Class 3A-2A roundup: Childress impresses, Canadian cruises; Stratford shocks Spearman, Farwell rolls


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Childress Bobcat standout Lamont Nickelberry takes a kickoff back for a touchdown against Panhandle during a non-district game Friday at Panthers Stadium. [Tom Carver/ Press Pass Sports]

Childress dominated in all phases never allowing Panhandle a chance to get in the game in a 68-27 thumping Friday at Panther Stadium.

The Bobcats, the No. 6-ranked team in Class 3A Division II looked as good as advertised. Childress scored by the run, through the air and on special teams. After a Panhandle (0-1) touchdown early in the second quarter, cutting the deficit at 13-6, the Bobcats immediately took a strong claw on the contest scoring 28 unanswered points to take a 41-13 halftime lead.

Childress (1-0) finished the game with 468 yards of offense.

Lamont Nickelberry did a little bit of everything for Childress. The senior had an 80-yard kickoff return, and caught four passes for 43 yards and two scores. Quarterback Collin Bishop managed the offense throwing for 210 yards, running for 84 yards with a combined four TDs. Sophomore running back Dareon Mathis tacked on 92 yards with a pair or touchdowns of his own.

Defensively, Scout Smith made 20 tackles, eight of which were solo.

Childress 68, Panhandle 27

Childress 13 28 20 7 — 68

Panhandle 0 13 0 14 — 27

Eagles score late to down Wildcats

In a very physical contest it was Lubbock Roosevelt punching in a fourth quarter score to propel the Eagles to a 14-6 victory spoiling the season opener for River Road on Friday night in front of the home fans.

Roosevelt led 6-0 at half thanks to a JJ Diaz 2-yard score. The Wildcats battled back in the third behind a superb run attack. Senior standout Elliott Brown tied the game at 6-6 in the third quarter after a 1-yard TD, however, the 2-point conversion failed.

In the fourth quarter the Eagles took the lead for good after Diaz broke loose on a 16-yard TD run. The 2-point conversion was good as Roosevelt took a 14-6 lead, and River Road was unable to respond.

Diaz tallied 106 yards on seven carries. Brown paced River Road with 111 yards rushing.

The Wildcats drop to 0-1 overall. The Eagles are now to 1-0.

Lub. Roosevelt 14, River Road 6

Lub. Roosevelt 0 6 0 8 — 14

River Road 0 0 6 0 — 6

Canadian’s Trace Mitchell looks for running room against West Texas High on Friday night at Comanches Stadium. [Alan Hale/ Press Pass Sports]

Canadian puts it on Comanches

Canadian picked up where it left off from last year’s state championship season by dismantling West Texas High 69-6 in the opener on Friday night at Comanches Stadium in Stinnett.

Despite the loss of 15 key seniors the No. 3-ranked Wildcats showed no signs of slowing down behind sophomore quarterback Camren Cavalier, running back Luke Flowers and wide receiver Trace Mitchell.

Cavalier was impressive in his first career start going a very efficient 14-of-17 for 211 with four touchdown passes. Cavalier’s main target was Mitchell. Mitchell hauled in four catches for 61 yards and three scores of 20, 17 and 14 yards.

Flowers added 55 yards on the ground on only six carries with a pair of scores.

The Wildcats defense was flying to the football holding the Comanches to 78 total yards. Canadian is 1-0 on the year, and has won 15 in a row dating back to last season. WT High falls to 0-1.

Canadian 69, West Texas High 6

Canadian 34 21 7 7 — 69

WT High 0 6 0 0 — 6

Tulia too tough for Floydada

Tulia opened the season in a big way by blanking Floydada 32-0 on Friday night at Tyer Stadium in Floydada.

The Hornets improve to 1-0 overall. Floydada is 0-1.

Tulia quarterback Travon McCaslin had a nice performance. McCaslin completing 17-of-29 passes for 192 yards that included a touchdown strike of 26-yards to Ethan Reyes that opened the scoring. Reyes also had a pick six that he returned 40 yards to pay dirt.

The Hornets defense was equally impressive holding the Whirlwinds to 140 yards of total offense.

Tulia 32, Floydada 0

Tulia 7 6 13 6 — 32

Floydada 0 0 0 0 — 0

Friona pummels Brownfield

Quarterback Bryan Chavira totaled 177 yards on the way to helping Friona to a 42-14 win at Browfield on Friday night.

Chavira threw for 50 yards, however, did most of his damage with his legs rushing for 127 yards on 17 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

Teammate Jacob Bautista added 68 yards on on nine totes with a score followed by Mario Bautista’s 68 yards of his own with a score.

Friona is 1-0 to start the season. Brownfield is 0-1.

Friona 42, Brownfield 14

Friona 14 14 0 14 — 42

Brownfield 0 7 7 0 — 14

Mules rough up Roughnecks

It was a successful opening night of 2021 for coach Jason Richards and his Muleshoe Mules.

Muleshoe opened the game up thanks to a 19-point second quarter explosion.

Leading 7-0 after the first quarter, quarterback Zach Hasley extended the advantage to 13-0 on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Eliasar Cisneros. Later in the second, Jaxher Lopez and Zeke Kasel punched in back-to-back TD runs as Muleshoe to a commanding 26-0 lead into halftime.

Hasley threw for 129 yards on 12-of-19 passing with a score. Junior McMullen Davian made eight tackles on the defensive side.

The Mules move to 1-0, Sundown falls to 0-1.

Muleshoe 33, Sundown 14

Sundown 0 0 0 14 — 14

Muleshoe 7 19 0 7 — 33

Thomas earns first win at Littlefield

After a year layoff former Bushland coach Jimmy Thomas returned to the sideline and earned his first win at Littlefield thanks to a 45-6 route of Dimmitt on Friday night.

Thomas, who spent six years with the Falcons, and his Wildcats (1-0) racked up 460 yards of offense with 300 of those coming on the ground. Quarterback Ethan Garcia put in the work against the Bobcats (0-1). Garcia totaled 295 yards of offense. Garcia threw for 160 yards, tacking on 135 rushing for a combined five touchdowns.

Littlefield 45, Dimmitt 6

Littlefield 0 12 20 13 — 45

Dimmitt 0 0 0 6 — 6


Stratford‘s Cody Rinne drives in for a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against Spearman on Friday night at E.L. Sam Bass Stadium. [Ernie Bowen/ For Press Pass Sports]

Stratford shocks Spearman

After two years of handing each other blowout losses, Stratford and Spearman played a season opener in August that had all the feeling of a playoff atmosphere in November.

This game came down to the final moments when Elks quarterback Cody Rinne was able to punch in a touchdown from 3-yards out with only seven seconds remaining in the contest lifting Stratford to an incredible 29-22 victory against the Lynx at E.L. Sam Bass Stadium on Friday night.

The two teams traded scores throughout. Spearman (0-1) led 8-0 early only to see Stratford tie the game on the final play of the first half when Rinne connected to Luke Braden from 17-yards out as time expired.

In the second half, the Lynx rallied back. Trailing 22-15, four-star Division I standout Brenen Thompson found pay dirt on an 8-yard scamper that tied it up, 22-22.

Stratford (1-0) ended up with the ball last and executed the drive to perfection. Rinne orchestrated a 12-play, 75-yard drive over the final three minutes and change that resulted in his game-winning 3-yard touchdown run.

Rinne finished his night going 15-of-23 for 121 yards and a score, while rushing for 124 yards and two TDs.

Stratford 29, Spearman 22

Spearman 0 8 7 7 — 22

Stratford 0 8 6 15 — 29

Clarendon blanks Seymour

Clarendon took care of business on both sides of the ball sending the home crowd off happy with a 29-0 shutout of Seymour to open the 2021 campaign Friday night.

The Broncos defense suffocated the Panthers

allowing only 65 yards on the ground.

Offensively, Lamarcus Pentigar showed off his versatility. The senior racked up 43 yards on nine carries with a touchdown, and snagged seven catches for 65 yards.

Jordan Herndon had a touchdown on 29 yards rushing to go with an interception on defense.

Clarendon improves to 1-0 to start the year. Seymour is 0-1.

Clarendon 29, Seymour 0

Seymour 0 0 0 0 — 0

Clarendon 13 8 8 0 — 29

Vega’s Garrett Stribling swallows a Highland Park running back Friday night at Hornets Stadium. [Johnette Stribling/ For Press Pass Sports]

Vega rolls past Highland Park

The Vega Longhorns made quick work of Highland Park on the road with a lopsided 57-16 victory Friday night.

Quarterback Ryan Grawunder picked up where he left off last season. The senior threw for 227 yards with four touchdowns, adding 73 yards on the ground with another score.

Grawunder had no trouble finding Slade Fowler who had three catches for 113 yards and a score. Running back Jose Silerio toted the ball six times for 84 yards and a touchdown.

The Longhorns are 1-0 on the season. Highland Park drops to 0-1.

Vega 57, Highland Park 16

Vega 13 19 18 7 — 57

H. Park 0 0 8 8 — 16

Gruver starts off hot against Texhoma

The Gruver Greyhounds played host to Texhoma, Okla., Friday night earning a convincing 38-12 on Friday night at Greyhounds Stadium.

On the offensive end, Gruver dedicated a majority of its offense to the ground game. Ridge Holland led the team in total yards with 36 on six carries picking up two touchdowns along the way. Collectively however, the Greyhounds ran the ball an impressive 31 times for 150 yards.

Defense and special teams played a role in this one as Gruver was able to pad on two more scores with its effort. It was Holland again stepping up for the Greyhounds with a housecall after his interception. Colton Millsap padded the Gruver lead when he returned a kickoff from 65 yards out.

The Greyhounds are now 1-0 on the year. Texhoma falls to 0-1.

Gruver 38, Texhoma 12

Texhoma 0 0 6 6 — 12

Gruver 6 6 6 20 — 38

Stancell hauls the Steers past Ralls

Corey Stancell picked up where he left off his freshman year leading Farwell to a double up 42-21 road win at Ralls on Friday.

Stancell, now a sophomore, finished his night with 25 carries for 228 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Stancell also added seven tackles on defense.

Senior, Carlitos Castillo, was an incredible compliment to the sophomore adding 90 yards and two scores on 11 carries.

Farwell is 1-0 overall on the year. Ralls is now 0-1.

Farwell 42, Ralls 21

Farwell 7 14 0 21 — 42

Ralls 0 7 7 7 — 21

Sunray shocks Sanford-Fritch

The Sunray bobcats erased a 14-point halftime deficit to stun Sanford-Fritch for a thrilling 30-22 win Friday night at Eagles Stadium in Fritch.

The Bobcats open the year at 1-0, while Fritch falls to 0-1.

It was a rough start for Sunray which fell behind 14-0 after the first quarter, then 22-8 at the half.

But the second half was a completely different story. The Bobcats tied the game, 22-22, in the second half on a pair of Samuel Mendoza touchdown scampers.

With the game still all square Sunray made the comeback full circle when Armando Lujan found Jimmy Dominguez on a 15-yard pitch and catch putting the Bobcats up 28-22 with 2:28 left in the contest. Sunray extended the advantage 30-22 with a crucial 2-point conversion on a Lujan toss to Pat McDowell.

Lujan finished the night with 122 yards and a TD. Mendoza rushed for 61 yards with three scores.

The Eagles were led by Trace Patterson’s 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Sunray 30, Sanford-Fritch 22

Sunray 0 8 8 14 — 30

S. Fritch 14 8 0 0 — 22

Wheeler sneaks past Booker

Wheeler scored a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and made it stand up to hold off a valiant effort from Booker for a 20-12 win on Friday night at Kiowas Stadium.

Wheeler (1-0) led 13-12 with seven minutes to play when the insurance touchdown came at the hands of fullback Julius Atherton who punched it in from 3-yards out, extending the Mustangs advantage, 20-12.

Booker (0-1) had one last chance with time winding down. however, Jovany Gallardo came up with a key interception to seal the victory.

Atherton was the go-to back for coach Matt Hoover, who earned his first win as a Mustang. Atherton carried the rock 19 times for 99 yards with the clutch score. KaMonte Martin added 79 yards on eight carries.

Wheeler 20, Booker 12

Wheeler 0 6 7 7 — 20

Booker 0 6 7 0 — 12

Peevy the magic charm for Irish

First-year head coach Jeff Caffey was all smiles in his debut for Shamrock as his Irish piled up 42 first half points during a 42-14 blistering of Crosbyton on Thursday night at El Paso Stadium in Shamrock.

The Irish jumped out quick opening a 22-0 first quarter lead, and never slowed scoring 20 more in the second to open a 42-0 lead into halftime.

Junior Caden Peevy was terrific for Shamrock blazing past Chieftain defenders for 170 yards on only nine carries with two touchdowns. Peevy also led a phenomenal defensive effort with 11 tackles, two of which were for a loss. Teammate Justin Moon added 10 tackles with eight for a loss.

Shamrock is 1-0 to start the year, while Crosbyton falls to 0-1.

Shamrock 42, Crosbyton 14

Crosbyton 6 0 0 8 — 42

Shamrock 22 20 0 0 — 14

Mustangs outmatch the Boys Ranch

Bovina was too much for the Boys Ranch Roughriders at home as the Mustangs took the first matchup of the season 29-14 on their home field.

It took coach Coby Emery’s team some time to adjust to the flow of things, but once they did the scoreboard started to light up.

The game was scoreless to near halftime, but with just 1:52 left in the first half, Darian DeLaRosa took a handoff on his own 13 and took it 87 yards for the first score of the night. Something must have clicked for DeLaRosa as tore off a 42 yard touchdown run to extend the lead for Bovina coming out of halftime. DeLaRosa finished his night with 193 yards on 13 carries with two scores.

Bovina (1-0) was just as good on the defensive end for the first three quarters. The Mustangs finished the night having forced two interceptions and picking up a safety to boot late in the third.

Boys Ranch (0–1) made a small run in the fourth picking up back-to-back touchdowns, but the damage had been done.

Boys Ranch is still looking for its first win in over four years.

Bovina 29, Boys Ranch 14

Boys Ranch 0 0 0 14 — 14

Bovina 0 7 16 6 — 29


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