Week 3 of the high school football season brings one of the most anticipated matchups of the six-man season — not only locally, but statewide — as defending Class A Division II state champion and top-ranked Richland Springs hosts Class A Division I No. 5 Zephyr Friday night.

Also this weekend, Blanket and May look to improve to 3-0 as they battle winless squads in Rochelle and Throckmorton. Meanwhile, Brookesmith is looking to move back over the .500 mark as it welcomes Veribest.

Coleman, which ventures to Post, and Goldthwaite, which journeys to Little River-Academy, are out to remain undefeated as well, while Comanche and Cisco clash in what should be a close encounter.

Here is a brief glimpse at Week 3 action:

 

Zephyr (2-0)

at Richland Springs (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

In what could be a battle of the eventual two Class A state champions in the state of Texas, the Richland Springs Coyotes host the Zephyr Bulldogs Friday night.

Richland Springs is coming off its state-record seventh six-man state championship, all since 2004, while Zephyr reached the Class A Division I state semifinals a year ago.

The Coyotes have played just one game, blanking Paducah by a 58-0 count in Week 1.

Richland Springs amassed 293 yards — 266 on the ground and 27 through the air — while surrendering 129 yards — 111 passing and 18 rushing — and forcing three turnovers.

Hutton Lusty rushed twice for touchdowns of 60 and 75 yards while Walker Tippie chipped in three scoring runs of 37, 3 and 20 yards. Jordan Burkhart added a 10-yard score on the ground and Cameron Parham rushed for a 9-yard touchdown as well. Through the air, Burkhart threw a 16-yard touchdown to Traven Day.

Defensively, Colt Carlisle recorded nine tackles with three for loss and Tippie and Day each intercepted a pass.

The Bulldogs have knocked off Oakwood, 58-30, and Granbury NCTA, 72-26.

In last week’s win over Granbury NCTA, Zephyr finished with 450 yards of total offense, including 373 yards rushing with eight touchdowns coming on the ground.

William Simpson rushed for a team-best 148 yards and four scores, reaching the end zone from 2, 22, 4 and 10 yards out. Nicholas Moody added 129 yards and four touchdowns on carries of 3, 15, 2 and 15 yards. Through the air, Kason King connected on 4 of 5 passes for 48 yards with touchdowns of 14 and 9 yards to Devin Williams, who finished with three grabs for 52 yards.

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

 

Blanket (2-0)

at Rochelle (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Blanket Tigers are eyeing a 3-0 start as they hit the road for the first time in 2016 to face a struggling Rochelle Hornets squad.

The Tigers rolled past Rising Star, 54-6, in Week 1, then recorded a forfeit victory over Sidney in Week 2.

The Hornets, coming off an 11-2 campaign a year ago, have already dropped contests to Medina (29-21) and Veribest (59-13).

In Blanket’s lone performance on the field this season, the Tigers finished with 168 total yards — 108 rushing and 60 passing — with no turnovers, while allowing Rising Star to amass just 123 yards — 69 passing and 54 rushing.

Eddie Hernandez scored on carries of 1, 41 and 20 yards for the Tigers, while Isaac Pedraza added a 28-yard touchdown scamper and Quinton Alexander sprinted to the end zone from 27 yards out. Three different players threw touchdown passes to three separate receivers — Noah Vanecek to Logan Wheeler for 3 yards, Trenten Verner to Quinton Alexander for 20 yards and Cardenas to Blake Hood for 32 yards.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Blanket is a 35-point favorite.

 

Throckmorton (0-2)

at May (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The May Tigers are unbeaten through three games and look to extend their season-opening win streak to three against a Throckmorton squad that is reeling after being 45’ed in its first two outings.

May cruised past Santa Anna, 54-20, in Week 1 and Eden, 64-12, last week.

Throckmorton, meanwhile, has fallen to Jayton, 66-16, and Gorman, 96-48.

In the Tigers’ victory over Eden last week, May finished with 394 yards of total offense — 223 rushing and 171 passing — while allowing Eden 143 yards, with 94 coming through the air.

Five Tigers rushed for touchdowns as Dalton Self scored on a 56-yard carry; Wyatt Mote ran for 51 yards and a 37-yard score; Cameron King finished with 50 yards and scores of 6 and 29 yards; Jacob Brown chipped in 50 yards and a 28-yard score; and Cotton Bane added a 3-yard touchdown run.

Through the air, Mote completed 9 of 12 passes for 171 yards and touchdowns of 29 yards to King and 47 yards to Brown. Bane led May with three grabs for 61 yards, Brown added two for 50 yards and King finished with two receptions for 48 yards.

Defensively, King recorded 10 tackles with 1.5 for loss, Daniel Salinas added seven tackles and Mote and A.J. Martin each intercepted two passes.

According to sixmanfootball.com, May is a 45-point favorite.

 

Veribest (1-0)

at Brookesmith (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Brookesmith Mustangs look to return to the win column after suffering their first loss of the season, while the Veribest Falcons take the field for just the second time with a goal of remaining undefeated.

After a season-opening 61-18 victory over Trent, Brookesmith was dealt a 52-6 loss at Blackwell last weekend.

Veribest opened its season with a 59-13 victory over Rochelle, but had a bye last week after its scheduled game with the Borden County JV was cancelled.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Brookesmith is a 45-point underdog.

 

Comanche (1-1) at Cisco (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Comanche Indians came up on the short end against one of the District 4-3A Division II favorites last week, but hope to have better luck against the other favorite Friday night.

Comanche dropped a 24-10 decision to Coleman last week while Cisco is coming off a narrow 19-18 loss at Wall. The Indians opened the season with a 35-14 victory over Ballinger, while the Loboes downed Breckenridge, 24-3, in their opener.

In the Indians’ loss last week, Comanche finished with 251 yards — 134 rushing and 117 passing, while allowing 286 yards of total offense — all on the ground.

Colton Roberts rushed for 47 yards, Jeremy Bostick added 36 and Kade Mercer finished with 32 and Comanche’s touchdown. Mercer was 3 of 3 for 86 yards through the air, while Bronte Hermesmeyer completed 2 of 6 passes for 31 yards. Trevor Higginbotham finished with three catches for 80 yards. Alfredo Cervantes also booted a 27-yard field goal.

In Cisco’s loss to Wall, the Loboes trailed 19-6 going into the fourth period where their rally came up one point short.

Quarterback Kase Gayle rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown while completing 8 of 13 passes for 108 yards. Cecil Beasley added 70 yards and a rushing touchdown while Seth Allen also scored on the ground.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 17-point underdog.

 

Coleman (2-0) at Post (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Coleman Bluecats have suffered just three losses in John Elder’s third year as head coach, and the chance to avenge one presents itself Friday night.

The Post Antelopes, who denied Coleman in its quest for back-to-back district championships, host the Bluecats Friday night in a battle of unbeatens. A year ago, Post tallied a 21-0 victory in 2015.

Coleman opened the season with a 37-0 triumph over Jim Ned and a 24-10 decision over Comanche.

In the Bluecats’ win over Comanche last week, Coleman compiled 286 yards of total offense — all on the ground — while allowing 251 yards — 134 rushing and 117 passing. Quarterback Bryson Hammonds rushed for 165 yards and a 44-yard touchdown and Terren Holloway added a 40-yard scoring scamper. Riley Harris tacked on a 2-yard touchdown run.

Post has started its season with victories of 21-0 over Abernathy and 74-28 over Tahoka.

Last week against Tahoka, the Antelopes attempted just two passes and completed both for 33 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Reed rushed for 268 yards with a long of 43 while Dealan Reed chipped in 79 yards and Mike Phergson added 53.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is a 4-point underdog.

 

Goldthwaite (2-0)

at Little River-Academy (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

In a battle of unbeatens, the Goldthwaite Eagles look to take down their second straight Class 3A opponent after rallying past Jim Ned last week.

The Little-River Academy Bumblebees are off to a 2-0 start with wins over Rogers, 34-0, and Whitney, 29-20.

Goldthwaite upset Mason, 20-13, in the season opener and followed with its road triumph at Jim Ned.

In last week’s week victory, Goldthwaite finished with 178 yards — 110 rushing and 68 passing — while allowing 265 yards — 156 on the ground and 109 through the air — with three fumbles lost.

Quaid Seward rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown, Christian Valencia completed 5 of 8 passes for 62 yards and Jacob Williams caught four passes for 36 yards, while also rushing for the go-ahead 8-yard touchdown. Aris Shelton chipped in a 13-yard touchdown run and Leo Garcia booted a 33-yard field goal to aid the Eagles’ effort.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, the game is listed as a toss up.

 

Johnson City (1-1)

at San Saba (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

Following a couple of close calls, the San Saba Armadillos are hoping to notch their first victory of the season in their home opener.

San Saba dropped a 15-14 decision in the season opener at Winters, surrendering a 66-yard touchdown pass with just under two minutes remaining. And last week, the Armadillos carried a six-point lead in the fourth period, where Harper finished with a flourish for a 21-6 victory.

Johnson City has started its campaign with a 42-7 triumph over Jarrell followed by a 33-14 loss to Mason.

In San Saba’s loss to Harper last week, the Armadillos were limited to 145 yards of total offense — 113 rushing and 32 passing. J.B. Salinas rushed for a team-high 33 yards while Sean O’Keefe and Erik Argote added 30 yards apiece. Through the air, O’Keefe completed 2 of 13 passes for 32 yards as Dalton Pierce hauled in a 21-yard reception and Bryce Lewis caught an 11-yard pass.

The Armadillos’ touchdown was the result of a Lewis fumble recovery on a play where Harper intercepted an O’Keefe pass.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 35-point underdog.

 

Santa Anna (0-2)

at Robert Lee (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

After two lopsided losses, the Santa Anna Mountaineers will attempt to notch their first victory of the season against the Robert Lee Steers.

Santa Anna was dealt a 54-20 loss by May in the season opener, while last week Garden City posted a 52-6 victory.

Robert Lee’s season has featured a 62-14 win over Grady and a 28-22 loss to Panther Creek.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Santa Anna is a 1-point favorite.

 

Panther Creek (2-0)

at Rising Star (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

Rising Star is coming off losses of 54-6 to Blanket and 46-0 to Mullin to start the season, while Panther Creek has defeated Robert Lee, 28-22, and Trent, 46-0.

In last week’s loss to Mullin, Rising Star produced just 88 yards — 65 through the air and 23 on the ground. Alex Teplicek completed 7 of 17 passes for 65 yards as Jakob Carnley grabbed three receptions for 30 yards. Teplicek also rushed for 15 yards and David Martinez added 12 on the ground.

Defensively, the Wildcats gave up 299 yards — 176 rushing and 123 passing.

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

 

Cranfills Gap (0-2) at Mullin (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Mullin Bulldogs are seeking their second victory of the season as they host the winless Cranfills Gap Lions, who have yet to score.

Following a 66-20 loss to Lometa, Mullin rebounded with a 46-0 victory over Rising Star last week.

In the win, Mullin generated 299 yards of total offense — 176 rushing and 123 passing — while giving up just 88 — 65 through the air and 23 on the ground.

Ricky Dela Rosa rushed for 152 yards and four touchdowns and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Jaxon Wooten. Dela Rosa also hurled a 32-yard scoring toss to Jacob Lavy, while Wooten was 4 of 5 for 101 yards through the air.

Cranfills Gap has opened the season with losses of 46-0 to Evant and 45-0 to Penelope

According to sixmanfootball.com, Mullin is a 45-point favorite.

 

Morgan at Sidney (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Sidney Eagles will shoot for their first victory under head coach Darin Barrow as they welcome the Morgan Eagles Friday night.

Sidney forfeited last week’s contest to Blanket, but will have enough players to go Friday night. In Week 1, Sidney dropped a 50-0 decision to Moran.

In the loss to Moran, Josh Kinnard rushed for 30 yards and passed for 26 to lead the Sidney offense, while Austin Barrow caught three passes for 4 yards.

Moran scored on runs of 60, 12, 12, 6, 3 and 11 yards, along with passes of 4 and 11 yards.

Morgan started the season with a 54-8 win over Bynum then dropped a 70-21 contest to Penelope.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Sidney is a 4-point underdog.