Comanche, San Saba, Richland Springs also looking to stay undefeated in district action

The District 15-A Division II front-running Blanket Tigers (8-0, 2-0) are coming off their bye week in search of a ninth straight victory overall, and third consecutive league win. The Mullin Bulldogs (3-6, 1-2), meanwhile, are targeting back-to-back victories after knocking off Rising Star last week.

Blanket enters the contest averaging 40 points and 370 yards — 299 rushing and 71 passing — per game, while allowing just 13 points and 169 yards — 101 on the ground and 68 through the air.

Since the loss of Logan Wheeler (895 rushing yards, 17 TDs) to injury, Kameron Spivey has taken on an expanded role in the offense with 674 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground, along with completing 13 of 21 passes for 297 yards and five scores.

John John Alexander has connected on 10 of 17 attempts for 113 yards with four scoring tosses, while Tyler Simpson leads all receivers with 14 receptions for 298 yards and all nine touchdowns through the air. Alexander has caught five passes for 41 yards and Adan Lopez has added three grabs for 59 yards.

Defensively, Alexander leads the charge with 43 tackles followed by Simpson and Tanner Isom with 37 each, Spivey with 27, Hector Casteneda with 17 and Lopez and Brady Furry with 11 apiece.

Mullin is coming off a 54-7 district victory Rising Star last week, which followed losses to Sidney (60-12) and Brookesmith (39-26) to start league action. The Bulldogs also own wins over Trent (30-6) and Rochelle (74-52).

According to, Blanket is a 45-point favorite.


MAY (5-3, 1-0) at GORMAN (5-3, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


Fresh off their first victory in three games, the May Tigers venture to Gorman to battle the Panthers in a game that will likely determine the District 14-A Division champion.

The Tigers halted their three-game skid, which came on the heels of 25 consecutive regular-season victories, with a 63-18 triumph at Santa Anna in last week’s district opener. Gorman, meanwhile, handed Lingleville a 60-0 defeat to start league play for its fourth win in a row.

For the season, May is averaging 42 points and 316 yards — 217 rushing and 99 passing — while giving up 33 points per game.

Leading rushers are Daniel Salinas (763 yards, 11 TDs), Rory Bustamante (417 yards, 6 TDs), Gage Keckler (296 yards and 7 TDs) and Isidro Salinas (237 yards, 2 TDs).

Bustamente has thrown for 410 yards with 12 touchdowns and one interception while Seth Johnston has added 289 yards with five scoring tosses and four picks.

Top receiving threats include Keckler (13-228, 4 TDs), Tyler Wheeler (12-220, 5 TDs), Daniel Salinas (11-91, TD) and Chris Flenniken (6-135, 5 TDs).

Defensively, leading the charge are Daniel Salinas (110 tackles, 11 for loss, 1 FR), Isidro Salinas (48 tackles, 1 FR), Keckler (48 tackles, 1 FR), Flenniken (46 tackles, 2 FR, 1 INT), and Jaden Baker (43 tackles, 1 FR).

During Gorman’s four-game win streak, the Panthers are averaging 73 points per game. Prior to the shutout of Lingleville last week, Gorman had yielded 45 points per game during the string of victories. The Panthers’ last loss was an 81-70 home defeat at the hands of Zephyr in Week 4.

Gorman averages 57 points and 345 yards — 296 rushing and 49 passing — per game, while allowing 48 points.

Jr Madera has rushed for 1,132 yards and 20 touchdowns while Justice Fischer has chipped in 744 yards and 13 scores. Fischer has also thrown for 321 yards and five scores with Cody Lynch grabbing a team-best eight catches for 173 yards and three trips to the end zone.

According to, May is a 4-point underdog.


ZEPHYR (6-2, 1-0)

at JONESBORO (5-3, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Zephyr Bulldogs and Jonesboro Eagles renew their district rivalry, as again the two squads clash seeking the top spot in the 15-A Division I standings.

Zephyr eclipsed 80 points for the fourth time last week, and flirted with the century mark for the second time in a 94-48 victory over Evant to start district play. Jonesboro, meanwhile, took care of Lometa by a 68-22 count.

The Bulldogs are looking to halt a six-game skid against Jonesboro, which has played in the last two Class A Division I state championship games.

For the season, Zephyr is averaging 63 points and 408 yards — 295 rushing and 113 passing — while giving up 57 points per game.

Leading rushers include Devin Williams (1,254 yards, 24 TDs), Mason Rogers (619 yards, 12 TDs), Jerrick Woodcock (178 yards, TD) and Michael Seider (162 yards, 2 TDs).

Seider has passed for 485 yards and 10 touchdowns while Williams has thrown for 415 yards and eight scores.

Receiving weapons are Williams (15-306, 8 TDs), Woodcock (14-171, TD), J.P. Gowin (12-146, 3 TDs) and Austin Deavers (6-98, 3 TDs).

On the defensive side, leading the way are Williams (71 tackles, 3 INTs, 3 FRs), J.P. Gowin (51 tackles, 7 for loss, 1 INT, 1 FR), Woodcock (44 tackles, 5 for loss), Elliot Gowin (41 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 INT, 3 FR), Rogers (41 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 INT), Jason Kyle (26 tackles, 6 for loss, 1 FR) and Tanner Jones (25 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FR).

Jonesboro has won three of its last four games, defeating Lometa, Aquilla (56-28) and Temple Holy Trinity Catholic (63-34), with a loss to Class A Division II No. 2 Iredell (52-20) sandwiched between.

The Eagles average 37 points and 213 yards — 193 rushing and 80 passing — per outing, and allow 32 points per game.

Ethan Lilljedahl has rushed for a team-high 798 yards and 11 touchdowns followed by Kaleb Sanders with 399 yards and six scores and Ian Shoaf with 257 yards and two trips to the end zone. Lillejedahl has also thrown for 582 yards and 11 scores, while leading receivers include Servando Sandoval (9-153, 3 TDs), Ty ­Green (8-148, 4 TDs) and Sanders (6-121, 4 TDs).

According to, Zephyr is a 3-point underdog.


DUBLIN (7-1, 2-1)

at COMANCHE (5-3, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Comanche Indians are looking to secure at least a share of a district championship, while the Dublin Lions will attempt to rebound from the first loss of the season and create a tie atop the District 6-3A Division II standings.

Comanche is coming off its most lopsided victory of the season, 49-7 over Rio Vista. Meanwhile, Dublin’s seven-game win streak was halted by Jonesboro, 42-29.

The Indians, winners of three straight, are averaging 23 points and 268 yards — 233 rushing and 35 passing — per game, while giving up 14 points per outing with three shutouts.

Leading rushers include Kade Mercer (843 yards, 10 TDs), Trendon Morin (272 yards, 3 TDs), Jerrick Woodcock (178 yards, TD), Zach Foster (255 yards, 1 TD) and Zach Rodriguez (203 yards, 1 TD).

Morin has completed 22 of 62 passes for 284 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, as leading receivers are Price Odom (7-118, 3 TDs), Mercer (5-71, TD) and Rodriguez (5-54, TD).

Defensively, leading tacklers are Mercer (70 tackles, 12 for loss, 7 sacks, 3 INTs, 1 FR), Max Jimenez (65 tackles, 6 for loss), Dakoda Moreno (35 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks) and Odom (29 tackles, 2 for loss).

Dublin is averaging 33 points and 383 yards — 194 rushing and 189 passing — while giving up 22 points per outing.

Cy Wing has passed for 1,460 yards and 14 touchdowns with only one interception, as leading receivers include Jacob Stanley (48-774, 10 TDs), Blake Porter (11-43, 2 TDs), Hagen Huffman (9-316, 2 TDs) and Marky Ybarra (9-135, TD). Huffman (581 yards, 5 TDs) and Wing (557 yards, 8 TDs) also lead the way on the ground.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is 4-point favorite.


BALLINGER (5-3, 3-2)

at COLEMAN (2-6, 1-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Coleman Bluecats are out to halt a three-game losing streak against District 4-3A Division II competition, while the Ballinger Bearcats attempt to improve their playoff position following a loss last week.

Coleman is coming off a 47-0 loss at Bangs last week, which followed defeats at the hands of Anson (42-13) and Cisco (48-0). The lone district victory for the Bluecats came against San Angelo TLCA (50-26).

In last week’s loss to Bangs, the Bluecats managed just 66 yards of total offense with four turnovers. Coleman completed just 1 of 5 passes for 1 yard, while rushing for 65 yards on 35 carries.

Massio Sanchez rushed for 49 yards on 18 carries, while John Deramus caught Jared Nall’s only completion.

Defensively, Coleman gave up 337 yards, with 295 yards and six touchdowns coming on the ground.

Ballinger had a three-game win streak snapped at home last week as Merkel pulled off a 53-41 upset. Prior to that loss, the Bearcats had knocked off Grape Creek (46-0), Bangs (45-7) and Anson (55-39).

The Bearcats average 35 points and 379 yards — and 255 rushing and 124 passing — and surrender 25 points per game.

Quarterback Edgar Nunez has rushed for 1,042 yards and nine touchdowns and thrown for 938 yards and 13 scores. Cooper Bean has chipped in 465 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground while Damian Willborn has rushed for 302 yards and five scores. Leading receivers include Weston Rollwitz (16-268, 5 TDs), Tyler Vaughn (12-161, TD) and Cody Harral (11-176, 3 TDs).

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is a 34-point underdog.


GOLDTHWAITE (1-7, 0-3)

At DE LEON (5-3, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Goldthwaite Eagles’ bid to snap a six-game drought and earn their first District 7-2A Division I victory of the season takes them to De Leon Friday night, where the league co-leading Bearcats await.

Goldthwaite’s latest defeat came at the hands of Hico, 33-10, last week. The Eagles trailed just 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter, where they gave up three touchdowns.

De Leon, meanwhile, remained tied with San Saba atop the league standings with a 30-14 victory over Crawford.

In Goldthwaite’s loss last week, the Eagles finished with 208 yards, including 206 through the air, with a pair of turnovers. Defensively, Goldthwaite yielded 377 yards, with 357 coming on the ground, and did not force a turnover.

Drew Hermesmeyer completed 20 of 43 passes for 150 yards and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown while Jaxon Wootton added a 56-yard completion, and booted a 28-yard field goal. 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.

De Leon, led by quarterback Kevin Yeager, is in the midst of a three-game win streak.

The Bearcats average 30 points per game and allow 31 per outing. Of De Leon’s 252 points allowed this year, 90 came in one game — a 28-point road loss to Stamford.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 40-point underdog.


#5 San SABA (8-0, 3-0) At CRAWFORD (4-4, 2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The undefeated San Saba Armadillos will face their toughest test of the District 7-2A Division I schedule, and possibly the entire season, to date when they tangle with the Crawford Pirates Friday night.

The Armadillos are coming off a 56-13 victory over Valley Mills last week, while Crawford was derailed by De Leon, 30-14.

San Saba is averaging 53 points per game, while giving up just 51 points the entire season. The Armadillos also produce 493 yards — 300 on the ground and 193 through the air — per outing.

Quarterback Sean O’Keefe has passed for 1,496 yards and 23 touchdowns with just three interceptions in 132 attempts. Leading receivers include Eli Salinas (23-487, 6 TDs), Lucas Glover (17-358, 7 TDs) and Ruben Parra (12-253, 3 TDs).

Salinas is also the leading rusher with 1,021 yards and 17 touchdowns, while O’Keefe has contributed 759 yards and eight scores and Carter Turner has compiled 403 yards and seven touchdowns.

Defensively, the Armadillos are led by Erik Argote (91 tackles, 20 for loss), Joseph Watson (45 tackles, 21 for loss, 8 sacks), Sakima Herrera (44 tackles, 9 for loss) and Risien Shahan (42 tackles, 11 for loss, 2 sacks).

Crawford, which averages 25 points and gives up 19 per game, has defeated Valley Mills (25-10) and Goldthwaite (46-6) in district action to go along with last week’s loss at De Leon. Both of the Pirates’ district victories came at home.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 21-point favorite.


#10 RICHLAND SPRINGS (7-1, 2-0)

At CHEROKEE (3-5, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Class A Division II No. 10 Richland Springs Coyotes look to inch closer to a 17th straight outright district championship and 72nd league victory in a row as they clash with the Cherokee Indians in a row in 16-A Division II competition.

Richland Springs picked up a 56-0 win over Lohn last week as the Coyotes gave up negative-5 yards of total offense — minus-3 yards rushing on 12 carries and minus-2 yards passing with two completions in six attempts. The Coyotes also forced four turnovers.

Offensively, Richland Springs generated 200 yards on just 23 snaps — an average of 8.3 yards per play. The Coyotes rushed for 186 yards and threw for 14.

T.J. Grant led Richland Springs with 55 yards rushing trailed by Jayden Bryant with 49, K.J. Simon with 35, Matthew Rigdon with 26 and Chase Gossett with 11 — and all five scored a touchdown.

Through the air, Bryant completed both of his pass attempts for touchdowns — 10 yards to Gossett and 4 yards to Grant.

Griffin Rigdon added a 70-yard kick return for a touchdown to the Coyotes’ tally as well.

Defensively, Grant recorded a team-high 4.5 tackles with two for loss, while Kelton Tippie added 2.5 tackles, also with two for loss.

Cherokee’s district bye fell last week after the Indians opened league play with victories over Rochelle (65-16) and Lohn (63-7). Cherokee averages 33 point and allows 49 on average.

According to, Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite.


SIDNEY (6-2, 1-1) At RISING STAR (1-7, 0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Sidney Eagles will attempt to remain in the playoff picture and set up a final week showdown with Blanket in District 15-A Division II as they visit the Rising Star Wildcats Friday night.

Last week’s 46-31 loss against Brookesmith snapped a five-game win streak for Sidney.

The Eagles generated 215 yards — 129 passing and 86 rushing — but turned the ball over three times. Defensively, Sidney gave up 380 yards of offense, including 374 on the ground, with one turnover.

Sidney received 71 rushing yards and a touchdown, on a 30-yard carry, from Dennis Morales, and 127 passing yards and two touchdowns from Josh Kinnard. Triston Kelly caught four passes for 57 yards and a 2-yard touchdown and Morales finished with two grabs for 56 yards, including a 50-yard scoring toss.

Rising Star is coming off a 54-7 loss to Mullin and has also fallen to Blanket, via forfeit, in district play. The Wildcats’ lone win this year was via forfeit over Trent.

According to, Sidney is a 45-point favorite.


SANTA ANNA (2-6, 0-1) At LINGLEVILLE (1-6, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Santa Anna Mountaineers and Lingleville Cardinals will attempt to keep their faint postseason hopes alive when the two teams square off Friday night in District 14-A Division I action.

The Mountaineers opened district play with a 63-18 home loss to May last week, while Lingleville was blanked by Gorman, 60-0.

Santa Anna, which averages 22 points and allows 50 per game, owns wins over Rochelle (53-6) and Mullin (54-48).

Lingleville, which produces 21 points and surrenders 65 per contest, picked up its lone win via forfeit over Three Way in Week 2.

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