Richland Springs collects 70th straight district victory; San Saba remains undefeated; Comanche 2-0 in league play
BROOKESMITH — The Brookesmith Mustangs bounced back from last week’s loss in their District 15-A Division II opener against Blanket with a 39-26 home triumph over the Mullin Bulldogs.
Brookesmith (4-3, 1-1) overcame four turnovers, all fumbles, by amassing 273 yards of total offense, with 230 coming on the ground. Mullin (2-6, 0-2), which coughed up the ball twice, finished with 188 yards — 103 rushing and 85 passing.
After a scoreless first quarter, Brookesmith tallied the game’s first two touchdowns on a 4-yard run by Johnathan Willoughby and a 43-yard pass from Holden Bolt to Randall Williams.
Mullin closed the gap to 12-6 at halftime following a 2-yard run by Bobby Salinas.
The Mustangs stretched the lead to 20-6 in the third on a 13-yard touchdown run by Avery Williford.
The Bulldogs crept within 20-14 when Skyler Smith caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Salinas, but Brookesmith extended the lead to 26-14 when Willoughby returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards for a touchdown.
Mullin refused to go away, closing the gap to 26-20 on a 6-yard scoring run by Salinas.
Brookesmith answered with the next two touchdowns to open a 39-20 advantage as Willoughby scored on runs of 33 and 40 yards.
Dontrell Dale tacked on a 2-yard touchdown run late for Mullin.
Williford led Brookesmith with 119 yards on the ground followed by Willoughby with 96 and Mason Brummett with 18. Bolt and Williams connected on the only pass completion in two attempts for the Mustangs.
Defensively, Willoughby recorded eight tackles, Williford tallied 7.5 and Kody Turner and Cody Mazurek finished with 5.5 each.
For Mullin, Salinas rushed for 49 yards while Dale contributed 46 on the ground. Dale completed 5 of 6 passes for 50 yards while Salinas was 2 of 7 for 35 yards. Smith’s two catches for 30 yards were a team-best, Salinas also caught two passes for 11 yards, Jyles Wootton hauled down a 24-yard catch and Dale made a 20-yard reception.
Next week, Brookesmith ventures to Sidney (6-1, 1-0), which had its bye Friday, while Mullin (2-6, 0-2) is slated to host Rising Star (1-6, 0-1), which forfeited to Blanket Friday.
Richland Springs 54,
Panther Creek 6
VALERA — Seeking a 17th consecutive district championship, the Richland Springs Coyotes opened District 16-A Division II action Friday night with their 70th league victory in a row, 54-6 over the Panther Creek Panthers.
The Coyotes (6-1, 1-0), winners of six straight since a season-opening loss to May, jumped out to a 24-0 lead after one quarter and finished off Panther Creek (3-4, 0-1) at halftime.
Richland Springs tallied 288 yards of total offense — 195 rushing and 93 passing – with no turnovers, while surrendering just 125 yards — 118 on the ground and only 7 through the air — with three takeaways.
Griffin Ridgon rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Coyote offense, while Matthew Rigdon added 64 yards and a score.
Through the air, Matthew Rigdon connected on 2 of 4 pass attempts for 93 yards, including a 68-yard scoring strike to Jayden Bryant along with a 25-yard completion to Cameron Parham.
Griffin Rigdon also scored on a 31-yard fumble return and a 70-yard kick return for Richland Springs.
Defensively for the Coyotes, Wade Appleton led the way with five tackles followed by Parham with four, including one for loss, K.J. Simon with three, Kelton Tippie with 1.5 and Matthew Rigdon with a tackle and an interception.
Next week, Richland Springs ventures to winless Lohn, which suffered a 63-7 district loss to Cherokee Friday night.
San Saba 55, Hico 14
HICO — The Class 2A Division I No. 6 San Saba Armadillos remained undefeated and atop the District 7 standings with a 55-14 victory at Hico Friday night.
Leading 21-14 late in the second period, the Armadillos (7-0) tacked on a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half — on a 6-yard pass from Sean O’Keefe to Eli Salinas — to trigger a 34-0 game-ending run.
In the second half, San Saba scored on a 50-yard pass from O’Keefe to Logan Glover, a 23-yard O’Keefe run, a 2-yard Salinas run and a 50-yard carry by Carter Turner.
San Saba began the game with a 24-yard touchdowns pass from O’Keefe to Glover, but Hico (1-5, 0-2) answered with a 55-yard touchdown run by Luc Hyles.
The Armadillos fired back with a 20-yard touchdown run by Salinas and a 25-yard scoring toss from O’Keefe to Glover.
Hico closed the gap to 21-14, but the offense failed to produce any additional points.
Next week, San Saba welcomes Valley Mills (3-4, 0-2), which was doubled up by De Leon, 42-21, Friday night.
Comanche 28, Millsap 0
MILLSAP — The Comanche Indians remained undefeated in District 6-3A Division II action by handing the Millsap Bulldogs a 28-0 defeat Friday night.
Comanche (4-3, 2-0) posted its third shutout of the season defensively, while the offense racked up 297 total yards, with 259 coming on the ground.
Kade Mercer rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns against the Millsap (2-5, 1-1) defense, while Trendon Morin hurled a 31-yard scoring toss to Price Odom.
Morin also tacked on 32 yards rushing and connected with Zach Rodriguez on a 9-yard pass. Ricardo Sanchez added 30 yards on the ground and Rodriguez rushed for 25.
Defensively, Comanche recorded 13 tackles for loss, six sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Jeron Conine finished with a team-high six tackles trailed by Mercer, Jorge Rios and Bryce Hermesmeyer with five tackles apiece.
Next week, Comanche hosts Rio Vista (1-5, 0-2), which suffered a 46-12 loss against undefeated Dublin Friday night.
Crawford 46, Goldthwaite 6
CRAWFORD — The Goldthwaite Eagles suffered their fifth consecutive loss Friday and remained winless in District 7-2A Division I action with a 46-6 road defeat at the hands for the Crawford Pirates.
Goldthwaite (1-6, 0-2) finished with 169 total yards — 106 passing and 63 rushing — with two turnovers, while Crawford (4-3, 2-0) produced 471 yards — 372 on the ground and 99 through the air — with one turnover.
The Eagles trailed 20-0 after one quarter and 33-0 at halftime before lighting up the scoreboard on a 32-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Kody Roberts.
Offensively for Goldthwaite, quarterback Drew Hermesmeyer completed 12 of 33 passes for 106 yards with an interception. Leading receivers included Jaxon Wootton with five catches for 65 yards and Dusty Partin with four grabs for 29 yards. Angel Morales led all Goldthwaite rushers with 46 yards.
Next week, Goldthwaite hosts Hico (1-5, 0-2), which is coming off a 42-21 district loss to De Leon.
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Blanket 1, Rising Star 0 (forfeit)
Anson 42, Coleman 13