The Santo Wildcats moved to 2-0 in District 6-2A play after a 33-13 workmanlike victory over Archer City that was highlighted by the area’s longest pass play of the season.
Case Proctor’s connection with Andrew Sanders on a 90-yard fourth-quarter touchdown was icing on the cake for a blue-collar win that featured an explosive final frame of play.
Santo took a 7-0 first-quarter lead via a Jett Bryan one-yard run, but it would be the third quarter before the Wildcats crossed the goal line again as Bryan hit Grant Nemeth for a nine-yard score.
The Wildcats made it 20-0 when Nemeth punched in from three yards out, and it sparked the start of a series of scores by both team.
Morgan Mobley’s seven-run finally got Archer City on the scoreboard, and Santo responded with Bryan on a three-yard run. Ty Bates’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Callen McCasland made it a 26-13 contest.
Sander’s long scoring reception sealed the deal for the Wildcats and put them one step closer to ending a 25-year district title drought.
The most significant difference in the game for the Wildcats was the team’s ability to sustain drives, and it was done on the ground. Eli Gann was Santo’s workhorse as he carried the ball 20 times for 98 yards. Austin O’Hair also had a solid night with eight totes for 81 yards while Nemeth notched 74 yards on nine carries.
Proctor, O’Hair, and Brady McPherson paced the Wildcats defense with as they combined for 19.5 tackles, including 19 solos.
The Wildcats face their biggest test of the season this Friday when they play host to Windthorst. It was the Trojans who derailed Santo’s district title hopes last season when Windthorst scored with 16 seconds to win 33-26.
The entire Santo community has rallied around the team’s battle cry of “End the Streak” or “E-T-S,” and it appears the Wildcat’s biggest hurdle is now in front of them.
The Trojans are 5-2 overall and 2-0 in district play, and the two teams’ common opponent is Archer City, which Windthorst beat 24-19.
On paper, Santo and Windthorst appear to be evenly matched, and both have already taken early-season losses in games they should have won.
Coach Devon Mann thinks the Wildcats’ 20-19 loss to Valley Mills was an eye-opener for his team and humbled them into realizing games are won play-by-play
and not due to a rallying cry.
The Trojans have a rich history when it comes to making the playoffs and has missed only one trip since 1995.
WF Christian 8
Sammy Hernandez scored four touchdowns, but it was a team effort that put Perrin’s Pirates past Wichita Falls Christian in a 54-8 non-district win.
Coach Ben Staggs elected not to take a bye week, and Perrin performed like a well-oiled machine after a slow first-quarter start on offense.
Hernandez provided the Pirates with their first score on an interception return for a touchdown. Once the flood gates opened, Perrin poured it on with an 11-yard touchdown run by Hernandez and Tyler Welch gathering in a 34-yard pass from Landon Draper.
Hernandez bookended scoring runs of 15 and 16 yards around WF Christian’s only score in the third quarter.
The Pirates put the game away in the final period with a 14-yard run from Raul Martinez and Welch breaking free for a 28-yarder that ended the contest by the 45-point mercy rule.
Hernandez rolled up 184 of Perrin’s 368 yards as he rushed for 113 yards on nine carries. Welch proved he is a big-play threat with four carries for 73 yards.
Now 6-1 on the season, the Pirates will turn their attention to a winless Savoy squad, and Perrin will need to take care of business and avoid any letdowns in their intensity.
If the Pirates take care of business, their final game of the season against Savoy (7-0) is likely to be for the District 9-1A championship. Perrin is 1-0 in league play after defeating Newcastle 40-34 and will have to travel to Savoy for their Nov. 8 game.
Millsap couldn’t generate offense against Comanche, and it hurt the Bulldogs in a 24-3 loss to the three-time district champion Indians.
Wes Rogers was Millsap’s top rusher with 15 yards on 12 carries while Waylon Dunn had 10 yards on six carries. Rogers completed 5-15 passing for 24 yards against a very stingy Indian defense.
The loss drops Millsap to 1-1 in district play and sets up a murky situation for the Bulldogs as Tolar, Jacksboro, and Dublin remain on the schedule. Jacksboro beat Comanche 16-8 in week one of league play, and the Indians are stronger than their 4-3 record appears.
Dublin leads the District 6-3A standing with a 2-0 record and a 6-1 overall record.