Six-Man Division I, District 13

Rising Star Wildcats (1-8, 0-3)

at Blanket Tigers (3-6, 2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Switzer Field

2006 Result: Blanket 60, Rising Star 14

The Blanket Tigers’ postseason fate rests in the hands of the May Tigers as they prepare for their final game of the regular season.

Win or lose against Rising Star Friday night, Blanket will head to the playoffs if May defeats Santa Anna. If May loses that game, Santa Anna and May will be the district’s two representatives regardless of Blanket’s outcome due to the league’s points tiebreaker policy.

During district action, Blanket spread back Neil Dove has completed 37-of-60 passes for 580 yards with five touchdowns, while rushing for over 300 yards with five more scores.

Brian Box has added 191 yards and eight rushing touchdowns in the last three games, including 66 yards and a pair of scores in last week’s 68-20 loss to May.

Rising Star, which will miss the playoffs for the third straight year, has lost three straight and 11 of its last 12 dating back to last season. The Wildcats have been outscored an average of 48-20 this season.

Six-Man Division I, District 15

Veribest Falcons (5-4, 0-3)

at Brookesmith Mustangs (2-7, 0-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Mustang Stadium

2006 Result: Brookesmith 1, Veribest 0 — forfeit

The Brookesmith Mustangs will attempt to avoid going from the postseason to the cellar as they host the Veribest Falcons in a battle of teams searching for their first district win.

The Mustangs are coming off losses of 66-6 to Rochelle, 57-12 to Eden and 62-0 to Richland Springs. The Falcons lost to Richland Springs, 82-0; Eden, 49-0; and Rochelle, 66-20.

Veribest did pick up a non-district win last week, shellacking the Victory Life Warriors, 92-46.

The Falcons finished with 443 yards of total offense — 241 rushing and 202 passing. Bryan Scott ran for 227 yards and caught a pair of passes covering 75 yards. Cheyenne Black chipped in 106 yards through the air, completing 4-of-6 pass attempts.

Six-Man Division I, District 13

Santa Anna Mountaineers (7-2, 2-1)

at May Tigers (8-1, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Tiger Stadium

2006 Result: May 82, Santa Anna 62

The May Tigers are looking to lock up a second straight outright district championship, while the Santa Anna Mountaineers need a win to reach the postseason for the third straight year.

Santa Anna would win a three-way tiebreaker over Blanket if it beat May and forced a tie for the district championship. Even if Blanket lost to Rising Star and Santa Anna lost, the Mountaineers would be left out due to dropping the head-to-head contest.

May is led by spread back Nathan Howard, who has completed 108-of-175 passes for 2,061 yards with 34 touchdowns, while rushing for 808 yards and 17 TDs.

Conner Murphree is the top receiving threat for the Tigers with 37 receptions for 621 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Santa Anna counters with a ground attack led by Terrence Jackson, who has rushed for 715 yards and 13 touchdowns in district play, and Fausto Maldonado, who has added 264 yards on the ground and five scores in district action.

Jordon Whaley, who returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown in last week’s 66-18 win over Panther Creek, has tallied a team-high 45 tackles in three district contests.

Six-Man Division II, District 14

Paint Rock Indians (7-2, 2-1)

at Zephyr Bulldogs (6-3, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Bulldog Field

2006 Result: Zephyr 68, Paint Rock 60

The Zephyr Bulldogs can clinch their second straight outright district championship and a playoff berth with a win over Paint Rock. Meanwhile, the Indians can create a three-way tie for the district crown, which would lead to a coin toss with the Bulldogs and Lohn — if it defeats Novice — for the district’s two playoff berths.

The Bulldogs have won five straight and show no signs of slowing down as they are coming off their first shutout of the season, 46-0, at Blackwell.

Zephyr has allowed just 12.7 points per game in district, while scoring 59.3.

The Bulldog offense is led by Jason Hughes, who has rushed for

1,231 yards and 12 touchdowns, while amassing 996 yards passing and 21 TDs through the air.

Cord Biddy has also emerged as a dual threat with 25 catches for 284 yards and nine scores, while rushing for 446 yards and seven more touchdowns.

Chris Newton has added 830 yards and 14 passing touchdowns, while Luke Creed has caught 43 passes for 943 yards with 13 TDs.

Paint Rock is coming off a surprising 52-46 home loss to Lohn last week. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Indians, whose only other defeat came at the hands of Division I Eden, 58-22.


Victory Life Warriors (0-10, 0-3) at Arlington Fellowship Mustangs (0-9, 0-3)

2 p.m. Saturday

2006 Result: Victory Life did not have program in 2006

The Victory Life Academy Warriors’ best chance for their first victory will come in their final game of their inaugural season.

The Warriors head to Arlington Fellowship to face a Mustangs squad that has scored just 24 points in nine games this season — an average of 2.7 points per contest.

VLA is coming off a 92-46 loss at Veribest, but the Warriors finished with 443 yards of total offense — 241 rushing and 202 passing.

Trey Valencia rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 7-of-21 passes for 189 yards and a score.

Josh Layton caught four passes for 139 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown. Frankie Valencia threw the 56-yard touchdown pass and also caught an 18-yard scoring toss, while George Robey added a 2-yard touchdown run.

Arlington Fellowship is coming off a 52-6 loss to Duncanville Christway. The Mustangs have been shutout six times this year.

Six-Man Division I, District 15

Rochelle Hornets (8-1, 3-0) at

No. 2 Richland Springs Coyotes (8-0, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Coyote Field

2006 Result: Richland Springs 54, Rochelle 6

The No. 2 Richland Springs Coyotes will put both their 22-game game win streak and 59-game regular season win streak on the line against the Rochelle Hornets in a battle for the district championship.

The Coyotes have allowed a total of 16 yards of total offense in their last three wins — all shutouts. Over the course of its last five games, Richland Springs has outscored its foes 356-8.

In last week’s 56-0 win over Eden, Tyler Ethridge rushed for four touchdowns on carries of 15, 19, 24 and 7 yards.

Through the air, Ethridge increased his career passing touchdowns total to 208. For the season, Ethridge is 55-of-71 for 1,157 yards with 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Mark Williams added a 21-yard touchdown run last week, while Mitchell Jacobson caught a 20-yard TD pass.

Rochelle enters the game with three straight wins over Eden (46-2), Veribest (66-20) and Brookesmith (66-6). Prior to that, the Hornets dropped their non-district finale, 34-14, to Robert Lee.

Six-Man Division II, District 15

Cranfills Gap Lions (1-8, 0-3)

at Mullin Bulldogs (0-9, 0-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Bulldog Field

2006 Result: Mullin 65, Cranfills Gap 18

The Mullin Bulldogs are out to avoid a winless season and last-place district finish as they host the Cranfills Gap Lions.

Mullin — which is coming off a 68-20 loss to Iredell — has been outscored 604-184 this season, an average of 67- 20 per contest.

Cranfills Gap — which was off last week — has allowed more than 70 points in each of its district losses to Gustine (85-40), Sidney (94-60) and Iredell (72-36). For the year, the Lions have been outscored 531-225, or 59-26 per outing.


Cross Plains Buffaloes (0-9, 0-5)

at De Leon Bearcats (3-6, 3-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Bearcat Field

2006 Result: De Leon 46, Cross Plains 13

The Cross Plains Buffaloes will try avoid their second straight winless season, while attempting to slow down the playoff-bound De Leon Bearcats.

De Leon is headed to the postseason for the second year in a row under former Brownwood assistant John Ward regardless of Friday’s outcome. If De Leon were to lose and Ranger were to knock off Santo, that would create a two-way tie for third-place in District 12-A. De Leon would advance, however, as it defeated Ranger, 23-22.

Cross Plains has lost 25 straight games with its last win — a 40-13 decision over current six-man school Eden — coming on Sept. 16, 2005. Dating back to the start of the 2004 season, Cross Plains has lost 37 of 39 games.


Valley Mills Eagles (7-2, 4-1)

at Goldthwaite Eagles (7-2, 4-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Eagle Field

2006 Result: Goldthwaite 52, Valley Mills 13

The Goldthwaite Eagles and Valley Mills Eagles are both playoff-bound, but which team earns second place outright — and District 13-A’s top seed in the Division II playoffs — will be decided Friday night.

Valley Mills was derailed by district champion Meridian, 18-7, last week, while the Yellowjackets also knocked off Goldthwaite, 27-20, earlier in the year.

Goldthwaite has won three straight since falling to Meridian and has scored at least 40 points in each game. The Eagles knocked off Bosqueville (40-24), Evant (64-7) and Covington (48-0).

Valley Mills turned the ball over three times against Meridian last week and finished with 185 yards of total offense. Defensively, Valley Mills caused two turnovers, and gave up just 53 yards rushing to Tony Allen, who rushed for 217 yards — including 124 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone — against Goldthwaite.


Coleman Bluecats (7-2, 4-2)

at Jim Ned Indians (6-3, 3-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Indian Stadium

2006 Result: Coleman 26, Jim Ned 14

All the Coleman Bluecats need to do to reach the playoffs is beat the Jim Ned Indians. But the Bluecats have lost two straight games by a total of three points, which has given Jim Ned, Wall and Bangs all a mathematical chance of making the the postseason.

If Coleman loses Friday, it would be tied with Jim Ned and the winner of the Bangs-Wall game. The third playoff berth would then be decided in a three-way points tiebreaker.

If Bangs, Coleman and Jim Ned finished tied, a 15-plus point win by Jim Ned would result in a coin toss. With a max of 15 points awarded in the district for each win, Bangs would have beaten Jim Ned (32-14), Jim Ned would have beaten Coleman by at least 15 and Coleman would have beaten Bangs (35-0) all by the maximum number of points in the tiebreaker.

In that same scenario, a Jim Ned win of 14 points or less would send Coleman to the playoffs. The Bluecats would finish with positive points, Jim Ned would finish with negative points and Bangs would be stuck at 0.

If Wall, Coleman and Jim Ned finished tied, Jim Ned would have to defeat the Bluecats by 8 points to get in over Coleman.

Coleman currently stands at plus 15 with a max win over Wall, Jim Ned is at minus 1 with a loss to Wall, and Wall would be a non-factor at minus 14 points having played both teams.

A Jim Ned win of eight points would put both the Indians and Coleman at plus 7 in points, and Jim Ned would advance due to the head-to-head victory.


Grape Creek Eagles (2-7, 0-6)

at San Saba Armadillos (1-8, 0-6)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Rogan Field

2006 Result: San Saba 27, Grape Creek 14

The San Saba Armadillos will attempt to post their second straight season-ending win as they host Grape Creek Friday night.

Both the Armadillos and the Eagles are winless in district heading into the last game for the second year in a row. San Saba won last year’s game, 27-14, on the road.

The Armadillos carry an eight-game losing streak into the game while Grape Creek has dropped six straight. Both offenses have struggled this year as San Saba is averaging just 13.3 points per game, while Grape Creek is tallying 10.6 points per contest and has yet to break 100 points for the season.

Defensively, Grape Creek has allowed 28.9 points per game to the 31.2 that San Saba has surrendered.


No. 9 Abilene Wylie Bulldogs (7-2, 3-0)

at Comanche Indians (0-9, 0-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Indian Stadium

2006 Result: Abilene Wylie 24, Comanche 14

The Comanche Indians will attempt to snap a 17-game losing streak against the No. 9 Abilene Wylie Bulldogs, who are looking to secure the outright District 7-3A championship.

Comanche is coming off a 49-6 loss to Clyde and has been outscored 350-112 this season.

Wylie has won six straight heading into the game — averaging a 25-point margin of victory during the streak — and twice eclipsed 60 points.