May looks to rebound from first loss, Brookesmith eyes consecutive victories

The Blanket Tigers look to keep their unblemished record intact, while the Santa Anna Mountaineers are eyeing their first win streak of the season on homecoming night.

The Tigers improved to 5-0 last week with an 81-53 triumph over Gordon, while Santa Anna slipped past Mullin, 54-48, for its second win of the pre-district slate.

In Blanket’s victory last week, the Tigers produced 629 yards of total offense with 431 coming on the ground to go along with 198 through the air.

Logan Wheeler rushed for 250 yards, with a long carry of 65 yards, and five touchdowns while Kameron Spivey contributed 181 yards and four scores on the ground, including a 79-yarder.

Spivey also completed 7 of 11 passes for 169 yards with a pair of touchdown tosses to Tyler Simpson, who finished with six grabs for 129 yards. Adan Lopez added a 26-yard catch while John John Alexander hauled in a pair of receptions for 25 yards.

Defensively, Tanner Isom led the way with 14 tackles trailed by Alexander with a dozen and Spivey with 11.

According to, Blanket is a 45-point favorite.


GORDON (2-3) at ZEPHYR (5-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Zephyr Bulldogs look to extend their win streak to five games Friday night as the Gordon Longhorns visit for homecoming.

The Bulldogs snapped May’s 25-game regular season win streak with a 55-54 road victory last week, while Gordon is coming off an 81-53 home loss to Blanket. The Longhorns are in the midst of a two-game skid, with Iredell dishing out a 54-8 loss the week prior.

In Zephyr’s win last week, the Bulldogs compiled 371 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, and scored a defensive touchdown as well.

Mason Rogers, in his first action of the season, rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass. Devin Williams contributed 61 rushing yards and two scores, a 22-yard touchdown reception and he completed 6 of 7 passes for 78 yards and two more touchdowns, while booting three extra-point kicks and running in another conversion.

Michael Seider was 6 of 7 through the air for 82 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes totaling 19 yards and rushed for 34 yards. J.P Gowin hauled in three receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown, while Jerrick Woodcock added three grabs for 40 yards.

Defensively, Rogers recorded 16 tackles with one for loss, J.P. Gowin finished with 15 tackles with two for loss, Williams tallied 11 tackles and returned a fumble 57 yards for six points and Elliot Gowin amassed eight tackles.

According to, Zephyr is a 45-point favorite.


LOMETA (1-4)


7:30 p.m. Friday


The Brookesmith Mustangs evened their record last week with a victory over Paint Rock, while the Lometa Hornets are looking to establish momentum heading into district play following a rocky start.

Brookesmith is coming off a 55-6 victory over Paint Creek, while Lometa was dealt a 66-20 loss by Gorman last week. The lone win for the Hornets came two weeks ago, a 66-0 throttling of Mullin, a district rival of the Mustangs.

In Brookesmith’s win last week, the Mustangs generated 427 yards of total offense, with 408 coming on the ground. Mason Brummett rushed for 252 yards and seven touchdowns, Jonathan Willoughby chipped in 92 yards and Avery Williford finished with 64 yards and two trips to the end zone.

Defensively, the Mustangs gave up 171 yards — 102 rushing and 69 passing.

According to, Brookesmith is a 42-point underdog.


MAY (4-1) aT NEWCASTLE (2-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The May Tigers’ 25-game regular season win streak came to an end last week, but head coach Craig Steele’s squad looks to get back in the win column on the road Friday.

May suffered a 55-54 homecoming loss to Zephyr a week ago, while Newcastle won its second game in a row, 70-13 over Forestburg. The Bobcats also own a 45-0 victory over Woodson with losses to Aspermont (66-18), Gordon (65-34) and Blackwell (58-12).

In the Tigers’ loss last week, May generated 520 yards of total offense — 303 rushing and 217 passing.

Rory Bustamante completed 6 of 9 passes for 117 yards and four touchdowns, Seth Johnston went 6 of 7 for 52 yards and a score, and Blake Harrell completed a 40-yard scoring toss.

Chris Flenniken caught three passes for 78 yards and scored twice, Tyler Wheeler added 58 receiving yards and a touchdown on two receptions, and Daniel Salinas hauled in a team-high five catches for 51 yards and a score. Bustamante added three catches for 30 yards with a trip to the end zone and Lane McGinn caught a 4-yard touchdown pass.

On the ground, Salinas rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown while Bustamante chipped in 107 yards and a score.

Defensively, Daniel Salinas and Isidro Salinas both led May with 12 tackles each trailed by eight from Johnston, six each from Flenniken and Bustamente and five from Jaden Baker.

According to, May is a 45-point favorite.



SAN ANGELO TLCA (1-3, 0-1) AT COLEMAN (1-3, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Coleman Bluecats attempt to rebound from a loss in their District 4-3A Division II opener, while San Angelo TLCA has the same goal Friday night.

Coleman was dealt a 21-3 defeat by Grape Creek last week, while TLCA was hammered by Merkel, 53-21.

In the Bluecats’ loss last week, Coleman finished with just 174 yards — 95 rushing and 79 passing — and managed only a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. The Bluecats also lost a fumble that was returned 53 yards for a touchdown in the fourth period. Defensively, Coleman gave up 223 yards — 115 rushing and 109 passing.

Jared Nall completed 8 of 13 passes for 79 yards with a pair of interceptions. Benny Wright caught a 42-yard pass, while no other Bluecat finished with more than 17 yards receiving.

On the ground, Massio Sanchez rushed 59 yards but loss a fumble. Nall tacked on 15 yards.

TLCA gave up 611 yards to Merkel last week — 472 rushing and 139 passing — while finishing with 292 yards, including 244 passing, with three turnovers.

Kaiden Kirkland completed 15 of 25 passes for 244 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while J.R. Wilson rushed for a team-high 69 yards. Orlando Romero caught five passes for 93 yards, while Seth Levesque hauled in five receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is a 14-point favorite.


SIDNEY (4-1) at GUSTINE (3-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Sidney Eagles will attempt to push their win streak to four games as they visit the Gustine Tigers in non-district action Friday night.

Since suffering their only loss to Robert Lee (51-36) on Sept. 7, Sidney has responded with wins over Moran (60-12), Cranfills Gap (32-26) and Three Way (52-31).

Gustine opened the season with three consecutive victories over Three Way (60-15), Lohn (56-14) and McDade (64-14), but has since fallen to Bynum (74-66) and Kopperl (24-0).

According to, Sidney is a 45-point favorite.


ROCHELLE (1-4) at MULLIN (1-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Mullin Bulldogs are looking to end a three-game losing streak, while preventing Rochelle from starting a win streak after the Hornets picked up their first victory last week.

Mullin picked up its lone win over Trent (30-6) on Sept. 7, and has since suffered losses to Cranfills Gap (64-20), Lometa (66-0) and Santa Anna (54-48).

Rochelle began the year with losses to Leakey (57-0), Santa Anna (53-6), Kopperl (34-16), and Eden (58-8), but found the win column last week against Rising Star (68-18).

According to, Mullin is a 32-point favorite.


RISING STAR (0-5) at TRENT (0-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday


Both the Rising Star Wildcats and Trent Gorillas are searching for their first victory of the season as the two teams square off Friday night.

Rising Star’s season has featured defeats at the hands of Bronte (44-0), Moran (46-0), Bluff Dale (53-6), the Robert Lee JV (40-32) and Rochelle (68-18).

In a limited schedule, Trent has been knocked off by the Klondike JV (22-10), Mullin (30-6) and Jayton (58-0).

According to, Rising Star is a 37-point underdog.