Blanket rallies for OT win; Brookesmith tallies second victory in a row; Goldthwaite triumphant in ‘Battle of the River’
KNOX CITY — The Class A Division I No. 10 May Tigers remained undefeated on the season, collecting their seventh consecutive victory, 50-0 over the Knox City Greyhounds Friday night.
May (7-0) tallied its second straight 50-point victory, having knocked off Water Valley, 56-6, last week for homecoming.
The Tigers ground game featured 99 yards and two touchdowns from Cameron King and 75 yards and two scores from Jacob Brown.
Through the air, Wyatt Mote connected on 5 of 9 passes for 97 yards and two scores, Brown was 2 of 2 for 38 yards and King completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Self.
King also recorded a team-high four receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown while Brown hauled in three receptions for 52 yards and a trip to the end zone.
Defensively for May, Daniel Salinas led the way with 13 tackles followed by King with 12 and Kaleb Simpson with 10.
May has its bye next week then opens District 11-A Division I action Oct. 21 at Gorman (5-1), which is coming off a 56-16 loss to Stephenville Faith.
Blanket 28, Lometa 22 (OT)
BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers wrapped up their pre-district campaign with their fifth victory, edging the Lometa Hornets by a 28-22 count in overtime.
The Tigers (5-2) overcame a 14-point first-quarter deficit and, after a scoreless second half from both squads, tallied the only points in overtime on a Blake Hood touchdown.
Blanket generated 266 yards, with 236 coming on the ground, while Lometa (4-3) finished with 163 yards — 91 rushing and 72 passing — and lost two fumbles.
Logan Wheeler rushed for 90 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown that evened the score at 22. Eddie Hernandez chipped in 59 yards while Isaac Pedraza added 43 yards and a trip to the end zone. Quinton Alexander also contributed 35 yards on the ground.
Through the air, Luke Kinkade completed 4 of 7 passes for 30 yards with a touchdown. Alexander led the team with two receptions for 21 yards.
Blanket has a bye next week, then opens District 10-A Division I action at home against No. 3 Jonesboro (7-0) on Oct. 21.
Brookesmith 51, Gustine 38
BROOKESMITH — The Brookesmith Mustangs are in the midst of the first win streak since 2011 — also the last season they recorded more than one victory — as they knocked off the Gustine Tigers, 51-38, in Friday night’s District 12-A Division II opener.
Statistical information on the game was not available at press time.
Next week, Brookesmith (3-4, 1-0) will attempt to string together three straight victories — last done in 2011 — as the Mustangs venture to Mullin (5-1, 1-0), which is coming off a forfeit victory over Sidney. The winner of that contest could be in prime position for one of the district’s two playoff berths.
Goldthwaite 29, San Saba 0
SAN SABA — In the 99th “Battle of the River,” the Goldthwaite Eagles continued their recent dominance in the rivalry and remained undefeated in District 7-2A Division I action with a 29-0 victory over the archrival San Saba Armadillos.
Christian Valencia put Goldthwaite (6-1, 3-0) on the board with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Schwartz at the 5:39 mark of the first period, then the Eagle defense recorded a safety against San Saba (0-6, 0-2) quarterback Sean O’Keefe with 33 seconds in the opening quarter.
The Eagles didn’t score again until the 8:40 mark of the third period on a 20-yard scoring toss from Valencia to Zac Gaspar.
Aris Shelton added a 3-yard touchdown run at 1:23 of the third, while Leo Garcia chipped in a 1-yard touchdown carry with 9:27 left.
Goldthwaite amassed 489 total yards — 286 rushing and 203 passing — with three turnovers.
Valencia completed 8 of 13 passes for 154 yards and two scores while Jaydan West was 5 of 7 for 49 yards.
Schwartz caught five passes for 92 yards and a score and Gaspar added five grabs for 77 yards with a trip to the end zone.
On the ground, Garcia rushed for 132 yards followed by Quaid Seward with 66 and Shelton with 35 yards.
San Saba generated 189 yards — 112 through the air and 77 on the ground.
O’Keefe rushed for a team-best 57 yards and completed 7 of 16 passes for 90 yards. Erik Argote caught three passes for 39 yards while Joseph Watson added a 22-yard grab and Dalton Pierce hauled in a 21-yard catch. J.B. Salinas contributed 16 yards on the ground, along with two receptions for 16 yards.
Next week, Goldthwaite is off while San Saba hosts Crawford (6-1, 3-0), which is coming off a 42-0 victory over Valley Mills. Goldthwaite is back in action on Oct. 21 at home against Crawford.
Comanche 21, Jim Ned 6
TUSCOLA — The Comanche Indians took to the road and came away with a victory in their District 3-3A Division I opener, 21-6 over the Jim Ned Indians.
Comanche (3-3, 1-0) scored all its points in the first half on a 6-yard Ethan Wilson run, a 7-yard pass from Kade Mercer to Colton Roberts and a 1-yard Mercer run.
Comanche produced 401 yards of total offense, with 383 coming on the ground, but lost three turnovers.
Roberts rushed for a team-high 159 yards while Mercer completed 2 of 4 passes for 18 yards, with Jeremy Bostick grabbing an 11-yard reception.
Jim Ned (1-5, 0-1) — which scored its only touchdown on a 23-yard Dillon McCoy run in the third period — finished with 241 yards, including 177 through the air.
Next week, Comanche welcomes Merkel (2-4, 0-1), which is coming off a 50-0 loss to Clyde, while Jim Ned ventures to Brady (3-3, 1-0), which knocked off Early, 43-18, Friday.
Santa Anna 75, Blackwell 28
BLACKWELL — The Santa Anna Mountaineers tallied their third consecutive victory in the pre-district finale, handing Blackwell just its second loss, 75-28, Friday.
Santa Anna (4-3) has scored 248 points during its win streak, an average of 83 points per outing.
Further information on Friday’s game was unavailable.
The Mountaineers are off next week and open District 8-A Division I action Oct. 21 at home against Veribest (2-3).
Weatherford Christian 56,
Victory Life 8
The Victory Life Academy Warriors suffered their third loss in a row and dropped their TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 2 opener to Weatherford Christian, 56-8, Friday night.
Additional information on the game was unavailable at press time.
Victory Life (1-5, 0-1) will visit Temple Centex Homeschool in non-district action next week, while Weatherford Christian (2-4, 1-2) hosts district rival Granbury NCTA (3-3, 0-0).
Mullin 1, Sidney 0 (forfeit)
The Mullin Bulldogs opened District 12-A Division II action with a forfeit victory over the Sidney Eagles, who were forced to forfeit their second contest this season.
Next week, Mullin (5-1, 1-0) hosts Brookesmith (3-4, 1-0), which is coming off a 51-38 victory over Gustine. Sidney (0-6, 0-1) is scheduled to visit Panther Creek (6-0, 0-0).