MERIDIAN-–Santo unveiled a potent rushing attack Friday, averaging 9.8 yards a carry as the Wildcats went on the road and blanked Meridian, 53-0.
Running back Austin O’Hair missed last season due to injury, and it appeared he wanted to make the most of his comeback. O’Hair drew first blood for the Wildcats on a 33-yard run and added another 12-yard score to total 144 yards and an average of 14.4 yards per rush on nine totes.
The Wildcats were stingy on defense, allowing Meridian just 104 total yards and an average of 1.8 yards per rushing attempt.
Grant Nemeth tacked on the first of his three scores on the night with a 33-yard run. Nemeth would score an eight-yard touchdown run and later score on an interception return.
Quarterback Jett Bryan made the most of limited passing plays with a 14-yard scoring toss to Landon Fallin. Fallin had a second touchdown on a four-yard run. Case Proctor’s 30-yard scoring run was one of three scoring plays of 30 or more yards for the Wildcats.
CC Mineral Wells 81
CC Orange 75
ORANGE –Mineral Wells Community Christian School rallied the troops and came up with a stunning come-from-behind 81-75 road win over CC Orange as sophomore quarterback Jackson Horton scored from 21 yards out with five seconds remaining Friday.
Horton ran for four touchdowns and 223 yards while adding four more scores and 206 yards through the air. Luke Knowles was equally effective, scoring four times on runs of 30 and 25 yards and receptions of 46 and 14 yards.
The Warriors, in their first season back after several years of hibernation, were down 28-7, 48-27 and 62-41. Orange made it 69-55 early in the fourth quarter, and it appeared Mineral Wells’ goose was cooked.
Horton found Jesse Rodriguez for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 remaining to make it 69-61 and four minutes later both teams lit off fireworks. Knowles gathered in a touchdown pass from Horton on a 16-yard touchdown to make it 69-67, and Orange responded with a 43-yard scoring run 11 seconds later to move out front 75-67.
Fans were on the edge of their seats as Horton scored on a four-yard run, and the Warriors’ extra-point attempt failed which left them down, 75-74.
Recovering an onside kick, the Warriors had 20 seconds remaining, and when Horton didn’t see an open receiver, he tucked the ball and sprinted for the end zone on a 21-yard scamper to score the game-winner.
Mason James added a pair of rushing touchdowns to the Warriors’ totals on runs of one and 43 yards. Receivers Bryce Haralson and Jessie Rodriquez caught touchdown passes of 11 and 17 yards.
MILLSAP–Jace Davis ran 71 yards and passed for 98 more as Millsap won the battle of the Bulldogs, 20-7, against Hamilton Friday.
Davis was 10-12 passing with the bulk of his yardage going to Nathan Sykes, who had four catches for 65 yards. Hunter Matthews had five receptions and netted 28 yards.
Waylon Dunn added to the Millsap’s ground game with 59 yards rushing on 11 carries, and Wes Rogers had 20 yards on four rushing attempts. When he wasn’t playing quarterback, Davis made contributions on the defensive side of the football
breaking up four passes plays.
As a team, the Bulldogs had 30 carries for 159 yards and 98 yards passing.
WOODSON–The Pirates were stingy on defense and spread the wealth around on offense as Perrin-Whitt dominated Woodson 48-6.
Anthony Pacheco paced the offensive attack with three rushing touchdowns, and Sammy Hernandez threw a scoring pass of 19 yards and had a 12-yard run for a second touchdown. Adrian Masterson got things rolling for the Pirates in the first quarter on a two-yard run.
The Pirates jumped out to a 16-0 lead and gave up their only points of the evening on a late first-quarter run of 34 yards. It was one of few miscues by Perrin-Whitt’s defense that allowed only one converted third down in six attempts and stopped Woodson on fourth down three times.
The Pirates forced five turnovers but also lost five fumbles. Hernandez led the Pirates’ ground game with 15 carries for 118 yards while Pacheco ground out 76 yards on 12 carries.