Cherokee Indians (0-3) at Blanket Tigers (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Switzer Field

2006 Result: Blanket 50, Cherokee 0

The Blanket Tigers finally open their home schedule Friday as they look to even their record against the Cherokee Indians, who are coming off a loss to the Zephyr Bulldogs.

Blanket lost to No. 11 Abbott in Richland Springs in Week 0, won at Brookesmith in Week 1 and fell at Rochelle last week.

Despite their 42-22 loss to Rochelle, Blanket finished with 325 yards of total offense, including 181 yards rushing and 144 yards passing.

Neil Dove completed 6-of-11 passes for 131 yards with a pair of touchdown passes going to Brian Box. Box finished with four catches for 78 yards and a team-high 73 yards rushing.

Defensively, Blanket gave up 367 yards of total offense to Rochelle, but forced a pair of turnovers. James Nance recovered a fumble and recorded 18 tackles, including five solos. Timothy Langston added an interception and 10 tackles, including three solos.

Cherokee enters this week’s game ranked 61st out of 61 Division I teams by The Indians’ lone victory came against Uvalde Tafolla, ranked 123rd out of 125 six-man teams overall, by a 46-0 count.

Brookesmith Mustangs (1-2) at Star Tigers (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Mustang Field

2006 Result: Brookesmith 56, Star 8

The Brookesmith Mustangs will attempt to snap a two-game skid Friday night as they head to Star, which has also lost two straight.

In their two losses, the Mustangs have surrendered an average of 72 points per game. Brookesmith fell to Blanket, 62-12, in Week 1, and lost at Lohn, 82-34, last week.

Defensively, the Mustangs yielded 717 yards of total offense to Lohn, including 653 yards rushing..

Offensively, Brookesmith finished with 332 yards of offense, but only 47 yards rushing on 30 carries.

Michael Watkins completed 19-of-47 passes for 285 yards. Derek Ferguson caught four passes for 76 yards, while Dalton Stevens ran for a team-high 23 yards.

Despite lopsided losses in their last two games, the Mustangs led after the first quarter in each. Brookesmith was on top of Blanket, 12-0, and led Lohn, 14-13, after one period.

Star is coming off losses of 43-38 to Novice and 77-51 to Buckholts. The Tigers opened the season with a 68-18 triumph over Lueders-Avoca during Week 0.

Zephyr Bulldogs (1-2) at Santa Anna Mountaineers (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Mountaineer Field

2006 Result: Santa Anna 52, Zephyr 6

The Zephyr Bulldogs are hoping their first victory of the season can catapult them to an upset of the Santa Anna Mountaineers, who are reeling from their second double-overtime loss to Robert Lee in as many seasons.

Zephyr cruised to a 58-38 win at Cherokee last week, as the Bulldogs amassed 430 yards of total offense, including 243 yards rushing and 187 yards passing.

The Bulldog offense is led by Chris Newton and Jason Hughes. Newton has completed 24-of-47 passes for 377 yards and four touchdowns, while Hughes has connected on 21-of-40 attempts for 374 yards with six scores.

Luke Creed’s 21 catches for 380 yards and five touchdowns ranks him among the state’s leaders. Ryan Martin has added four catches for 125 yards and three scores.

Cord Biddy has added 118 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and also leads the Bulldogs with 35 tackles.

The Mountaineers suffered a 42-36 loss at Robert Lee last week as Santa Anna threw an interception to start the second extra session.

Santa Anna rallied from a 22-point second-half deficit and pulled even at 30-all to force overtime.

The Mountaineers chalked up 271 yards of total offense. Terrence Jackson led the way with 91 yards passing and two touchdowns, along with 86 yards rushing and another score.

Demetrus Reese caught a 43-yard touchdown pass, Fausto Maldonado hauled in a 40-yard scoring reception and Chris Tate added a 23-yard touchdown run.

Victory Life Academy Warriors (0-3) at No. 7 Glenview Christian (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

2006 Result: Victory Life did not have program last year

The Victory Life Academy Warriors will leap into the frying pan of TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 3 action Friday night as their initial league contest is against reigning state champion and seventh-ranked Glenview Christian, located in Fort Worth.

The Cowboys of Glenview Christian’s lone loss of their season came at the hands of UIL Division I No. 18 Gordon, 60-31. Glenview’s wins came against Dallas Gateway, 72-30, and Fort Worth Nazarene, 62-12.

Victory Life’s inaugural season is off to an 0-3 start. The Warriors lost to Pine Drive Christian, 39-0, Balch Springs Christian, 61-14, and suffered a 54-7 loss to the Garden City JV last week.

Trey Valencia rushed for 186 yards, while Daniel Coronado added 95 yards on the ground in the Warriors’ most recent contest.


Comanche Indians (0-3) at Hamilton Bulldogs (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Kooken Field

2006 Result: Hamilton 42, Comanche 12

The Comanche Indians are looking to snap a 10-game losing streak that dates back to last season, while the Hamilton Bulldogs will try and bounce back from their first loss of the year.

Comanche is coming off a surprising 33-20 homecoming loss to Class 2A Brady, which won for just the second time in 23 games since dropping down a classification level.

Hamilton fell to Salado, 29-14, last week after earning victories of 39-22 over Jarrell and 36-13 over Hico.

The Indians have given up a total of 59 points in the first half of the last two games. Brady scored 27 before halftime last week and finished the contest with 344 yards of total offense, including 285 rushing..

Offensively, Comanche scored a season-high 20 points and racked up 245 yards of total offense.

Jerick Roberts threw for 116 yards and had scoring tosses of 64 yards to Nestor Reyes and 16 yards to Jason Steiner. Chance Akin also added a 4-yard touchdown run.

John Galindo and Seth LeBlanc connected for touchdown passes of 80 and 10 yards in the Bulldogs’ loss last week.

In Hamilton’s win over Jarrell, the Bulldogs did not complete a pass, but rushed for 380 yards, including 110 and a pair of touchdowns from Ethan Brown.


Goldthwaite Eagles (2-1) at Mason Punchers (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday — R. Clinton Schulze Puncher Stadium

2006 Result: Goldthwaite 41, Mason 0

The Goldthwaite Eagles are shooting for their third straight victory over a Class 2A opponent, while the Mason Punchers are hoping to build on last week’s 26-25 come-from-behind victory over Johnson City.

Goldthwaite crushed rival San Saba, 30-7, in the latest installment of the “Battle of the River” last week.

Wade Clifton rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown in his first extended action of the season due to an ankle injury. Michael Williams threw for 41 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown to Clay Phillips, and ran for 15 yards and a 1-yard score.

Defensively, the Eagles gave up 227 yards through the air, but just 29 yards rushing on 20 carries. David Carr also recovered a fumble in the end zone — one of four San Saba turnovers — for the first Goldthwaite points.

Mason scored the final 20 points to erase a 25-6 third-quarter deficit in its win over Johnson City.

Adam Timms scored on runs on 11 and 13 yards, and Bryce Estes added the tying 16-yard touchdown run. Bobby Buist’s extra-point kick with 6:12 left turned out to be the difference in the game.

The Punchers overcame three turnovers by racking up 291 yards of total offense, including 205 rushing. Defensively, Mason limited Johnson City to 171 yards, but did not create a turnover.

Cross Plains Buffaloes (0-3) at Evant Elks (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Elk Stadium

2006 Result: Evant 37, Cross Plains 20

The Cross Plains Buffaloes will attempt to end a 13-game losing streak in Evant Friday, where the Elks are coming off back-to-back losses.

Cross Plains was handed a 34-24 loss by Hamlin last week, while Evant fell to Waco Texas Christian Academy, 36-29. Evant’s lone win was a season-opening 42-13 decision over Miles, which rallied to beat the Buffaloes, 26-19, in Week 1.

The Buffaloes trailed 21-0 after one quarter last week, but rallied behind 337 yards of total offense, including 292 passing.

J.J. Calloway completed 28-of-35 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns — both to Ashton Yates covering 12 and 10 yards.

Defensively, the Buffaloes allowed 349 yards of total offense, including 206 rushing.

In their win over Miles, the Elks scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to expand on their 21-13 lead.

Aaron Doyle threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns and added 117 yards rushing and one more score. Steven Siepert and Andrew Gordon caught the scoring tosses for the Elks.


Lohn Eagles (2-1) at Mullin Bulldogs (0-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Bulldog Field

2006 Result: Lohn 50, Mullin 19

The Mullin Bulldogs will attempt to right the ship after a crushing 68-0 loss at Jonesboro last week, their third straight defeat to start the season.

The Lohn Eagles, meanwhile, are coming off a 717-yard performance in an 82-34 throttling of Brookesmith.

The Eagles averaged 19.2 yards per carry on 34 attempts, giving them 653 yards rushing. Josh Aguilar led Lohn with 494 yards rushing on 21 carries.

Mullin, which has been outscored 165-30, is led defensively by Austin McCulloch and Alan Maxey, who have 28 tackles apiece.

Rising Star Wildcats (0-3) at Gordon Longhorns (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Longhorn Stadium

2006 Result: Gordon 30, Rising Star 20

The Rising Star Wildcats will attempt to rebound from a 60-14 loss at Lometa and pick up their first win of the year, while the Gordon Longhorns look to regroup from a 49-22 defeat against Abbott.

Gordon led Abbott, 14-8 early, but wound up giving up 460 yards of total offense.

The Wildcats have been outscored by 99 points through three games, mustering just 34 points while allowing 133.