RICHLAND SPRINGS — The No. 1 Richland Springs Coyotes opened the season with a performance worthy of their preseason ranking as they cruised past the Rochelle Hornets, 74-22, Friday night.
The Coyotes (1-0) put 42 points on the board in the first period alone, then tacked on 32 more in the second period to end the game via the 45-point mercy rule at halftime.
Richland Springs racked up 278 yards of total offense — 249 rushing and 29 passing — while giving up 191 yards and causing two turnovers.
Bryan Salinas rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns and connected on a 33-yard scoring strike with Storm Teel on his only pass attempt. Jacob Cohn chipped in 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground, while Jordan Burkhart rushed for a 3-yard score.
Defensively, Teel recorded a safety, intercepted a pass and returned a fumble for a touchdown to highlight the Coyotes’ effort. Cohn led the way with 11 tackles, followed by Salinas with 10.
Rochelle (0-1) led Richland Springs, 14-8, with 5:32 left in the first period following touchdown runs of 66 and 14 yards by Marty Flores. But Salinas’ 8-yard touchdown carry, coupled with Justin Hallmark’s two-point kick, triggered a run of 42 straight points for the Coyotes, who built a 50-14 edge with 9:43 left in the half.
The Coyotes will venture to Lometa (0-1) — which is coming off a 90-64 loss to Waco Live Oak — next week.
No. 2 CALVERT 26, MAY 21
ZEPHYR — The reigning Six-Man Division I state finalist May Tigers will not begin the 2014 campaign with 14 consecutive victories, as the Division II No. 2 Calvert Trojans rallied for a 26-21 victory Friday night at the Bulldog Bonanza.
May (0-1) led 21-7 in the third period, but Calvert (1-0) answered with three touchdowns over the final 14 minutes of action to snatch the victory.
Christopher Luster caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Quan Thompson with 1:54 remaining to complete Calvert’s rally.
The Tigers led 7-0 after one quarter on a 1-yard Caleb Hardy run, but Calvert pulled even at 7 at halftime as Luster caught a 27-yard scoring toss from Thompson in the second period.
May scored twice in the third on carries of 2 yards by Hardy and 27 yards by Gage Freeland to open a 14-point cushion.
Xavier Laury returned a kick 50 yards to close the gap to 21-13 and Thompson scored on a 7-yard run with 6:20 to go to bring the Trojans within a point at 21-20.
Hardy rushed for 80 yards to pace the May offense, followed by 73 yards from Freeland, 56 from Zach Davis and 31 yards from Christian Scott.
Defensively, Brant Harris recorded 15 tackles, including four for loss, with two fumble recoveries, one fumble caused and a pass defended. Isaac Williams added six tackles while Matthew Kunkel and Hunter Kilgo both finished with five tackles, including two for losses.
The Tigers will attempt to secure their first victory of the season at Rising Star (0-1) next week, which is coming off a 40-38 loss against Lingleville.
MORAN 51, BROOKESMITH 45
BROOKESMITH — The Brookesmith Mustangs fell just shy of a victory in their season opener Friday night, as the Moran Bulldogs prevailed in a 51-45 decision.
Brookesmith (0-1) generated 467 yards of total offense — 319 rushing and 148 passing — almost 100 more than Moran’s tally of 379, which featured 304 yards on the ground.
Devin Eason rushed for 255 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Mustangs ground game, while Pedro Uvalle and Rafael Uvalle both chipped in 32 yards apiece.
Eason also completed 6 of 7 passes for 60 yards with a touchdown, while Tanner Nunn was 5 of 8 for 88 yards with a pair of scoring tosses.
Phoenix Burns finished with two receptions for 30 yards and a score, Cade Stephens added two grabs for 34 yards and reached the end zone once and Eason hauled in a pair of catches for 45 yards with one touchdown.
For Moran (1-0), Randall Laird rushed for 240 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 65 yards and a score.
Brookesmith will venture to Gustine (1-0), which is coming off a 51-6 victory over Morgan, next week.
COLEMAN 42, JIM NED 6
COLEMAN — The Coleman Bluecats sent a statement in their season opener, rolling to a 42-6 victory over the Jim Ned Indians in John Elder’s debut as head coach.
Coleman (1-0) chalked up five touchdowns in the first half alone en route to 437 yards of total offense — 291 rushing and 146 passing. Defensively, the Bluecats yielded only 156 yards to Jim Ned (0-1), while forcing four turnovers.
Jaquan Hemphill rushed for 113 yards with a 45-yard touchdown carry and a 40-yard punt return for six points.
Cord Norris was 11 of 18 through the air for 146 yards with four scoring strikes — 15 and 10 yards to Mason Burkey, 40 yards to Kyle Boyet and 23 yards to Royce Harris.
Boyet and Harris finished with three receptions apiece, for 59 yards and 42 yards, respectively.
Coleman will host Hawley (1-0) next week, which is coming off a 46-14 victory over Roscoe in Week 1.
COMANCHE 27, CLYDE 20
COMANCHE — Following a 7-4 playoff campaign in 2013, the Comanche Indians opened the 2014 season with an impressive 27-20 road victory over the Clyde Bulldogs Friday night.
Trailing 20-15 in the third period, Comanche grabbed a 21-20 lead with 6:34 left in the stanza on a 7-yard touchdown run by Mason Loria. The Indians tacked on a 4-yard insurance touchdown run by Cash Mankin with 2:20 remaining.
Down 6-0 after one quarter, Comanche (1-0) seized a 7-6 lead on the first play of the second period on a 12-yard carry by Wyatt Mankin. Clyde (0-1) reclaimed a 12-7 lead, but by halftime the Indians had surged in front, 15-12, on a 15-yard Cash Mankin carry, and a two-point run by quarterback Payton Nance.
Comanche produced 377 yards of total offense, with 322 coming on the ground. Cash Mankin led the Indians with 156 yards rushing.
Nance completed just 2 of 7 passes for 55 yards, but one was a 44-yard completion to Tyler Massengill.
The Indians will host Tolar (0-1), which is coming off a 42-41 loss to Crawford, in their home opener next week.
LINGLEVILLE 40, RISING STAR 38
MULLIN 64, WHITHARRAL 18
CHEROKEE 54, SIDNEY 19