MAY — The Class A Division I No. 6 May Tigers locked up at least a share of their second straight district championship by pummeling the previously-undefeated and seventh-ranked Gordon Longhorns, 66-16, Friday night.
May (7-2, 3-0) can secure the district championship outright with a win at Lingleville (2-7, 1-2) next week. The Tigers have already ensured themselves of District 10-A Division I’s top playoff berth with Friday’s victory.
Despite the loss, Gordon (9-1, 3-1) will represent the district as the second playoff seed as its district bye falls next week.
Tied at 8 in the first period, May reeled off the next 38 points to take a 46-8 lead into halftime. After Gordon scored the first points of the third period, May strung together three more touchdowns to end the game via the 45-point mercy rule with 1:26 remaining in the third period.
The Tigers finished with 536 yards of total offense Friday night, including 436 rushing.
Zach Davis rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries while Gage Freeland finished with 173 yards and three trips to the end zone on 11 rushes. Caleb Hardy chipped in 82 yards and a touchdown while Matthew Kunkel scored on a 7-yard run.
Through the air, Isaac Williams connected on 4 of 7 passes for 100 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Davis hauled in two receptions for 60 yards with a touchdown and Hunter Kilgo made an 18-yard scoring catch.
Defensively, May forced three turnovers and limited Gordon to 293 yards of total offense, with 200 coming on the ground.
Brant Harris led the Tiger charge with 12 tackles trailed by Kilgo with 10, Williams with nine and Hardy and Cameron King and with seven tackles and one interception apiece.
ZEPHYR 59, SANTA ANNA 34
SANTA ANNA — The Zephyr Bulldogs are in the driver’s seat to capture the District 11-A Division I championship after extending their win streak to four games — and snapping Santa Anna’s string of six straight wins — with Friday night’s 59-34 road victory.
Zephyr (4-5, 2-0) can clinch the district title outright with a win against Lometa (3-6, 1-1) at Bulldog Stadium next week. Santa Anna (6-2, 1-1) can secure the district’s second playoff berth either with a victory over Evant (7-2, 0-2) or a Lometa loss, as the Mountaineers own that head-to-head tiebreaker.
If Zephyr loses and Santa Anna wins, the district’s tiebreaker will determine which two teams advance as the Bulldogs, Mountaineers and Lometa would share the district crown.
Norman Bishop churned out 369 rushing yards and seven touchdowns to pace the Zephyr attack, while Jayden Choat chipped in 90 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Bishop also threw for 81 yards and a touchdown as Seth Jesko hauled in a 31-yard scoring reception.
Choat finished with a team-high two catches for 25 yards, while Chris Dixon (40 yards), Keifer Vernon (15 yards) and Jacob King (10 yards) contributed one catch apiece.
Rowdy McClain and Nicholas Moody added 17 rushing yards each for the Bulldogs.
Defensively, Choat led the way with 16 tackles, Jesko added 14, McClain finished with 11 and Kohl Wiedl chipped in three tackles and an interception.
BLANKET 51, PANTHER CREEK 6
VALERA — The Blanket Tigers clinched a playoff berth and will play for the District 8-A Division II championship next week thanks to Friday night’s 51-6 win at Panther Creek.
The victory was the fourth in a row for Blanket (5-4, 2-0), which will host Rising Star (3-6, 2-0) next week to decide the district champion and top two playoff seeds. Both teams have already qualified for the postseason.
Leading 16-6 after one quarter, Blanket exploded for 35 points in the second period.
The Tigers finished with 280 yards of total offense, with 246 coming on the ground, while limiting Panther Creek (4-4, 2-2) to 80 total yards.
Eddie Hernandez and Luke Kinkade both rushed for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace the Blanket attack.
Toby Florence chipped in 50 yards and a touchdown on the ground while passing for 34 yards and another score.
Hernandez also hauled in a 23-yard touchdown reception, while Jordan Chasteen grabbed an 11-yard catch.
Defensively for Blanket, Chasteen and Hernandez each intercepted a pass. Panther Creek also coughed up a fumble.
RISING STAR 80, SIDNEY 66
RISING STAR — The Rising Star Wildcats snatched a playoff berth thanks to Friday’s 80-66 win over the Sidney Eagles, and can earn the District 8-A Division II championship with another victory next week.
Rising Star (3-6, 2-0) will visit Blanket (5-4, 2-0) next week in a game that will determine the district champion and No. 1 and No. 2 playoff seeds.
In the Wildcats’ victory Friday night, Rising Star finished with 357 yards of total offense and no turnovers, while Sidney generated 422 yards, but lost possession on three occasions.
Sidney (5-3, 0-2) led 7-6 after one quarter and 28-22 at halftime, but Rising Star grabbed a 36-35 lead after four periods. The teams then combined to score 75 points in the fourth quarter alone, with 44 belonging to the Wildcats.
Ben Boucher rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns, passed for 120 yards and three more scores, returned an interception 51 yards for six points and ran a kick back 57 yards for a Rising Star touchdown.
Kyle Janes contributed touchdowns on runs of 15 and 8 yards, a 20-yard reception and 15-yard fumble recovery.
Krispin Froese reached the end zone twice on receptions of 17 and 25 yards.
For Sidney, Blake Crawford rushed for 148 yards and touchdowns of 4, 52, 39 and 40 yards; caught touchdown passes of 17 and 39 yards from Jaylon Moya; and tossed touchdowns of 71 yards to Moya, 8 yards to James Morgan and 5 yards to Troy Seider.
Sidney finishes its season at home next week with a visit from Panther Creek (4-4, 2-2).
COLEMAN 39, COAHOMA 13
COLEMAN — The Coleman Bluecats chalked up their ninth straight victory and earned at least a share of the District 3-3A Division II championship with a 39-13 win over Coahoma in Friday night’s home finale.
Coleman (9-0, 4-0) can clinch the district title outright next week with a win at Ballinger (2-7, 1-3), and the Bluecats already own the district’s top playoff seed regardless of the result.
In the win over Coahoma (6-3, 2-2), the Bluecats surrendered the first touchdown but answered with 39 consecutive points.
The Bluecats compiled 441 yards of total offense, with 352 coming on the ground, while surrendering 229 yards.
Jaquan Hemphill rushed for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Kyle Boyet chipped in 93 yards and a trip to the end zone.
Cord Norris completed all six of his pass attempts for 76 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown to Bryson Hammonds, while also rushing for 54 yards and a score.
Matt Anderson chipped in 24 yards on the ground while Hammonds, Mason Burkey and Royce Harris caught two passes apiece for 35, 33 and 16 yards, respectively.
COMANCHE 35, WEST 24
COMANCHE — The Comanche Indians kept their playoff hopes alive with a 35-24 victory over the West Trojans in Friday night’s home finale.
Comanche (4-5, 2-3) must win again at Hillsboro (1-8, 0-5) to force a potential tie for third and/or fourth place in District 9-3A Division I.
If the Indians win next week and McGregor (4-5, 3-2) upsets district leader Whitney (8-1, 5-0), Comanche will advance as the fourth seed, winning the head-to-head tiebreaker over West. A Comanche win coupled with a McGregor loss would result in a three-way tie between the Indians, West (7-3, 3-3) and McGregor for third place, and the district’s tiebreaker would determine which two teams advance. A loss by Comanche would eliminate the Indians from postseason contention.
In the victory over West, Comanche jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead. The Indians rushed for 306 of their 327 yards, while West finished with 256 yards, including 207 passing.
Wyatt Mankin compiled 120 yards and one rushing touchdown for the Indians, Payton Nance added 85 yards and two scores, Cash Mankin chipped in 68 yards on the ground and Mason Lorta rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Nance completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 21 yards with a 13-yard scoring toss to Wyatt Mankin.
HICO 21, GOLDTHWAITE 0
GOLDTHWAITE — The Goldthwaite Eagles were eliminated from district championship and still have not secured a postseason berth following Friday’s 21-0 loss to Hico.
Goldthwaite (4-5, 2-2) and San Saba (2-7, 2-2) are currently tied for third place in District 7-2A Division I, and the Eagles own the head-to-head tiebreaker. Goldthwaite travels to winless Hamilton (0-9, 0-4) next week, while San Saba ventures to Hico (5-4, 4-0). The Eagles clinch a playoff berth with either a victory or a San Saba loss next week.
Further information on Friday’s game was not available at press time.
TOLAR 64, SAN SABA 14
SAN SABA — The San Saba Armadillos’ two-game win streak came to an end as the Tolar Rattlers locked up a playoff spot with a 64-14 victory Friday night.
Tolar (7-2, 3-1) jumped out to a 22-8 lead after one quarter, was in front 35-8 at halftime and took a 57-8 advantage to the fourth quarter.
San Saba (2-7, 2-2) surrendered 398 yards of total offense, including 298 on the ground, while amassing 197 yards — 142 rushing and 55 passing.
Armadillo quarterback Garrett Welch completed 8 of 20 passes for 142 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions, while John Watson grabbed three catches for 69 yards and Holt Oliver finished with three receptions for 59 yards and a score.
On the ground, Jose Guerrero finished with a team-best 18 yards, while Watson rushed for a 5-yard touchdown.
In order to reach the playoffs, San Saba must defeat Hico (5-4, 4-0) next week, while Goldthwaite (4-5, 2-2) must lose against Hamilton (0-9, 0-2).
CHEROKEE 72, BROOKESMITH 28
CHEROKEE — The Brookesmith Mustangs remained winless and suffered their 18th consecutive defeat overall, falling to Cherokee, 72-28, in District 13-A Division II action Friday night.
Brookesmith (0-9, 0-3) finished with 212 total yards — 134 rushing and 78 passing — while surrendering 415 yards — including 399 rushing — to Cherokee (4-4, 2-1).
Devin Eason rushed for 99 yards and three touchdowns for Brookesmith, and also returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown.
Tanner Nunn passed for 51 yards, Rafael Uvalle rushed for 35 yards and Cliffton Leonard-King caught a team-high three passes for 36 yards. Cade Stephens and Nunn added receptions of 19 and 10 yards, respectively.
Cherokee’s Robert Brewer rushed for 352 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Mustangs host Mullin (6-3, 2-1) in next week’s season finale.
Other scores (No info reported)
MULLIN 1, LOHN 0 - forfeit
RICHARDSON CANYON CREEK 67, VICTORY LIFE 32