Brown County rivals continue their long-standing rivalry, while a pair of Class A Division II preseason Top 10 teams square off to highlight the fourth weekend of high school football in the Bulletin’s coverage area.

May ventures to Blanket, while No. 1 Richland Springs heads west to tangle with No. 11 Balmorhea on the six-man front.

Victory Life, Goldthwaite, Santa Anna, Sidney and Mullin are each looking for their third triumph of the season, while Comanche looks to halt a two-game drought.

Teams seeking their first wins Friday night include Zephyr, Brookesmith, Rising Star and San Saba.


MAY (2-1)

at BLANKET (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

In the battle of Brown County Tigers, Class A Division I May makes the short drive to Class A Division II Blanket Friday night.

May is seeking its third consecutive victory since opening the season with a 26-21 loss to Division II No. 2 Calvert at Zephyr’s Bulldog Bonanza. May has followed with wins of 46-0 over rival Rising Star and 34-14 over former district foe Zephyr last week.

Blanket is looking to snap its current two-game skid as it hasn’t won since rallying from 16 points down to top Chillicothe, 54-40, at Zephyr’s Bulldog Bonanza. Since its opening win, Blanket has fallen to Stephenville Faith, 60-22, and Gordon, 48-0, last week.

May is averaging 34 points and 289 yards of total offense — 242 rushing and 47 passing — per outing, while the defense is surrendering just 13 points per contest.

Leading rushers for May include Zach Davis (263 yards, 3 TDs), Gage Freeland (230 yards, 4 TDs), Caleb Hardy (163 yards, 3 TDs) and Christian Scott (74 yards).

Through the air, Isaac Williams has thrown for 142 yards and four touchdowns, and top receivers include Brant Harris (3-19, TD), Aaron Sadler (2-30, TD), Scott (1-50, TD) and Matthew Kunkel (1-37, TD).

May’s defense is led by Harris (32 tackles, three fumble recoveries), Williams, (31 tackles, one interception), Scott (16 tackles), Sadler (16 tackles), Hardy (13 tackles) and Matthew Radle (10 tackles).

Blanket is generating 23 points and 211 yards — 145 rushing and 66 passing — per contest, while giving up 44 points and 345 yards — 200 rushing and 145 passing.

Top ground gainers for Blanket include Eddie Hernandez (170 yards, 4 TDs) and Noe Valle (118 yards, 3 TDs), while Toby Florence has thrown for 194 yards with two touchdown and seven interceptions.

Leading receivers for Blanket include Jordan Chasteen (5-69), Rodolfo Valle (3-37), Aaron Martinez (2-50, TD), Wesley Musick (2-10), Quinton Alvarez (2-9) and Luke Kinkade (1-5, TD)

According to the website, May is a 45-point favorite.



at BALMORHEA (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Class A Division II top-ranked Richland Springs Coyotes have yet to see the second half this season, but could receive a stern test from the No. 11 Balmorhea Bears Friday night.

In six quarters, Richland Springs has outscored its three foes — Rochelle, Lometa and San Antonio FEAST — by a count of 213-36.

Richland Springs is averaging 71 points and 305 yards per game, with 263 coming on the ground. Bryan Salinas has chalked up 455 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Jacob Cohn has compiled 283 yards and four touchdowns. Through the air, Storm Teel has caught four passes for 70 yards with two touchdowns and Jordan Burkhart has added four grabs for 37 yards.

Defensively, the Coyotes are yielding only 12 points per outing and 152 yards, with 11 takeaways.

Balmorhea dropped its season opener to Division I No. 18 Rankin, 95-73, but has since rebounded with wins over Fort Davis, 52-6, and Marfa, 58-12.

According to the website, Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite.




7:30 p.m. Friday

The Victory Life Warriors are playing their fourth consecutive home game to open the season, and looking to bounce back from their first loss, as they welcome Stephenville Huston for homecoming.

Following wins of 66-63 over San Marcos Hill Country and 81-19 over Pflugerville Concordia, Victory Life was on the wrong end of a 72-24 decision against Sidney last week.

For the season, Oscar Joseph has rushed for a team-high 205 yards for the Warriors trailed by 86 yards from Roland Aguinaga, 78 from Sam Haley, 40 from Jack Haley and 10 from Kaleb Taylor.

Joseph has also thrown for 185 yards while Sam Haley has 222 yards passing and Aguinaga has 8 yards through the air.

Leading receivers for VLA include Aguinaga with 96 yards, Sam Haley with 65 yards, Jack Haley with 50 yards and Jadyn Thedford with 42 yards.

Stephenville Huston has played just one game this season, a 57-0 loss to Stephenville Faith in Week 1.



at EDEN (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

After a couple of near misses to open the season, the Brookesmith Mustangs were bullied in their third outing, but will look to bounce back this week as they venture to Eden.

Brookesmith was nipped by Moran, 51-45, in Week 1 and by Gustine, 46-41, in Week 2, but managed just 38 yards of total offense in last week’s 54-0 home loss to Santa Anna.

Eden edged Veribest in its opener, 40-38, was pummeled by Garden City, 75-14, and rebounded with a 89-40 triumph over Lohn last week.

The Mustangs are averaging 29 points and 291 yards — 211 rushing and 80 passing — per contest, while giving up 50 points and 333 yards, including 289 on the ground.

Devin Eason has been the driving force behind the Brookesmith offense with 569 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, three receptions for 53 yards and a score and 145 yards passing with one scoring toss.

Tanner Nunn has thrown for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Phoenix Burns (4-68, TD) and Cade Stephens (3-42, TD) are threats in the passing game.

According to the website, Brookesmith is a 45-point underdog.


ZEPHYR (0-3)

at #8 JONESBORO (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Zephyr Bulldogs’ brutal pre-district schedule continues with a road trip to Class A Division II No. 8 Jonesboro Friday night.

An injury-depleted Bulldogs squad has started the season with losses of 52-6 to Division I No. 12 Garden City, 76-26 to Division I No. 10 Sterling City, and 34-14 to reigning Division I state finalist May.

Jonesboro, which is coming off its bye week, knocked off Milford, 55-39, in its season opener followed by a 68-19 triumph over Buckholts.

Last week against May, Zephyr ended the night with 215 total yards, including 169 rushing. Bishop Norman rushed for 166 yards and scored on carries of 1 and 2 yards, but Bulldogs committed the only two turnovers of the game.

Defensively, the Bulldogs yielded 317 yards, including 288 on the ground.

According to the website, Zephyr is a 24-point underdog.



at ROCHELLE (0-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Santa Anna Mountaineers will attempt to keep the Rochelle Hornets winless, while running their current win streak to three games Friday night.

Santa Anna has rebounded from an opening 46-14 loss to Meadow by defeating Mullin, 44-38, and blanking Brookesmith, 54-0, last week.

Rochelle has been handed defeats by Richland Springs (74-22), Strawn (80-60) and Mullin (80-52) thus far.

In the Mountaineers’ win at Brookesmith last week, Santa Anna racked up 278 yards — all on the ground. Jordan Washington rushed for a team-best 86 yards trailed by Lucas Diaz with 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Jacob Herrod with 60 yards and two scores, Jed Herrod with 35 yards and a trip to the end zone and Colton Enriquez with 25 yards and one score.

Colby Nelson returned an interception for a touchdown to start the scoring for Santa Anna, and Jed Herrod recovered a fumble, as the Mountaineers yielded just 38 yards of total offense.

According to the website, Santa Anna is a 6-point favorite.



at SIDNEY (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Sidney Eagles are setting their sights on a third consecutive victory as they welcome the Cranfills Gap Lions Friday night.

Since falling to Cherokee in their season opener, 54-19, the Eagles have rebounded with triumphs of 54-8 over Lohn and 72-24 at Victory Life to already surpass last season’s win total.

Cranfills Gap started its season with a 58-12 loss to Evant, but rebounded in Week 2 by blanking Moran, 49-0. The Lions’ bye fell last week.

In Sidney’s win over VLA, the Eagles amassed 484 yards of total offense, with 404 coming on the ground. Jalen Moya rushed for a team-high 297 yards, while Beau Cheatham completed 4 of 9 passes for 80 yards. Blake Crawford added three catches for 69 yards.

According to the website, Sidney is a 41-point underdog.



at GORDON (3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Rising Star Wildcats’ grueling road to district continues with a road trip to face undefeated Gordon Friday night.

Rising Star was nipped by Lingleville, 40-38, at the Bulldog Bonanza to start the season and has since fallen to May, 46-0, and Robert Lee, 68-16.

Meanwhile, Gordon is coming off a 48-0 victory over Blanket last week, along with chalking up wins over Highland, 28-22, and Newcastle, 44-24.

In the Wildcats’ loss to Robert Lee last week, Rising Star was held to 154 yards of total offense while the Steers generated 337 yards — 232 on the ground and 105 through the air.

Wildcat Krispin Froese caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Ben Boucher, who later added a 25-yard scoring strike to Tommy Gann. Boucher completed 12 of 32 passes for 140 yards, while Kyle Jaynes rushed for a team-best 35 yards. Gann finished with three receptions for 45 yards.

According to the website, Rising Star is a 45-point underdog.



at MULLIN (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Mullin Bulldogs bounced back from their first loss of the season by knocking off winless Rochelle, 80-52. This week, the Bulldogs will attempt to hand the Oglesby Tigers their first setback of 2014.

Mullin opened the season with a 64-18 win over Whitharral in the Bulldog Bonanza, then squandered an 18-point second-half lead at Santa Anna in a 44-38 Week 2 loss.

Oglesby has started its season with victories over Lohn (47-0), Gholson (50-0) and Waco Parkview (44-16) — which own a combined record of 1-8.

According to the website, Mullin is a 45-point favorite.


#8 MASON (3-0)


7:30 p.m. Friday

The Goldthwaite Eagles will attempt to build on their momentum as they target a third consecutive victory, while looking to dish out Mason’s first loss in the process.

Since a 41-14 loss to No. 2 Mart in the season opener, the Class 2A Eagles have bounced back with victories of 40-26 over Jim Ned and 42-36 against Bangs — both Class 3A programs.

No. 8 Mason has kicked off its season by blasting Ozona, 55-13, and De Leon, 55-7, along with last week’s 14-3 triumph over Comfort.

In Goldthwaite’s win over Bangs last week, the Eagles generated 391 yards with 355 coming on the ground, and overcame three turnovers. Defensively, Goldthwaite gave up 338 yards, but returned its one takeaway — a Joseph Paddock interception — 31 yards for a touchdown.

Paddock also rushed for 169 yards and two scores while Quaid Seward and Jansen Head both chipped in 72 yards, and Hunter Parrish added 39.


BRADY (3-0)

at COMANCHE (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Gatesville

The Comanche Indians are out to end a two-game slump, while attempting to derail the undefeated start by the Brady Bulldogs.

Since opening the season with a 27-20 win at Clyde, Comanche dropped a 41-27 home decision to Class 2A Tolar, followed by last week’s 43-0 defeat at the hands of Class 3A No. 1 Cisco.

Brady has started its season with wins of 26-21 over Brock, 40-13 over Ballinger and last week’s 20-17 double-overtime triumph against Llano.

Comanche averages 18 points and 270 yards per game, while giving up 35 points and 341 yards.

Cash Mankin has rushed for 314 yards and three touchdowns, Wyatt Mankin has added 215 yards and a score and Payton Nance has passed for 152 yards and a touchdown. Hunter Thedford leads all Indians with four catches for 43 yards and a score.

In Brady’s win last week, the Bulldogs finished with 360 yards —219 passing and 141 passing — but turned the ball over six times. Llano mustered only 178 yards and coughed the ball up three times.

Brady’s Joe Scott Pace threw for 219 yards and two scores, Trey Ledezma caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown and B.J. Hollis grabbed six receptions for 52 yards with a trip to the end zone. Tim Jones rushed for a team-high 70 yards and a touchdown.


SAN SABA (0-3)

vs. #5 BREMOND (3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Gatesville

The San Saba Armadillos are looking to halt a season-long skid, but are facing a state-ranked, undefeated foe in the Bremond Tigers on a neutral field in that quest.

San Saba has started the season sluggishly, falling to Early, 41-2, Harper, 24-14, and Johnson City, 19-7.

Meanwhile, Bremond has chalked up victories over Hearne, 40-28, Thorndale, 54-28, and Hubbard, 20-6.

San Saba is giving up 28 points and 256 yards per game, but the Armadillos are generating only 7 points and 187 yards on average, with seven turnovers. Garrett Welch has thrown a couple of touchdown passes to John Welch, while Jose Guerrero has scored on the ground to account for the ’Dillos three touchdowns through three games.

Bremond averages 370 yards per game, with 297 coming on the ground. James Jones has rushed for 289 yards and five touchdowns while Roshauud Paul has thrown for 185 yards and three scores — all to Rayandre Browning, who has caught nine passes for 158 yards.