Mineral Wells Index
MILLSAP — Take away the first 10 minutes of Alvord’s 31-7 win over Millsap Friday night and Maroon fans were treated to a pretty interesting ball game.
While not exactly jumping for joy over the season-opening setback, Millsap Coach Kyle Coker did see plenty of positives in the game that the squad can take with it.
“I was proud of the way we played throughout,” Coker said. “There was no quit, no give up in our kids, which you like to see.”
Millsap’s defense forced four fumbles, recovering two of them while playing turnover-free football. While surrendering 349 yards to the visitors, Coker was proud of the squad’s execution.
“If we keep working hard, good things will happen,” he said.
Alvord hit the ground running, literally, taking the opening kickoff back to the Millsap 7. Joe Randall had the first of his four scores two plays later and Alvord led 7-0 just 55 seconds into the Dogfight.
The visitors scored on two of their next three drives to take a 21-0 lead late in the first. Millsap had enough after seeing its offense go three and out for its first four offensive drives.
Senior Mitchell Coker recovered a fumble at the Alvord 34. A pair of Dylan Burton runs moved the ball to the visitor 14 which set up Jordan Richardson, who went around the left side for the touchdown as time expired to end the first quarter.
It would, unfortunately, be the as close as Millsap would get. The Millsap defense bent but did not break throughout the second and third quarter, with Tré Newby coming through with a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery, defensively.
Burton and Andrew Tyson led the offense, coming through with 36 yards each on the ground.
Millsap will take to the road Friday, playing at Dublin.
Santo 62, Ranger 8
RANGER – Santo jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 62-8 victory over Ranger here Friday night in the season opener.
“It seemed like everyone scored,” Wildcats head coach Randy Thornton said. “This was a nice opening win, but we committed too many penalties, but those can be corrected. But I am never going to complain about a victory.”
Keith Chalker, Kyle Moore and Dylan Price each scored on touchdown runs in the first half. The Wildcats closed the first-half scoring on a 93-yard TD sprint from Grant Gilbert.
Chalker also scored in the second half on an interception return, Garrett Nemeth caught a touchdown pass from Moore and Dylan Swinney scored on the ground. Price added a TD run later in the half, and Jayton Trammell also found the end zone on a running play.
Perrin 14, Meridian 7
MERIDIAN – Pepper Rasberry and Spencer Nunley each scored on second-half touchdown runs as the Perrin Pirates came back to defeat Meridian, 14-7, here Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
“This was a big opening-night win. Real big,” Pirates head coach Brad Hutton said. “We played a little tight in the first half, especially our sophomore quarterback (Chase Akin in his first varsity start). But Akin and the team settled down in the second half.”
The Pirates also became more aggressive in the second half as it forced three turnovers.
“That was the difference in the game,” Hutton said. “We made some defensive adjustments at halftime. I am proud of the guys for coming back.”
Trailing 7-0, Nunley got Perrin on the board on a one-yard run. However, the conversion kick failed as Merdian hung on to a slim 7-6 lead.
But the Pirates’ defense forced a turnover to set up what turned out to be the game-winning score.
Pepper Rasberry completed the ensuing drive with an eight-yard touchdown run, and the senior ran in the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 14-7.
The game was left in the hands of the Pirates’ defense, which shut down Meridian to preserve the win.
The Pirates (1-0) will continue non-district play Friday at home against Gorman.
Johnson Co. 69, CCS 38
Johnson County home school scored 45 points in the last three quarters to defeat Community Christian School of Mineral Wells, 69-38, in the season opener Friday night at Miller Stadium.
The Warriors, courtesy of touchdown runs of 58 and 10 yards by Isaiah Brazeal and a 38-yard sprint to pay dirt by Joby Bradshaw, trailed just 24-22 after the opening quarter.
But after the first quarter Johnson County held the Warriors to just two scores while adding six TDs to secure the win.
“We were getting tired in the second quarter and they took advantage of us,” CCS head coach Bryan Horton said. “When a good team sees they have another team down they pounce on it. They smashed us around in the second quarter.
“But we made some mental adjustments at halftime, and I am proud of the guys for playing hard in the second half.
“Joby had a good game, and (quarterback) Landon Payne is learning from mistakes. But this was a game with a team learning how to win against a team that knows how to win.
“We did do some good things, but our mistakes, particularly in the second quarter, were the difference in the game.”
Bradshaw added a 46-yard touchdown run, and he threw a 50-yard TD pass to Isaiah Brazeal. Bradshaw was also four for four on extra-point kicks.
The Warriors (0-1) will continue non-district play Friday at home against Dallas Tyler Street Christian Academy.