Brookesmith inches closer to first playoff berth since '06 following 54-36 victory at Mullin

GORMAN — The Class A Division I No. 9 Zephyr Bulldogs wrapped up their pre-district campaign with a 66-46 triumph over the Gorman Panthers Friday night.

Zephyr (6-1) outscored Gorman (5-2) by 10 points in both the second and fourth quarters, which proved to the difference. Tied at 16 after one quarter, the Bulldogs opened a 42-32 halftime edge and took a 48-38 lead into the fourth period.

The Bulldogs tallied 510 yards of total offense, with 400 coming on the ground. Nicholas Moody rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns of 24, 10 and 32 yards, while Bishop Norman added 169 yards and three scores from 58, 26 and 25 yards.

Through the air, Kason King was 4 of 9 for 80 yards with scoring tosses of 30 and 18 yards to Devin Williams and 7 yards to John Paul Gowin. Williams finished with three catches for 73 yards and Gowin added two receptions for 37 yards, also hauling in a 30-yard pass from Norman.

Defensively, Zephyr gave up 438 yards — 237 rushing and 201 passing — but forced and recovered a pair of Gorman fumbles.

Brayden Malloy and Zack Miller led the Bulldogs with 16 tackles apiece, Hadley Spieckerman followed with 13 and Norman finished with 12 and both fumble recoveries. Moody chipped in nine tackles followed by Williams with eight, Robert Clark with six, and King and William Simpson with two apiece.

Next week, Zephyr opens its District 10-A Division I slate at home against Evant (4-3), which had a bye Friday.

Brookesmith 54, Mullin 36

MULLIN — The Brookesmith Mustangs have put themselves in prime position to earn their first postseason berth since 2006 thanks to their third consecutive victory, 54-36 over the Mullin Bulldogs in District 12-A Division II action Friday night.

Statistical information on the Mustangs’ victory was not available at press time.

Brookesmith (4-4, 2-0) only has district games remaining against undefeated Panther Creek (7-0, 1-0) and Sidney (0-7, 0-2), which has forfeited three contests overall, including its last two. A win in either game would likely be enough to clinch a playoff berth.

In order for Mullin (5-2, 1-1) to get back in the playoff picture, the Bulldogs would have to upset Panther Creek in the Nov. 4 home finale, along with defeating Gustine next week.

Brookesmith hosts Panther Creek next week with first place in the district standings at stake.

Victory Life 44,

Temple CenTex 24

TEMPLE — The Victory Life Academy Warriors put an end to a three-game losing streak with their second win of the season, 44-24 over Temple CenTex Home School Friday night.

No statistical information on the game was available.

The Warriors earned their first win over VLA-Durant (68-32) in Week 4, but had since fallen to Mullin (58-14), Fredericksburg Heritage (66-20) and district foe Weatherford Christian (56-8).

Temple CenTex (0-4) remained winless on the season.

Victory Life (2-5, 0-1) resumes TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 2 action next week at Waco Live Oak (4-3, 1-0), which had a bye Friday night.

Comanche 38, Merkel 14

COMANCHE — The Comanche Indians remained atop the District 3-3A Division I standings with their second consecutive league victory, a 38-14 triumph over the Merkel Badgers Friday night.

Comanche (4-3, 2-0) surrendered the game’s first two touchdowns, but answered with 38 consecutive points to coast to the victory.

The Indians compiled 318 yards of total offense, with 280 coming on the ground, as Jeremy Bostick rushed for a team-best 92 yards and scored on carries of 6 and 2 yards. Colton Roberts and Kade Mercer each scored on 1-yard runs, Ethan Wilson added a 10-yard touchdown carry and Alfred Cervantes booted a 22-yard field goal.

Merkel (2-5, 0-2) mustered 164 yards — 80 of which came on a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes from Cole Wilkerson to Jonah White. The Badgers produced just 84 yards on their other 36 snaps and lost three fumbles.

Next week, Comanche ventures to No. 9 Clyde (6-0, 2-0), which is coming off a 72-14 victory over Early.

Rising Star 34, Gustine 18

RISING STAR — In their final outing prior to the start of District 11-A Division II action, the Rising Star Wildcats collected their first victory, 34-18 over Gustine Friday.

Trailing Gustine (1-5) by a 6-0 count after one quarter, Rising Star (1-6) scored twice in the second period to open a 14-6 halftime advantage. The Wildcats tacked on two more touchdowns in the third period as the lead grew to 28-12. Rising Star was able to maintain its 16-point cushion the remainder of the contest as both teams added a fourth-quarter touchdown.

The Wildcats overcame a pair of fumbles and finished with 254 total yards, including 204 rushing.

Colton Edwards amassed a team-high 54 yards on the ground with a 26-yard touchdown while David Martinez chipped in 60 yards and a 4-yard scoring carry.

Alex Teplicek completed all three of his pass attempts for touchdowns — 1 and 24 yards to Micah Carnley and 25 yards to Gavin Brumley. Teplicek also contributed 51 yards rushing.

Defensively, the Wildcats forced four takeaways — two interceptions and a pair of fumbles — and limited Gustine to 241 yards of total offense, with 130 coming through the air.

Next week, Rising Star begins its district slate at home against undefeated Strawn (7-0).

Cisco 42, Coleman 21

COLEMAN — In a battle of preseason District 4-3A Division II favorites, the Cisco Loboes tallied 21 second-half points to snap a halftime tie and defeat the Coleman Bluecats, 42-21, Friday night.

Cisco (5-1, 2-0) snapped a 21-all tie with six minutes left in the third period on a 4-yard touchdown run by Dylan Brunson. The Loboes added a pair of fourth-quarter insurance touchdowns on runs of 33 and 74 yards by Kase Gayle, who led all rushers with 165 yards.

Coleman (5-2, 1-1) struck first in the opening quarter on a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown by Darrian Hunter, but Cisco answered with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Gayle to K.J. Kelley.

The Bluecats regained a 14-7 lead in the second period on a 34-yard scoring toss from Bryson Hammonds to Hunter, but again the Loboes counter-punched with a 7-yard Dathan Harding touchdown run.

Coleman tallied its final points with 1:47 left in the first half on a 17-yard touchdown run by Hammonds, but Cisco evened the score at 21 with 55 seconds left before intermission on a 27-yard Harding jaunt.

Cisco finished with 416 yards of total offense — 307 rushing and 109 passing — with no turnovers.

Coleman generated 264 yards — 148 rushing and 116 passing — but tossed three interceptions.

Hammonds finished with 82 yards rushing while Riley Harris chipped in 51 for the Bluecats. Hammonds completed 7 of 16 passes with three picks, as Harris finished with four grabs for 52 yards, Hunter added two for 44 and Jett Allen contributed a pair of receptions for 20 yards.

Next week, Coleman hits the road to face Eastland (5-2, 2-0), which rolled over Dublin, 76-14, Friday night.

Crawford 56, San Saba 0

CRAWFORD — The Crawford Pirates maintained their position atop the District 7-2A Division I standings by handing the San Saba Armadillos their seventh consecutive loss of the season, 56-0, Friday night.

San Saba (0-7, 0-3) managed just 113 yards of total offense — 86 rushing and 27 passing — with a pair of turnovers. Crawford (7-1, 4-0) generated 432 yards — 273 on the ground and 159 through the air — without a turnover.

Ruben Parra rushed for a team-high 33 yards and completed 6 of 9 passes for 27 yards for San Saba. J.B. Salinas chipped in 30 yards rushing, while Erik Argote added 11. Joseph Watson was the leading receiver with a 21-yard catch.

Next week, San Saba hosts Hico (5-2, 2-1), which is coming off a 36-29 loss to Valley Mills, while Crawford visits Goldthwaite (6-1, 3-0), which had its district bye Friday.

Panther Creek 1,

Sidney 0 (forfeit)

The Panther Creek Panthers improved to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in District 12-A Division II action with a forfeit victory over the Sidney Eagles Friday.

Sidney (0-7, 0-2) has forfeited three games overall, including both their district contests.

The Eagles are scheduled for a bye next week, while the Panthers will visit district leader Brookesmith (4-4, 2-0), which is coming off a 54-36 triumph over Gustine.