Brookesmith, Coleman, Goldthwaite , Sidney, Rising Star attempting to halt season-opening losing streaks

The third week of high school football action arrives Friday night. Here is a brief glimpse at the 13 games involving Bulletin coverage area teams:


Rochelle at Blanket

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Blanket Tigers will attempt to keep their unblemished record intact as they host the Rochelle Hornets for homecoming Friday night.

Blanket (2-0) has opened the season with victories over Rising Star (48-0) and Sidney (51-22), while Rochelle (0-2) has suffered losses against Veribest (60-14) and Medina (70-0).

In the Tigers’ victory over Sidney last week, Blanket amassed 341 yards of total offense — 252 rushing and 89 passing.

Logan Wheeler rushed for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries, while Luke Kinkade and John John Alexander both chipped in 42 yards and a touchdown. Trenten Varner tacked on 22 yards, Tyler Simpson added 8 and Jonathan Sifuentes rushed for 5.

Through the air, Varner was 4 of 5 for 89 yards with two touchdowns — a 17-yarder to Wheeler and a 14-yarder to Kinkade. Simpson also hauled in a 51-yard reception and Adan Lopez made a 7-yard grab.

Kinkade also returned a kick 51 yards for a Blanket touchdown.

Defensively for the Tigers, Kinkade and Kameron Spivey collected a team-high 11 tackles each followed by Varner with 10, Simpson with eight and a fumble recovery, Alexander with seven and a fumble recovery and Wheeler with seven and an interception.

Last year, Blanket knocked off Rochelle by a 48-0 count.

According to, Blanket is 45-point favorite.


Brookesmith at Veribest

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Brookesmith Mustangs will be seeking their first victory, and first points, of the 2017 season as they venture to Veribest to face the Falcons Friday night.

The Mustangs (0-2) were blanked by Gorman (45-0) in Week 1, followed by Saturday night’s road defeat at Blackwell (54-0). The Falcons’ season has featured a victory over Rochelle (60-14) and last week’s loss to Rankin (58-12).

Against Blackwell, Brookesmith was limited to 37 total yards — 22 rushing and 15 passing — while committing two turnovers on a pair of interceptions. Defensively, the Mustangs surrendered 161 yards, a pair of touchdowns on punt returns of 68 and 53 yards and a score on a 30-yard interception return.

Johnathan Willoughby rushed for 28 yards while Mason Brummett added 26 yards on the ground. Holden Bolt completed Brookesmith’s lone pass in seven attempts, a 15-yard to Ryder Nelson.

Last year, Veribest knocked off Brookesmith, 52-7.

According to, Brookesmith is a 29-point underdog.


May at Throckmorton

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Class A Division I No. 11 May Tigers shoot for their 13th consecutive regular season victory and third straight shutout to start the 2017 campaign as they take to the road for the first time at Throckmorton.

The Tigers (2-0) have opened the season with victories over Santa Anna (60-0) and Eden (48-0), while the Greyhounds (0-2) have come up short against Ropes (71-35) and Gorman (52-12).

In last week’s triumph over Eden, May allowed just 36 yards of total offense — 26 yards rushing on 26 carries and 10 yards passing. The Tigers allowed just two completions in eight pass attempts, with two interceptions and a fumble recovery as well.

Jacob Brown returned one of the interceptions for a Tiger touchdown, while Wyatt Mote picked off the other and tallied seven tackles. Daniel Salinas led May with 11 takedowns followed by Weston Chambers and Preston Johnston with eight apiece and Gage Keckler and Dalton Self with six tackles each.

Offensively for the Tigers, Self rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries, Salinas added 25 yards and a score on four attempts and Brown chipped in 14 yards and a touchdown on three totes.

Through the air, Mote completed 2 of 6 passes for 63 yards with two touchdowns — 46 yards to Johnston and 17 yards to Keckler.

Last year, May defeated Throckmorton, 61-42.

According to, May is 45-point favorite.


Austin Royals at Zephyr

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Class A Division I No. 6 Zephyr Bulldogs target a third consecutive win to start the season as Austin Royals come to town.

After rallying to upend Oakwood, 55-45, in Week 1, the Bulldogs (2-0) cruised to a 72-26 victory over Granbury NCTA last week. Austin Royals (2-0), a member of TAIAO Division 2 District 1, has started its season with wins over Williamson County Home School (58-48) and Bastrop Tribe Consolidated (34-24).

In Zephyr’s win over Granbury NCTA last week, the Bulldogs generated 442 yards of total offense — 315 on the ground and 127 through the air.

Mason Rogers again led the ground game with 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns followed by Hunter Williams with 81 yards and two scores, Nicholas Moody with 42 yards and J.P. Gowin with a 1-yard touchdown plunge.

Kason King connected on 4 of 5 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, while Michael Seider completed 1 of 2 attempts for 4 yards and a score. Devin Williams hauled in three receptions — all touchdowns – totaling 101 yards, while Gowin caught a 4-yard touchdown pass. Moody also grabbed a 22-yard reception.

Defensively, the Bulldogs intercepted three Granbury NCTA (0-2) passes, including one returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Hunter Williams. Devin Williams and Robert Clark also picked off passes.

These two teams did not meet last season.

According to, Zephyr is a 45-point favorite.


Cisco at Comanche

7:30 p.m. Friday


Through two games, the Comanche Indians have yet to allow a point while amassing 93 en route to a perfect start. But the biggest challenge of the pre-district schedule awaits Friday in the Cisco Loboes.

Comanche (2-0) has opened with victories over Ballinger (55-0) and Coleman (38-0), while Cisco (1-1) knocked off Breckenridge (20-6) before falling to Wall (21-3) last week.

In last week’s triumph over Coleman, Comanche yielded just 66 total yards with 60 coming on the ground.

Offensively, the Indians manufactured 358 total yards, including 303 rushing, as Jeremy Bostick led the charge with 84 yards on the ground. Colton Roberts added a 33-yard touchdown carry, Kade Mercer scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards and Joe Gilligan tacked on a 15-yard touchdown run.

Through the air, Bronte Hermesmeyer was 3 of 4 for 55 yards with a 10-yard touchdown to Gavin Farrar. Trevor Higginbotham finished with a team-high 29 yards receiving.

Cisco is averaging just 11.5 points and 270.5 yards — 216.5 rushing and 54 passing — per game. Dathan Harding has rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns, while Cooper Witt has added 131 yards. Witt leads the Lobos with 110 yards passing, completing 9 of 23 attempts. Leslie Edgar and Dalton Pevey have two receptions apiece.

Last year, Cisco rolled past Comanche, 62-20.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is 1-point underdog.


Post at Coleman

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Coleman Bluecats are looking to end their losing streak and scoreless streak in 2017 as they open their home schedule against the Post Antelopes.

Coleman (0-2) is coming off losses to Jim Ned (32-0) and Comanche (38-0), while Post (1-1) has downed Tahoka (44-0), bouncing back from an opening loss to Abernathy (27-21).

Last week against Comanche, Coleman mustered just 66 yards of total offense, with 60 coming on the ground, while giving up 358 yards, including 303 rushing.

Devonte Roberson rushed for a team-best 55 yards, while Denton Allen completed 1 of 5 passes for 6 yards to Trotter Harris.

In Post’s opening loss to Abernathy, the Antelopes chalked up 319 yards with 217 coming on the ground. A.J. Reed rushed for 205 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown, while Mike Phergson added 82 yards and a 63-yard score. A.J. Escobedo completed 3 of 5 passes for 22 yards with a 10-yard touchdown to Dealan Reed and one interception.

Stats from the Antelopes’ win over Tahoka were not available.

Last year, Coleman chalked up a 37-7 win at Post.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is a 20-point underdog.


Little River-Academy at Goldthwaite

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Goldthwaite Eagles will attempt to chalk up their first victory of the season as they welcome the Little River-Academy Bumblebees Friday night.

Goldthwaite (0-2) has been dealt losses by Mason (45-7) and Jim Ned (33-18) to start the season, while Academy (1-1) has knocked off Rogers (7-6) and fallen to Whitney (36-17).

Last week against Jim Ned, the Eagles led 7-0 after one quarter, trailed 13-10 at halftime and were down 19-10 after three periods.

Goldthwaite tallied 280 yards — 151 rushing and 129 passing — with two turnovers, while allowing 244 yards — 185 on the ground and 59 through the air — with no takeaways.

Quaid Seward rushed for 172 yards and two Goldthwaite touchdowns, while Drew Hermesmeyer completed 13 of 28 passes with two picks. Isaac Chavez caught four passes for 49 yards while McKennan Jones finished with three grabs for 36 yards.

Last year, Academy picked up a 21-14 overtime victory at home against Goldthwaite.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 3-point underdog.


San Saba at Johnson City

7:30 p.m. Friday


The San Saba Armadillos are looking to rebound from their first loss under new head coach Jerod Fikac as they make their first road trip to Johnson City Friday night.

Following a 42-7 thrashing of Winters in the season opener, the Armadillos (1-1) were hammered by Harper, 56-7, last week. Johnson City (1-1) opened with a 37-0 win over Jarrell and was blanked by Mason, 35-0, last week.

San Saba is averaging 24.5 points and 267 yards — 156 passing and 110 rushing — per outing. Sean O’Keefe has completed 18 of 36 passes for 310 yards with six touchdowns and one interception, while leading receivers include Ruben Parra (6-72, TD), Cole Tupin (5-50, TD), Klay Prew (2-90, TD) and Eli Salinas (2-25, 2 TDs).

Last year, Johnson City earned a 41-23 victory over San Saba.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 25-point underdog.


Richland Springs vs. Wellman-Union

6 p.m. Friday at Trent


The Class A Division II No. 4 Richland Springs Coyotes will attempt to begin another win streak as they travel to Trent for a neutral site contest against Wellman-Union.

The Coyotes (1-1) bounced back from a season-opening defeat against Class A Division I No. 1 Happy by thrashing Waco Methodist, 52-6, last week. Wellman-Union owns a 45-0 victory over Cotton Center to go along with a 50-14 loss to Loraine.

In Richland Springs’ victory last week, the Coyotes allowed just 105 yards of total offense — 61 passing and 44 rushing — and forced three turnovers, all fumbles. Hutton Lusty recorded nine tackles for Richland Springs, including one for loss. Jordan Burkhart finished with 7.5 and Cameron Parham chipped in four takedowns.

Offensively, 2016 state MVP Walker Tippie made his season debut and rushed for 111 yards and five touchdowns — from 30, 16, 4, 7, and 40 yards out. Tippie also completed 3 of 3 passes for 69 yards with a 19-yard scoring strike to Zach Brown.

Burkhart added 80 yards through the air and 28 yards on the ground with a 14-yard touchdown run.

Parham led Richland Springs with two catches for 82 yards, Brown added two receptions for 31 yards, Tippie made a 19-yard grab and Burkhart hauled in a 17-yard catch.

These two teams did not meet last season.

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


Mullin at Cranfills Gap

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Mullin Bulldogs will attempt to create their first win streak of the season as they visit the Cranfills Gap Lions Friday night.

After a 45-0 loss to Lometa in the opener, Mullin (1-1) slipped past Rising Star, 56-50 in overtime, last week. Cranfills Gap (0-2) has lost to Penelope (74-24) and Evant (70-20) thus far this season.

In the win over Rising Star last week, Mullin’s Ricky Dela Rosa rushed for 234 yards and seven touchdowns, scoring on carries of 16, 33, 5, 30, 27, 10 and 11 yards. Dela Rosa also threw for 66 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown toss to Jyles Wootton, who grabbed a team-high two receptions for 56 yards.

Defensively, the Bulldogs yielded 428 yards, with 411 coming on the ground, but forced two turnovers.

Last year, Mullin downed Cranfills Gap, 82-33.

According to, Mullin is a 42-point favorite.


Rising Star at Panther Creek

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Rising Star Wildcats came up one possession short in their bid for the first victory of 2017, and will head to Panther Creek with a major upset in mind.

Following a 48-0 loss to Blanket in the season opener, Rising Star (0-2) was nipped by Mullin, 56-50, in overtime last week. Panther Creek (2-0) has a 79-73 overtime win over Robert Lee to its credit, along with a 58-0 throttling of Trent.

Against Mullin last week, Rising Star produced 428 yards, with 411 coming on the ground, but lost a pair of turnovers. Corbin Bass compiled 325 rushing yards and four touchdowns, scoring from 47, 12, 57 and 13 yards out. Corbin Davis chipped in a 65-yard touchdown run, while David Martinez ran for an 11-yard score and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ernesto Reyes. Alex Teplichek contributed 27 yards passing while Micah Carnley made a 20-yard reception.

In Panther Creek’s win over Trent last week, the Panthers gave up just 42 total yards ‚ 24 passing and 18 rushing — while generating 222 yards — 132 on the ground and 90 through the air.

J.C. McDonald rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 61 yards and another score. Matthew Morris added a 29-yard touchdown pass to Hayes Harper while Dakota Sternadel rushed for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Last year, Panther Creek pummeled Rising Star, 59-0.

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


Sidney at Morgan

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Sidney Eagles venture to Morgan in search of the first victory, where the undefeated Eagles await the challenge.

Sidney (0-2) has fallen to Moran (53-24) and Blanket (51-22) in its first two outings, while Morgan (2-0) has dumped Bynum (63-0) and Penelope (50-36).

Last year, Morgan picked up a 37-18 victory over Sidney.

According to, Sidney is a 31-point favorite.


Robert Lee at Santa Anna

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Santa Anna Mountaineers are still in search of their first victory following a pair of lopsided opening losses. Robert Lee, meanwhile, is targeting a second straight win after an opening setback.

Santa Anna (0-2) has been dealt defeats by May (60-0) and Garden City (74-0), both ranked in the Class A Division I Top 15. Robert Lee (1-1) dropped a 79-73 overtime contest to Panther Creek then bounced back with a 50-34 triumph over Grady.

Last year, Santa Anna edged Robert Lee, 58-57.

According to, Santa Anna is a 29-point underdog.