-16) earlier this season.

    The Wildcats are averaging 44 points and 361 yards per game — 234 passing and 127 rushing — while giving up 40 points per outing.

    Ben Boucher leads Rising Star with 1,570 passing yards and 28 touchdowns and 584 rushing yards and 11 more trips to the end zone. Leading receivers for the Wildcats include Krispin Froese (24-421, 7 TDs), Hernan Reyes (23-557, 6 TDs), Samuel Rodriguez (19-165, 6 TDs), Tommy Gann (10-190, 3 TDs), Dakota Harding (9-182, 3 TDs) and Kyle Jaynes (4-80, 2 TDs).

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

Moran (1-6, 0-0) at Sidney (1-3, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

    The Sidney Eagles and Moran Bulldogs are both in search of their second victories of the season as they shift their attention to Six-Man Division II District 12 action Friday.

    Sidney’s only win was a 59-12 decision over winless Gustine, while Moran knocked off Paint Creek, 66-20. Both games occurred on Oct. 4.

    In the Eagle victory, Sidney compiled 513 yards of total offense — 364 rushing and 149 passing — while allowing just 189 yards and forcing four turnovers.

    Liam McDonald rushed for 257 yards and scored on runs of 32, 34, 42 and 79 yards. McDonald also completed two passes covering 119 yards, both scoring strikes of 50 and 69 yards to Blake Crawford.

    Crawford also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Payton Williams and rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown.

    Munoz tacked on 67 yards rushing and scored on a 34-yard carry to end the game.

    According to sixmanfootball.com, Sidney is a 45-point favorite.