San Saba improves to 2-0; Goldthwaite, Richland Springs, Santa Anna, Mullin notch initial victories
CHEROKEE - The Class A Division I No. 8 May Tigers notched their 23rd consecutive regular season victory, passing their first road test of 2018 with a 49-0 triumph over the Cherokee Indians Friday night.
May (2-0) produced 348 yards of total offense — 241 rushing and 107 passing — en route to keeping Cherokee (0-2) winless.
Rory Bustamente rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, Daniel Salinas contributed 88 yards and two scores and Gage Keckler churned out 37 yards with three trips to the end zone. Isidro Salinas also chipped in 27 yards rushing.
Through the air, Bustamente completed 5 of 10 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown pass to Tyler Wheeler, who grabbed two receptions for 54 yards. Seth Johnston added a 9-yard completion to Jaden Baker and also caught an 8-yard pass. Keckler pulled down a 33-yard reception and Ethan Self made a 3-yard catch.
Defensively for May, Daniel Salinas finished with nine tackles including 2.5 for loss with a fumble caused; Gage Keckler tallied eight tackles with 2.5 for loss; Isidro Salinas had five tackles with a fumble caused and a fumble recovery; Baker collected five tackles with 2.5 for loss; Johnston was credited with four tackles and a fumble recovery; and Chris Flenniken’s night featured four tackles, one for loss, and a fumble recovery.
Next week, May ventures to Lometa (0-2), which suffered a 45-20 loss at Blanket Friday night.
BLANKET 45, LOMETA 20
BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers remained undefeated Friday night with a 45-20 victory over the Rochelle Hornets in their second straight game at home.
Blanket (2-0) rushed for 305 of its 327 yards of total offense, led by 192 yards and four touchdowns from Logan Wheeler, the defending Class A 200 meters state champion and 100 meters runner-up. Kameron Spivey chipped in 64 yards and a score.
Through the air, Trenten Varner completed 3 of 4 passes for 14 yards and John John Alexander tossed an 8-yard touchdown to Tyler Simpson. Wheeler, Alexander and Spivey also caught passes.
Defensively, the Tigers gave up 305 yards, with 290 coming on the ground, but forced a pair of turnovers.
Alexander led the way with 12 tackles followed by Simpson and Tanner Isom with 10 apiece.
Next week, Blanket hits the road for the first time to battle Lingleville (0-1), whose game against Three-Way was cancelled due to weather Friday night. Lingleville dropped its opener to Panther Creek, 62-14.
ZEPHYR 99, GRANBURY NCTA 54
GRANBURY — After failing to score in their season opener against Class A Division I No. 4 Coolidge, the Zephyr Bulldogs bounced back by flirting with the century mark in a 99-54 victory over Granbury NCTA Friday night.
The Bulldogs (1-1) finished with 468 yards of total offense — 455 rushing and 13 passing — returned a kickoff for a tournament and added a pick six on the defensive end.
Leading 35-24 after one quarter, Zephyr owned a 73-54 halftime edge, then shutout Granbury NCTA (0-2) in the third period.
Devin Williams rushed for 263 yards and six touchdowns from 50, 15, 20, 22, 23 and 69 yards out. Williams also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Michael Seider and returned a kick 79 yards to the end zone.
Elliott Gowin added 74 rushing yards and four scores from 3, 19, 20 and 25 yards out. Seider tacked on 67 yards on the ground and with a 3-yard touchdown. Jerrick Woodcock contributed 44 yards and Kannon Eoff rushed for 7.
Defensively, Tanner Jones returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble. J.P. Gowin notched seven tackles with an interception, Woodcock tallied seven tackles and caused a fumble and Seider picked off a pass as well.
Next week, Zephyr opens its home schedule against Water Valley (1-1), which is coming off a 58-12 win over Eden.
RICHLAND SPRINGS 68,
HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN 19
SAN MARCOS — The Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs Coyotes chalked up their first victory of 2018, rolling by San Marcos Hill Country Christian, 68-19, Friday night.
Richland Springs (1-1) generated 382 yards of total offense, with 344 coming on the ground, while holding Hill Country Christian (0-2) to 102 yards and forcing a pair of turnovers.
Griffin Rigdon rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns for the Coyotes, while Matthew Rigdon contributed 120 yards and three scores. K.J. Simon added 85 yards and also reached the end zone twice.
Through the air, Jared Martin completed 2 of 3 passes for 48 yards — a 32-yarder to Kelton Tippie and a 16-yarder to Matthew Rigdon.
The Coyotes led 22-7 after one quarter, 54-19 at halftime and ended the game with 3:25 left in the third.
Next week, Richland Springs opens its home schedule against Aquilla (1-1), which is coming off a 45-0 loss to Class A Division II No. 5 Oakwood.
SAN SABA 53, HARPER 0
SAN SABA – The San Saba Armadillos hung 53 points on the scoreboard for the second week in a row en route to their second straight victory, 53-0 over the Harper Longhorns.
San Saba (2-0) chalked up 391 yards — 243 rushing and 138 passing — and scored seven offensive touchdowns.
Eli Salinas led the ground game with 120 yards and two touchdowns trailed by Sean O’Keefe with 66 yards; Carter Turner with 35 yards; Erik Argote with 17 yards and two touchdowns; Risien Shahan with 4 yards and a score; and Clayton Pierce with 2 yards and a touchdown.
Through the air, O’Keefe connected on 6 of 13 passes for 124 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Shahan completed both his tosses for 24 yards.
Salinas caught the touchdown, a 57-yard catch run, while Ruben Parra hauled in two catches for 37 yards and Sakima Herrera made two grabs covering 21 yards. Jake Faught (21 yards) and Andrew Arellano (5 yards) also made receptions.
Defensively, Bryan Reza returned a fumble 28 yards for six points.
Next week, San Saba ventures to Junction (0-2), which is coming off a 13-10 loss at Goldthwaite.
GOLDTHWAITE 13, JUNCTION 10
GOLDTHWAITE — The Goldthwaite Eagles made a pair of first-quarter touchdowns stand as they held off a rally by the Junction Eagles for a 13-10 victory Friday night.
In the home opener for Goldthwaite (1-1), Drew Hermesmeyer threw touchdown passes of 6 yards to T.J. Watson and 41 yards to Jackson Patrick, and Jaxon Wootton converted one of two extra points for the 13-point cushion.
Junction (0-2) answered with a 6-yard touchdown run by Jaden Hardesty with 8:36 left in the third period, Issac Rosas added the two-point conversion. Goldthwaite surrendered a safety at 4:50 of the third as Junction crept within a field goal, but couldn’t complete the rally.
Goldthwaite passed for 153 yards and lost 14 on the ground to finish with 139 yards of total offense and two turnovers.
Hermesmeyer completed 13 of 24 passes for 153 yards with the two touchdowns and one interception. Patrick caught four passes for 91 yards and Grayson Moore finished with three grabs for 34 yards. Nick Jones led the ground attack with 25 yards.
Junction, meanwhile, amassed 229 yards — 117 through the air and 112 on the ground — but turned over the ball four times.
Goldthwaite shoots for its second straight win next week as it hosts Coleman (0-2), which is coming off a 41-18 home loss to Early.
SANTA ANNA 53, ROCHELLE 6
SANTA ANNA — The Santa Anna Mountaineers earned their first win of the season, and first under new head coach Austin Simpson, snapping a 12-game losing streak with Friday night’s 53-6 triumph over Rochelle.
On the ground, Cody Robertson scored his first two varsity touchdowns and Jaxson Diggs added his first varsity score. Trevor Evans played a key role in the rushing attack as well.
Through the air, Jayton Perry hauled in a 25-yard scoring reception from Alex Crowder.
Perry and Rance Railsback led the charge on defense, as Railsback recovered a pair of fumbles.
Next week, Santa Anna targets a winning streak at Robert Lee (2-0), which rallied past Sidney for a 51-35 victory Friday night.
Other scores (no info reported)
MULLIN 30, TRENT 6
BRECKENRIDGE 14, COMANCHE 7
ROBERT LEE 51, SIDNEY 35
MORAN 46, RISING STAR 0
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