The triple-option running game is the key to Santo’s offense, and Windthorst’s Trojans found a way to stop it Friday night, topping the Wildcats 27-12.
Santo’s flex-bone netted just 140 yards, and the Wildcats coughed up three turnovers that hampered their efforts to get into the end zone.
The Trojans took a 13-0 lead into the halftime locker room after an eight-yard run by Awtry Blagg and a three-yard score from Ethan Belcher.
Santo drew close when Austin O’Hair gathered in a 13-yard scoring pass from Jett Bryan, but Windthorst answered back on its next possession with a 10-yard run by Blagg. Blagg tacked on Windthorst’s final tally on a 12-yard scoring pass from Ethan Belcher.
Nemeth added to the Wildcats’ totals with an early fourth-quarter touchdown, but Windthorst shut Santo down the remainder of the way to secure the win.
Bryan was Santo’s top ground-gainer with 54 yards, but it took 14 carries to get to that total.
The loss drops the Wildcats (6-2) into a second-place tie with Electra at 2-1 while Windthorst had taken the driver’s seat in District 6-2A. Santo’s goal of ending a 25-year streak without winning a district title is now in doubt with the Wildcats needing help to capture a tie for first place.
Strawn’s state-title worthy defense is starting to show its head at the right time of the season as the Greyhounds shutout Gustine 46-0 Friday behind five rushing touchdowns by Lorenzo Garcia.
It was Strawn’s best defensive effort of the season as they held the Tigers to -9 yards and two first downs the entire contest.
The Greyhounds were so suffocating defensively it hampered their offensive yards as Strawn ran only 20 plays for 157 yards and only one yard of that was passing.
Garcia carried the ball only six times and was in the end zone five times with runs of 15, eight, three, six and 32 yards.
Jett Golden added a 17-yard scoring run, and Luke Eli had Strawn’s lone reception on a one-yard touchdown pass from Blaze Duncan.
Golden was the Greyhounds’ leader on defense with nine tackles and an interception. David Shugart notched eight stops while Speedy Lopez had four tackles and an interception.
The win puts Greyhounds one step closer to a goal of winning a district title and continues to build the excitement of a title tilt against Gordon Nov. 8.
Tolar picked off three passes and kept Millsap at bay in a tight 14-13 District 6-3A win that might end up pushing the Bulldogs out of the playoffs even if they win their next two games.
Millsap (1-2, 4-4) will need wins against Jacksboro and Dublin and a Tolar loss to make the postseason after the Rattlers gained the head-to-head series advantage with the win.
The Bulldogs rolled up 308 yards, but the three interceptions hampered the night. Hunter Matthews had a 79-yard scoring reception from Jace Davis. Davis also threw a three-yard touchdown to Austin McBroom, but a missed extra-point attempt was the margin of victory.
Covenant Classical 56
Community Christian 6
Community Christian allowed just 258 yards, but Covenant Classical made the most of its plays topping the Warriors 56-6 Friday.
Jackson Horton connected with Ethan Hobson on an 11-yard scoring pass for the Warriors’ lone score. Horton completed 14-22 passing and was picked off twice. Luke Knowles was Horton’s top target as he caught seven passes for 44 yards.
The Warrior defense gave up four passing touchdowns and three on the ground.
The Pirates took another step toward the District 9-1A championship with a 62-13 thumping of Savor Friday. The win moves Perrin to 2-0 in league play and 7-1 overall.
Perrin needs to get by Bryson in their final home game of the season, and then it’s on to face unbeaten No. 10 Saint Jo.
It will be an uphill battle for the Pirates against the Panthers. Saint Jo’s perfect season has been backed up by three shutouts, no more than 14 points allowed in a game, and only 38 points given up all season.
The Panthers had 45-point mercy-ruled all of their opponents while scoring 444 points for an average of 55.5 per game. Perrin has also been solid on offense, with an average of 48.3 points.
Gordon rang up its seventh-straight win Friday with a 56-0 blanking of Bluffdale for the Longhorns’ second consecutive shutout and third of the season.
The Longhorns (7-1) are ranked No. 7 by Texas Football one step behind District 10-1A rival Strawn (5-3). Some folks may feel Gordon deserves to be ahead of the Greyhounds in the rankings, but pollsters keep pointing to the strength of schedules.
Luckily for football fans, the two teams will collide in the final regular game of the season, with Gordon playing host to Strawn. The Longhorns have given up only 28 points over the last six games of the season.