Bulletin Staff Report
BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers chalked up back-to-back victories for the first time this season, and also set up a showdown with county rival May for a likely district championship.
The Tigers cruised to a 70-23 victory over the Panther Creek Panthers to improve to 2-0 in Six-Man Division I, District 13 action and 3-5 on the season.
Blanket will next play at district co-leader May (7-1, 2-0), which knocked off Rising Star by a 55-6 count Friday. May then finishes its regular season at Santa Anna — which needs to win out to stay in the playoff hunt — while Blanket hosts Rising Star in its final league game.
Blanket racked up 441 yards of total offense — 227 rushing and 214 passing — while allowing 257 total yards to Panther Creek (2-7, 1-2).
Neil Dove rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns and completed 8-of-11 passes for 175 yards and two more scores.
Brian Box added 46 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, while Zach Isham ran for 12 yards and a touchdown and caught a team-high three passes for 59 yards and another score.
K.J. King contributed two receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown and Chris Boykin had a 63-yard reception.
Defensively, James Nance led Blanket with 20 tackles, followed by 14 from Darrell Greenwood, 13 from Isham and 10 from Box, who also returned an interception 78 yards for a TD.
SIX-MAN DIVISION I, DISTRICT 13
May 55, Rising Star 6
RISING STAR — The May Tigers showed no ill effects from last week’s bye as they moved closer to defending their district championship with a 55-6 win over the Rising Star Wildcats.
The Tigers (7-1, 2-0) still have the toughest part of their Six-Man Division I, District 13 schedule ahead of them, however, as they face league co-leader Blanket (3-5, 2-0) next week, then travel to Santa Anna (6-2, 1-1) to close out the regular season.
Nathan Howard completed 7-of-9 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns, and added 40 yard rushing and another score to pace the May offense.
Ian Jacobson chipped in 31 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Cody Joyner carried the ball twice for 6 yards with a score.
Conner Murphree grabbed three receptions for 55 yards with a pair of touchdowns, Mikey Dickerson pulled down three passes for 77 yards, Tyler Hammond had a 31-yard touchdown catch and Jeremy O’Briant tallied a 12-yard scoring reception.
Defensively, Timothy Turner recovered three fumbles — returning one for a touchdown — and finished with seven tackles.
Howard had a team-high nine tackles and picked off a pass, while Matt Pruitt added six tackles and an interception.
Rising Star (1-8, 0-3), which has its bye next week, received 50 yards rushing and a touchdown from Lucko Self. Jonathan Hubbard added 26 yards on the ground and Aron Wilson threw for 30 yards.
Goldthwaite 64, Evant 7
GOLDTHWAITE — The Goldthwaite Eagles all but locked up a playoff spot Friday night with a 64-7 shellacking of the Evant Elks.
With two games remaining, Goldthwaite (6-2, 3-1) owns a two-game edge in the loss column over Evant (4-4, 2-3), Bosqueville (3-5, 1-3) and Covington (1-7, 1-3). The Eagles have already defeated Evant and Bosqueville and they visit Covington — which has one win via forfeit and 15 points scored all season — next week.
The Eagles, who have scored 140 points against Evant the past two seasons, tallied all their points Friday in the opening three periods.
Goldthwaite rushed for 529 yards on 50 carries and added 60 yards through the air on 3-of-6 passing.
Evant managed just 140 yards of total offense and rushed 16 times for 25 yards.
Corey Baker led the Eagles with 159 yards rushing and touchdowns of 52 and 27 yards on only six carries. Wade Clifton chipped in 119 yards on nine rushes.
Michael Williams opened the scoring with a 39-yard gallop, Walt Clifton scored on runs of 41, 21 and 6 yards, Clay Phillips caught a 41-yard touchdown pass and Tyler Gonzales tallied scoring runs of 1 and 21 yards.
No. 5 Gorman 75, Cross Plains 0
CROSS PLAINS — The No. 5 Gorman Panthers remained unbeaten and eclipsed the 60-point mark for the fourth time this season with a 75-0 District 12-A victory over the Cross Plains Buffaloes, who dropped their 19th straight game overall.
The Buffaloes (0-9, 0-5) are off next week, then close the season at resurgent De Leon (3-5, 3-1), which is also the next opponent for Gorman (8-0, 4-0).
Matt Underwood rushed for 182 yards and five touchdowns to pace the Gorman offense. The Panthers finished with over 400 yards on the ground as a team.
Tyson Swanner completed both his pass attempts — including one for a touchdown — and finished with 43 yards through the air.
Cross Plains quarterback J.J. Callaway was held to 47 yards passing with three interceptions.
SIX-MAN DIVISION II, DISTRICT 15
Sidney 84, Mullin 38
MULLIN — The Mullin Bulldogs remained winless on the season with an 84-38 Six-Man Division II, District 15 loss to the Sidney Eagles Friday.
Sidney (5-4, 2-1) has scored 178 points in its last two games, while Mullin (0-8, 0-2) has surrendered 536 points this season.
Alan Maxey completed 13-of-30 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns for Mullin. He also rushed for 76 yards on nine carries.
The Bulldogs added a pair of touchdowns on fumble recoveries.
Mullin will close out the season at Iredell (6-2, 2-0) next week and at home against Cranfills Gap (1-8, 0-3) on Nov. 9.
Sidney’s last chance to qualify for the playoffs comes in the Eagles’ regular season finale against No. 8 Gustine (5-3, 2-0) next week. ———
Other scores — No information reported
Eden 57, Brookesmith 12
Kerrville OLH 73, Victory Life 27