No. 5 Richland Springs knocks off playoff rival No. 7 Calvert
The Richland Springs Coyotes dispatched playoff rival Calvert 48-34 on Friday in Hico to move within two wins of defending their state title.
No. 5-ranked Richland Springs had looked vulnerable in the weeks leading up to its showdown with No. 7 Calvert in the Class 1A Division II state quarterfinals.
But the Coyotes jumped out to a 32-0 lead early in the second quarter, and they were never threatened.
Calvert scored the game's final 20 points in a late comeback attempt.
Richland Springs led 40-14 at halftime and 48-20 heading into the fourth quarter.
It was the 24th straight win for Richland Springs, which hasn't lost since the state quarterfinals in 2018.
The Coyotes improved to 11-0 and will play Strawn (11-2) next week in the state semifinals. The two teams met in the same round last year.
Calvert's season ended with a record of 9-3.
Landon Burkhart rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries to lead Richland Springs. He was limited to 6-of-15 passing for 72 yards and two TDs.
Zane Capps had 62 rushing yards and two TDs on 17 carries. He also had two catches for 44 yards and a TD.
Nick Nilson and T.J. Grant each had an interception for the Coyotes' defense.
Calvert's Davien Flentroy had four catches for 70 yards and two TDs, and he had a 52-yard TD run.
Freshman Uriel Lopez had two catches for 98 yards and two TDs, and he threw a TD pass to Flentroy.