Four more games are on tap Friday night as the first weekend of the high school football playoffs schedule continues. Among the highlights is a clash between Bulletin coverage area teams as the No. 3 Richland Springs Coyotes, undefeated on the year, square off with the No. 13 Brookesmith Mustangs, in the midst of their best season since 1962.
The following are brief previews of Friday night's action:
Richland Springs (8-0) vs. Brookesmith (9-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Santa Anna
The District 16-A Division II champion Richland Springs Coyotes carry an undefeated record into the playoffs, while the District 15-A Division II runner-up Brookesmith Mustangs are enjoying their most successful campaign in more than 50 years.
The Coyotes' greatest challenge this season has been filling out the schedule, with only eight games played to date. In those contests, Richland Springs has produced 65 points per game while giving up 27.
On the offensive end, the Coyotes generate 421 yards — 293 rushing and 128 passing — per game with six turnovers.
Leading rushers include Matthew Rigdon (802 yards, 14 TDs), Griff Rigdon (449 yards, 13 TDs), Lane Shannon (299 yards, 6 TDs), Landon Burkhart (232 yards, 3 TDs) and Zane Capps (186 yards, 5 TDs).
Through the air, Matthew Rigdon has thrown for 754 yards with 11 touchdowns, Burkhart has passed for 78 yards and two scores and Capps has a touchdown pass and 62 yards.
Top receiving threats include Shannon (12-241, 3 TDs), Deklyn Chandler (9-200, 3 TDs), Wade Appleton (5-185, 4 TDs), Massiah Clarady (3-72, TD), Jaydeyn Bryant (2-57, TD), and Josiah Beam (3-42, TD).
Richland Springs is giving up 215 yards — 125 rushing and 90 passing — per outing with 24 takeaways.
The only blemish on the Mustangs' slate was a 38-28 loss to Blanket, which denied Brookesmith its first district title since 1985. The Mustangs are aiming for their first playoff win since 1955. Brookesmith is averaging 52 points per contest while giving up 11.
The Mustangs offense is producing 266 yards per game, with 230 coming on the ground.
The rushing attack is led by Tyler Williford (1,052 yards, 23 TDs), Johnathan Willoughby (553 yards, 16 TDs), Avery Williford (535 yards, 16 TDs), and Clayton Adame (144 yards, 2 TDs).
Tyler Williford has also thrown for 146 yards and three touchdowns while Holden Bolt has passed for 117 yards and two scores.
Defensively, Brookesmith is giving up just 109 yards per outing — 83 on the ground and and 26 through the air.
Avery Willford (79 tackles, 5 for loss, 2 INTs,3 FRs), Willoughby (68 tackles, 7 for loss, 1 FR), Bolt (66 tackles, 4 for loss, 1 FR), Bradley Darrow (54 tackles, 8 for loss, 1 FR), Randall Williams (46 tackles, 19 for loss, 4 FRs) and Tyler Williford (45 tackles, 1 INT, 2 FRs) lead the charge on defense.
Friday's winner will face either District 14 champion and eighth-ranked Calvert (7-3) or District 13 runner-up and 14th-ranked Trinidad (4-6) next week in the Region IV semifinals.
Blanket (8-2) vs. Rochelle (8-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at May
The District 15-A Division II champion and 10th-ranked Blanket Tigers are seeking a second straight bi-district championship as they begin their postseason run against the District 16-A Division II runner-up Rochelle Hornets.
Blanket enters the playoffs averaging 45 points and 238 yards — 185.5 rushing and 52.5 passing — per outing, with eight turnovers.
Leading rushers include Logan Wheeler (647 yards, 16 TDs), Hector Castaneda (616 yards, 17 TDs), Kameron Spivey (295 yards, 6 TDs) and Tyler Simpson (103 yards, 2 TDs).
Top passers are Spivey (324 yards, 7 TDs), Trenten Varner (145 yards, 4 TDs) and Wheeler (55 yards, 1 TD).
Receiving threats include Simpson (8-164, 6 TDs), Wheeler (6-144 3, TDs), Castaneda (5-86, 2 TDs) and Hayden Rodgers (3-56).
The Tigers give up 16 points and 113 yards — 60 on the ground and 53 through the air — per game, with 24 takeaways.
Defensive standouts include Castaneda (74 tackles, 9 for loss, 1 INT), Tanner Isom (58 tackles, 13 for loss, 1 safety), Simpson (52 tackles, 6 for loss, 3 INTs), Brady Furry (33 tackles, 4 INTs), Wheeler (32 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 INT), Varner (26 tackles, 5 for loss, 1 INT) and Spivey (26 tackles, 1 safety).
Rochelle's two losses have come at the hands of Eden (68-30) on Sept. 20 and last week's thrashing at the hands of the Richland Springs (70-6).
In the loss to Richland Springs, the Hornets managed just 86 yards of total offense while giving up 307. Denton Tinney scored on a 2-yard run 2:41 into the game, but Rochelle allowed the next 70 points, including 46 in the second period alone. Noah Flores was the brightest spot offensively for Rochelle, rushing for 87 yards.
Friday's winner will face either District 13 champion and ninth-ranked Oakwood (6-4) or District 14 runner-up McDade (3-6) next week in the Region IV semifinals.
Zephyr (4-6) vs. Nueces Canyon (8-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Veribest
The District 15-A Division I runner-up Zephyr Bulldogs return to the playoffs after a one-year absence as they look to upend the District 16-A Division I champion Nueces Canyon Panthers in bi-district action.
Zephyr clinched a playoff spot with a 33-22 victory over Lometa in last week's home and regular season finale.
The Bulldogs overcame three turnovers by churning out 419 total yards, with 403 coming on the ground.
Mason Rogers rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns while Kannon Eoff chipped in 84 yards and a score. Jayden Millican rushed for 38 yards as well.
Through the air, Bryson Gibbs completed a 7-yard pass, Rogers threw a 6-yarder and J.C. Mangus had a 3-yard completion. Gibbs caught two passes for 9 yards and Miller added a 7-yard catch.
Defensively, Zephyr gave up 219 yards — 115 passing and 104 rushing — and forced a turnover.
Orin Kern led the way with 11 tackles trailed by 10 from Rogers and six each from Millican and Gibbs.
Nueces Canyon's only losses have come at the hands of Balmorhea (80-34) in Week 1 and Rankin (68-14) on Oct. 18.
Kambryn Deleon has thrown for 1,305 yards and 22 touchdowns, Victor Contreras has rushed for 811 yards and 21 touchdowns, and Jordan Short has caught 40 passes for 821 yards and 12 scores. Short and Contreras lead the defense with 124 and 122 tackles, respectively.
Friday's winner will face either District 14 champion and 10th-ranked May (9-1) or District 13 runner-up Robert Lee (7-3) next week in the Region IV semifinals.
Comanche (5-5) vs. Wichita Falls City View (8-2)
7 p.m. Friday at Mineral Wells
The District 6-3A Division II third seed Comanche Indians will attempt to oust the District 5-3A Division II runner-up Wichita Falls City View Mustangs and earn a third consecutive bi-district championship.
Comanche upended Tolar, 27-7, last week to earn the district's third seed, as the Indians' run of district championships ended at three.
The Indians enter the playoffs averaging 21 points and 243 yards per game, with 204 coming on the ground, while giving up 21 points as well.
Top rushers include Luke Wilson (625 yards, 3 TDs), Logan Wilkerson (465 yards, 10 TDs), Oscar Rios (302 yards, 3 TDs), Bryce Hermesmeyer (219 yards, 2 TDs), Ricardo Sanchez (136 yards, 2 TDs) and Braxton Patterson (114 yards, 2 TDs).
Hudson Welch has passed for 236 yards with one interception while Cash Cook has thrown for 153 yards with one scoring toss and five picks. Leading receivers include Hermesmeyer (12-147), Wilson (7-67), Colton Davis (5-72, TD) and Jorge Rios (3-35, TD).
Leading the way on defense are R.J. Pepper (75 tackles, 15 for loss, 4 sacks), Wilkerson (59 tackles), Christian Holmes (51 tackles) and Sanchez (41 tackles).
City View's only losses this year were to Jacksboro (41-35), which defeated Comanche 16-8 in the district opener, and Gunter (31-27).
The Mustangs average 42 points and 367 yards — 233 passing and 134 rushing — per game, while giving up 15 points.
Quarterback Isaiah Marks has thrown for 2,331 yards with 34 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while also rushing for a team-high 487 yards with six touchdowns. Leading receivers include Jayln Marks (50-1,315, 25 TDs), Robert Brooks (24-239, 2 TDs) and Trey Brown (14-409, 3 TDs). Chris Graham has chipped in 353 yards and two scores on the ground, while Javen Jones has added 336 yards and seven trips to the end zone.
Defensive standouts include Jourdain Durham (123 tackles) and Tyler Ross (77 tackles).
Friday's winner will face either District 8 champions Lexington (3-7) or District 7 fourth seed Rice (6-4) in the area round of the playoffs.
Editor's Note: Due to deadline restrictions, results from the Bangs-Canadian, May-Robert Lee, and San Saba-Riesel Thursday games will not be included in today's print edition. Visit brownwoodtx.com for more information or pick up Sunday's print edition.