Bulletin Staff Report
ZEPHYR - The Zephyr Bulldogs, ranked No. 4 in Division II by sixmanfootball.com, avenged two straight season-opening losses to the Division I Rochelle Hornets with a 60-15 victory Friday night.
Zephyr (1-0) did most of its damage in the second quarter, scoring 30 points to turn an 18-7 lead into a 48-15 edge by intermission.
The Bulldogs finished with 379 yards of total offense as they completed 9-of-14 passes for 240 yards, while rushing just five times for 139 yards.
Jason Hughes led the Zephyr offense with 236 yards passing and six touchdowns, while rushing for 41 yards and another score. Hughes also returned an interception for a touchdown on defense.
Cord Biddy led all rushers with 98 yards and a touchdown on only two carries.
Cody Wallin caught a team-high four passes for 115 yards and two scores, while Ethan Fisher grabbed two touchdown receptions totaling 56 yards.
Zephyr opened the scoring with a 19-yard toss from Hughes to Fisher, then Haustin Simmons hit Hughes on a 4-yard touchdown pass.
The first quarter scoring ended with Hughes’ 83-yard interception return for six points.
In the second period, Hughes threw touchdown passes for 45 and 15 yards to Wallin, while Simmons and Greg Faubion hauled in touchdown receptions of 42 and 15 yards, respectively.
Hughes also rushed for a 21-yard touchdown prior to halftime.
Zephyr opened the third period with a 37-yard scoring strike from Hughes to Fisher, then Biddy rumbled 76 yards to enforce the 45-point mercy rule with 6:57 left in the third quarter.
Hughes and Biddy led Zephyr with nine tackles each, and Biddy forced a fumble.
Fisher and Taylor Hart contributed six tackles apiece, Wallin and Jake Stanley finished with five each, Billy Gatlin and Lacy Culpepper added four each and Marvin Simpson and Simmons both recorded two tackles.
The Bulldogs return to action Friday as they visit Division I Lometa, which picked up a 58-0 win over Covington in Week 0.
Rochelle (0-1) is scheduled to host the May Tigers on Friday.
Panther Creek 20
BLANKET - The Blanket Tigers opened their new stadium with a resounding victory over the Panther Creek Panthers, 53-20, Friday night.
The Tigers (1-0) piled up 429 yards of total offense, with 369 of those yards coming on 36 rush attempts.
Brian Box led Blanket with 357 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 26 carries. He also completed 2-of-6 passes for 51 yards and had 48 yards worth of kick returns, giving him 405 total yards in the contest.
Corey Wetzel - who was 2-of-4 for 9 yards - completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Greenwood for the Tigers’ only points through the air.
Caleb Reich also caught a 29-yard pass, Chris Boykin grabbed two receptions for 29 yards and Tim Langston chipped in 12 yards rushing.
Defensively, the Tigers forced three turnovers and allowed just 211 yards of total offense with 148 of that coming on the ground.
Box led Blanket with 17 tackles, followed by 15 from Reich. Langston also returned an interception for a Tiger touchdown.
The Tigers hit the road for the first time next week as they visit Eden, who faced Crowell in Trent Saturday in its opener.
Panther Creek (0-1) heads to Robert Lee, a 44-8 loser to Highland Friday, in search of its first win next week.
Rising Star 68,
BROOKESMITH - The Rising Star Wildcats matched their 2007 win total in head coach Shane Mallory’s debut, a 68-59 win over the Mustangs of Brookesmith Friday night.
Rising Star (1-0) shredded the Brookesmith (0-1) defense for 546 yards of total offense, with 511 of that coming on the ground.
Three Wildcat rushers eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark, led by Alec Apple’s 249 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries.
Raymond Sutton chipped in 141 yards and three touchdowns on 14 rushes, while Jonathan Hubbard ran for 121 yards and three scores on only 11 carries.
Through the air, Rising Star completed 3-of-5 passes for 35 yards.
The Wildcat defense was led by Sutton, who intercepted three passes and led the team in tackles.
Rising Star will look for its second win of the season when it hosts Trent on Friday.
Brookesmith, which is coming off a 2-8 campaign, will look to break into the win column at home against Victory Life, which earned its first-ever victory, 40-32, over Irving Universal Academy on Friday.
Coleman 28, Olney 0 (Thursday night)
BRECKENRIDGE - The Coleman Bluecats pitched a shut out in their 2008 debut, blanking the Olney Cubs, 28-0, here Thursday night.
Coleman (1-0) limited Olney’s offense to just 129 total yards, and only 78 yards rushing on 32 carries. Meanwhile, the Bluecats finished with 316 yards of total offense, including 234 rushing.
Quarterback Colton Buzzard led the Bluecat ground attack with 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries. Glen Edington chipped in 45 yards on 12 attempts.
Through the air, Buzzard was 6-of-13 for 82 yards with a touchdown. Dalton DeLeon grabbed a team-high five receptions for 68 yards.
Following a scoreless first period, Coleman struck for a pair of touchdowns to a grab a 13-0 halftime lead.
DeLeon opened the scoring by hauling in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Buzzard.
Later in the quarter, Jamal Agbor recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for Coleman’s second touchdown.
Buzzard picked up both his rushing touchdowns after intermission, scoring on a 16-yard jaunt in the third period and a 1-yard dive in the fourth quarter.
Olney (0-1) was led by 42 yards rushing from Cord Barrientes, 22 yards passing by Zach Cuba and three catches for 13 yards by Shelton McQuistan.
The Bluecats return to action Saturday as they will square off with Rogers at 6 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood.
Olney will host Seymour.
Lions Freshman Maroon 42, Burnet 20
The Brownwood Lions Freshman Maroon team started off the season with a 42-20 victory over Burnet Thursday night.
Stehl Ratliff rushed for four touchdowns, while Sam Humeniuk chalked up two rushing scores. Abel Jimenez converted all six of his extra-point attempts.
Other standouts included Graham Mask, who intercepted a pass, and offensive linemen James Crow and Angel Trevino.
Other Friday Results
(No information reported)
Rising Star 68, Brookesmith 59
Victory Life 40, Irving Universal 32
Hamilton 37, Comanche 7
Goldthwaite 24, Collinsville 12
Mullin 46, Oglesby 31
Rich. Springs 82, Walnut Springs 36
Santa Anna 34, Sterling City 28
De Leon 21, San Saba 10
May vs. Woodson, late
Sidney vs. Buckholts, late
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