Zephyr, Richland Springs, Sidney tally second wins, first for Coleman and Comanche; San Saba remains undefeated

LOMETA — The Class A Division I No. 8 May Tigers ran their regular season win streak to 24 games Friday night, but it wasn’t easy.

The winless Lometa Hornets gave May all it wanted before the Tigers eventually pulled away for a 34-14 victory and a 3-0 start to the 2018 season.

May managed just 240 yards of total offense, with 195 coming on the ground. 

Daniel Salinas rushed for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Gage Keckler chipped in 95 yards and a trip to the end zone. 

Through the air, Rory Bustamente was 4 of 7 for 36 yards and two touchdowns, while Seth Johnston completed 1 of 2 passes for 9 yards.

Tyler Wheeler caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown, Isidro Salinas hauled in a 3-yard scoring reception, and Daniel Salinas (9 yards) and Keckler (2 yards) also made catches.

Defensively for May, Daniel Salinas recorded 15 tackles with two for loss; Isidro Salinas tallied eight tackles, 1.5 for loss, with a blocked kick; Jaden Baker amassed seven tackles with 1.5 for loss; Keckler was in on six tackles, including 1.5 for loss, with a fumble recovery; and Chris Flenniken had four tackles, including  1.5 for loss, with a fumble caused and a fumble recovery.

The Tigers (3-0) are back at home next week to challenge Fort Worth THESA (2-1), which picked up a 55-8 victory over Arlington St. Paul Prep Friday night.




LINGLEVILLE — The Blanket Tigers passed their first road test of the season with flying colors, recording a 46-0 victory over the Lingleville Cardinals Friday to remain unbeaten on the season.

Blanket limited Lingleville (0-2) to 34 yards of total offense and forced a pair of turnovers.

Offensively, the Tigers generated 187 yards, with 155 coming on the ground. Logan Wheeler rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns — on carries of 34, 23, 42, and 34 yards — while John John Alexander threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Simpson. Hector Castenada added a 4-yard touchdown run and also returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown. 

On defense, Alexander and Tanner Isom finished with seven tackles each followed by Simpson and Adan Lopez with five apiece and Brady Furry with four.

Next week, Blanket (3-0) hosts first-year program Three Way (0-2), which is coming off a 61-0 loss to Morgan.




ZEPHYR — The Zephyr Bulldogs opened the home portion of their schedule with a second straight victory, holding off the Water Valley Wildcats by a 46-30 count Friday night.

Zephyr manufactured  240 yards of total offense — 227 rushing and 13 passing — and also scored twice on special teams.

Devin Williams rushed for 134 yards on 15 carries and scored on runs of 62, 17 and 4 yards. Williams also returned kicks of 80 and 78 yards for touchdowns.

Jerrick Woodcock chipped in 42 yards on the ground followed by Kannon Eoff with 36, J.P. Gowin with 13 and Elliot Gowin with 2 yards.

Michael Seider completed both his passes for 13 yards — one to J.P. Gowin for 8 yards and a 5-yard scoring toss to Austin Deavers.

Defensively, Woodcock led the way with 12 tackles followed by Williams with 11 and an interception, Tanner Jones with nine, Seider with six and two picks, and J.P Gowin with six tackles and three caused fumbles.

Walter Simpson converted 3 of 4 extra points kicks and Williams was 2 of 2 on conversions.

Zephyr (2-1) in back on the road next week against Gorman (1-2), which upended Cherokee, 78-51, Friday night.




EVANT — The Brookesmith Mustangs were handed their first loss of the season, while the Evant Elks kept their perfect record intact in a 34-7 decision Friday.

The Mustangs were playing for the first time since Aug. 30 after last week’s game against Panther Creek was cancelled due to weather.

Brookesmith was limited to 158 total yards as Mason Brummett rushed for 130 yards and a 31-yard touchdown. 

Defensively, the Mustangs surrendered 358 yards, including 346 on the ground.

The Mustangs trailed 14-0 after one quarter and halftime, and 20-0 through three periods.

Next week, Brookesmith (1-1) will attempt to rebound as it hosts Veribest (0-3), which fell to Westbrook, 48-13, Friday night.




GOLDTHWAITE — The Coleman Bluecats spoiled the Goldthwaite Eagles’ homecoming by securing their first victory of the season, 31-24, Friday night.

Goldthwaite jumped out to an 8-0 lead on a 14-yard scoring toss from Drew Hermesmeyer to Dusty Partin and a two-point run by Jaxon Wootton just 1:41 into the contest, but Coleman answered with the next 17 points.

The Bluecats pulled even at 8 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Massio Sanchez, who also added the two-point conversion, just 1:34 later.

In the second period, Jared Nall’s 23-yard touchdown toss to Benny Wright staked Coleman to a 14-8 lead.  Then, with seven seconds left in the half, Coleman nailed a 32-yard field goal.

Goldthwaite closed the gap to 17-14 in the third on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Hermesmeyer to Grayson Moore, but Kolton Keeney returned the ensuing kick 80 yards for a Coleman touchdown.

Nall’s 1-yard dive at 3:40 of the third allowed Coleman to extend its lead to 31-14, following a Sanchez two-point conversion.

Goldthwaite got on the board again with a safety with 7:45 left, then Hermesmeyer connected with Jackson Patrick to bring the Eagles within seven points with 6:13 left, but the rally ended there.

Coleman finished with 251 yards, including 226 rushing, as Sanchez churned out 172 yards and a score.

Goldthwaite generated 262 yards — 166 through the air and 96 on the ground. Hermesmeyer was 18 of 35 with three touchdowns, Patrick led the ground game with 91 yards and T.J. Watson caught six passes for 46 yards. 

Next week, Coleman (1-2) is off in preparation for the start of District 4-3A Division II action on Sept. 28, while Goldthwaite (1-2) heads to Tolar (1-2), which is coming off a 16-7 win over Early, its first of the year.




COMANCHE — The Comanche Indians chalked up their first victory of the 2018 campaign as they blanked the Clyde Bulldogs, 20-0, Friday night.

Comanche scored all its points in the first half, 10 points each in the first and second periods.

Ricardo Sanchez opened the scoring with a 26-yard field goal, then Kade Mercer rushed for a 4-yard score. 

Mercer completed a 32-yard scoring toss to Price Odom in the second quarter and Sanchez booted a 25-yard field goal for the final points. 

Comanche finished with 230 total yards — 186 rushing and 44 passing — with no turnovers, while limiting Clyde (1-2) to 116 yards — 72 on the ground and 44 through the air — with a pair of interceptions.

Zach Foster led Comanche with 75 yards rushing followed by Mercer with 53. Odom also caught a 12-yard pass from Trendon Morin, the only other completion on the night for the Indians. 

Next week, Comanche (1-2) will attempt to further derail Class A Division I state-ranked De Leon (2-1), which was handed a 46-23 loss by Dublin Friday.




JUNCTION — The San Saba Armadillos continued their early-season roll, pummeling the Junction Eagles, 40-6, Friday to remain perfect on the season.

The Armadillos generated 499 total yards — 294 rushing and 205 passing. 

Sean O’Keefe completed 8 of 18 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 120 yards and another score. 

Eli Salinas tacked on 114 rushing yards and a touchdown, while catching three passes for 107 yards with a trip to the end zone.

Erik Argote chipped in 48 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Joseph Watson and Wyatt Smith caught touchdown passes of 30 and 13 yards, respectively. 

Next week, San Saba (3-0) will tangle with Snook (3-0), which pummeled Texas Wind Home School 62-0 Friday night, in a game that will be played in Georgetown.




RICHLAND SPRINGS — The Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs Coyotes erased a 24-point deficit and slipped past the Aquilla Cougars for a 47-44 victory in Friday’s home opener.

After scoring first, the Coyotes surrendered four consecutive touchdowns and trailed 32-8 at halftime.

A Richland Springs 32-6 scoring run was capped at 9:32 of the fourth period on a 3-yard run by Matthew Rigdon, which put the Coyotes back in front, 40-38.

Aquilla (1-2) answered with 6:21 left on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Zack Winder to Mason Hester as the Cougars reclaimed a 44-40 edge.

With 1:41 left in the contest, the Coyotes recorded the final points as Rigdon completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Bryant for the decisive score.

Richland Springs finished with 311 yards — 177 passing and 134 rushing — with four turnovers, while Aquilla produced 241 yards — 125 through the air and 116 on the ground — with three giveaways.

Rigdon completed 15 of 20 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns for the Coyotes and also rushed for a team-high 126 yards and two more scores.

Josiah Beam caught five passes for 57 yards, Wade Appleton added three grabs for 40 yards and Jared Martin caught two balls covering 51 yards. 

Griffin Rigdon chipped in 24 yards on the ground.

Next week, Richland Springs will host Austin Royals (2-1), which picked up a 26-8 win over Marble Falls Faith Academy Friday night.


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