Zephyr opens 15-A Division I schedule; No. 5 San Saba, Comanche, Richland Springs look to remain atop districts

Playoff implications shroud Friday’s District 15-A Division II contest between the Brookesmith Mustangs and Sidney Eagles.

Brookesmith (4-3, 1-1), seeking a third straight trip to the playoffs, is coming off its first league victory, 39-26 over Mullin last week. Sidney, (6-1, 1-0) meanwhile, is in the midst of a five-game win streak and had its district bye last week. The Eagles opened district action on Oct. 12 with a 60-12 triumph over Mullin.

In the Mustangs’ win over Mullin, Brookesmith overcame four turnovers, all fumbles, by amassing 273 yards of total offense, with 230 coming on the ground. The Mustangs forced two turnovers and allowed 188 yards — 103 rushing and 85 passing.

Avery Williford led Brookesmith with 119 yards and a touchdown on the ground followed by Jonathan Willoughby with 96 yards and three scores and Mason Brummett with 18 yards. Holden Bolt and Randall Williams connected on the only pass completion in two attempts for the Mustangs — a 43-yard touchdown.

Defensively, Willoughby recorded eight tackles, Williford tallied 7.5 and Kody Turner and Cody Mazurek finished with 5.5 each.

Since falling to Robert Lee, 51-36, in Week 2, Sidney has answered with wins over Moran (60-12), Cranfills Gap (32-26), Three Way (54-6), Gustine (54-6) and Mullin.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Brookesmith is a 2-point favorite.

EVANT (5-2, 0-0) at ZEPHYR (5-2, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Zephyr Bulldogs and Evant Elks look to get a jump on one of the two playoff berths from District 15-A Division I as the two teams clash in the league opener.

Zephyr had a five-game win streak snapped in its most recent outing, as the Bulldogs fell at home to Stephenville Faith, 78-44, on Oct. 11.

The blemishes on Evant’s schedule are a 71-22 loss to Class A Division II No. 10 Richland Springs, and a 44-14 defeat against Leakey in a game added to the schedule last week The Elks’ wins have come against Mullin (52-8), Cranfills Gap (52-8), Brookesmith (34-7), and Blum (59-52 in 4 OTs) and Three Way (forfeit).

For the season, Zephyr is averaging 58 points and 386 yards — 285 rushing and 101 passing — while giving up 58 points per game.

Leading rushers include Devin Williams (1,146 yards, 20 TDs), Mason Rogers (352 yards, 8 TDs), Jerrick Woodcock (178 yards, TD) and Michael Seider (172 yards, 2 TDs).

Seider has passed for 440 yards and nine touchdowns while Williams has thrown for 266 yards and four scores.

Receiving weapons are Williams (14-261, 7 TDs), Woodcock (14-171, TD), J.P. Gowin (10-114, TD) and Austin Deavers (5-61, 3 TDs).

On the defensive side, leading the way are Williams (58 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 FRs), J.P. Gowin (49 tackles, 6 for loss, 1 INT, 1 FR), Woodcock (44 tackles, 5 for loss), Elliot Gowin (32 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 INT, 3 FR), Rogers (32 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 INT) and Tanner Jones (25 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FR).

Evant is tallying 35 points per game on average while surrendering 26.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Zephyr is a 9-point underdog.

RIO VISTA (1-5, 0-2)

AT COMANCHE (4-3, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Comanche Indians look to remain atop the District 6-3A Division II standings, while keeping the Rio Vista Eagles winless in league play Friday night.

The Indians have started district with wins over Jacksboro (24-14) and Millsap (28-0), while Rio Vista has fallen to Millsap (21-15) and Dublin (46-12).

In Comanche’s victory over Millsap last week, the Indians posted their 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, 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.

Rio Vista’s win this season came over Rosebud-Lott, 12-0, in Week 3. Prior to last week’s loss to Dublin, Rio Vista’s previous two defeats were by a combined eight points.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 41-point favorite.

HICO (1-5, 0-2)

at GOLDTHWAITE (1-6, 0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Goldthwaite Eagles look to end a five-game losing streak and earn their first District 7-2A Division I victory Friday night, but the Hico Tigers also hope to scratch out their initial league win.

Goldthwaite, which last won a 13-10 Week 2 battle with Junction, has opened district with losses of 79-0 to San Saba and 46-6 to Crawford. Hico, whose lone win was a 9-7 triumph over Thrall in Week 4, has come up short against De Leon (21-14) and San Saba (55-14) in league competition.

In Goldthwaite’s loss to Crawford last week, the Eagles finished with 169 total yards — 106 passing and 63 rushing — and two turnovers, while giving up 471 yards — 372 on the ground and 99 through the air — with one turnover.

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.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 24-point underdog.

VALLEY MILLS (3-4)

at #5 SAN SABA (7-0, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The undefeated and fifth-ranked San Saba Armadillos, according to the most recent Class 2A Division I rankings by Harris Weekly Ratings, look to remain atop the District 7 standings as they welcome the Valley Mills Eagles Friday.

San Saba is coming off a 55-14 victory at Hico, a game in which the Armadillos tallied the final 34 points after leading by only a touchdown late in the second period.

The Armadillos are averaging 53 points and 476 yards — 298 passing and 178 rushing — per game, while giving up just 38 points all year.

Sean O’Keefe has thrown for 1,196 yards with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions, while rushing for 645 yards and seven scores. Eli Salinas has contributed 907 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground and a team-high 18 catches for 330 yards and four scores.

Other receiving threats include Lucas Glover (14-249, 6 TDs), Ruben Parra (12-253, 3 TDs) and Joseph Watson (6-92, 4 TDs), while Carter Turner has chipped in 342 yards and six scores on the ground.

Defensively, San Saba has recorded 24 sacks, six interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries. Leading tacklers are Erik Argote (96 tackles, 20 for loss), Watson (45 tackles, 21 for loss), Sakima Herrera (44 tackles, 9 for loss), Risien Shahan (42 tackles, 11 for loss), Abel Martinez (38 tackles, 9 for loss) and Clayton Pierce (38 tackles, 11 for loss).

Valley Mills has started district play with losses to Crawford (25-10) and De Leon (42-21).

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

 

RISING STAR (1-6, 0-1)

AT MULLIN (2-6, 0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Mullin Bulldogs and Rising Star Bulldogs are targeting their first District 15-A Division II victory of the season when they two teams square off Friday night.

Mullin is coming off a 39-26 loss to Brookesmith last week, while Rising Star was forced to forfeit to Blanket last week due to a lack healthy players.

Against Brookesmith last week, Mullin finished with 188 yards — 103 rushing and 85 passing —and coughed up the ball twice. Defensively, the Bulldogs forced and recovered four fumbles, but gave up 273 yards of total offense, with 230 coming on the ground.

Bobby Salinas rushed for 49 yards and two touchdowns while Dontrell Dale contributed 46 yards and one score on the ground. Dale completed 5 of 6 passes for 50 yards while Salinas was 2 of 7 for 35 yards with a scoring toss. Skyler Smith’s two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown were a team-best, while Salinas also caught two passes for 11 yards, Jyles Wootton hauled down a 24-yard catch and Dale made a 20-yard reception.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Mullin is a 45-point favorite.