Blanket, San Saba shooting for 5-0 starts

The May Tigers and Zephyr Bulldogs look to continue their stellar starts to the season when Brown County’s two Class A Division I squads square off in May’s homecoming game Friday night.

Since falling to Class A Division I No. 5 Coolidge, 59-0, in the season opener, Zephyr has rebounded with victories over Granbury NCTA (99-54), Water Valley (46-30) and Gorman (81-70).

May, meanwhile, has extended its streak of consecutive regular season victories to 25 with its undefeated start. The Tigers have knocked off Class A Division II No. 6 Richland Springs (40-26), Cherokee (49-0), Lometa (34-14) and Fort Worth THESA (39-31).

The Tigers enter the contest averaging 41 points and 318 yards — 231 rushing and 87 passing — while allowing just 18 points per outing.

May’s ground game is led by Daniel Salinas (405, 9 TDs), Gage Keckler (254 yards, 6 TDs), Isidro Salinas (151 yards, TD) and Rory Bustamante (145 yards, 2 TDs). Through the air, Seth Johnston has thrown for 170 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Bustamante has passed for 152 yards and three scores. Leading receivers are Tyler Wheeler (8-134, 3 TDs), Keckler (7-117, 2 TDs) and Daniel Salinas (4-36).

Defensively for May, Daniel Salinas has amassed 55 tackles with 6.5 for loss followed by Keckler (32 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 1 FR), Isidro Salinas (29 tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1 FR), Jaden Baker (25 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 1 FR) and Chris Flenniken (23 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 2 FRs).

The Bulldogs are generating 57 points and 335 yards — 300 on the ground and 35 through the air — while surrendering 53 points per game.

D­evin Williams has rushed for 768 yards and 13 touchdowns thus far trailed by Jerrick Woodcock (166 yards, 1 TD), Michael Seider (116 yards, 2 TDs) and Elliot Gowin (79 yards, 4 TDs). Through the air, Seider has completed 13 of 21 passes for 137 yards and four touchdowns. J.P. Gowin has caught six passes for 56 yards and Williams has hauled in three for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Woodcock and Deavers also have touchdown receptions.

On the defensive end, Williams has tallied a team-high 33 tackles followed by J.P. Gowin (24 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 INT, 1 FR for a TD), Woodcock (24 tackles, 2 for loss), Tanner Jones (21 tackles, 1 FR, 1 INT for a TD), Seider (19 tackles, 3 INTs), Elliot Gowin (13 tackles, 2 FRs, 1 INT) and Deavers (10 tackles, 1 for loss).

According to, May is a 35-point favorite.

BLANKET (4-0) at GORDON (2-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Blanket Tigers, coming off a forfeit victory over Three Way last week, seek their fourth straight victory on the field this season and fifth overall as they visit the Gordon Longhorns Friday night.

Thus far in 2018, the Tigers are averaging 48 points and 323 yards — 304 on the ground and 19 through the air — per outing with only a pair of turnovers, while giving up 11 points and 132 yards — 120 rushing and 12 passing — with five takeaways.

Logan Wheeler has sparked the offense with 645 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, including a long run of 76 yards. Kameron Spivey has chipped in 138 yards and three rushing scores.

Through the air, John John Alexander has completed 2 of 5 passes, both caught by Tyler Simpson for touchdowns totaling 40 yards. Trenten Varner is 4 of 8 for 16 yards with two completions to Alexander for 8 yards, one to Spivey for 6 and another to Wheeler for 2 yards.

Defensively for the Tigers, Alexander leads the charge with 31 tackles including 1 for loss, trailed by Tanner Isom (30 tackles), Simpson (27 tackles, 1 FR), Adan Lopez (13 tackles), Wheeler (12 tackles), Hector Castaneda (12 tackles, 1 INT), Brady Furry (12 tackles) and Spivey (11 tackles).

Gordon enters the game with wins over Newcastle (65-34) and Walnut Springs (70-24) and losses to Aquilla (57-20) and Iredell (54-8). The Longhorns average 41 points per outing and yield 42.

According to, Blanket is a 29-point favorite.


at PAINT ROCK (0-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Brookesmith Mustangs will attempt to halt a two-game skid as they visit the winless Paint Rock Indians Friday night.

Since knocking off Santa Anna, 46-20, in the season opener, the Mustangs have fallen to Evant (34-7) and Veribest (65-41).

For the season, Brookesmith is averaging 31 points and 283 yards — 265 on the ground and 18 through the air — per outing with three turnovers, while giving up 40 points and 439 yards — 377 rushing and 62 passing — with six takeaways.

Mason Brummett has rushed for 606 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 3 of 9 passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Willoughby has chipped in 137 yards and two scores on the ground, while Holden Bolt has connected on a 28-yard touchdown pass to Willoughby. Rusty Roberts has added a 24-yard scoring reception.

Paint Rock’s season has featured losses against Wichita Falls Christian (60-14), Abilene Christian (64-6) and Panther Creek (46-0). The Indians are averaging 7 points per game while giving up 57.

According to, Brookesmith is a 45-point favorite.

COMANCHE (2-2) at #1 MASON (4-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Comanche Indians put their two-game win streak on the line against the undefeated Mason Punchers, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A Division I by Harris Ratings Weekly.

The Indians are coming off their most impressive outing of the year, a 36-0 shutout over De Leon, which followed a 20-0 blanking of Clyde.

The Punchers have started their season with wins over Wall (27-21), Johnson City (49-6), Sonora (27-0) and Jim Ned (35-7) — all Class 3A opponents.

Against De Leon, the Indians finished with 411 yards of total offense, including 383 rushing. Comanche jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first period and never looked back.

The week prior against Clyde, Comanche gave up just 116 yards and created a pair of turnovers.

Max Jimenez leads the Comanche defense with 32 tackles and five for loss followed by Kade Mercer (30 tackles, 8 for loss), Price Odom (16 tackles), Dakoda Moreno (15 tackles), Alex Davalos (12 tackles) and Roberto Medrano (12 tackles).

Offensively, the Indians are producing 20 points and 273 yards — 243 rushing and 30 passing — per contest.

Mercer has rushed for 462 yards and four touchdowns trailed by Zach Foster (178 yards), Trendon Morin (117 yards, TD) and Ricardo Sanchez (102 yards, TD). Morin has completed 10 of 32 passes for 86 yards with a touchdown, while Odom has hauled in four receptions for 68 yards with a trip to the end zone.

In last week’s win over Jim Ned, Mason gave up 148 yards and forced a pair of turnovers while generating 319 yards — 170 through the air and 149 on the ground.

Otto Wofford completed 9 of 13 passes for 170 yards and two scores while rushing for 40 yards and another touchdown. Klay Klaerner rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown and Zach Norman caught a pair of passes totaling 62 yards. Ethan Powell finished with two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown, while Jake Cockerham hauled in a 31-yard scoring reception and rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 21-point underdog.

COLEMAN (1-2, 0-0)

at GRAPE CREEK (1-2, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Coleman Bluecats and Grape Creek Eagles will attempt to start District 4-3A Division II action on the right foot as the two teams clash Friday night.

Coleman is coming off a 31-24 victory over Goldthwaite in its most recent outing, which comes on the heels of losses to Jim Ned (69-0) and Early (41-18).

Grape Creek also won its most recent game, 14-13 over Rocksprings. The Eagles started the season with losses to Baird (30-0) and Christoval (28-6).

In Coleman’s win over Goldthwaite, the Bluecats turned the ball over three times but still produced 251 yards, with 226 coming on the ground, while allowing 262 yards, including 166 passing.

Massio Sanchez rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown, Jared Nall completed 2 of 7 passes for 27 yards and a touchdown, which was caught by Benny Wright and covered 23 yards. Nall also rushed for a score.

In Grape Creek’s win over Rocksprings last week, the Eagles gave up 217 yards, including 209 rushing, while creating four turnovers. Grape Creek finished with 195 yards, with 153 coming on the ground.

Garrett Steele rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown while Jason Bird chipped in a 13-yard touchdown carry.

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


7:30 p.m. Friday

The Goldthwaite Eagles are looking to end a two-game drought, while the Hamilton Bulldogs are attempting to rebound for their first defeat as the former district rivals square off Friday night.

Following a 31-24 homecoming loss to Coleman, the Eagles were blanked by Tolar, 48-0, last week.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ perfect start was derailed with a 48-7 loss at Early this past Friday.

Against Tolar, Goldthwaite gave up 453 total yards, including 356 rushing, while manufacturing just 86 yards, and rushing for -8 with a pair of turnovers.

Drew Hermesmeyer connected on 18 of 30 passes for just 94 yards with a pair of interceptions. T.J. Watson caught nine passes for 40 yards while Dusty Partin and Grayson Moore added 27 receiving yards apiece on nine receptions between them. On the ground, Mitchel Hopper led the way with 24 yards.

In Hamilton’s loss to Early, the Bulldogs finished with 191 yards, including 179 rushing. After taking a 7-6 lead in the first period, Hamilton gave up the final 42 points. Kain Kunkel scored the lone touchdown on a 4-yard first quarter carry. Defensively, Hamilton was shredded for 516 yards — 330 through the air and 186 on the ground.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 34-point underdog.


at SAN SABA (4-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

In a battle of unbeatens, the San Saba Armadillos and Ingram Tom Moore Warriors seek 5-0 starts to the season Friday night as both teams have already eclipsed their 2017 win totals.

San Saba has kicked off its second year under head coach Jerod Fikac with wins over Johnson City (53-6), Harper (53-0), Junction (40-6) and Snook (47-6).

Ingram Tom Moore has knocked off Junction (30-8), D’Hanis (46-14), Harper (33-15) and Center Point (34-10).

In last week’s victory over Snook, San Saba amassed 411 total yards — 240 rushing and 171 passing — en route to a 34-0 halftime advantage.

Sean O’Keefe completed 10 of 14 passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns. Eli Salinas finished with three grabs for 61 yards and one touchdown, Ruben Parra hauled in two receptions for 44 yards and a score and Joseph Watson caught a 13-yard scoring reception.

Salinas also rushed for 116 yards with a trip to the end zone, O’Keefe added 64 yards and a rushing score, Carter Turner finished with 48 yards on the ground and a touchdown and Clayton Pierce scored on a 3-yard rush.

Defensively, Erik Argote recorded 18 tackles with six for loss followed by Sakima Herrera with 11 tackles and six for loss, and Watson, Abel Martinez, Junior Jaimes and Risien Shahan with six tackles apiece.

Ingram Tom Moore is averaging 36 points and 350 yards — 223 rushing and 127 passing — per game, while giving up 12 points per outing.

Timmothy Leatherman has completed 29 of 42 passes for 483 yards and five touchdowns, while leading receivers include Sam Carpenter (16-222, 2 TDs) and Kameron Carrington (11-171, 2 TDs). Leading rushers are Elijah Dubois (445 yards, 6 TDs) and Leatherman (302 yards, 8 TDs).

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

#6 Richland springs (3-1)

at EVANT (4-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Class A Division II No. 6 Richland Springs Coyotes are coming off a historic offensive performance, surpassing the century mark in points for the first time as they stretched their win streak to three games. Friday night, head coach Thomas Tipton’s squad will attempt to hand the Evant Elks their first defeat.

Since a season-opening loss to May (40-26), Richland Springs has answered with victories over San Marcos Hill Country Christian (68-19), Aquilla (47-44) and Austin Royals (112-65).

Evant, meanwhile, has tallied wins over Mullin (61-0), Cranfills Gap (52-8), Brookesmith (34-7) and last week’s 59-52, four-OT triumph over Blum.

In Richland Springs’ record-setting win last week, the Coyotes scored at least 30 points in each of the final three periods. Richland Springs’ 15th touchdown of the night was scored with 3:54 left in regulation, enforcing the 45-point mercy rule.

The Coyotes finished with 552 total yards — 320 passing and 232 rushing — with three turnovers, while allowing 494 yards — 374 through the air and 122 on the ground — with six takeaways.

Matthew Rigdon completed 13 of 18 passes for 308 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception, while also rushing for 114 yards and three more scores for the Coyotes.

Leading receivers included Jared Martin, who caught five passes for 152 yards with four touchdowns, while Kelton Tippie added three grabs for 68 yards and a score, Josiah Beam finished with three catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns, Cameron Parham hauled in two touchdown catches covering 30 yards and Jayden Bryant caught a 20-yard pass to go along with his 12-yard scoring toss.

Parham chipped in 95 yards rushing with a touchdown, while Griffin Rigdon ran for 23 yards and returned two kickoffs of 65 and 63 yards for scores.

Despite its undefeated start, Evant is ranked just 28th in the state in Class A Division I by The Elks are averaging 52 points and allowing 17 per contest.

According to, Richland Springs is a 32-point favorite.

SANTA ANNA (1-3) at MULLIN (1-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Santa Anna Mountaineers and Mullin Bulldogs are both looking to halt two-game losing streaks as the two teams meet Friday night.

Since defeating Rochelle, 53-6, in Week 2, the Mountaineers have followed with losses to Robert Lee (60-0) and Bronte (68-18).

The Bulldogs picked up a 30-6 win over Trent in their second outing, but have since fallen to Cranfills Gap (64-20) and Lometa (66-0).

Santa Anna is averaging 23 points and allowing 45, while Mullin is producing 13 points and yielding 49.

According to, Mullin is a 24-point favorite.

THREE WAY (0-3) at SIDNEY (3-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Sidney Eagles look to continue their early season roll, while the Three Way Braves are still in search of the program’s first victory.

Sidney is coming off a 32-26 victory over Cranfills Gap last week, its second win in a row under first-year head coach Waylon Salinas. The Eagles, who average 44 points and allow 33 per game, also own wins against Walnut Springs (48-44) and Moran (60-12).

Last week, Three Way forfeited to Blanket due to a lack of players. In its previous outings, Three Way lost to Gustine (60-15) and Morgan (61-0).

According to, Sidney is a 45-point favorite.


7:30 p.m. Friday

The Rising Star Wildcats or Rochelle Hornets will emerge with their first victory of the season Friday night, as both squads look to snap season-opening four-game skids.

Rising Star is coming off a 40-32 homecoming loss to the Robert Lee JV, while other defeats this year have come at the hands of Bronte (44-0), Moran (46-0) and Bluff Dale (53-6).

Rochelle’s season has featured losses against Leakey (57-0), Santa Anna (53-6), Kopperl (34-6) and Eden (58-8).

The Wildcats are averaging 10 points per game while yielding 46 on average, while the Hornets are putting up 5 points and giving up 51 per outing.

According to, Rising Star is a 34-point favorite.