Class 3A-2A roundup: Falcons soars past Wildcats; Childress rolls, Wellington stays perfect
Updated: Oct 18
Bushland receiver Kash Bradley (4) darts toward the end zone against River Road during a District 2-3A Division I clash Friday night at Wildcats Stadium. [Tom Carver/ Press Pass Sports]
The Bushland Falcons seem to be playing better by the week.
Bushland was able to keep its winning ways going with a solid first half, followed by an explosive third quarter to down River Road 41-7 at Wildcats Stadium on Friday.
The Falcons are currently soaring winners of four straight moving to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in District 2-3A Division I. The Wildcats fall to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in district.
Bushland opened up a 20-0 halftime lead on two touchdown passes from Coleman Junnel to Brody Sutterfield and Kash Bradley, and a Junnel 11-yard touchdown run. But it was the third quarter that the Falcons put the stamp on the victory with Junnel finding Bradley two more times through the air on scores of 64 and eight yards, pushing the advantage to 41-0.
The Bushland defense did a solid job containing the River Road ground game and quarterback Lance Welps. The Wildcats did rush for 259 yards, however, Bushland forced two fumbles and didn’t allow a single passing yard.
Junell finished his big night going 13-of-18 for 236 yards with four touchdown tosses, and 72 yards rushing with another score. Bradley continued his hot play snagging four catches for 115 yards with three TD catches.
Bushland will face off with Dalhart (5-2, 1-0) at Falcons Stadium on Friday. District note Dalhart earned a forfeit win against Littlefield due to COVID-19 concerns. The Golden Wolves move to 5-2, 1-0.
Bushland 41, River Road 7
Bushland 7 13 21 0 — 41
R. Road 0 0 0 7 — 7
District 3-3A Division II
Canadian‘s Twister Kelton (3) returns a punt for a touchdown against Dimmitt during a District 3-3A Division II game Friday at Wildcats Stadium. [Alan Hale/ For Press Pass Sports]
Canadian destroys Dimmitt
Canadian ran its eye-opening district win streak to 40 straight games after demolishing Dimmitt 78-0 on Homecoming at Wildcats Stadium on Friday.
After an odd season with teams having to move around games on the Wildcats due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Canadian was playing its first home game since Aug. 28.
The Wildcats improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in District 3-3A Division II. The 40 straight district wins is a Texas Panhandle-best and currently ranks 11th in the state. Mason has 49 straight district wins which ranks 10th. Aledo leads all of Texas with 90 straight.
Quarterback Joshua Culwell made the most of his limited snaps against the Bobcats (0-8, 0-4). The senior gunslinger went 10-of-12 for 285 yards with five touchdowns. Reagan Cochran caught four of those passes for 125 yards and two TDs.
Canadian 78, Dimmitt 0
Dimmitt 0 0 0 0 — 0
Canadian 48 14 9 7 — 78
Childress lights up Friona
The Childress Bobcats scored 50 or more points for the fifth time this season thanks an impressive 50-26 victory against Friona in a District 3-3A Division II clash Friday at Bobcats Stadium on Charlie Johnston Field.
The Bobcats didn’t waste any time clicking on offense putting up 20 points in the first quarter on the way to a 28-6 lead. Childress kept its foot on the gas in the second half extending the lead to 43-12 by the end of three.
Freshman Dareon Mathis is a name to keep watching for. The speedy running back scored two first quarter touchdowns, finishing with 124 yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Collin Bishop diced up the Chieftains through the air with 366 passing yards, completing 18-of-26 passes with a pair of touchdown tosses. Bishop also tallied 75 yards on the ground with two more scores. Receivers Lamont Nickleberry and Devron Sims benefited from Bishop’s precise passing. Nickleberry made four catches for 119 yards and a score, while Sims snagged six balls for 111 yards with a touchdown.
Childress improves to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in district. Friona falls to 5-2, 2-1.
Spearman has yet to play a game in the past 21 days due to COVID-19 concerns. Highland Park was forced to forfeit its district game against the Lynx, giving Spearman a 2-0 forfeit win. Spearman is 6-1 overall and 1-1 in district play.
Childress 50, Friona 26
Friona 6 0 6 14 — 26
Childress 20 8 15 7 — 50
District 1-2A Division I
Panhandle‘s Landyn Hack breaks loose for big yards against West Texas High during a District 1-2A meeting Friday at Comanches Stadium. [Tucker Stroud/ For Press Pass Sports]
Panhandle outguns West Texas
Panhandle and West Texas High put on an offensive exhibition Friday night as the Panthers took gained a measure of revenge from last years shootout loss with a 67-50 road win at Comanches Stadium in Stinnett.
The two teams went back-and-forth through the first three quarters as WT High actually held the lead over for a majority of this game. That was before a safety in the third quarter turned the momentum in Panhandle's favor and the Panthers returned the ensuing punt to score 10 points in less than 30 seconds and take a 45-38 lead. Panhandle led from that point forward ending the final 15 minutes on a 22-12 run.
Together the two teams compiled more than 800 yards in the game, with only 137 of those coming through the air. The running game was working for both especially Panther sophomore Landyn Hack. Hack sliced through the Comanches for 218 yards on 13 carries with four touchdowns all rushing. Jayse Edwards complimented Hack adding 100 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. WT High running back Rocky Reiswig finished the night with 148 yards on 17 totes and a score.
Panhandle (5-2, 2-0 plays host to Boys Ranch (0-6, 0-2) on Friday. WT High (3-4, 1-1) will try to get back at Farwell (6-1, 2-0).
Panhandle 67, West Texas 50
Panhandle 14 15 23 15 — 67
WT High 14 16 8 12 — 50
Farwell blanks Sanford-Fritch
It was quick night for the Farwell Steers who continue to fire on all cylinders in a 42-0 road win against Sanford-Fritch Friday night.
The offense exploded in the first half for Farwell as they took a 30-0 lead heading into halftime. Quarterback Leefe Actikinson wasn’t as active for his team as usual, but he still left his mark on the game with 82 yards passing with a touchdown and a rushing TD.
Leading the way for the Steers was Corey Stancell. The back went for 225 yards in the contest on 18 carries finding the end zone on three separate occasions. Stancell also did his part on the defensive end with 12 total tackles including a sack. The Steer defense was intense allowing 202 yards total on the night while creating four turnovers against the Eagles (0-7, 0-2).
Farwell is now 7-1 overall and 2-0 in District 1-2A Division I. Farwell will play host to West Texas High on Friday.
Olton earned its first win of district by shutting out Boys Ranch 63-0.
Farwell 42, Sanford-Frich 0
Farwell 12 18 6 6 — 42
Sanford-Fritch 0 0 0 0 — 0
District 2-2A Division II
Bovina upends Ropes
Bovina has found new life since district play started as the Mustangs took down Ropes on the road 34-7 in a District 2-2A Division II matchup Friday at Eagles Stadium.
After a dreadful 1-4 start to the year the Mustangs have gotten healthy and found their rhythm winning back-to-back district games improving to 3-4 overall, but more importantly leading the district at 2-0.
Bovina stampeded its way past the Eagles (5-2, 1-1) chewing up 264 yards on the ground. Andrew Guevara and Darian DeLaRosa made quite the tag team, as each went over the century mark. Guevara took 17 carries for 107 yards with a touchdown, followed by DeLaRosa’s 101 yards on nine carries that included a 20-yard TD. Quarerback Cole Emory added 41 yards in the win and found the pay dirt two times himself.
In the other district game Friday, Smyer took down New Home, 44-30.
Bovina 34, Ropes 7
Bovina 7 6 14 7 — 34
Ropes 0 0 7 0 — 7
District 3-2A Division II
Startford bullies Sunray
The Stratford Elks took down rival Sunray in a District 3-2A Division II opener in dominant fashion 62-25 Friday night at E.L. Sam Bass Stadium in Stratford.
Both teams were rolling on offense with over 380 yards on the night. With two excellent offenses going this game was going to be determined by the success of either teams defenses. Stratford won the defensive battle however, forcing three turnovers on the night and holding Sunray QB Tate Debord to 4-for-20 passing. The defense helped set up the offense for success. Elk’s quarterback Trevor Bell had his best game to date passing for 225 yards on 16-of-27 attempts with three touchdowns. Bell used his legs going 65 yards for another score. Luke Braden was a sold target for Bell nabbing three receptions for 63 yards and two house calls.
Stratford improves to 3-4 overall but 1-0 in district. Sunray falls to 4-4, 1-1.
Booker had to forfeit its district contest with Gruver on Friday due to COVID-19 issues. The Greyhounds improve to 2-6, 1-1.
Stratford 62, Sunray 25
Sunray 6 6 7 6 — 25
Stratford 14 14 13 21 — 62
District 4-2A Division II
Wellington stays perfect downing Memphis
The No. 3-ranked Wellington Skyrockets didn’t overlook Memphis before a big clash with Clarendon next Friday.
The Skyrockets, who played their first home game since August, stayed focused and took care of business for a commanding 52-16 at Powell Field in Wellington on Friday.
Wellington stays red hot at 7-0 overall and 2-0 in District 4-2A Division II. The Skyrockets will now set their focus on a showdown at Clarendon (6-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m. this coming Friday.
Wellington handled the Cyclones (3-5, 0-2) on all sides of the ball. The defense limited Memphis to 203 yards, and were able to put up 361 total yards with 296 of those coming on the ground.
Junior Marc Ramirez had a game-high 74 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns to lead the Skyrockets. Mason Folk added 54 yards rushing and John Ramirez scored two touchdowns.
Wellington 52, Memphis 16
Memphis 0 0 8 8 — 16
Wellington 16 14 14 8 — 52
Wheeler takes county rivalry
The Wheeler Mustangs made it five wins in a row taking down Wheeler County rival and District 4-2A Division II for Shamrock, 39-16, at Nicholson Field in Wheeler on Friday.
The Wheeler offense was on fire to start this one as they picked up a 21-0 lead by halftime. Hesston Marshall the running back turned signal caller was at it again this week. The senior went 9-of-16 passing for 221 yards and three touchdown passes. Marshall also did it with his legs running the ball for 86 yards and a score on 15 carries. Teammate David Rascon, a great compliment to Marshall, tacked on another 77 yards and a score.
The Irish were led senior QB Shea Jernigan. Jernigan was 12-for-22 for 147 yards and a touchdown in the game.
Wheeler is now 6-1 overall and 1-0 in district action. After a 4-0 start to the year, Shamrock has slumped losing four straight dropping to 4-4, 0-2.
Wheeler 39, Shamrock 16
Shamrock 0 0 8 8 — 16
Wheeler 6 15 6 12 — 39