Bulletin Staff Report

MAY — The May Tigers clinched a share of the Six-Man Division I, District 13 championship and their third straight trip to the postseason with a 68-20 win over Blanket Friday.

With a win over Santa Anna next week, May (8-1, 3-0) would lock up the district title outright. Even with a loss, May would advance in a points tiebreaker against Santa Anna (7-2, 2-1) and Blanket (3-6, 2-1).

May’s Nathan Howard rushed for 183 yards and five touchdowns, while completing 12-of-16 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

Conner Murphree caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, while Timothy Turner added a 65-yard scoring reception.

Ian Jacobson chipped in 13 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Defensively, Mikey Dickerson chalked up a team-high 10 tackles, while Turner added nine takedowns and two interceptions. Matt Pruitt also had six tackles and picked off a pass.

For Blanket, Brian Box ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

Neil Dove completed 13-of-26 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. K.J. King caught two passes for 24 yards, including the touchdown.

Blanket will host Rising Star Friday and can clinch a playoff berth regardless of the outcome with a loss by Santa Anna.


Zephyr 46, Blackwell 0

BLACKWELL — The Zephyr Bulldogs clinched at least a share of their second straight district title Friday with their fifth straight win, a 52-0 victory over the Blackwell Hornets.

The Bulldogs (6-3, 3-0) can win the title outright with a win over Paint Rock (6-3, 2-1) Friday, but a loss could result in a three-way tie for the district championship with Lohn (6-3, 2-1) — assuming it defeats last-place Novice.

That would then lead to a three-way coin flip to decide the district’s two playoff representatives.

Zephyr finished with 269 total yards — 136 rushing and 133 passing — against Blackwell (3-7, 1-3).

Chris Newton completed 4-of-5 passes for 90 yards with touchdowns of 15 yards to Cord Biddy and 40 yards to Luke Creed.

Jason Hughes was 4-of-8 through the air for 42 yards with scoring strikes of 24 and 8 yards to Biddy.

Biddy finished with four catches for 52 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 14 yards and another score.

Creed added two receptions for 52 yards, and Hughes and Newton had one each covering 23 and 6 yards, respectively.

Hughes also rushed for 96 yards and a 47-yard touchdown.

On defense, Biddy had 14 tackles and a fumble recovery, Chase Jackson finished with 12 takedowns and caused two fumbles and Hughes and Ryan Martin finished with eight tackles.

Taylor Hart contributed five tackles and recovered a pair of Blackwell fumbles.


No. 2 Richland Springs 56, Eden 0

EDEN — The No. 2 Richland Springs Coyotes wrapped up a share of the district championship and clinched a postseason berth with their 56-0 win over Eden Friday.

The Coyotes’ (8-0, 3-0) victory was their 22nd consecutive overall, 59th straight during the regular season and 63rd in 65 games played under head coach Jerry Burkhart.

The shutout was the fourth in the last five games for Richland Springs, which has allowed just eight points since Sept. 16.

The victory also sets up a Richland Springs-Rochelle showdown for the district championship on Friday.

Tyler Ethridge rushed for 65 yards on four carries — all touchdowns. He scored on runs of 15, 19, 24 and 7 yards.

Ethridge completed just 3-of-5 passes for 45 yards with a 20-yard scoring toss to Mitchell Jacobson. Eden intercepted a pair of passes.

Mark Williams added a 21-yard touchdown run and caught an 8-yard pass, while Shelby Smith rushed for 16 yards on his lone carry. Haustin Burkhart also caught a 17-yard completion.

Richie Daniels connected on all six of his two-point kicks.

Defensively, the Coyotes gave up just 47 yards of total offense, and have allowed a grand total of 16 total yards in their last three games.

Eden finished its season 6-4 overall and 2-2 in district action.


Veribest 92, Victory Life 46

VERIBEST — The Victory Life Academy Warriors slipped to 0-10 in their inaugural season with a 92-46 non-district loss to the Veribest Falcons Friday night.

The win moved Veribest to 5-4 overall and the Eagles will visit Brookesmith in the season finale next week.

Meanwhile, Victory Life will head to Arlington Fellowship next week in an attempt to end its first season with a victory.

Victory Life finished with 443 yards of total offense — 241 rushing and 202 passing.

Trey Valencia rushed for 229 yards on 17 carries, while completing 7-of-21 passes for 189 yards. Josh Layton caught four passes for 139 yards.

Bryan Scott ran for 227 yards on 12 carries and caught a pair of passes covering 75 yards for Veribest. Cheyenne Black chipped in 106 yards passing, completing 4-of-6 attempts.

Victory Life trailed 36-12 after one quarter as the Warriors scored on a 2-yard George Robey run and a 56-yard pass from Frankie Valencia to Layton.

By halftime, the Warriors had fallen behind 78-34. Trey Valencia scored VLA’s three second-period touchdowns on runs of 24, 7 and 22 yards.

In the third period, Trey Valencia connected with Frankie Valencia on an 18-yard scoring toss before the game ended on the mercy rule with 5:55 left in the period.


Santa Anna 66, Panther Creek 18

VALERA — The Santa Anna Mountaineers kept their postseason hopes alive with a 66-18 win over Panther Creek in the Panthers’ season finale Friday night.

Santa Anna (7-2, 2-1) can clinch a share of the district championship with a home win over May, which is coming off a 68-20 victory over Blanket. A loss would end the Mountaineers’ string of postseason appearances at two.

Terrence Jackson rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception 35 yards for another score.

Fausto Maldonado added 147 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while recording 15 tackles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick on defense.

Mike Maldonado tacked on a 6-yard touchdown run as Santa Anna rushed for 369 of its 404 total yards.

Jarod Jones converted 6-of-7 two-point kicks.

Defensively, Jordon Whaley led the way with 20 tackles and a 32-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Demetrus Reese also intercepted a pass.

Panther Creek finished the season with a 2-8 record, 1-3 in district competition.

District 6-2A

Ballinger 14, No. 9 Coleman 13 (OT)

COLEMAN — The Ballinger Bearcats locked up a playoff berth by handing the No. 9 Coleman Bluecats their second straight loss, 14-13, in overtime Friday.

Coleman’s (7-2, 4-2) Colton Buzzard scored on a 3-yard run in the second half of overtime, but the game ended when Ballinger (7-2, 5-1) blocked Oscar Villeda’s extra point attempt.

Matthew Rodriguez scored on a 14-yard run to start the scoring in overtime, which gave Ballinger a 14-7 lead. Rodriguez also scored on a 59-yard scamper in the second half, which allowed Ballinger to draw even and force the extra session.

Coleman took a 7-0 halftime lead thanks to Buzzard’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Deleon.

Bronson Buzzard rushed for 144 of Coleman’s 201 yards on the ground, while Deleon caught four passes for 56 yards. The Bluecats finished with 290 yards of total offense.

Rodriguez chalked up 92 yards on the ground for Ballinger, which rushed for 143 as a team.

Tucker Travis completed 12-of-28 passes for 61 yards, with Michael Pena catching six tosses for 40 yards.

The Bluecats can still lock up a playoff spot with a win over Jim Ned Friday. With a loss, Coleman would slip into a three-way tie for third place that would be decided on a points tiebreaker.

Ballinger will host Early Friday in an attempt to earn a share of the 6-2A championship.


Goldthwaite 48, Covington 0

COVINGTON — The Goldthwaite Eagles secured their fourth straight trip to the playoffs with a 48-0 road win over the Covington Owls Friday night.

Goldthwaite (7-2, 4-1) will host Valley Mills (7-2, 4-1) in the regular season finale to determine second place in the district and the seeding of District 13-A’s two Division II playoff participants.

The Eagles — who jumped out to a 34-0 halftime advantage — finished with 282 yards of total offense, including 263 yards rushing on 21 carries.

Covington (1-8, 1-4) managed just 6 total yards and three first downs, rushing for negative 19 yards on 27 carries.

Further information on the Goldthwaite-Covington game was unavailable at press time.


Clyde 49, Comanche 6

CLYDE — The Comanche Indians dropped their 16th straight contest, while the Clyde Bulldogs locked up a playoff berth with a 49-6 win Friday night.

Comanche (0-9, 0-3) surrendered all 49 of Clyde’s (7-3, 3-1) points before halftime.

Curtis Kevil and Wes Lyles each rushed for 79 yards for the Bulldogs, who will be off next week before beginning postseason play. Quarterback Jacob Gonzales also tossed three touchdown passes.

Comanche will close the season by hosting No. 9 Abilene Wylie next week.

Further information on the Clyde-Comanche game was unavailable at press time.


No. 8 Gustine 66, Sidney 30

SIDNEY — The No. 8 Gustine Tigers earned a playoff berth and set up a showdown with Iredell for the district championship thanks to their 66-30 win over the Sidney Eagles Friday.

Gustine (6-3, 3-0) received 351 total yards and seven TDs from Evany Cervantez. Cervantez ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, while passing for 153 yards and four scores. He also recovered a fumble and was credited with nine tackles.

Ty Keeter scored twice and finished with 41 yards receiving and 5 yards rushing, while Colton Hicks tallied 55 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Garrett Leggett also added 69 yards receiving and a touchdown.

The defensive effort was led by Hicks’ 16 tackles, while Jaden Keeter returned an interception for a touchdown. Wesley Jones added eight tackles.

Sidney finished its campaign with a 5-5 overall mark and 2-2 record in district action.

Other scores — No information reported

Rochelle 66, Brookesmith 6

Iredell 68, Mullin 20