ZEPHYR — The Zephyr Bulldogs moved back over the .500 mark, while the Blanket Tigers remained winless following Friday night’s 62-12 decision.
Zephyr (3-2) scored the first 18 points en route to a 34-12 halftime advantage. Blanket (0-6) then surrendered 28 points in the third period as the game did not reach the fourth period.
The Bulldogs finished with 332 yards of total offense — 254 on the ground and 78 through the air — which helped overcome three turnovers. The Tigers manufactured 213 yards — 172 passing and 41 rushing — and gave the ball away once.
Bishop Norman rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs, while Hunter Pitman chipped in 80 yards and scored once.
Through the air, Norman completed 2 of 4 passes for 58 yards, while Kason King was also 2 of 4 for 20 yards with a scoring toss. Pitman caught two passes for 23 yards and William Simpson pulled down a 14-yard scoring reception.
For Blanket, Toby Florence connected on 7 of 14 passes for 139 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Justin Wilson was 3 of 14 for 33 yards.
Jordan Chasteen grabbed five receptions for 101 yards and scored once while Quinton Alexander contributed two catches and a touchdown. Luke Kinkade also finished with two receptions for 16 yards and Blake Hood added a 9-yard catch.
On the ground, Kinkade rushed for 49 yards, while Alexander was the only other Tiger in positive yards, rushing for 2.
Next week, Zephyr hosts Rising Star (3-3) — which is coming off a 58-28 win over previously unbeaten Evant, a District 11-A Division I rival of the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, Blanket hosts Lometa (1-5), which picked up its first victory at Mullin, 84-80, Friday.
Water Valley 66, May 62
WATER VALLEY — The May Tigers almost erased a 22-point deficit, but the Water Valley Wildcats’ only touchdown of the second half turned out to be enough for a 66-62 victory Friday night.
May (3-3), down 22-0 with 3:47 left in the first period, trimmed the Water Valley (3-3) lead to 58-44 at halftime. The only second-half points for the Wildcats came with 5:30 left on a 14-yard run by Jancen Power.
Zach Davis, who finished with 288 yards rushing and seven touchdowns for May, scored on carries of 48 and 33 yards in the third period to trim Water Valley’s lead to 58-56, as both two-point kick attempts failed. Power’s run, and a Seth Demere two-point kick, extended the Wildcats’ lead to two scores, 66-56.
May — which failed to convert five two-point kicks, including two that were blocked — reached the end zone once more on a 20-yard scoring toss from Wyatt Mote to Cameron King with 4:07 to go. The Tigers recovered on onside kick, but failed to convert a fourth-and-10 from the Water Valley 12 in the waning moments.
Christian Scott added 49 yards on the ground for the Tigers and Jacob Brown rushed for 27. Mote completed 3 of 8 passes for 68 yards and a score while King hauled down a pair of receptions covering 35 yards. Davis also made a 33-yard catch and returned a kick 80 yards for a touchdown.
Defensively for the Tigers, King finished with 10 tackles followed by Brown with seven and Davis with six.
Next week, May will begin its District 10-A Division I schedule at Gustine (1-5), which is coming off a 58-12 loss to Sidney.
Richland Springs 76, Bryson 30
RICHLAND SPRINGS — The Class A Division II No. 1 Richland Coyotes remained undefeated with their 23rd consecutive regular season triumph, 76-30 over the Bryson Cowboys Friday night.
The Coyotes (6-0) raced out to a 22-6 advantage after one quarter, which grew to 46-14 by halftime and 68-30 after three periods.
Richland Springs finished with 326 yards of total offense — 178 passing and 148 rushing. Bryson (3-3) generated 201 yards — 181 through the air and 20 on the ground — with a pair of turnovers.
Coyote Walker Tippie rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns and also chipped in a 53-yard kick return for a touchdown. Bryan Salinas finished with 48 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
Jordan Burkhart completed 5 of 7 passes for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns — one of 46 yards to Salinas and one of 15 yards to Hutton Lusty. Tippie also threw a 55-yard scoring toss to J.B. Salinas.
Defensively, Lusty recorded 11 tackles trailed by Bryan Salinas with 10 and Burkhart with seven.
Next week, Richland Springs opens District 13-A Division I action at home against Mullin (2-4), which is coming off an 84-80 loss to previously winless Lometa.
Sidney 58, Gustine 12
SIDNEY — The Sidney Eagles improved to 5-1 on the season as they cruised past the Gustine Tigers, 58-12, in non-district action Friday night.
Sidney produced 316 yards of total offense, with 272 coming on the ground, while Gustine (1-5) managed only 91 yards and gave up a safety.
Eagle Beau Cheatham rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on only four carries, scoring on runs of 44, 62 and 37 yards.
James Fortney added a pair of touchdown carries from 16 and 15 yards out and scored on a 45-yard kick return.
Triston Kelly caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Cheatham and a 6-yard scoring toss from Dennis Morales.
Next week, Sidney hosts the Zephyr JV on Thursday in a late addition to the schedule.
Rising Star 58, Evant 28
RISING STAR — The Rising Star Wildcats evened their season record by handing the Evant Elks their first loss, 58-28, Friday night.
With the victory, the Wildcats (3-3) posted consecutive wins for the first time this season, while the Elks slipped to 5-1.
Statistical information on the game was not available at press time.
Next week, Rising Star travels to Zephyr (3-2), which is coming off a 62-12 victory over Blanket, a District 8-A Division II rival of the Wildcats.
Eden 37, Santa Anna 36
SANTA ANNA — The Santa Anna Mountaineers scored all 36 of their points in the first half and were held scoreless over the final two quarters as the Eden Bulldogs rallied for a 37-36 victory.
Santa Anna (4-2) committed seven turnovers — four interceptions and three fumbles — which negated a 430-yard effort. Eden (5-1), which scored the winning touchdown on a 9-yard carry with 6:17 left, racked up 383 yards and lost three fumbles.
The Mountaineers led 14-8 after one quarter on a 50-yard Jacob Herrod run on a 37-yard pass from Herrod to Guy Watts.
Trailing 29-22 in the second period, Santa Anna rallied to grab the lead before halftime on a pair of scoring tosses from Herrod to Jacob Gibson, which covered 70 and 19 yards.
Herrod finished with 201 yards rushing and 158 passing for Santa Anna, while Gibson caught six passes for 113 yards. Watts added 51 yards rushing, 37 yards receiving and 10 yards passing, while Gabriel Armstrong passed for 19 yards and grabbed two receptions for 23 yards.
Next week, Santa Anna visits Blackwell (1-4), which is coming off a xx-xx against Veribest.
Grandview 48, Comanche 28
COMANCHE — The Comanche Indians were unable to duplicate their District 9-3A Division I opening weekend upset as the Grandview Zebras remained unbeaten with a 48-28 victory Friday night.
Comanche (2-4, 1-1) trailed 14-7 after one quarter, 28-14 at halftime and 42-14 through three periods.
Grandview (6-0, 2-0) finished with 442 yards of total offense, including 344 through the air. The Indians mustered just 199 yards.
Comanche’s Mason Lorta scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards, while Payton Nance added touchdown carries of 1 and 4 yards.
Lorta finished with 91 yards on the ground while Fabian Zuniga chipped in 52 yards rushing and Nance added 23. Nance completed passes of 9 yards to Michael Constancia and 3 yards to Angel Garza.
Next week, the Indians will attempt to bounce back as they venture to Whitney (3-2, 0-1), which is coming off a 40-28 loss to McGregor.
Other scores (No information reported)
Lometa 84, Mullin 80