SANTO – On Homecoming Night, Santo scored early and often as the Wildcats ran past Petrolia, 55-12, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The win raises the Wildcats’ mark to 5-1. The ‘Cats will begin District 5-A (Division I) play on Friday (Oct. 11) at home against San Saba.
The Wildcats dominated on the ground with a season-high 518 yards rushing.
“I am pleased with our effort, and I think the kids are playing pretty good football right now,” Wildcats head coach Randy Thornton said. “We need to keep up our tenacity.
“I am also proud of our senior leadership. We are playing at a high level, and we hope to keep up that consistency as we enter district play next week.”
Quarterback Kyle Moore scored on touchdown runs of 10 and 58 yards, and he threw a 32-yard TD pass to Colton Edwards.
Grant Gilbert added an eight-yard touchdown run, Keith Chalker found the end zone on a two-yard blast and Jayton Trammell added a 58-yard run to pay dirt.
The Wildcats closed the scoring with a pair of touchdowns late in the third quarter.
Perrin 20, Frost 16
FROST – Perrin came back from a 16-7 deficit with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat Frost, 20-16, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The win elevates the Pirates to 4-1. Perrin will open District 8-A (Division II) play at home on Friday (Oct. 11) against Munday.
“This was a great character win for our team,” Perrin head coach Brad Hutton said. “After losing like we did last week (a 41-0 loss to Santo) and losing three starters to injury, and after falling behind in this game, the guys showed a lot of heart and character in coming back to win.
“But we moved people around and other guys filled in and we beat a team that was picked to beat us by two touchdowns.
Hutton said he was “extremely pleased” with the defense, and said Eric Martinez was the leading tackler.
“Our defense got after it,” Hutton said. “Eric played like a man possessed. It was an overall great effort by our defense, but Eric stood out.”
Trailing 16-7 in the fourth period, Perrin cut the lead to 16-13 after a 37-yard touchdown run by Pepper Rasberry. The PAT kick failed.
Perrin took the lead for good when quarterback Chase Akin found the end zone after a sprint of 59 yards. J.P. Monroe booted the extra point as Perrin led 20-16. Akin had opened the scoring for the Pirates on a one-yard quarterback sneak in the first half.
Perrin’s defense shut down Frost the rest the rest of the way as the Pirates will take momentum into their district opener next week.
Strawn 74, Newcastle 54
NEWCASTLE – State-ranked No. 14 Strawn handled No. 10 Newcastle, 74-54, here Friday night in a non-district game.
The win elevates the Greyhounds to 4-1. Strawn will continue non-district play on Friday (Oct. 11) at home against Brookesmith.
“(Running back) Coletyn King and (quarterback) Harrison Nowak played good games on offense,” Strawn head coach Dewaine Lee said. “I also though Ross Alison stood out on defense.
“We played a lot of guys and moved a lot of guys around just trying to mix it up.
“I was also very pleased with the defense.”
Lee down played beating a Top 10-ranked team. Newcastle is also ranked No. 2 in the state of six man Division II schools.
“We don’t make a big deal out of the rankings around here,” Lee said. “We know rankings really don’t mean much.
“All we are trying to do is to keep getting better each week. The guys are working hard and improving each game.”
Tolar 48, Millsap 7
TOLAR – Tolar defeated the Millsap Bulldogs, 48-7, here Friday night in a District 6-2A (Division II) contest.
The win drops the Bulldogs to 1-1 in district play and 2-3 overall.
Millsap will continue district play on Friday (Oct. 11) at Mildred.
Waco Life Oak 56, Gordon 44
WACO – Waco Live Oak outlasted the Gordon Longhorns, 56-44, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The loss drops the ‘Horns to 1-4.
The Longhorns will continue non-district play on Friday (Oct. 11) at home against Huston Academy on Homecoming Night.
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Protecting their home turf
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Rams shine at Brock Tournament
BROCK – The Mineral Wells Rams (9-6) had a strong showing at the Brock Tournament, Thursday and Friday, as they continued to lay a firm foundation for the rest of their season.
After over a month of speculation, the Ram faithful have a new leader in which to place their hope.
Friday night, the Mineral Wells ISD Board of Trustees announced their decision to hire Waco Midway's Co-Offensive Coordinator Gerald Perry as the new Athletic Director and head football coach of Mineral Wells High School.
The Mineral Wells Lady Rams (14-3) got everything they hoped for and more in the opening day of the Mineral Wells Tournament, Thursday, at Kessler Field. They swept the competition in a triple-header and dealt with a wide variety of situations, overcoming each.
Gordon, Strawn fill up all-district hoops teams
The All-District 17-1A-II teams for both boys and girls basketball have been announced and rivals Gordon and Strawn have left an indelible mark on the 2013-24 edition with the two schools combining for six players on the boys team and a whopping 11 girls receiving honors.
Lady Rams Softball begins MW Tourney
Hot off of a 5-1 showing at the Wichita Falls Tournament, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams softball team (11-3) will open tournament play against quality competition again today from the comfort of their own home.
Four Ladycats garner top 11-1A-I awards
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MW boys place third, girls seventh at Ram Relays
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State slips away
ABILENE – It wasn't the way a community pictured their season ending.
Fresh off of a thrilling 69-65, double-overtime victory over Ira in the regional semifinals, the Graford Jackrabbits' (27-4) bid for their first trip to the state tournament since 2012 fell short Saturday afternoon with a 58-25 loss at the hands of the Water Valley Wildcats (27-5) in the Class 1A-Division II Regional Finals at Abilene Christian University's Moody Coliseum.
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