BLANKET – The Blanket Tigers remained undefeated on the season and clinched at least a share of the District 15-A Division II championship, but no playoff berth yet, with Friday’s 45-0 victory over the Mullin Bulldogs in the home finale.
The Tigers (9-0, 3-0) can secure the district championship outright at Sidney (7-2, 2-1) next week, which is coming off a 56-6 win at Rising Star. If Sidney is victorious, it would create a three-way tie with Brookesmith (5-3, 2-1) for the district championship, assuming the Mustangs knock off Rising Star. If Sidney wins and Brookesmith loses, Blanket will be the district No. 2 seed and the Eagles will be the No. 1 seed.
In Friday’s win over Mullin (3-7, 1-3), Blanket produced 274 yards of total offense — 198 on the ground and 76 through the air — with one turnover. Defensively, the Tigers yielded 114 yards — 71 passing and 43 rushing — with one takeaway.
Kameron Spivey rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, John John Alexander chipped in 59 yards and a score on the ground and Hector Castaneda scored on a 9-yard carry.
Alexander threw for 35 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown to Tyler Simpson, while Spivey added 41 yards through the air. Adan Lopez hauled in the longest reception of the night at 32 yards.
For Mullin, which concluded its season Friday night, Bobby Salinas passed for 36 yards and Dontrell Dale threw for 35. Dale also rushed for a team-best 24 yards. Salinas’ six catches for 50 yards led the Bulldogs, Dale caught two for 30 yards and Skyler Smith added a pair of receptions covering 12 yards.
May 64, Gorman 44
GORMAN — The May Tigers inched closer to a third consecutive outright district championship, clinching at least a share of the 14-A Division I crown with Friday’s 64-44 road victory over Gorman.
May (6-3, 2-0) can secure the district title outright by defeating Lingleville (1-7, 0-2) in Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. home and regular season finale.
Against Gorman, the Tigers went away from their traditional punishing ground attack as the Tigers passed for 349 of their 432 total yards.
Rory Bustamente completed 9 of 14 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns, Blake Harrell connected on 2 of 3 attempts — both touchdowns covering 83 yards, and Seth Johnston was 2 of 2 for 5 yards and a score.
Leading receivers included Gage Keckler with six catches for 190 yards and four touchdowns, Tyler Wheeler with three grabs for 82 yards and a score, Daniel Salinas with a 54-yard scoring reception, Chris Flenniken with two catches for 14 yards with a trip to the end zone and Johnston with a 12-yard reception.
On the ground, Daniel Salinas rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown, Bustamente chipped in 25 yards and Harrell had a 4-yard carry.
Defensively, Daniel Salinas finished with 31 tackles, one interception, one blocked kick, two pass breakups and a caused fumble. Keckler chipped in 19 tackles with two for loss, Isidro Salinas added a dozen tackles and Lane McGinn was credited with eight tackles and logged a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Jonesboro 86, Zephyr 78 (2 Ots)
JONESBORO — The Jonesboro Eagles continued to have the Zephyr Bulldogs’ number Friday night, notching an 86-78 double overtime victory to seize the top spot in the District 15-A Division I standings.
The loss was the seventh in a row for Zephyr (6-3, 1-1) in its rivalry with Jonesboro (6-3, 2-0).
Additional information on the game was unavailable at press time.
The Bulldogs can clinch a playoff berth next week with a win at Lometa (2-7, 0-2), which is coming off a 44-20 loss to Evant.
Richland Springs 60, Cherokee 12
CHEROKEE — The Class A Division II No. 10 Richland Springs locked up at least a share of their 17th straight district championship with their 72nd league victory in a row, 60-12 over the Cherokee Indians Friday night.
With a win over Rochelle (1-8, 1-2) next week, the Coyotes (8-1, 3-0) will clinch the 16-A Division I title outright.
In Friday’s win over Cherokee (3-6, 2-1), Richland Springs generated 320 yards of total offense — 283 rushing and 37 passing — while giving up 182 yards — 110 through the air and 72 on the ground — with a pair of takeaways.
Matthew Rigdon rushed for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Coyotes, while also completing a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jared Martin.
Griffin Rigdon chipped in 79 yards and two scores on the ground while K.J. Simon added 61 yards and a touchdown, Cameron Parham logged 35 yards and a trip to the end zone and Kelton Tippie scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Defensively for the Coyotes, Matthew Rigdon tallied a team-high six tackles trailed by Tippie with 4.5 and Parham, Simon and Wade Appleton with four tackles apiece.
Comanche 54, Dublin 30
COMANCHE — The Comanche Indians remained undefeated in 6-3A Division II action, handed the Dublin Lions their second loss in a row, and secured at least a share of the league title with Friday night’s 54-30 victory.
The Indians (6-3, 4-0), winners for four in a row, established a new season-high in points behind a 582-yard effort that included 539 yards on the ground. Defensively, Comanche yielded 443 yards — with 409 coming through the air — to Dublin (7-2, 2-2), but outscored the Lions 27-3 in the second half.
Kade Mercer rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns for Comanche, while Zach Rodriguez chipped in 190 yards and three scores. Zach Foster contributed 90 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Trendon Morin tacked on 44 yards rushing.
Morin completed 1 of 2 passes for 43 yards to Mercer, while Dublin’s Cy Wing was 16 of 26 for 409 yards, including eight receptions for 321 yards and four scores by Jacob Stanley.
Leading 27-24 at halftime, Comanche scored the first two touchdowns of the second half on runs of 25 yards by Foster and 50 yards by Rodriguez. Down 41-24, Dublin added its final points on a 90-yard touchdown pass from Wing to Stanley with 54 seconds to go in the third.
Mercer tacked on scoring runs of 63 and 4 yards in the fourth quarter as Comanche pulled away.
The Indians can lock up the District 6-3A Division II title outright next week at Tolar (4-5, 1-3), which is coming off a 55-20 victory over Rio Vista.
San Saba 41, Crawford 14
SAN SABA — Another second-half surge by the No. 5 San Saba Armadillos led to a 41-14 victory over the Crawford Pirates Friday night, setting up a showdown with De Leon in the regular season finale for the District 7-2A Division I championship.
Following a scoreless first quarter, San Saba (9-0, 4-0) emerged with a 14-7 halftime lead, then outscored Crawford (4-5, 2-2) by a 27-0 count in the second half.
Down 7-0 early, touchdown runs of 7 and 2 yards by Eli Salinas pushed San Saba in front for good.
In the second half, the Armadillos scored on a 27-yard scoring toss from Sean O’Keefe to Ruben Parra, a 44-yard strike from O’Keefe to Logan Glover, a 2-yard O’Keefe run, and another scoring toss from O’Keefe to Juan Ramirez.
San Saba will host De Leon (6-3, 6-0), a 77-7 winner over Goldthwaite Friday, next week for the district championship.
De Leon 77, Goldthwaite 7
DE LEON — The Goldthwaite Eagles dropped their seventh game in a row, falling to District 7-2A Division I co-leader De Leon by a 77-7 count Friday night.
Goldthwaite (1-8, 0-4) surrendered more than 70 points for the second time this season as De Leon (6-3, 4-0) produced 609 yards — 336 rushing and 273 passing.
The Eagles, meanwhile, tallied 208 yards, with 157 coming through the air, while committing two turnovers.
Goldthwaite’s lone touchdown came in the second half as Drew Hermesmeyer threw a 62-yard pass to Jaxon Wootton, which cut the deficit to 70-7.
Hermesmeyer finished 16 of 24 for 157 yards with a touchdown and two picks, while Wotton grabbed seven catches for 114 yards and the trip to the end zone. Angel Morales was the top rusher for the Eagles with 61 yards.
Goldthwaite closes its season next week at Valley Mills (4-5, 1-3), which is coming off a 24-15 victory over Hico.
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Sidney 56, Rising Star 6
Santa Anna 74, Lingleville 44
Ballinger 41, Coleman 0