Comanche hands Clyde its first loss, vaults to top of district standings; Santa Anna runs win streak to four games

RICHLAND SPRINGS — The Class A Division II No. 1 Richland Springs Coyotes began their quest for a 15th consecutive district championship with their 65th straight league victory — and 22nd win in a row overall — 56-0 over the winless Rochelle Hornets Friday night.
Richland Springs (7-0, 1-0) raced out to a 30-0 lead after one quarter and added 26 points before the game ended at halftime.
The Coyotes finished with 226 yards of total offense — 183 rushing and 43 passing — and continued to be turnover free on the season.
Rochelle (0-8, 0-1) ended the night with no first downs and -49 yards of total offense, passing for 2 yards while losing 51 on the ground.
Jordan Burkhart completed 2 of 3 passes for 43 yards with scoring tosses of 30 yards to Walker Tippie and 13 yards to Colt Carlisle.
Burkhart also led the rushing attack with 47 yards and a 21-yard touchdown. Cameron Parham (45 yards), Tippie (42 yards), Hutton Lusty (26 yards) and Brandon Tharp (23 yards) also scored touchdowns on their only carries of the contest.
Defensively, Carlisle finished with a team-best six tackles including 4.5 for loss with a sack. Lusty chipped in 5.5 tackles with 3.5 for loss.
Next week, the top-ranked Coyotes step outside of district competition to visit Fort Worth THESA (8-1) — ranked No. 25 overall in the state — which defeated Arlington St. Paul’s Prep, 65-28, Friday night.

May 59, Gorman 14

GORMAN — The Class A Division I No. 7 May Tigers remained undefeated as they had little trouble getting past the Gorman Panthers in a 59-14 Friday victory to kick off District 11-A Division I competition.
May (8-0, 1-0) generated 411 yards of total offense — 312 rushing and 99 passing — while handing Gorman (5-3, 0-1) a third consecutive defeat.
Cameron King spearheaded the Tigers’ ground attack with 138 yards and three touchdowns while Preston Johnston chipped in 92 yards and a score, Jacob Brown added 64 yards with a trip to the end zone and Daniel Salinas finished with 18 yards and a touchdown.
Through the air, Wyatt Mote completed 6 of 10 passes for 99 yards with a scoring toss to Austin McAbee, who caught two passes totalling 38 yards. Johnston also hauled in two receptions for 33 yards and King grabbed two passes for 28 yards.
On the defensive end, King’s six tackles led the way followed by five from Kaleb Simpson and four from Johnston.
Next week, May hosts Lingleville (3-5, 0-1), which was narrowly defeated by Gordon, 50-48, Friday night.

Panther Creek 66,
Brookesmith 22

BROOKESMITH — Their longest win streak since 2011 is over, as well as their District 12-A Division II championship hopes, but the Brookesmith Mustangs are still very much alive in the postseason race following Friday’s 66-22 home loss to Panther Creek.
With a victory next week against winless Sidney (0-7, 0-2) — which has forfeited three games this season, including its last two — Brookesmith (4-5, 2-1) will wrap up its first playoff berth since 2006.
Panther Creek (8-0, 2-0), meanwhile, remained undefeated with the victory and on track to claim the district championship.
Stats from Friday night’s game were not available at press time.

Jonesboro 54,
Blanket 6

BLANKET — Blanket was unable to hand the Class A Division I No. 5 Jonesboro Eagles their first loss, as the Tigers suffered a 54-6 defeat in Friday’s District 10-A Division I opener.
All three of Blanket’s (5-3, 0-1) losses have come at the hands of undefeated teams, and Friday night the Tigers trailed Jonesboro (8-0, 1-0) just 6-0 after one quarter. But the Eagles tacked on 22 points in the second period and 28 more in the third to end the game shortly after halftime.
The Tigers finished with just 88 yards of total offense — 96 rushing and -8 passing — with three turnovers, including a pick six that ended the contest.
Logan Wheeler scored on a 54-yard third-quarter touchdown run — his lone carry of the contest. Isaac Pedraza added 37 yards on the ground while Trenten Verner completed 3 of 10 passes, all to Eddie Hernandez.
Defensively, Blanket surrendered 223 yards — 137 rushing and 86 passing — and a 65-yard kick return for a touchdown as well.
Next week, Blanket hosts Evant (4-4, 0-1), which is coming off a 66-16 loss to Zephyr, as both teams try to keep their playoff hopes alive.


Santa Anna 63,
Veribest 18

SANTA ANNA — The Santa Anna Mountaineers opened their District 8-A Division I schedule with their fourth consecutive victory, 63-18 over Veribest Friday night.
Stats from the game were unavailable.
Santa Anna improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in district with the win, and is averaging 76 points per game during its current win streak.
Next week, Santa Anna hosts Water Valley (4-3, 1-0), a 73-28 winner over Paint Rock Friday, in a game that will likely determine the district champion.

Comanche 28,
Clyde 7

CLYDE — The Comanche Indians recorded one of the biggest upsets of the season, handing the Clyde Bulldogs their first loss, 28-7, Friday night to move to the top of the District 3-3A Division I standings.
Comanche (5-3, 3-0) limited Clyde (6-1, 2-1) — which scored 72 points and amassed 566 yards last week against Early — to 220 yards with a turnover.
The Indians churned out 349 yards, with 314 coming on the ground. Colton Roberts rushed for 134 yards and the go-ahead 4-yard touchdown in the second period, followed by Jeremy Bostick with 77 yards, Ethan Wilson with 54 and Kade Mercer with 51 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 6 yards. Zack Williams also rushed for 20 yards and a 4-yard touchdown to start the scoring.
Through the air, Bronte Hermesmeyer completed a 25-yard pass to Trevor Higginbotham and Mercer tossed a 10-yard completion to Dalton Grimes.
Next week, Comanche travels to Brady (4-4, 2-1), which is coming off a 35-21 loss to Merkel.

Eastland 30,
Coleman 14

EASTLAND — The Coleman Bluecats are in the midst of their first losing streak since 2013 after suffering a second straight District 4-3A Division II loss to the No. 9 Eastland Mavericks Friday night.
Coleman (5-3, 1-2), coming off a 42-21 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Cisco, turned the ball over three times and allowed 310 yards, including 221 rushing to Eastland (6-2, 3-0).
The Bluecats, who trailed 10-0 after one quarter, 17-7 at halftime and 17-14 through three frames, compiled 279 total yards — 140 on the ground and 139 through the air.
Bryson Hammonds completed 9 of 15 passes for 129 yards and rushed for a team-high 57 yards and a 1-yard touchdown. Trey Sartain also added a 1-yard scoring run.
Riley Harris chipped in 36 yards rushing and Trotter Harris finished with 27 on the ground. Darrian Hunter caught three passes for 61 yards, Zane Rosales added three grabs for 23 yards and Trotter Harris caught two passes for 29 yards.
Next week, Coleman looks to rebound at home against Dublin (0-8, 0-3), which is coming off a 52-14 loss to Tolar.

Crawford 34,
Goldthwaite 9

GOLDTHWAITE — In a battle for the top spot in District 7-2A Division I, the No. 2 Crawford Pirates cruised to a 34-9 victory over the Goldthwaite Eagles.
Goldthwaite (6-2, 3-1) tallied the first points on a 44-yard Leo Garcia field goal, but Crawford (8-1, 5-0) answered with 20 in a row and never looked back.
The Eagles finished with 244 yards of total offense — 143 rushing and 101 passing — with their only touchdown coming on a 64-yard pass from Christian Valencia to Kyle Schwartz with 2:31 left in the third period.
Quaid Seward rushed for 91 yards for Goldthwaite while Valencia completed 6 of 14 passes, including two to Schwartz for 68 yards.
Defensively, the Eagles surrendered 383 yards, with 277 coming on the ground.
Next week, Goldthwaite will attempt to rebound at Hico (6-2, 2-1), which is coming off a 40-0 victory over San Saba.

Hico 40, San Saba 0

SAN SABA — The San Saba Armadillos remained winless in 2016 and suffered their third consecutive shutout loss to a District 7-2A Division I opponent, as Hico tallied a 40-0 victory Friday.
San Saba (0-8, 0-3), which has not scored since Sept. 23 in a 34-7 loss to Valley Mills, has been blanked by Goldthwaite (29-0), Crawford (56-0) and Hico in succession.
Hico (6-2, 3-1) limited San Saba to 98 yards of total offense — 89 rushing and 9 passing — with one turnover, while generating 391 yards, including 223 on the ground.
Chase Turner rushed for 48 yards for San Saba followed by J.B. Salinas with 31 yards and Sean O’Keefe with 14. O’Keefe completed 1 of 9 passes for 9 yards to Klay Prew.
Stan McLain ran for 137 yards and three Hico touchdowns while Ethan Warren added 83 rushing yards and two scores.
Next, the Armadillos travel to De Leon (6-2, 2-2), which is coming off a 55-24 win over Valley Mills Friday.

Strawn 50,
Rising Star 0

RISING STAR — Seeking their second win in a row, the Rising Star Wildcats instead suffered a 50-0 loss to undefeated Strawn in the District 11-A Division II opener for both teams Friday night.
Rising Star (1-7, 0-1) mustered just 13 total yards — all on the ground — with a pair of turnovers.
Strawn (8-0, 1-0) generated 296 yards — 177 passing and 119 rushing.
Next week, Rising Star visits Moran (5-2, 1-0), which is coming off a 56-22 victory over Woodson.

Mullin 48,
Gustine 39

GUSTINE — The Mullin Bulldogs rallied from an early deficit for a 48-39 District 12-A Division II victory over the Gustine Tigers Friday night.
Stats from the game were not available.
Mullin improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in district, while Gustine slipped to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Next week, Mullin has a bye then closes the regular season against undefeated Panther Creek on Nov. 4.

Waco Live Oak 54,
Victory Life 13

WACO — The Victory Life Warriors were again denied in another bid for their first TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 2 win, as Waco Live Oak rolled in a 54-13 triumph Friday night.
The Warriors slipped to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in district action with the loss.
Next week, Victory Life visits district foe Temple Holy Trinity (3-5, 1-1), which is coming off a 62-14 loss to Granbury NCTA.