May looks to snap two-game skid against Strawn; Rivals San Saba-Goldthwaite meet in ‘Battle of the River’

The Blanket Tigers and Brookesmith Mustangs square off in the District 15-A Division II opener as both teams look to extend their current win streak.

Blanket has opened the season with six consecutive victories against Cherokee (54-12), Lometa (45-20), Lingleville (46-0), Three Way (forfeit), Gordon (81-53) and Santa Anna (59-12).

Meanwhile, Brookesmith is in the midst of its first win streak of the season after knocking off Paint Rock (55-6) and Lometa (48-28).

In Blanket’s victory over Santa Anna last week, the Tigers (6-0) produced 333 yards of total offense — 218 rushing and 115 passing — while allowing just 85 yards — 75 through the air and a mere 10 on the ground.

Kameron Spivey rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 3 of 5 passes for 103 yards and three more scores. John John Alexander also completed a 10-yard touchdown pass. Tyler Simpson made all four receptions — all for touchdowns — totaling 145 yards. Hector Castaneda chipped in 45 yards on the ground with a trip to the end zone as well.

Defensively, Spivey finished with six tackles while Alexander and Tanner Isom collected five apiece.

In Brookesmith’s win over Lometa last week, the Mustangs finished with 283 yards of total offense — 211 rushing and 72 passing — while allowing 204 yards — 127 on the ground and 77 through the air. Both teams turned the ball over once.

Avery Williford paced the Mustangs’ rushing attack with 107 yards and three touchdowns, while Mason Brummett chipped in 94 yards and a score and Jonathan Willoughby racked up 30 yards with a trip to the end zone.

Through the air, Brummett connected on 4 of 7 passes for 49 yards with a 17-yard touchdown to Cody Mazurek. Randall Williams added a 19-yard catch.

Williford also led the Brookesmith defense with 13 tackles.

According to, Blanket is a 45-point favorite.


May (4-2) at #1 Strawn (4-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The May Tigers are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, but will have to upend the reigning Class A Division II state champion Strawn Greyhounds to do so.

May’s 25-game regular season win streak came to an end at home against Zephyr, 55-54, two weeks ago, while Newcastle stunned the Tigers, 70-49, last week behind a dominant second half.

In the loss the Newcastle, the Tigers finished with 312 yards of total offense — 248 rushing and 64 passing.

Rory Bustamante led the way on the ground with 101 yards and two touchdowns, Daniel Salinas chipped in 87 yards, Blake Harrell rushed for 50 yards and two scores and Lane McGinn added a 10-yard carry.

Through the air, Bustamante threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Chris Flenniken, who grabbed two scoring tosses for 38 yards. Seth Johnston was 3 of 6 for 27 yards with two scores including a 12-yard touchdown to Tyler Wheeler. Bustamante caught a 7-yard touchdown and Salinas added two catches for 6 yards.

Defensively, Salinas recorded nine tackles and caused a fumble, McGinn finished with six tackles, Flenniken tallied five tackles with a pick and Bustamante netted five tackles.

Strawn is coming off a 34-23 loss to Division I No. 2 Garden City and also dropped its season opener to Division I No. 1 McLean, 51-18. Between those contests the Greyhounds own victories over Gorman (53-6), Bryson (72-7), Borden County (50-0) and Milford (54-46).

According to, May is a 45-point underdog.


Jacksboro (2-3, 0-0) at Comanche (2-3, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Comanche Indians and Jacksboro Tigers both look to start District 6-3A Division I action on the right foot as the two preseason league favorites clash Friday night.

Both teams are coming off losses in their pre-district finales as Comanche fell to Class 2A top-ranked Mason, 42-7, while Jacksboro was knocked off by Eastland, 41-27.

Comanche enters the district slate averaging 17 points and 255 yards — 217 rushing and 38 passing — per game, while giving up 18 points per outing.

Kade Mercer leads the Indians with 515 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, followed by Zach Foster with 181 yards, Trendon Morin with 151 yards and a touchdown, and Ricardo Sanchez with 106 yards and a score.

Through the air, Morin has connected on 16 of 45 passes for 172 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Mercer is also the leading receiver with five grabs for 71 yards and one touchdown, while Price Odom has caught five passes as well for 81 yards and a pair of scores.

Defensively, Mercer and Max Jimenez have tallied 39 tackles each with nine and six tackles for loss, respectively. Mercer also has three interceptions and two sacks as well. Odom has recorded 20 tackles followed by Dakoda Moreno with 19 and Roberto Medrano with 18.

Along with Jacksboro’s loss to Eastland, the Tigers have fallen to Breckenridge (43-36) and Windthorst (47-30), with victories over Paradise (33-21) and Wichita Falls City View (29-6).

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is an 11-point favorite.


Coleman (2-3, 1-1) at #7 Cisco (4-0, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Coleman Bluecats target their second consecutive District 4-3A Division II victory, while looking to knock the Cisco Loboes – ranked No. 7 in Class 3A Division II by Harris Ratings Weekly — from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday night.

Coleman is coming off a 50-26 victory over San Angelo TLC, while Cisco hammered Merkel, 54-13.

Massio Sanchez rushed 40 times for 287 yards and six touchdowns to spark the Coleman offense last week.

In Cisco’s victory over Merkel, quarterback Cooper Witt ran for 159 yards and a score and connected on 4 of 6 passes for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is a 58-point underdog.


#7 San Saba (5-0, 0-0) at Goldthwaite (1-4, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


In the 101st “Battle of the River” the undefeated San Saba Armadillos — ranked No. 7 in Class 2A Division I by Harris Ratings Weekly — look to keep their unblemished record intact while the Goldthwaite Eagles look to start District 7-2A Division I action by halting a three-game losing streak.

San Saba’s most recent outing was a 44-6 victory over Ingram Tom Moore, while Hamilton toppled Goldthwaite, 53-14, the last time the Eagles took the field.

The Armadillos compiled 469 total yards — 276 on the ground and 193 through the air against previously-unbeaten Tom Moore.

Sean O’Keefe completed 12 of 19 passes for 166 yards and five scores. Logan Glover caught four passes for 65 yards and two scores, Joseph Watson grabbed two scoring tosses totaling 25 yards and Eli Salinas finished with two receptions for 29 yards and a trip to the end zone.

On the ground, Salinas rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown, Carter Turner added 50 yards and a score and Risien Shahan chipped in 11 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Meanwhile, Goldthwaite finished with 356 yards, with 319 coming through the air, but turned the ball over twice. Hamilton generated 492 yards, including 480 rushing.

The Eagles scored on a 5-yard Grayson Moore run and a 53-yard pass from Drew Hermesmeyer to T.J. Watson.

Hermesmeyer completed 28 of 46 passes with Watson grabbing 10 for 145 yards. Moore also caught 10 passes for 68 yards and Jaxon Wootton hauled in six passes for 99 yards

Angel Morales was the leading rusher for Goldthwaite with 26 yards on 13 carries.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 45-point favorite.


Santa Anna (2-4)

at #4 Blackwell (6-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Santa Anna Mountaineers look to wrap up pre-district action with an upset of the unbeaten, Class A Division II fourth-ranked Blackwell Hornets Friday night.

Looking for their first win streak of the season last week, Santa Anna dropped its homecoming contest to Blanket, 59-12.

The Mountaineers gave up 333 yards of total offense — 218 rushing and 115 passing — while producing just 85 yards — 75 through the air and a mere 10 on the ground.

Alex Crowder connected on 6 of 12 passes for 70 yards, including a 46-yard scoring toss to Cesar Padilla. Jayton Perry caught three passes for 13 yards and Jaxson Diggs added a 7-yard reception, along with 18 yards on the ground.

The Mountaineers also scored on a fumble return.

Blackwell has defeated Eden (54-40), Highland (27-24), Newcastle (58-12), Lueders-Avoca (56-8), Hermleigh (64-35), and Veribest (67-22).

According to, Santa Anna is a 45-point underdog.


Fort Worth THESA (3-3)

at Richland Springs (4-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday


Coming off their bye week, the Richland Springs Coyotes are out to stretch their win streak to five games against a scrappy Fort Worth THESA squad.

Richland Springs recorded a 71-22 victory over previously-unbeaten Evant in its most recent outing.

The Coyotes generated 461 yards of total offense — 274 rushing and 187 passing — with no turnovers, while giving up just 161 yards — 115 on the ground and 46 through the air — with five takeaways.

Matthew Rigdon completed 6 of 7 passes for 187 yards with three touchdowns — two to Wade Appleton covering 61 and 11 yards, and a 62-yarder to Cameron Parham.

Parham led the Coyote ground attack with 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Griffin Rigdon chipped in 113 yards and two scores, and Matthew Rigdon contributed 47 yards and two trips to the end zone.

Defensively, Kelton Tippie led the way with seven tackles including five for loss, while Josiah Beam and K.J. Simon intercepted passes.

THESA has defeated Parkview Christian (38-32), Arlington St. Paul’s Prep (55-8) and Johnson County Sports Association (46-0), with losses to Calvert (47-20), May (39-31) and Milford (53-8).

Nash Carter has thrown for 670 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions, Cameron Gonzales has rushed for 475 yards and eight touchdowns and Brandon Bravomalo has grabbed 10 receptions for 158 yards with one score.

According to, Richland Springs is a 3-point favorite.


Sidney (5-1, 0-0) at Mullin (2-4, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Sidney Eagles look to continue their roll, while the Mullin Bulldogs are eyeing a second straight victory as District 15-A Division II action begins for both teams.

Sidney is in the midst of a four-game win streak with victories over Moran (60-12), Cranfills Gap (32-26), Three Way (52-31) and Gustine (54-6). The Eagles also defeated Walnut Springs (48-44) in Week 1, with their only loss in Week 2 to Robert Lee (51-36).

Mullin picked up its second victory of the season last week, knocking off Rochelle by a 74-52 count. The Bulldogs also beat Trent (30-6) in Week 2, with losses to Evant (61-0), Cranfills Gap (64-20), Lometa (66-0) and Santa Anna (54-48).

According to, Sidney is a 45-point favorite.