AZLE – Azle Christian defeated the Community Christian School Warriors, 84-38, here Friday night in a TCAF District 3 contest.
The loss evens the Warriors’ overall mark to 4-4 and 0-1 in district play.
Azle Christian jumped out to a 34-0 lead before the Warriors got on the board with a 38-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Brazeal. The big block on the TD run came form Joby Bradshaw.
Azle Christian led 42-8 at the half before the CCS offense, led by Brazeal, got on track.
Brazeal threw a short pass to Bradshaw who turned the play into a 45-yard touchdown, then Brazeal followed with TD runs of 10, 48 and 35, respectively.
“Isaiah played his brains out,” CCS head coach Bryan Horton said. “He was very good, but so was Azle (Christian) on offense.
“But I was impressed with our guys for not giving up after trailing by 34 points early.
“We played hard all the way through.”
However, Azle Christian matched the Warriors’ scores in the second half to seal the win.
CCS will continue district play on Friday (Oct. 25) against El Paso Immanuel Christian in Sterling City.
De Leon downs Santo, 28-14
De Leon – De Leon outlasted Santo, 28-14, here Friday night in a District 5-A (Division I) contest.
The loss evens the Wildcats’ 5-A mark to 1-1 as Santo drops to 6-2 overall.
“This was a tough loss for us,” Wildcats head coach Randy Thornton said. “De Leon did a great job of controlling the tempo of the game on offense and defense.
“Turnovers proved costly for us tonight which is usually the case in an evenly matched ball game.
“We could not get their offense off the field in the second half and could never get ourselves in a tempo when we had the ball.
“It was a frustrating night from that standpoint. We will head into a much needed open week and regroup.
“We will look forward to coming out of the open week and the challenge of competing for a playoff spot.”
With Santo leading 14-7 at the half after a one-yard touchdown run by Keith Chalker and a 65-yard spring to pay dirt by Grant Gilbert (with kicker Edie Valenzuela booting both PAT kicks), De Leon scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to take the win.
Santo quarterback Kyle Moore led the ‘Cats on the ground with 98 yards on seven carries, with Gilbert adding 86 yards on seven totes. Chalker finished with 28 yards on 10 carries.
The Wildcats will have an open date next week and continue district play on Nov. 1 at home against Goldthwaite.
‘Horns blow out Moran
GORDON – Gordon scored early and often as the Longhorns ran past Moran, 59-0, here Friday night in a non-district six man contest.
The win raises the Longhorns’ record to 3-4.
The ‘Horns ran just eight offensive plays, but scored on seven of them.
“I was happy with how physical we played,” Gordon head coach Joe Kostiha said. “Any time you score on seven of eight plays that means your offensive line is blocking well.
“Seth Wheeler may have scored three touchdowns, but he was also one of our best blockers. Brandon Gonzales also stood out as far as blocking was concerned.
“Defensively, we played pretty well, and Chase Coffman and Garrett Collins played well. Collins has been a rock for us defensively all year.”
Wheeler caught a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another.
Also scoring rushing touchdowns for the ‘Horns were Humberto Estrada, Caleb Johnson, Jeremy Jorgensen and Jacob Wigington.
Gordon will open District 10 six man (Division I) play on Friday (Oc. 25) at Gustine.
Perrin falls at Muenster
MUENSTER – Muenster defeated Perrin Pirates, 36-0, here Friday night in a District 8-A (Division II) game.
The loss drops the Pirates to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in league play.
Rice outlasts Millsap
MILLSAP – The Millsap Bulldogs outlasted Rice Consolidated, 19-9, here in a District 6-2A (Division II) tilt.
The win evens the Bulldogs’ district record to 2-2 and 3-4 overall.
Millsap will continue district play on Friday (Oct. 25) at home against Dallas Life.
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MW boys place third, girls seventh at Ram Relays
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State slips away
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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.
Weathering the storm
The 2013-14 season epitomized growth for the Mineral Wells Rams basketball team. Under the tutelage of head coach Aaron Pappas, the Rams played to a 6-4 record in District 6-3A, clinching a third place finish and a fourth-straight playoff appearance.
Graford's Wimberly named 11-1A-II Offensive POY
A successful 2013-14 campaign for the Graford Lady Rabbits basketball team was capped off last week with the announcement that senior point guard Syndey Wimberly was named "Offensive Player of the Year" by district coaches. The district runner-up Lady Rabbits also placed five girls on the All-District 11-!A-II team.
Graford outlasts Ira, 69-65 (2OT), advances to Regional Finals
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