The Blanket Tigers can complete an undefeated regular season and wrap up the District 15-A Division II championship with a victory over the Sidney Eagles Friday night.
A loss to Sidney (7-2, 2-1) and Blanket (9-0, 3-0), Sidney and Brookesmith will share the district championship and a tiebreaker will determine the league’s two playoff seeds.
Blanket is coming off a 45-0 victory over Mullin last week, while Sidney bounced back from its district loss to Brookesmith with a 56-6 drubbing of Rising Star.
In Blanket’s win over Mullin last week, the Tigers 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.
Sidney has lost just twice all season — 39-26 to Brookesmith in district action and 51-36 to Robert Lee in Week 2.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Blanket is a 45-point favorite.
ZEPHYR (6-3, 2-1) at LOMETA (2-7, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Zephyr Bulldogs will attempt to bounce back from last week’s 86-78 double-overtime loss at Jonesboro and secure the second playoff berth out of District 15-A Division I as they visit Lometa in Friday’s regular season finale.
A Zephyr win, coupled with an Evant upset of Jonesboro, would create a three-way tie for the district championship. Meanwhile, a Zephyr loss and Evant loss would lead to a three-way tie with Lometa for second place. If both Zephyr and Jonesboro win, the Bulldogs are the No. 2 seed and the Eagles are No. 1.
In last week’s loss to Jonesboro, Zephyr compiled 556 total yards — 288 passing and 268 rushing.
Devin Williams rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, completed 13 of 24 passes for 192 yards and three scores and caught five passes for 82 yards with two more trips to the end zone. Mason Rogers added 156 yards and a touchdowns on the ground. Michael Seider completed 6 of 10 passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns while adding six catches for 95 yards. J.P. Gowin caught four passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns, Jerrick Woodcock hauled in three receptions for 18 yards and a score and Austin Deavers caught two passes for 13 yards, including a touchdown.
Defensively, Williams led the way with 11 tackles, an interception returned 80 yards for a touchdown and a fumble recovery returned 70 yards for a score. Gowin also tallied 11 tackles trailed by Rogers and Seider with five apiece.
Lometa is coming off a 44-20 loss to Evant last week. The Hornets’ two wins this season have come against Mullin (66-0) and Bynum (60-14).
According to sixmanfootball.com, Zephyr is a 45-point favorite.
COMANCHE (6-3, 4-0)
at TOLAR (4-5, 1-3)
7 p.m. Friday
The Comanche Indians have already locked up the No. 1 playoff seed from District 6-3A Division II, and can clinch the outright league title Friday night at Tolar.
The Indians picked up their fourth win in a row last week, establishing a new season-high in points in a 54-30 triumph over Dublin.
Comanche racked up 582 total yards, including 539 yards on the ground, while giving up 443 yards — with 409 coming through the air. Leading 27-24 at halftime, Comanche owned a 27-3 scoring edge 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 and completed 1 of 2 passes for 43 yards to Mercer.
Tolar is on the outside looking in regarding the playoff picture thanks to an upset loss to Millsap, 16-13. The Rattlers are coming off their first district victory, 55-20, at Rio Vista last week.
The Rattlers average 27 points and 223 yards — 153 rushing and 70 passing — per game, while giving up 22 points.
Kannen Adams has thrown for 440 yards and four touchdowns, Mason King has rushed for 560 yards and six scores and Derian Morphew has grabbed 16 receptions for 176 yards and two trips to the end zone.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 7-point favorite.
COLEMAN (2-7, 1-5)
at MERKEL (4-5, 4-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Coleman Bluecats will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak in their season finale at Merkel Friday night.
The Bluecats have scored a total of 13 points over their last four games, three of which were shutout losses. Merkel, meanwhile, is tuning up for another postseason appearance.
Coleman is coming off a 41-0 loss to Ballinger last week, a game in which the Bluecats trailed just 14-0 at halftime. The Bluecats finished with just 121 yards, including 82 on the ground, and turned over the ball twice. Defensively, Coleman gave up 290 yards, including 197 rushing.
Jared Nall completed 5 of 10 passes for 39 yards with two interceptions, while Massio Sanchez rushed for 38 yards and Brennan Brewster added 36. Brewster also caught two passes for 13 yards while John Deramus finished with a team-best 20 receiving yards on two receptions.
Merkel is led by quarterback Jonah White, who is receiving attention from NCAA Division I programs. White has rushed for 2,371 yards and 30 touchdowns, while passing for 808 yards and four scores. Leading receivers are Preston Jackson (18-455, 2 TDs) and Lincoln Russell (10-120).
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is a 53-point underdog.
DE LEON (6-3, 4-0)
at #5 SAn SABA (9-0. 4-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The District 7-2A Division I championship will be decided at 7:30 p.m. Friday as the preseason favorite De Leon Bearcats visit the undefeated San Saba Armadillos.
San Saba, ranked No. 5 in Class A Division I by Harris Ratings Weekly, is coming off a 41-14 victory at Crawford while De Leon, which comes in ranked No. 15, pummeled Goldthwaite, 77-7, a week ago.
For the season, the Armadillos are averaging 52 points and 438 yards — 267 passing and 171 rushing — per game. Defensively, San Saba has given up a total of 65 points — 7 per game on average — with 22 takeaways and 30 sacks.
Quarterback Sean O’Keefe has completed 80 of 132 passes for 1,496 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while rushing for 759 yards and eight more scores. Eli Salinas is both the leading rusher (1,021 yards, 17 TDs) and receiver (23-487, 6 TDs), while other weapons include running back Carter Turner (403 yards 7 TDs) and receivers Lucas Glover (17-358, 7 TDs) and Ruben Parra (12-253, 3 TDs).
Defensive standouts for the Armadillos are Erik Argote (126 tackles, 28 for loss, 4 sacks. 2 FR), Risien Shahan (58 tackles, 16 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 FR), Sakima Herrera (57 tackles, 10 for loss, 2 FR) and Joseph Watson (52 tackles, 23 for loss, 8 sacks).
In De Leon’s win over Goldthwaite last week, the Bearcats amassed 609 total yards — 336 rushing and 273 passing — while giving up 208 yards with a pair of takeaways.
Kevin Yeager completed 21 of 26 passes for 273 yards with four touchdowns, as Eli Gilmore finished with seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, Chris Cox hauled in seven grabs for 84 yards and Dawson Matthews caught four passes for 64 yards and scored twice.
On the ground, Toby Garrison was one of nine Bearcats to carry the ball, finishing with a team-high 109 yards and two touchdowns.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 14-point favorite.
VALLEY MILLS (4-5, 1-3)
AT GOLDTHWAITE (1-8, 0-4)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Goldthwaite Eagles will attempt to snap a seven-game skid in the 2018 season finale, and foil Valley Mills’ playoff plans in the process.
A Valley Mills victory would secure a playoff berth, while Goldthwaite’s 14-year string of playoff appearances – the longest in school history — has reached its conclusion. The Eagles are seeking just their second victory of the year, with the first being a 13-10 decision over Junction in Week 2.
Valley Mills put itself in position to reach the playoffs with a 24-15 triumph over Hico last week, while Goldthwaite was mauled by De Leon, 77-7.
Goldthwaite surrendered more than 70 points for the second time this season and gave up 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 Wootton 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.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 20-point underdog.
ROCHELLE (2-7, 1-2)
at #10 RiCHLAND SPRINGS (8-1, 3-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Class A Division II No. 10 Richland Springs Coyotes have already secured at least a piece of a 17th straight district championship, and can claim the title outright with their 73rd district win in a row Friday night against the Rochelle Hornets.
Richland Springs is coming off its eighth straight victory, 60-12 over Cherokee, while Rochelle knocked off Lohn, 52-20, last week. The only other win for the Hornets this season was a 68-18 triumph over Rising Star.
In the Coyotes’ win over Cherokee, 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.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite.
GORMAN (5-4, 1-1)
at SANTA ANNA (3-6, 1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday
In a fight for the final playoff spot from District 14-A Division I, the Santa Anna Mountaineers host the Gorman Panthers Friday night.
Both teams have fallen to May in district action, with Gorman coming up on the short end of a 64-44 decision last week while Santa Anna dropped its league opener to the Tigers, 63-18.
The Mountaineers, coming off a 74-44 victory over Lingleville, are averaging 28 points a game and surrendering 49. The Panthers, who downed Lingleville, 60-0, to start district action, generate 56 points and yield 50 per outing.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Santa Anna is a 45-point underdog.