Zephyr falls to No. 8 Coolidge, 59-0; San Saba smashes Johnson City, 53-6; Sidney sneaks past Walnut Springs, 48-44
BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers welcomed back head coach Tyler Tabor from his one-year hiatus with a 54-12 triumph over the Cherokee Indians in Friday night’s season opener.
The Tigers produced 409 yards of total offense, with all but 2 coming on the ground, as Logan Wheeler — the 2018 Class A 200 meters state champion and 100 meters state runner-up — galloped for 269 yards and four touchdowns.
Kameron Spivey chipped in 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground, while Hector Castenda added a 15-yard scoring carry.
Carlos Morales contributed 21 yards rushing, Jayden Carson ran for 14, Trenten Varner added a 10-yard carry and John John Alexander added 4 yards.
Varner and Alexander also connected on Blanket’s lone completion in four pass attempts, which covered just 2 yards.
Defensively, Blanket limited Cherokee to just three first downs and 90 yards of total offense — 70 on the ground and 20 through the air. The Tigers also picked off a Cherokee pass attempt.
Alexander, Tyler Simpson and Tanner Isom paced the Blanket defense with 12 tackles each.
Next week, the Tigers target a second straight win as they host Lometa (0-1), which lost to Iredell, 46-0, Saturday afternoon.
Winters 34, Goldthwaite 14
WINTERS — The Goldthwaite Eagles were denied in their bid for a season-opening victory Friday night, as they dropped a 34-14 road decision to the Winters Blizzards.
After a scoreless first period, Goldthwaite surrendered a pair of touchdown runs in the second quarter —31 yards by Nick Brown and 20 yards by Jovan Young.
With 52 seconds left in the opening half, Goldthwaite lit up the scoreboard for the first time as Drew Hermesmeyer scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper, and the Eagles trimmed Winters’ halftime lead to 14-6.
The Blizzards extended their advantage to 22-6 with four minutes left in the third quarter on a 57-yard scamper by Sema’jae Jackson.
Goldthwaite closed the gap to 22-14 on an 8-yard scoring toss from Hermesmeyer to Jackson Patrick early in the fourth period, while Jaxon Wootton caught the two-point pass.
But Winters tacked on two more late touchdown runs — 3 and 11 yards by Young —to put the game out of reach.
Goldthwaite finished with just 249 yards of total offense —216 passing and 33 rushing. Hermesmeyer was 16 of 27 for 139 yards through the air, while Patrick completed all three of his attempts for 77 yards. Patrick also caught a team-high seven passes for 48 yards, Wootton added five grabs for 68 yards and Grayson Moore hauled in three receptions covering 90 yards. Nick Jones was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 55 yards on 12 carries.
Defensively, Goldthwaite gave up 401 yards, including 390 rushing as both Young and Brown eclipsed 150 yards on the ground.
Goldthwaite (0-1) will attempt to bounce back in next week’s home opener against Junction, which dropped a 30-8 home decision to Ingram Tom Moore Friday night.
Jim Ned 69, Coleman 0
TUSCOLA —The Coleman Bluecats, with only two starters back on each side of the ball from last year’s 3-8 playoff team, surrendered 42 points in the first quarter alone en route to Friday’s season-opening 69-0 loss to the Jim Ned Indians.
Down six touchdowns after one quarter, the Bluecats trailed 55-0 at halftime and Jim Ned tacked on its final two touchdowns in the third period.
The Bluecats were limited to just two first downs and 27 yards of total offense — 19 rushing on 27 carries and 8 passing, completing 3 of 8 attempts. Coleman also turned the ball over three times — all fumbles.
Corbin Rosales did all the passing for the Bluecats, while Massio Sanchez rushed for 17 yards. Benny Wright caught a 9-yard pass to lead all Coleman receivers.
Jim Ned, meanwhile, amassed 474 total yards with 300 coming on the ground.
Reese Hayes rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns, Cooper Castro added 76 yards and a score, Casey Hall scored on an 18-yard carry, Ty Doty plunged into the end zone from 3 yards out, and Riley Perry scored three times despite rushing for just 8 yards.
Through the air, Josh Kelso was 4 of 5 for 130 yards and a touchdown, while Dylan Martin went 2 of 4 for 44 yards and one score. Cy Noland (41 yards) and Jordan Torrez (28 yards) caught the touchdowns as six Indians finished with receptions.
Coleman opens its home schedule next week against Early (1-0), which thrashed Bangs, 60-20, Friday night.
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Coolidge 59, Zephyr 0
San Saba 53, Johnson City 6
Sidney 48, Walnut Springs 44
Eastland 34, Comanche 15
Bronte 44, Rising Star 0
Evant 61, Mullin 0