The Blanket Tigers look to keep their regular season and District 15-A Division II records unblemished as they visit the Rising Star Wildcats, who are kicking off their league slate of games.
The Tigers (7-0, 1-0) knocked off Brookesmith, 33-12, in last week’s district opener, while the Wildcats (1-5, 0-0) had their bye. The lone victory for Rising Star came by forfeit over Trent on Oct. 5.
Along with wins over Brookesmith, Blanket has knocked off Cherokee (54-12), Lometa (45-20), Lingleville (46-0), Three Way (forfeit), Gordon (81-53) and Santa Anna (59-12).
Rising Star has suffered losses to Bronte (44-0), Moran (46-0), Bluff Dale (53-6), the Robert Lee JV (40-32) and Rochelle (68-18).
In Blanket’s win over Brookesmith last week, the Tigers manufactured 291 yards — 234 on the ground and 57 through the air — with one turnover.
Kameron Spivey rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns and also completed 3 of 5 passes for 23 yards and with a pick. John John Alexander was 3 of 3 for 34 yards with a 12-yard scoring toss to Tyler Simpson.
Adan Lopez caught two passes for 33 yards while Simpson finished with two grabs for 14 yards and Alexander hauled in an 8-yard reception as well.
Alexander also chipped in 25 yards on the ground, Hector Castaneda rushed for 21 yards and Mark Yeats added nine.
Defensively, Blanket allowed just 74 yards — 52 rushing and 22 passing.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Blanket is a 45-point favorite.
MULLIN (2-5, 0-1)
at BROOKESMITH (3-3, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Brookesmith Mustangs and Mullin Bulldogs are each looking to rebound from District 15-A Division II opening losses as the two teams square off Friday.
Brookesmith is coming off a 33-12 loss to Blanket, in which the Mustangs trailed just 13-12 at halftime. Mullin, meanwhile, was handed a 60-12 loss by Sidney.
In the Mustangs’ loss last week, Brookesmith produced just 74 yards — 52 rushing and 22 passing.
Avery Williford scored on the ground and Mason Brummett connected with Randall Williams on a 20-yard touchdown to account for the Mustangs’ points last week.
Brummett led the way with 34 yards on the ground and 22 through the air, completing 2 of 4 passes. Williford finished with 18 yards rushing and caught a 2-yard pass. Damion Salinas rushed for 18 yards as well.
In Brookesmith’s 48-28 win over Lometa two weeks ago, 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.
Williford paced the Mustangs’ rushing attack with 107 yards and three touchdowns, while 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. Williams added a 19-yard catch.
Williford also led the Brookesmith defense with 13 tackles.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Brookesmith is a 45-point favorite.
COMANCHE (3-3, 1-0)
aT MILLSAP (3-4, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
In a battle of District 6-3A Division II co-leaders, the Comanche Indians visit the Millsap Bulldogs as both teams look to remain atop the league standings.
Comanche, the preseason district favorite according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, defeated Jacksboro, 24-14, in its league opener last week. Meanwhile, Millsap upended Rio Vista by a 21-15 count to open its district slate.
The Indians trailed Jacksboro, 14-7, at the start of the fourth period last week, but drew even, then pulled ahead on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Kade Mercer, while Ricardo Sanchez booted a 19-yard field goal late to put the game out of reach.
Comanche scored first on a 35-yard fumble return by Matthew Gonzales, then allowed the next two touchdowns.
The Indians racked up 243 yards, with 213 coming on the ground, with one turnover.
Comanche’s defense surrendered 268 yards, including 206 on the ground, and created four turnovers.
Millsap heads into the contest averaging 17 points and 178 yards — 149 rushing and 29 passing — while allowing 19 points per outing.
Jace Davis anchors the ground game with 369 yards and six touchdowns, while completing 21 of 54 passes for 140 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions. Franklin Lopez has added 146 yards on the ground and leads all receivers with seven grabs for 48 yards. Raymond Pacheco has chipped in 114 rushing yards.
Matthew Rich leads Millsap with 30 tackles.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 42-point favorite.
ANSON (2-4, 2-1)
AT COLEMAN (2-4, 1-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Coleman Bluecats will attempt to remain in the thick of the District 4-3A Division II playoff race and cool down the Anson Tigers in the process Friday night.
Coleman was dealt a 48-0 loss by Class 3A Division II No. 8 Cisco, while Anson outlasted Merkel, 49-41, in a district shootout.
For Coleman last week, the Bluecats committed three turnovers and were limited to 65 yards of total offense — including -7 passing yards. Defensively, Coleman allowed 417 total yards — 309 on the ground and 108 via air.
Massio Sanchez rushed for 48 yards for Coleman, Brennan Brewster added 26 yards and Santiago Rodriguez picked up 11. Rodriguez also caught the only pass completion from Jared Nall for a 7-yard loss.
In Anson’s win over Merkel, quarterback Drew Hagler completed 24 of 37 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing 20 times for 177 yards and two more scores.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is an 8-point underdog.
GOLDTHWAITE (1-5, 0-1)
AT CRAWFORD (3-3, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Goldthwaite Eagles will attempt to rebound from a blowout loss in the District 7-2A Division I opener, while the Crawford Pirates attempt to keep pace at the top of the league standings.
In the 101st “Battle of the River,” Goldthwaite suffered its fourth straight loss of the season, 79-0 to San Saba last week. The Eagles gave up 684 total yards — 525 rushing and 159 passing — and did not force a turnover, while producing just 123 yards, including -3 rushing, with four turnovers.
Quarterback Drew Hermesmeyer completed 17 of 39 passes for 126 yards with one interception. T.J. Watson caught five passes for 37 yards, Dustin Partin added four grabs for 42 yards, Grayson Moore caught four passes covering 27 yards and Jaxon Wootton finished with four receptions for 20 yards.
Of Goldthwaite’s five players who carried the ball, Angel Morales was the only one to finish with positive yards, 11 on five totes.
Crawford opened district play with a 25-10 victory over Valley Mills last week. The Pirates defeated Tolar (40-14) and Rice (36-3) in pre-district action, with losses to Clifton (29-7), Holland (35-14) and Rogers (24-21).
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 44-point underdog.
#6 SAN SABA (6-0, 1-0)
At HICO (1-4, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Class 2A Division II No. 6 San Saba Armadillos annihilated archrival Goldthwaite in the 101st “Battle of the River” last week, and look to keep their perfect record intact at Hico Friday night.
In last’s week 79-0 thrashing of Goldthwaite, the Armadillos finished with 30 first downs and 684 total yards — 525 rushing and 159 passing — with no turnovers.
Defensively, San Saba forced four turnovers and yielded just 123 yards, including -3 rushing on 18 carries.
Eli Salinas rushed for 225 yards and six touchdowns for San Saba, Carter Turner added 148 yards and two scores and Sean O’Keefe finished with 119 yards on the ground and a trip to the end zone.
O’Keefe also connected on 12 of 17 passes for 159 yards and two scores. Salinas led the way with three grabs for 36 yards, Logan Glover added two for 30 yards and a score and Abel Martinez caught a 34-yard touchdown pass. Joseph Watson and Ruben Parra both finished with two catches for 25 yards and Andrew Arellano pulled down a 10-yard catch.
Hico began District 7-2A Division I action with a 21-14 loss to De Leon last week. The Tigers have tallied just one victory this season, 9-7 over Thrall in Week 3. Hico has also fallen to Dublin (45-28), Hamilton (7-0), Early (46-21) and Petrolia (57-0) this season.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 31-point favorite.
PANTHER CREEK (3-3, 1-0)
AT RICHLAND SPRINGS (5-1, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Richland Springs Coyotes, winners of five in a row, tangle with the Panther Creek Panthers Friday night in the battle of District 16-A Division II preseason favorites.
Richland Springs heads into the league opener with 69 consecutive district victories and 16 straight district championships to its credit.
The Coyotes are coming off perhaps their most complete outing of the season, a 55-6 victory over Fort Worth THESA.
Richland Springs generated 304 total yards — 183 passing and 121 rushing — with one turnover, while yielding just 74 yards — 78 passing and -4 rushing — with a pair of takeaways.
Matthew Rigdon completed 8 of 9 passes for 183 yards with five scoring tosses — 63 yards to Wade Appleton, 27 yards to Kelton Tippie, 25 yards to Griffin Rigdon, 13 yards to Josiah Beam and 9 yards to Jared Martin. Cameron Parham caught a team-high two passes for 23 yards, while Jayden Bryant hauled in a 23-yard catch.
Griffin Rigdon also rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown while Matthew Rigdon chipped in 56 yards on the ground.
Parham led the defense with 6.5 tackles, including 3.5 for loss with one sack and one interception.
Panther Creek opened its league slate last week with a 58-0 victory over Lohn. The Panthers also own wins over Lingleville (62-14) and Paint Rock (46-0), with losses to Eden (58-32), Veribest (39-19) and Highland (54-0).
According to sixmanfootball.com, Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite.