Canadian avenges loss to Iowa Park; Dimmitt earns huge win, Gruver rallies past Panhandle


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Canadian’s Luke Flowers looks for running room against Iowa Park on Friday night at Wildcats Stadium. [Alan Hale/ For Press Pass Sports]

A second half surge of 20 unanswered points lifted Canadian to a 16th straight win while avenging its only loss of last season as the No. 3-ranked Wildcats kept on rolling with a 41-20 victory in a physical contest against Iowa Park on Friday night at Wildcats Stadium.

The Hawks (0-2) were the Wildcats only hiccup on the way to a programs fifth state title in 2020, giving Canadian a measure of revenge.

Canadian (2-0 overall) jumped out quickly when Camren Cavalier found Angel Garcia for a 18-yard touchdown strike in the first minute of the game putting Canadian up, 7-0.

The Wildcats led by as many as 14 in the first half only to see Iowa Park (0-2) close the gap at 21-20 early in the third quarter.

But it was all Canadian from that point forward scoring the final 20 points of the ballgame.

Though Iowa Park was able to run the ball with talented back Jake Southard and his 166 yards, the Wildcat defense came up with four interceptions of Hawks QB Evan Dietrichson.

Sophomore sensation Luke Flowers was also a huge difference maker. Not only did Flowers come up with a pick on defense, he tore threw Iowa Park for 114 yards on 12 carries for a pair of touchdowns. Cavalier had another solid outing completing 15-of-26 passes for 167 yards with two TD tosses. Cavalier also had a 31-yard touchdown run on a 4th and 9 in the fourth quarter to put Canadian up 31-20.

Canadian 41, Iowa Park 20

Iowa Park 7 6 7 20

Canadian 7 14 3 17 — 41

Childress stays hot handling Perryton

The Childress Bobcats are off to a hot start with a second straight lopsided victory by downing Perryton 29-7 at Fair Park Stadium in Childress on Friday.

Quarterback Collin Bishop ignited the Homecoming festivities with a pair of first quarter touchdown runs of 38, and 4-yards, tacking on a 2-point conversion for an early 15-0 lead.

That was the beginning of a huge evening for the senior standout Bishop who completed 22-of-36 passes for 315 yards, and toted the ball nine times for 116 yards and a pair of scores.

For a second straight week junior receiver Lamont Nickelberry was a valuable weapon for the Bobcats. Nickelberry hauled in 10 catches against the Rangers secondary for 106 yards.

Defensively, Childress held Perryton to 137 total yards with linebacker Zion Fuller paving the way making 15 tackles and a sack.

The No. 6-ranked Bobcats are 2-0 on the year. Perryton is 1-1.

Childress 29, Perryton 7

Perryton 7 7

Childress 15 7 7 29

Spearman rolls big over Sanford-Fritch

It was a celebratory Homecoming for the Spearman Lynx as they dismantled Sanford-Fritch 56-0 on Friday night on the new field turf at Lynx Stadium.

Spearman broke the contest wide open in the second quarter. Holding a 7-0 first quarter lead, the Lynx put up 28 points in the second stanza to lead 35-0 at the break.

Fabian Hernandez did work on both sides of the ball for the Lynx (1-1). Offensively, Hernandez used his big frame to run over the Eagles for 65 yards on six carries and a TD. On the defensive side, the senior also took back a 31-yard interception for a pick six.

Receiver Brayden Klafka made a huge Homecoming impression. Klafka was a straight mismatch for Fritch (0-2) catching five balls for 160 yards and four touchdowns.

Spearman 56, Sanford-Fritch 0

Fritch — 0

Spearman 7 28 14 7 — 56

Friona’s Jacob Bautista (1) runs away from a Borger defender on Friday night at Chieftains Stadium. [Jason Vance/ For Press Pass Sports]

Friona blanks Borger

The Friona Chieftains jumped all over Borger and never looked back for a 38-0 shutout win on Friday night at Chieftains Stadium.

Friona (2-0) opened up the scoring in the first quarter thanks to 14 quick points. The offense continued to roll in the second quarter as the Chieftains tacked on another 21 for a 35-0 lead by halftime.

The Bulldogs (1-1) didn’t have an answer for Friona quarterback Bryan Chavira or running back Jacob Bautista. Chavira led a heavy ground attack piling up 171 yards on 15 carries finding the endzone two times. The senior was also perfect through the air when he needed to be going 4-for-4 for 36 yards. Bautista added 12 carries for 60 yards rushing, and five tackles on defense.

Mario Bautista tallied 39 yards on the ground and a score.

Friona 38, Borger 0


Friona 14 21 3 0 38

Dimmitt finally finds win column

For the first time in over almost two years the Dimmitt Bobcats got themselves a win holding off Olton 14-6 on Friday night at Mustangs Stadium.

It’s the first victory for the Bobcats since Sept. 20, 2019, when Dimmitt defeated Crosbyton, 31-21. It’s also the first career win for first-year head coach and Dimmitt graduate, Johnny Nino.

The Bobcats went up early 8-0 on a Daunte Perez 13-yard pass from Gabriel Ontiveras, followed up by a 2-point conversion run by Ontiveras. Olton (0-2) answered in later in the first quarter with a touchdown, but the Mustangs conversion failed as Dimmitt continued to lead 8-6.

Dimmitt then picked up a huge insurance touchdown in the fourth quarter to help seal the contest on an Ontiveras 3-yard run for a TD, putting the Bobcats up, 14-6, and they were able to hold the advantage.

Ontiveras threw for 89 yards and a TD. Perez racked up 98 yards rushing on 10 carries and caught a scoring pass.

Dimmitt is now 1-1 on the year.

Dimmitt 14, Olton 6

Dimmitt 8 6 14

Olton 6 6

Hornets sting Cubs for big win

Tulia quarterback Travon McCaslin had a career performance leading the Hornets to a convincing 38-13 victory against Brownfield on Friday night at Younger Field in Tulia.

McCaslin and the Hornets offense absolutely dominated the Cubs defense for 497 yards, 419 of those coming by air. McCaslin, Tulia’s junior gunslinger, threw for all 419 of those yards on 26-of-41 passing picking a part the Brownfield secondary. McCaslin also spread the wealth throwing three touchdown tosses to Ethan Reyes, Koein Maeda and Adrian Brooks. Reyes was a star Friday hauling in five catches for 101 yards with his offensive TD, and had two interceptions on defense, one he returned for a pick six. Maeda led Tulia with seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown snag, and Brookins added five catches for 94 yards with a scoring catch.

Tulia is off to a 2-0 start for the second time in as many years. Brownfield falls to 0-2.

Tulia 38, Brownfield 13

Brownfield 6 7 13

Tulia 7 21 10 38

Wildcats pulls away from Mustangs

River Road found the win column for the first time in 2021 by putting away Wheeler thanks to a strong second half 25-9 on Friday night at Nicholson Stadium in Wheeler.

The Wildcats (1-1) erased 3-point halftime deficit wearing down the Mustangs (1-1) with a powerful run game that chewed up 301 yards equalled by a stout defensive performance that limited Wheeler’s offense to 87 total yards.

Coach Bryan Welps run attack consisted of a heavy dose of senior standout Elliott Brown. Brown put up 176 yards on 23 totes in the victory including popping off a 70-yard second quarter touchdown scamper.

Complimenting Brown was Dylan Frye, who added 73 yards and a second half touchdown that was part of 19 unanswered points.

Julius Atherton led Wheeler with 33 yards rushing.

The Mustangs fall to 1-1 overall.

River Road 25, Wheeler 9

River Road 6 6 13 25

Wheeler 9 9

Class 2A

Stratford’s Dru Jones finds running room behind his offensive line during a non-district game at West Texas High. [Tucker Stroud/ Press Pass Sports]

Elks trample Comanches

Stratford came away with yet another impressive victory hammering West Texas High 61-0 on Friday at Comanches Stadium.

Four different Elks stacked up the yards on the night compiling seven touchdowns on 25 attempts for 277 yards.

Cody Rinne was stellar again at quarterback. Rinne finished an efficient 7-of-10 passing for 111 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 111 yards and two scores. Teammate Dru Jones added 114 yards with a TD, and Zane Burr punched in three touchdowns on 33 yards rushing.

Stratford is now 2-0 overall on the year. WT High drops to 0-2.

Stratford 61, WT High 0

Stratford 20 20 14 7 — 61

WT High

Gruver wins thriller in Panhandle

What turned out to be the game of the night, Gruver’s Pratt McLain punched in a touchdown and 2-point conversion with 15 seconds to play giving the Greyhounds a thrilling 35-34 victory at Panhandle on Friday night.

Gruver (1-1) actually trailed this game 20-0 at halftime. However, the Greyhounds fought back with 20 unanswered points in the third quarter behind a McLain touchdown, a Gus Gaillard score, and a Colton Millsap TD.

The Greyhounds took a quick 27-26 lead off another Millsap touchdown run of 8-yards with two minutes to play in the game only to see Panhandle quarterback Landyn Hack answer with a 53-yard TD run on the ensuing possession. Hack tacked on a 2-point conversion as the momentum flipped back to the Panthers, 34-27.

But coach Lee Brandon’s team kept its composure drove down the field and with 15 seconds left McLain went under center and got behind his offensive line to drive his way in. Brandon then decided to go for the win, as McLain punched the stamp on the victory with a 2-point conversion run.

McLain finished the game with 69 yards rushing and two scores. Millsap added 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and 54 yards receiving. Ridge Holland led the team with 127 yards rushing.

Hack did all he could for Panhandle (0-2) rushing for 175 yards with four touchdowns, and throwing for 114 yards.

Gruver 35, Panhandle 34

Gruver 20 15 35

Panhandle 6 14 14 34

Clarendon wins defensive battle

The Clarendon Broncos probably weren’t expecting a defensive clinic in this one, but pulled out the win anyway in a 12-8 victory over Ralls on the road Friday night.

Both teams found their only scores of the game in the second quarter. Ralls only score came on a busted play where a receiver went undefended and found the end zone from 72 yards out. That was also Jackrabbits only completed pass on the night as the Broncos defense held Xavier Garcia to 1-of-7 passing including an interception by LaMarcus Penigar.

The Broncos offense was frustrated as well but were able to put up two scores in the second quarter before being shutout in the second half. Both scores came by way of the ground where Clarendon found most of its success on the night. Jordan Herndon and Brock Hatley had the scores for the Broncos as Clarendon rushed for 169 yards on the night on 38 carries combined.

Clarendon improves to 2-0. Ralls falls to 0-2.

Clarendon 12, Ralls 8

Clarendon 0 12 — 12

Ralls 8 — 8

Memphis outlasts Crosbyton

Memphis overcame a bad loss to Electra last week winning a seesaw battle on the road at Crosbyton, 24-20 on Friday night.

The biggest difference in this one was the Cyclones ability to convert on the 2-pt conversion after each of their scores. Crosbyton (0-2) was only able to convert on two of their 2-points after attempts, and let the game fall out of reach.

Memphis (1-1) was dominant on the ground led by Cutter O’Neal and Gabriel Zuniga. The pair combined for 223 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns (both by O’Neal.) The Memphis defense came in clutch when the offense was faulting as they were able to counter each of the offenses three turnovers with forced turnovers of their own.

Memphis 24, Crosbyton 20

Memphis 8 8 8 — 24

Crosbyton 7 7 6 — 20

Farwell takes down rival Bovina

The Farwell Steers picked up where they left off last week taking out Bovina on the road Friday night, 41-7.

The Farwell offense was led once again by Corey Stancell on the ground. The sophomore running back has been a monster to start the season and was no different in Bovina. On 20 carries, the lead back was able to put up 132 yards and three touchdowns. Carlitos Castillo and Xander Schilling were huge compliments to Stancell in the running game, combining for 107 more yards and two touchdowns.

The Farwell defense did its part forcing four Mustang turnovers including three fumbles.

Bovina falls to 1-1 on the year.

Farwell 41, Bovina 7

Farwell 14 14 13 — 41

Bovina 7 7

Longhorns blitz Boys Ranch

Vega carried on its winning ways cruising by Boys Ranch in another storied traditional game of the Oldham County championship at the beautiful setting of Roughriders Stadium on Friday night.

The Longhorns (2-0) came into the season looking to improve on their regional semifinal finish from last season, and through two weeks, they seem to be capable of doing just that. Quarterback Ryan Grawunder did his part with an efficient 7-of-11 night passing for 168 yards through the air with two touchdowns. Clay Gilter had a big night with 110 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

The Vega defense was able to hold Boys Ranch to only 214 total yards, and limited the Roughriders to six first downs.

Vega 47, Boys Ranch 20.

Vega 21 19 7 — 47

Boys Ranch 20 — 20

Irish hammer Munday

For a second straight week the Shamrock offense has looked unbelievable this time putting up 80 points on the way to an 80-18 blowout win at Munday on Friday night.

In the first two games of the coach Jeff Caffey era the Irish (2-0) have totaled 122 points in two wins.

Shamrock spread the ball around out of its 342 rush yards. Running back Kit Macina led the team with 135 yards on nine totes with three touchdowns. Caden Peevy had his second straight great game with 97 yards and two scores on only six carries. Peevy also made 10 tackles on the defensive side. Receiver Braxton Allen added a touchdown catch and made two snags for 51 yards.

Shamrock 80, Munday 18

Shamrock 16 28 30 6 — 80

Munday 0 6 6 6 — 18

New Deal handles Wellington

It was suppose to be a showcase game on the South Plains, however, the New Deal Lions

handed Wellington a second straight loss, 28-6, at Lions Stadium on Friday.

The battered Skyrockets are still without signal caller, Creighton Killian, but the offense did see a boost as Wellington returned their All-State running back Marc Ramirez. Ramirez made up for lost time collecting 92 yards and a score on 21 carries Friday night.

Defense was the key in this one, and New Deal’s was impressive holding the Skyrockets to only 212 yards of total offense as well as forcing three turnovers on the night.

Leric Eaton led the way for the Lions offense picking up 150 yards and two touchdowns on only 16 carries.

Wellington falls to 0-2. New Deal is off to a 2-0 start.

New Deal 28, Wellington 6

Wellington 6 — 6

New Deal 6 15 7 — 28

Hooker hands Sunray first loss

Sunray was within reach of the lead for a bit but before Hooker, Okla., was able to pull away for a 55-26 road victory Friday spoiling the Bobcats home opener.

Sunray (1-1) was going toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs (1-0) cutting the lead down to 15-12 on a 46-yard pass by Jimmy Dominguez to Armando Lujan.

Just before the first half concluded, the Bulldogs were able to pad their lead making it a 23-12 game at halftime.

With momentum on their side, Hooker went on to outscore the Bobcats 32-14 in the second half. The Bulldogs had a two headed monster in their backfield as QB Gavynn Parker was 17-of-32 for 244 yards with two scores through the air, and running back Conner Hidalgo put on a show with 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries.

Sunray’s Armando Lujan was a silver lining for the Bobcats in the loss as the quarterback went 18-of-28 for 250 yards and a touchdown. The dual-threat signal caller added two more touchdowns on the ground.

Hooker, Okla., 55, Sunray 26

Hooker 15 8 16 16 — 55

Sunray 6 6 14 26

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