The fourth week of high school football action arrives Friday night. Here is a brief glimpse at the 11 games involving Bulletin coverage area teams:


May at Blanket

7:30 p.m. Friday


In Brown County’s annual “Battle of the Tigers,” both May and Blanket will attempt to keep their unblemished records intact.

May (3-0) enters the contest ranked No. 11 in Class A Division I by, while Blanket (3-0) comes in at No. 32 in the same poll.

May has yet to allow point this season, shutting out Santa Anna, 60-0, Eden, 48-0, and Throckmorton, 56-0. Blanket’s season includes two shutout victories over Rising Star, 48-0, and Rochelle, 45-0, along with a triumph over Sidney, 51-22.

In May’s victory over Throckmorton last week, the Tigers finished with 292 yards of total offense, including 219 on the ground.

Daniel Salinas rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown while Dalton Self added 72 yards and a score. Preston Johnston chipped in 49 yards and a rushing touchdown while Weston Chambers ran for 19 yards and reached the end zone once.

Through the air, Wyatt Mote connected on 4 of 6 passes for 73 yards with three touchdowns. Austin McAbee caught two passes for 38 yards and scored once, while Tyler Wheeler hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass and Jaden Baker reeled in an 8-yard scoring reception.

Defensively for May, Gage Keckler led the charge with 10 tackles followed by Chambers with nine and Salinas, Johnston and Mote with six apiece.

In Blanket’s victory over Rochelle last week, the Tigers held the Hornets to negative -48 yards of offense.

Luke Kinkade led the defense with 12 tackles, including five for loss, with two forced fumbles and one recovery in the end zone for a touchdown. Trenten Varner added 10 tackles with two for loss; Kameron Spivey tallied eight tackles with two for loss and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown; and Tyler Simpson collected six tackles, one for a loss, with an interception.

Blanket ran only 12 offensive plays, five of which were touchdowns. Logan Wheeler rushed twice for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Varner added a 29-yard touchdown carry, John John Alexander rushed twice for 20 yards and a touchdown, and Kinkade chipped in a 13-yard touchdown run. Overall, the Tigers rushed eight times for 132 yards, an average of 16.5 yards per carry.

Last season, May knocked off Blanket, 65-20.

According to, May is a 45-point favorite.


Brookesmith at Trent

7:30 p.m. Friday


Both the Brookesmith Mustangs and Trent Gorillas are vying for their first victory of the season as the two cross paths Friday night.

Brookesmith (0-3) has yet to score this season, falling to Gorman, 45-0, Blackwell, 54-0, and Veribest, 45-0. Trent (0-3) has been knocked off by Woodson, 63-14, Panther Creek, 58-0, and Eden, 52-0.

In the Mustangs’ loss to Veribest last week, Brookesmith finished with just 65 yards of total offense — 45 rushing and 20 passing — and a pair of turnovers, while allowing 360 yards — 245 on the ground and 115 through the air.

Mason Brummett rushed for 53 yards and completed 2 of 5 passes for 17 yards for Brookesmith. Ryder Nelson caught both passes, while Jonathan Willoughby chipped in 6 yards on the ground.

Last season, Brookesmith defeated Trent, 61-18, in Week 1.

According to, Brookesmith is a 37-point favorite.


Santa Anna at Zephyr

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Class A Division I No. 8 Zephyr Bulldogs are shooting for their fourth consecutive victory, while the Santa Anna Mountaineers are looking to land in the win column for the first time in 2017.

Zephyr (3-0) has chalked up victories over Oakwood, 55-45, Granbury NCTA, 72-26, and Austin Royals, 88-42. Santa Anna (0-3) has been knocked off by May, 60-0, Garden City, 74-0, and Robert Lee, 52-6.

In last week’s win over Austin Royals, Zephyr manufactured 561 yards of total offense — 403 rushing with nine touchdowns and 158 passing with three more scores.

Mason Rogers rushed for 313 yards and seven touchdowns while Hunter Williams added 58 yards, Nicholas Moody chipped in 32 yards and a score and Devin Williams rushed for a 12-yard touchdown.

Through the air, Kason King completed 5 of 10 passes for 119 yards with a couple of scoring tosses. Hunter Williams was 2 of 5 for 27 yards and Moody threw a 12-yard pass.

Devin Williams led all receivers with three receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown, while Moody hauled in a 25-yard touchdown and Elliot Gowin grabbed a 10-yard touchdown. Robert Clark (22 yards), J.P. Gowin (8 yards) and King (5 yards) also made receptions.

Defensively, Clark’s nine tackles were a team-high followed by five from Rogers, four from Moody, three each from Hunter Williams and Devin Williams and one from Michael Seider.

Last season, Zephyr notched a 56-0 victory over Santa Anna.

According to, Zephyr is a 45-point favorite.


Comanche at Little River-Academy

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Comanche Indians will attempt to bounce back from their first loss of the season as they venture to Little River-Academy to challenge the Bumblebees, who are coming off a road victory over Goldthwaite.

Comanche (2-1) opened the season with wins over Ballinger, 55-0, and Coleman, 38-0, while Cisco rallied in the fourth quarter for a 25-24 victory over the Indians last week.

Academy (2-1) posted a 21-15 victory over Goldthwaite last week and a 7-6 win over Rogers in Week 1, while falling to Whitney, 36-17, in Week 2.

In Comanche’s loss last week, the Indians compiled 273 yards — 194 on the ground and 79 yards through the air — while allowing 303 total yards — 194 rushing and 109 passing

Trailing 14-7 early in the second period, Comanche reeled off 17 unanswered points to seize control. Colbert Roberts scored on runs of 13 and 10 yards and Nacho Rios booted a 32-yard field goal.

Roberts finished with 123 rushing yards trailed by Kade Mercer with 54 yards and a first-half touchdown. Bronte Hermesmeyer connected on 7 of 19 passes for 79 yards with Trevor Higginbotham hauling in a team-best three for 48 yards.

Against Goldthwaite last week, Academy’s Jordan Carter rushed for 163 yards and touchdowns of 49 and 41 yards. The Bumblebees finished with 216 yards, including 175 rushing, while giving up 225 yards, with 134 coming the ground, while forcing two turnovers.

Last season, Comanche slipped past Little River-Academy, 19-14.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 20-point favorite.


Brady at Coleman

7:30 p.m. Friday


Both the Coleman Bluecats and Brady Bulldogs are looking for their first victory of the season as they clash Friday night.

Coleman (0-3) has yet to score this season in losses to Post, 41-0, Comanche, 38-0, and Jim Ned, 32-0. Brady (0-3), meanwhile, has been dealt defeats by Pecos, 57-27, Lago Vista, 28-12, and Llano, 45-0.

In last week’s loss to Post, Coleman mustered just 57 total yards — 41 rushing and 16 passing — with three turnovers. Trotter Harris rushed for a team-best 36 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards. Denton Allen was 3 of 11 through the air for 16 yards.

The Bluecats surrendered 396 yards, including 385 on the ground.

Last season, Coleman defeated Brady, 28-19.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is a 7-point favorite.


Goldthwaite at Junction

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Goldthwaite Eagles will attempt to snap a three-game skid as they visit the Junction Eagles.

Goldthwaite (0-3) has started the season with losses to Mason, 45-7, Jim Ned, 33-18, and Little River-Academy, 21-15. Junction (1-2) is coming off a 61-20 loss to Sonora and fell to Ingram Tom Moore, 13-8, in the season opener, with the lone win against Christoval, 47-12.

Last week against Academy, Goldthwaite finished with 225 yards, with 134 coming the ground, and two turnovers. The Eagles gave up 216 yards, including 175 rushing.

Quaid Seward finished with 152 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while Drew Hermesmeyer completed 14 of 28 passes for 91 yards. Isaac Chavez caught a team-high six passes for 23 yards.

Last season, Goldthwaite chalked up a 30-10 victory over Junction.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is an 11-point favorite.


San Saba at Cross Plains

7:30 p.m. Friday


The San Saba Armadillos are looking to halt a two-game losing streak while the Cross Plains Buffaloes attempt to rebound from their first loss of the season.

Since knocking off Winters, 42-7, in the opener, the Armadillos have fallen to Harper, 56-7, and Johnson City 27-6. Cross Plains started the season with wins over Menard, 28-20, and Perrin-Whitt, 40-0, before falling to De Leon, 42-19, last week.

In San Saba’s loss to Johnson City, the Armadillos surrendered 434 yards — 238 rushing and 196 passing — while amassing 237 yards — 136 on the ground and 101 through the air. Both teams committed one turnover.

The lone touchdown for San Saba came in the first quarter after falling behind 14-0 as Sean O’Keefe tossed a 12-yard pass to James Whitney for six points.

O’Keefe completed 11 of 23 passes for 93 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while also rushing for a team-high 74 yards. Cole Tupin caught three passes for 35 yards, Ruben Parra added three grabs for 34 yards and Sakima Herrera finished with three receptions for 11. Josh Lambert also chipped in 36 yards rushing.

Cross Plains is averaging 377 yards per game, with 331 coming on the ground. Creed Goode has rushed for 491 yards and three touchdowns, Joe Crockett has added 157 yards and two scores and Kaiden Petree has chipped in 107 yards and a score.

Caleb Hernandez has completed 7 of 15 passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns. Sterling Switzer leads the Buffaloes with three receptions for 73 yards, while Crockett and Theron Allen have caught touchdown passes.

Last season, San Saba fell to Cross Plains by a 41-6 count.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 12-point underdog.


Austin Hill Country at Richland Springs

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Class A Division II No. 4 Richland Springs Coyotes will shoot for a third straight victory against Austin Hill Country Friday night.

Following a 96-74 opening loss to Happy, the Coyotes (2-1) have bounced back with wins over Waco Methodist, 52-6, and Wellman-Union, 62-0. Austin Hill Country (1-2) started the season with a 48-0 triumph over Giddings State School followed by losses to Fredericksburg Heritage, 64-52, and Abbott, 62-16.

Last week against Wellman-Union, the Coyotes generated 351 yards of total offense — 270 rushing and 81 passing — while giving up just 99 total yards with four takeaways.

Jordan Burkhart rushed for a team-high 107 yards and two touchdowns while completing 3 of 4 passes for 61 yards and two more scores.

Walker Tippie went 3 for 3 through the air for 20 yards and a pair of scores, while Hutton Lusty rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown. Landon Burkhart added a 40-yard scoring sprint and a 16-yard touchdown catch.

Cameron Parham caught touchdown passes of 12 and 23 yards, while Linden Brown hauled in a 29-yard scoring reception

Defensively, Lusty led the way with 5.5 tackles followed by Tippie with 4.5 and Parham with four tackles and an interception.

Last season, Richland Springs rolled past Austin Hill Country, 60-8.

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


Veribest at Mullin

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Mullin Bulldogs look to rebound from their second loss of the season, while the Veribest Falcons are out to start their first win streak of 2017.

Mullin’s (1-2) season has included a 45-0 loss to Lometa, followed by a 56-50 overtime win over Rising Star, and last week’s 82-76 loss at Cranfills Gap. Veribest (2-1) is coming off a 45-0 shutout win over Brookesmith and downed Rochelle, 60-14, in the opener, coupled with a 58-12 loss to Rankin in Week 2.

In Mullin’s only win over Rising Star in Week 2, the Bulldogs’ 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.

In Veribest’s win over Brookesmith last week, the Falcons finished with 360 yards — 245 rushing and 115 passing — while giving up just 65 yards and forcing two turnovers. Angel Marquez rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

These two teams did not face each other in 2016.

According to, Mullin is a 45-point underdog.


Lingleville at Rising Star

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Rising Star Wildcats and Lingleville Cardinals are both looking to land in the win column for the first time as the two teams square off Friday night.

Rising Star (0-3) has opened the season with losses to Panther Creek, 72-36, Mullin, 56-50 in overtime, and Blanket, 48-0. Lingleville’s (0-2) schedule includes losses to Blum, 54-48, Friday night and Evant, 48-34, in Week 1.

The Wildcats’ closest brush with victory came in Week 2 against Mullin as Rising Star rallied from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime. 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.

Last season, Lingleville downed Rising Star, 60-14.

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


Cranfills Gap at Sidney

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Sidney Eagles continue their quest for the first victory, while the Cranfills Gap Lions are eyeing a win streak Friday night.

The winless start for Sidney (0-3) includes setbacks against Moran, 53-24, Blanket, 51-22, and Morgan, 52-6. After falling to Penelope, 74-24, and Evant, 70-20, Cranfills Gap (1-2) tallied an 82-76 win over Mullin last week.

Last season, Cranfills Gap picked up a 50-12 victory over Sidney.

According to, Sidney is a 45-point favorite.