The third week of the high school football season arrives as the area's four unbeaten teams — all state-ranked — look to keep their unblemished records intact. The marquee game of the week is in Brookesmith where the Class A Division II No. 11 Mustangs host defending District 15-A Division I champion Evant in a battle of unbeatens. The following is a glimpse at all 12 games in the Bulletin's coverage area this weekend:
Evant (2-0) at No. 11 Brookesmith (2-0)
The Class A Division II No. 11 Brookesmith Mustangs have dominated their first two opponents, hammering Santa Anna, 47-0, and Panther Creek, 68-14. Evant will provide a much stiffer challenge as the Elks have opened the season with wins over Crowley Nazarene Christian, 62-37, and Cranfills Gap, 52-21.
In Brookesmith's 54-point victory over Panther Creek last week, the Mustangs finished with 208 total yards — all on the ground — while holding Panther Creek to 11 total yards with a pair of turnovers.
Tyler Williford rushed for 111 yards and four touchdowns from 19, 15, 27 and 38 yards out; Clayton Adame added 56 yards including a 50-yard score; Johnathan Willoughby finished with 41 yards and two trips to the end zone from 8 and 20 yards away; and Avery Williford scored on a 9-yard run, his lone carry.
Defensively, Willoughby tallied nine tackles, Avery Williford contributed seven and Randall Williams finished with five tackles, including three for loss, and two fumble recoveries. Gabriel Salinas-Navarro and Bradley Darrow added five tackles apiece as well.
Evant is ranked No. 28 in Class A Division I by sixmanfootball.com.
According to sixmanfoootball.com, Brookesmith is a 13-point underdog.
Lingleville (1-1) at No. 8 Blanket (2-0)
The Class A Division II No. 8 Blanket Tigers have cruised to a pair of victories to begin the season, blanking Lometa, 47-0, last week after a 57-12 opening triumph over Cherokee. The Lingleville Cardinals picked up the first win last week, edging Three Way, 36-30, after dropping their season opener to Lometa, 34-13.
In Blanket's win last week, the Tigers limited Lometa to just 42 yards of total offense — 22 passing and 20 rushing — while forcing three turnovers.
Offensively, the Tigers generated 294 yards, including 262 on the ground, and coughed up the ball only once.
Logan Wheeler rushed for 120 yards and five touchdowns — covering 31, 9, 2, 4, and 20 yards — and completed a 31-yard pass to Hayden Rogers, who led Blanket with two catches for 32 yards.
Hector Castaneda contributed 77 yards on the ground and a 15-yard score while Tyler Simpson rushed for 64 yards and also scored from 15 yards away.
Defensively, Tanner Isom led Blanket with seven tackles, including five for loss and a sack. Castaneda added five tackles with two behind the line of scrimmage, Simpson finished with four, Wheeler tallied three and Brady Furry was credited with a pair of tackles.
Lingleville this week is ranked 60th out of 73 Class A Division I football teams by sixmanfootball.com.
According to sixmanfoootball.com, Blanket is a 45-point favorite.
Lometa (1-1) at May (1-1)
The May Tigers rebounded from a season-opening 68-47 defeat against Richland Springs by clobbering Cherokee, 60-0, last week. Lometa opened the season with 34-13 win over Lingleville, but was blanked by Blanket, 47-0, in Week 2.
May needed just 183 yards of total offense against Cherokee to get the job done as the Tigers also scored on a 40-yard punt return and a 55-yard interception return — both by Tyler Wheeler, who picked off two passes in the game.
Kaden Halk rushed for 54 yards and two scores, Isidro Salinas chipped in 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Aaron McGinn tacked on 24 yards with a trip to the end zone.
Through the air, Ethan Self completed 3 of 4 passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns — a 15-yarder to Chris Flenniken and a 5-yard grab by Wheeler. Halk also caught a 15-yard pass.
Defensively, Flenniken led the way with nine tackles, including four for loss; Halk added six; Salinas chalked up five with three for loss; McGinn notched four; Brian Kunkel and Javien Carbajal collected two each; and Self made one tackle.
In Lometa's loss to Blanket, the Hornets were limited to just 42 yards of total offense — 22 passing and 20 rushing — while losing three turnovers. Defensively, Lometa surrendered 294 yards, including 262 on the ground, but did come away with one turnover.
According to sixmanfoootball.com, May is a 45-point favorite.
Zephyr (1-1) at Water Valley (2-0)
After an opening 64-49 loss to Bryson, the Zephyr Bulldogs landed in the win column for the first time in 2019 with a 54-0 thrashing of Granbury NCTA last week. Water Valley has started its campaign with victories against Robert Lee, 53-8, and Veribest, 72-28.
In Zephyr's win last week, the Bulldogs finished with 198 yards of total offense — 184 rushing and 14 passing — while NCTA netted negative-41 total yards on 31 snaps, including negative-68 rushing, with three turnovers.
Mason Rogers rushed for 158 yards and six touchdowns covering 25, 27, 4, 10, 2, and 4 yards. Jayden Millican added a 3-yard touchdown carry. Through the air, J.C. Mangus completed his lone pass attempt to Cole Miller covering 14 yards.
Defensively, Rogers returned an interception for a touchdown while Kern recovered a fumble and picked off a pass. Kern led the way with seven tackles while Rogers, Millican and Jason Kyle logged five apiece.
According to sixmanfoootball.com, Zephyr is a 34-point underdog.
Comanche (1-1) at Clyde (1-1)
The Comanche Indians needed overtime but came away with a 31-28 victory over Breckenridge last week, after starting the season with a 57-21 loss to Eastland. The Clyde Bulldogs, meanwhile, bounced back from 7-6 loss to De Leon with a 53-14 trouncing of Merkel.
Comanche is averaging 26 points and 344 yards of total offense — 292 rushing and 52 passing — per game, while yielding 42.5 points on average.
Luke Wilson leads the ground game with 313 yards and a touchdown, while Logan Wilkerson has scored five times and chipped in 116 yards. Through the air, Cash Cook is 4 of 13 for 76 yards with an interception while Hudson Welch has connected on 4 of 10 passes for 30 yards. Bryce Hermesmeyer is the leading receiver with three grabs for 81 yards.
Defensively, Jonathan Collins leads the way with 14 tackles and an interception followed by R.J. Pepper with 13 tackles, Wilkerson with 12 and a sack, Matthew Gonzales with 10 and a sack and Devon Price with nine takedowns.
In Clyde's 39-point win over Merkel last week, the Bulldogs finished with 381 yards of total offense — 238 rushing and 143 passing — while giving up just 178 yards, with 171 coming on the ground. Clyde committed a pair of turnovers and forced one.
Dylan Neuman completed 7 of 10 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns, as Jax Roam caught three passes for 41 yards and a touchdown while Antonio Guerrero (43 yards) and Kaden Thomas (30 yards) hauled in scoring receptions as well. On the ground, Bo Baker rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown followed by Canaan Charleston (54 yards, TD), Donovan Gomez (22 yards, TD), Neuman (15 yards TD) and Harley Lee (11 yards, TD).
Jarrid Tennison and Austin Schoonmaker led Clyde with eight tackles apiece.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 1-point underdog.
Goldthwaite (1-1) at Coleman (0-2)
The Goldthwaite Eagles picked up their first win under head coach Keith Virdell, 36-27 at Junction last week after Winters dealt out a 21-0 loss in the opener. Meanwhile, the Coleman Bluecats have yet to land in the win column following losses to Jim Ned, 52-0, in Week 1, and Early, 42-14, in Week 2.
In Goldthwaite's victory over Junction, the Eagles generated 382 total yards — 351 rushing and 31 passing — with just one turnover. Defensively, Goldthwaite yielded 328 yards — 171 through the air and 157 on the ground — but created three takeaways.
Dusty Partin rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown while Jackson Patrick finished with 103 yards and a trip to the end zone. Weldon Krause and Angel Morales each chipped in 61 yards rushing, while Grayson Moore added 19 yards and a touchdown. Through the air, Moore competed 1 of 3 passes for 31 yards, with Jason Wootton hauling in the reception.
Defensively, Patrick led the way with 11 tackles and one interception followed by Jordan Simon and Mitchel Hopper with nine tackles each, Partin with eight and Krause with seven. Wootton ended the night with a pair of interceptions.
In Coleman's loss to Early last week, the Bluecats surrendered 391 yards of total offense, including 250 on the ground. Offensively, Coleman was limited to 184 yards, including 165 rushing.
Gage Sikes rushed for 87 yards while quarterback Corbin Rosales chipped in 50 yards and scored once, and Jalen Holloway added 13 yards and a trip to the end zone. Rosales completed just 6 of 12 passes for 19 yards with an interception. Holloway caught three passes for 6 yards, Blake Greaves added two grabs for 6 yards and Dylan Mickler hauled in a 7-yard reception.
According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 24-point favorite.
Junction (1-1) at No. 3 San Saba (2-0)
The Class A Division I No. 3 San Saba Armadillos target a 3-0 start after mauling Johnson City, 55-3, and Harper, 59-0, in their first two outings of the season. Junction, under the direction of former Brownwood assistant John Contrucci, dropped a 36-27 decision to Goldthwaite last week after starting the year with a 27-24 victory over Ingram Tom Moore.
Through two games, San Saba is averaging 528 yards of total offense – 340 rushing and 188 passing – to go along with its 57 points. Eli Salinas (375 yards, 5 TDs), Sean O'Keefe (149 yards, 4 TDs) and Juan Ramirez (92 yards) have been the leading ground gainers, while O'Keefe (12 of 21, 262 yards, 3 TDs) and Risien Shahan (6 of 8, 108 yards, 3 TDs) have sparked the passing attack. Primary receiving threats include Logan Glover (6-198, 3 TDs), Ramirez (6-34), Salinas (2-72, TD), Abel Martinez (1-35, TD) and O'Keefe (1-22, TD).
Defensive standouts for the Armadillos include Shahan (21 tackles, 7 for loss), Landon Yarbrough (18, 2 for loss), Stone Sears (16, 3 for loss), Cole Bryant (13, 4 for loss), Bladen Calley (12, 6 for loss) and Ramirez (12).
San Saba has tallied six takeaways, five sacks, and 29 tackles for loss.
In Junction's loss to Goldthwaite last week, the Eagles finished with 328 yards — 171 through the air and 157 on the ground — but turned the ball over three times. Defensively, Junction gave up 382 total yards — 351 rushing and 31 passing — and created one turnover.
There is no line for this game according to Harris Ratings Weekly, but San Saba is ranked 55 points higher than Junction.
No. 5 Richland Springs (1-0) at Aquilla (0-2)
The Class A Division II No. 5 Richland Springs Coyotes are coming off a bye after opening the year with a 68-47 home victory over May. The Aquilla Cougars have suffered losses to Aspermont, 70-24, and Oakwood, 53-8.
In the Coyotes' only game this season, they racked up 556 total yards — 342 rushing and 214 passing — while giving up 369 yards — 260 on the ground and 109 through the air.
Matthew Rigdon completed 9 of 12 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 196 yards and two more scores. Lane Shannon tacked on 116 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Griffin Rigdon rushed for 31 yards and a score. Leading receivers included Deklyn Chandler (3-74, TD), Shannon (3-37), Jaydeyn Bryant (2-27, TD), and Wade Appleton (1-46, TD).
Leading the charge defensively were Shannon (10.5 tackles), Matthew Rigdon (7.5 tackles), and Chandler (7 tackles).
According to sixmanfoootball.com, Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite.
Mullin (1-1) at Cranfills Gap (1-1)
The Mullin Bulldogs picked up a 60-36 victory over Trent last week after dropping the season opener to Bluff Dale, 56-8. Meanwhile, the Cranfills Gap Lions are coming off a 52-21 loss to Evant after beginning the season with a 70-34 triumph over Mount Calm.
In its win last week, Mullin finished the night with 329 yards rushing, led by Cody Knight (195 yards, 4 TDs), Trent Coston (80 yards, 2 TDs), and Abel Martinez (54 yards, TD). Brian Moore (5 of 8, 131 yards, TD) led the passing attack, along with Knight (2 of 5, 49 yards, TD), and Martinez (1 of 1, 20 yards). Leading receivers were Jayden Fulcher (3-81, TD), Knight (2-58, TD), Moore (2-43) and Coston (2-18).
Defensive standouts for the Bulldogs were Fulcher (15 tackles), Knight (12 tackles, 2 INTs), Coston (12 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 INT) and Martinez (2 fumble recoveries).
According to sixmanfoootball.com, Mullin is a 45-point underdog.
Rising Star (1-1) at Gustine (2-0)
The Rising Star Wildcats dropped a 54-6 decision to Moran last week after notching a forfeit victory over Lohn in Week 1. Meanwhile, Gustine has started it season with victories over Three Way, 49-19, and Lohn by forfeit in Week 2.
According to sixmanfoootball.com, Rising Star is a 45-point underdog.
Moran (2-0) at Sidney (0-2)
The Sidney Eagles' season thus far has featured losses of 48-38 to Walnut Springs and 34-20 to Robert Lee. The Moran Bulldogs downed Rising Star, 54-6, last week after kicking off their season with a 58-12 trouncing of Benjamin.
According to sixmanfoootball.com, Sidney is a 2-point favorite.
Robert Lee (1-1) at Santa Anna (0-2)
The Santa Anna Mountaineers' first season under head coach Jack Groves has included a 47-0 loss to Brookesmith and a 69-20 defeat at the hands of Rochelle thus far. The Robert Lee Steers bounced back from a season-opening 53-8 loss to Water Valley with a 34-20 victory over Sidney last week.
According to sixmanfoootball.com, Santa Anna is a 45-point underdog.