The second week of the high school football season is here as four local teams look to remain unbeaten, while seven more are in search of their first victory of 2019. The following is a glimpse at Friday's 11 local games in the Bulletin's coverage area:
No. 8 Blanket (1-0) at Lometa (1-0)
The Class A Division II No. 8 Blanket Tigers are coming off a 57-12 victory over Cherokee in their season opener, while the Lometa Hornets upended Lingleville, 34-13, to kick off their campaign.
Blanket yielded just 8 yards of total offense in Week 1, all on the ground, while amassing 244 yards — 157 rushing and 87 passing.
Logan Wheeler rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown, caught a 60-yard scoring pass and threw a 24-yard touchdown for Blanket. Kameron Spivey chipped in 40 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and completed two passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Hector Castaneda added three rushing touchdowns and finished with 15 yards on the ground.
Lometa compiled 269 yards — 138 passing and 131 rushing — while giving up 253 yards — 147 through the air and 106 on the ground — against Lingleville.
Alonso Caso completed 4 of 8 passes for 111 yards and four touchdowns — three to Dyllen Workman totaling 87 yards, and a 24-yarder to Anthony Seider. Tim Juarez rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown while Caso also finished with 60 yards on the ground.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Blanket is a 37-point favorite.
No. 11 Brookesmith (1-0) at Panther Creek (1-0)
The Class A Division II No. 11 Brookesmith Mustangs are coming off a 47-0 shutout victory at Santa Anna in Week 1, while Panther Creek labored in a 46-32 triumph over Santa Anna's JV.
The Mustangs generated 238 yards of total offense, all on the ground, as Tyler Williford led the assault with 163 yards and four touchdowns. Jonathan Willoughby chipped in 51 yards and two scores while Avery Williford added 26 yards rushing.
Brookesmith's defense surrendered just 83 total yards — 49 rushing and 34 passing — and created three turnovers, including two fumble recoveries.
Panther Creek returns one starter from last year's 5-5 bi-district finalist squad, guard/nose guard Benji Olivares.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Brookesmith is a 45-point favorite.
Cherokee (0-1) at May (0-1)
The May Tigers dropped a 68-47 decision at Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs last week, while Cherokee suffered a 57-12 home loss to Class A Division II No. 8 Blanket.
Despite the setback, May generated 384 total yards — 267 on the ground and 117 through the air. The Tigers did lose three fumbles, however. Isidro Salinas rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and Rory Bustamante added 96 yards and two scores. Through the air, Blake Harrell was 3 for 3 for 41 yards and a touchdown while Bustamante was 5 of 15 for 36 yards and two scores. Top receivers were Salinas (4-23, TD), Bustamante (3-42), Tyler Wheeler (2-32, TD), Ethan Self (1-7) and Chris Flenniken (1-3, TD).
Defensively, May was gashed for 551 yards, with 345 coming on the ground and 206 through the air. The Tigers did recover two fumbles. Standouts included Kaden Halk with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery, Salinas with 11 tackles, a fumble caused, and a fumble recovery, Bustamante with 10 tackles and Flenniken with three tackles and a 35-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Cherokee mustered just 8 yards of total offense in its loss to Blanket, all on the ground, while giving up 244 yards — 157 rushing and 87 passing.
According to sixmanfootball.com, May is a 45-point favorite.
Granbury NCTA (0-1) at Zephyr (0-1)
The Zephyr Bulldogs begin the home portion of their 2019 schedule seeking their first win of the season following a 64-49 setback to Bryson at the Gorman Kickoff Classic. Meanwhile, Granbury NCTA was handed a 55-20 loss by Coolidge in its 2019 debut.
Against Bryson last week, Mason Rogers accounted for 334 of Zephyr’s 384 yards of total offense as he rushed for 299 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, completed 2 of 4 passes for 21 yards and a score, and hauled in a 14-yard reception.
Defensively, Zephyr yielded 413 yards – 224 on the ground and 189 through the air – as Bryson scored on its first nine possessions and ran out the clock on its 10th drive.
Granbury NCTA is coming off a 2-8 season in 2018 which included a 99-54 loss at home to Zephyr.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Zephyr is a 22-point favorite.
Breckenridge (0-1) at Comanche (0-1)
Both the Comanche Indians and Breckenridge Buckaroos are looking to put Week 1 losses in the past as they square off Friday night. Comanche is coming off a 57-21 defeat at the hands of Eastland, while Breckenridge was dealt a 35-20 setback by Jacksboro — a District 6-3A Division II rival of the Indians.
Against Eastland last week, Comanche gave up 475 total yards — 257 rushing and 218 passing. Offensively, the Indians amassed 346 yards, including 277 on the ground.
Luke Wilson led the charge with 146 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jorge Rios added a 15-yard touchdown run and Logan Wilkerson scored on a 2-yard carry. Cash Cook completed 2 of 9 passes for 58 yards, and Bryce Hermesmeyer caught two passes totaling 64 yards.
In Breckenridge's loss to Jacksboro, the Buckaroos committed four turnovers and surrendered 393 rushing yards, including an 85-yard touchdown.
Kooper Shook scored on a 100-yard kick return and a 2-yard run, while Owen Woodward chipped in a 59-yard scoring sprint en route to a 120-yard rushing performance. Breckenridge generated 357 total yards — 196 rushing and 161 passing.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, the game is a toss up.
No. 2 San Saba (1-0) at Harper (0-1)
Following a 55-3 thrashing of Class 3A Division II Johnson City in their season opener, the San Saba Armadillos jumped two spots in the Harris Ratings Weekly Class 2A Division I poll, moving up to No. 2 in the state.
The Armadillos are shooting for a 12th straight regular season victory as they hit the road for the first time and battle the Harper Longhorns, who are coming off a 40-0 loss to Christoval in Week 1.
In San Saba's opening romp, the Armadillos amassed 538 yards of total offense — 387 rushing and 151 passing — while allowing just 106 yards, including 26 yards rushing on 31 carries. San Saba jumped out to a 28-0 lead after one quarter, carried a 41-3 advantage into the locker room at halftime, and added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.
Eli Salinas rushed for 218 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries, while quarterback Sean O’Keefe — a Tulsa commit — ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries.
O’Keefe was also 8 of 11 through the air for 94 yards and a touchdown, while Risien Shahan connected on both of his pass attempts for 57 yards and two scores.
Juan Ramirez caught a team-high four passes for 22 yards, Logan Glover finished with three receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Abel Martinez and Salinas scored on receptions of 35 and 32 yards, respectively.
Harper gave up 420 yards to Christoval — 233 rushing and 187 passing. Offensively, the Longhorns lost a fumble and were sacked six times.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, there is no line for this game. San Saba is ranked 71 points higher than Harper in the overall poll.
Goldthwaite (0-1) at Junction (1-0)
The Goldthwaite Eagles are still searching for their first victory — and points — of the Keith Virdell coaching era as they visit the Junction Eagles, fresh off a 27-24 victory over Ingram Tom Moore, Friday night.
Goldthwaite is coming off a 21-0 home loss to Winters to start the season.
The Eagles were limited to 152 total yards, including 142 rushing, and lost four turnovers — two fumbles and a pair of interceptions. Meanwhile, Winters produced 242 yards, with 227 coming on the ground, and did not commit a turnover.
Goldthwaite gave up single touchdowns in the first, third and fourth periods.
Jackson Patrick rushed for a team-best 66 yards for Goldthwaite while Angel Morales contributed 42 and Dusty Partin rushed for 23. Grayson Moore was 1 of 7 passing for 10 yards with a completion to Partin. Moore also added 11 yards on the ground.
Junction is led by head coach John Contrucci, a former Brownwood assistant. Players to watch include skill players Isaiah Gonzales, Issac Rosas, Coy Stewart, Javier Gutierrez, and Will Castleberry.
Goldthwaite held off Junction, 13-10, in 2018 for its lone win of the season.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 16-point favorite.
Santa Anna (0-1) at Rochelle (1-0)
The Santa Anna Mountaineers were handed a 47-0 loss by Brookesmith to open the Jack Graves coaching era, while the Rochelle Hornets are coming off a surprising 60-33 triumph over Stephenville Faith.
In the loss to Brookesmith, the Mountaineers finished with just 83 total yards — 49 rushing and 34 passing — and committed three turnovers, including two lost fumbles.
Silas Lara completed 8 of 14 passes for 34 yards and rushed for a team-best 28 yards for Santa Anna. Cody Robertson caught three passes for 14 yards and added 13 yards rushing. Jayton Perry made two grabs for 11 yards, and Jaxson Diggs contributed 8 yards rushing and caught a 5-yard pass.
Defensively, Santa Anna allowed 238 yards of total offense, all on the ground.
Rochelle is led by Noah Flores, Dakota Tinney, and Payton Williams.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Santa Anna is a 45-point underdog.
Trent (0-1) at Mullin (0-1)
Both the Mullin Bulldogs and Trent Gorillas are targeting their first victory of the season following lopsided losses in Week 1. Mullin dropped a 56-8 decision to Bluff Dale, while Trent was dealt a 52-14 defeat by Gorman.
Mullin is led by Cody Knight, Trent Coston and Cyrus Jackson, among others.
Players to watch for Trent include Kila Sadumiano, Chris Simpson, Braxton Cathey, Ian Harris and Brian Crouch.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Mullin a 35-point underdog.
Rising Star (1-0) at Moran (1-0)
The Rising Star Wildcats picked up a forfeit win over Lohn in Week 1 and are looking to notch their first victory on the field against the Moran Bulldogs, who rolled to a 58-12 victory over Benjamin in the season opener.
Players to watch for Rising Star include Tristen Bellamy, Johnny Sanchez, Chance Foster, Tristan Jackson, and Ethan Foster.
Moran is led by Jonas Sotelo (195 rushing yards, 3 TDs), Lyric Huskey (179 rushing yards, 1 TD), Braden Crow (147 passing yards, 3 TDs) and Arren Hawley (3-42, 2 TDs receiving).
According to sixmanfootball.com, Rising Star is a 45-point underdog.
Sidney (0-1) at Robert Lee (0-1)
The Sidney Eagles will attempt to rebound from a 48-38 season-opening loss to Walnut Springs, while the Robert Lee Steers are looking to bounce back from a 53-8 trouncing at the hands of Water Valley.
Sidney is led by Jayson Kinnard, Joshua Rucker, Cory Scantling and Grant Drummond, among others.
Players to watch for Robert Lee include Lane Fowler, Casey Skipworth and Julian Gamboa.
Last season, Robert Lee defeated Sidney, 51-36.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Sidney is a 3-point underdog.