BROOKESMITH — The Brookesmith Mustangs find themselves in excellent position to lock up a third consecutive postseason berth following Friday’s 46-31 victory over the Sidney Eagles in District 15-A Division II action.
Brookesmith (5-3, 2-1) secured its third consecutive victory while snapping a five-game win streak for Sidney (6-2, 1-1), as the Mustangs raced out to an 18-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Jonathan Willoughby scored on carries of 64 and 28 yards, while Mason Brummett added a 5-yard touchdown run before the first quarter was over. Brummett then scored again on a 10-yard carry early in the second period, stretching the Mustangs’ lead to 25-0.
Sidney finally lit up the scoreboard with a 2-yard Triston Kelly touchdown catch, but Brookesmith fired back with a 27-yard scoring sprint from Avery Williford to give Brookesmith a 33-8 edge.
The Eagles scored twice before the half ended — including a 30-yard touchdown run by Dennis Morales — to creep within 33-24 at halftime.
Brookesmith answered with the first two touchdowns of the second half, a 20-yard pass from Holden Bolt to Cody Mazurek followed by another 5-yard Brummett run.
Sidney tacked on just one more score in the fourth period, a 60-yard pass from Josh Kinnard to Morales.
The Mustangs finished with 380 yards of offense, with 374 coming on the ground, and one turnover. The Eagles generated 215 yards — 129 passing and 86 rushing — with three turnovers.
For Brookesmith, Willoughby rushed for 164 yards and two scores while Brummett added 138 yards and three touchdown, and Williford chipped in 65 yards and a score on the ground.
Sidney received 71 rushing yards and a touchdown from Morales, and 127 passing yards and 24 rushing yards from Kinnard. Kelly caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown and Morales finished with two grabs for 56 yards with a trip to the end zone.
Next week, Brookesmith is off while Sidney travels to Rising Star (1-7, 0-2). In the season finales, Brookesmith tangles with Rising Star with Sidney squares off with district-leader Blanket, which had a bye this week. A Blanket (8-0, 2-0) win over Sidney would send both the Tigers and Brookesmith to the playoffs, while a Sidney victory would create a three-way tie for the district championship.
ZEPHYR 94, EVANT 48
ZEPHYR — For the second time this season, the Zephyr Bulldogs came within one score of triple digits, and for the fourth time this year they eclipsed 80 points in a 94-48 triumph over the Evant Elks Friday night to begin District 15-A Division I action.
Zephyr (6-2, 1-0) amassed 563 yards of total offense — 365 on the ground with seven touchdowns and 198 through the air with five more scores.
Offensive standouts included Mason Rogers with 14 carries for 267 yards and four touchdowns along with two catches for 39 yards and a score; Devin Williams with six carries for 108 yards and four touchdowns, one catch for a 45-yard score, 9 of 12 passing for 149 yards and four more touchdowns; Micheal Seider with three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown and a 45-yard scoring strike; J.P. Gowin with two touchdown receptions totaling 32 yards; and Austin Deavers and Jason Kyle with catches of 37 and 14 yards, respectively.
Walter Simpson also converted all eight of his two-point kick attempts.
Leading the way for the Zephyr defense against Evant (6-2, 0-1) were Williams with 13 tackles (three for loss), one caused fumble and one fumble recovery; Orin Kern with 11 tackles (one for loss), one pass break up, and one interception; Rogers with nine tackles (two for loss); Elliot Gowin with nine tackles and one caused fumble; Kyle with eight tackles (two for loss); Deavers and Seider with six tackles apiece; and Simpson with one fumble recovery and one blocked extra point.
Next week, the Bulldogs venture to two-time reigning Class A Division I state finalist Jonesboro (5-3, 1-0), which is coming off a 68-22 victory over Lometa, in a game that could determine the District 15-A Division I champion.
COMANCHE 49, RIO VISTA 7
COMANCHE — The Comanche Indians find themselves alone atop the District 6-3A Division II standings following Friday night’s 49-7 thrashing of Rio Vista.
The Indians (5-3, 3-0) led just 7-0 after one quarter, but stretched their lead over Rio Vista (1-6, 0-3) to 28-0 by halftime. Comanche tacked on two more touchdowns in the third period and one in the fourth.
Comanche generated 363 yards of total offense, with 308 coming on the ground. Kade Mercer rushed for a team-high 69 yards and one touchdown trailed by Logan Wilkerson with 63 yards and two scores, Zach Foster with 55 yards and a trip to the end zone and Trendon Morin with 47 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Morin also completed 4 of 6 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown to Zach Rodriguez, who tallied a team-high three receptions for 37 yards.
Defensively, Comanche tallied six sacks — three by Mercer, two by Dakoda Moreno and one by Alex Davalos.
Next week, Comanche hosts Dublin (7-1, 2-1), which suffered its first loss of the season against Jacksboro, 42-29, Friday night.
SAN SABA 56, VALLEY MILLS 13
SAN SABA – The Class A Division I No. 5 San Saba Armadillos remained undefeated and atop the District 7-2A Division I standings with a 56-13 triumph over Valley Mills Friday night.
Leading just 14-10 after one quarter, San Saba (8-0, 3-0) outscored Valley Mills (3-5, 0-3) by a 28-3 count in the second period to open a resounding 42-13 halftime advantage. After a scoreless third, the Armadillos tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth period en route to finishing with 625 yards — 320 rushing and 305 passing — of total offense.
Sean O’Keefe threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns despite completing just 9 of 18 pass attempts.
O’Keefe and Eli Salinas also rushed for 114 yards apiece, with three touchdowns between them.
Next week, the Armadillos are on the road to challenge Crawford (4-4-, 2-1), which is coming off a 30-14 loss to De Leon (5-3, 3-0).
HICO 33, GOLDTHWAITE 10
HICO — Trailing by just three points heading into the fourth period, the Goldthwaite Eagles surrendered three touchdown over the final 12 minutes to suffer their sixth loss in a row, 33-10 to the Hico Tigers.
Goldthwaite (1-7, 0-3) fell behind District 7-2A Division I rival Hico (2-5, 1-2) by a 13-0 count early on, but closed the gap to 13-10 at halftime on a 28-yard field goal by Jaxon Wootton and a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Drew Hermesmeyer.
After a scoreless third period, Hico put the game away with a 45-yard touchdown run followed by scoring carries of 6 and 2 yards.
Goldthwaite finished with 208 yards, including 206 through the air, with a pair of turnovers. Hico recorded 377 yards, with 357 coming on the ground, and did not commit a turnover.
Hermesmeyer completed 20 of 43 passes for 150 yards while Wootton added a 56-yard completion. T.J. Watson led Goldthwaite with 10 grabs for 62 yards, Dustin Partin caught three passes for 65 yards, Wooton hauled in four catches for 43 yards and Grayson Moore finished with three receptions covering 29 yards.
On the ground, Angel Morales led the way with 19 yards on seven carries.
Next week, Goldthwaite ventures to district co-leader De Leon (5-3, 3-0), which is coming off a 30-14 victory over Crawford.
Other games (No info reported)
MULLIN 54, RISING STAR 7