Class 3A-2A roundup: Spearman cruises, Muleshoe wins thriller; WT High out guns Sunray
Updated: Sep 20
Spearman quarterback Jack Wilkerson (5) throws a pass across his body during the Lynx nondistrict game at home against Vega on Friday night. [Ernie Bowen/ For Press Pass Sports]
Spearman continued its hot start to the season with a dominating Homecoming win against Vega 49-7 at Lynx Stadium on Friday night.
The Lynx wrap up the nondistrict at 4-0, and will open District 3-3A Division II play with a home showdown against unbeaten Childress (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Spearman raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead against the Longhorns (2-2). Quarterback Jack Wilkerson, Brenen Thompson and Fabian Hernandez did the damage for Spearman in the victory. Wilkerson threw for 128 yards, rushed for 75 yards with a combined three touchdowns.
Thompson, the Texas Panhandle’s top recruit with 28 Division I offers, chewed up 152 yards on the ground with a pair of scores, had 69 receiving yards and a TD and an interception return for his fourth touchdown of the game.
Hernandez also get in on the mix going for 174 yards rushing adding a touchdown.
Vega (2-2) will try and rebound at home against Bovina at 7 p.m. Friday.
Spearman 49, Vega 7
Vega 0 0 0 7 — 7
Spearman 8 20 14 7 — 49
Dalhart downs Friona
The Dalhart Golden Wolves erased an early 14-point deficit to Friona only to answer 49 straight of their own to nab a convincing 49-21 win at Chieftains Stadium on Friday.
No one knew if the scoring was going to stop after sitting through a first quarter that saw 35 points scored and over 250 total yards. For one team, the Golden Wolves, the scoring didn't stop. After finding themselves in a 14-0 hole to start the game, the Wolves went on a 49-0 run that was only stopped by a breakaway touchdown by Friona in the fourth quarter.
Will Moore led Dalhart on the offensive end with 8 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Xavier Hammett punched in three touchdowns on 88 yards rushing.
Dalhart’s defense stepped it up immensely after the first quarter, allowing 200 yards of total offense for Friona.
Dalhart (2-2) heads into Week 5, where they will host Borger (0-4).
Friona (3-1) falls from the ranks of the unbeaten, and will look to bounce back against Dimmitt (0-4).
Dalhart 49, Friona 21
Dalhart 21 14 14 0 — 49
Friona 14 0 0 7 — 21
Muleshoe stuns Tulia in closing seconds
Quarterback Zach Hasley connected on a 51-yard yard touchdown strike to Eli Macias with 12 second left to give the Mules a thrilling 21-14 come-from-behind win against Tulia at Younger Field on Friday.
Tulia had scored two second quarter touchdowns to take 14-0 halftime lead.
The Mules took advantage of Hornets three turnovers, tying the game in the third with a pair of Hasley TD tosses to Brennen Davis of 24 and 18 yards.
The game eventually came down to the final minute where Muleshoe was able to make the plays when it counted and Hasley finding Macias, his only reception of the night, for the game-winner with 12 seconds remaining. Hasley struggled at times in this game but did complete 10-of-21 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Davis hauled in three passes for 49 yards and two scores. Running back Joey Martinez piled up 177 yards rushing.
Tulia (3-1) suffers its first loss and will open District 3-3A Division II play at Highland Park at 7 p.m. Friday. Muleshoe is now 2-2, doubling last year’s win total, and will play Seminole (0-4) next week.
Muleshoe 21, Tulia 14
Muleshoe 0 0 14 7 — 21
Tulia 0 14 0 0 — 14
Wheeler’s Hesston Marshall, left, and teammate KaMonte Martin celebrate after a touchdown against Highland Park at Hornets Stadium on Friday night. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]
Wheeler blasts Highland Park
Wheeler was hot out of the gate and never slowed down Friday night at Highland Park as they captured the 65-0 win over the Hornets.
The Mustangs got things rolling quickly as they held a 52-0 lead at halftime Friday night, thanks in part to two names, Heston Marshall and David Rascon. Together the two backs compiled 269 yards on the ground with seven touchdowns. Rascon led the two with 179 yards on 16 carries collecting three of the touchdowns. Marshall, usually the leading running back for the Mustangs, took a few extra snaps behind center Friday night. Marshall completed 4-of-5 passes for 88 yards in the win. He also returned two fumbles for touchdowns on defense.
Wheeler (3-1) will host Sunray (3-1) next week. Highland Park (0-4) has struggled out of the gate, but has another opportunity next week against Tulia (3-1) to turn things around.
Wheeler 65, Highland Park 0
Wheeler 25 27 13 0 — 65
H. Park 0 0 0 0 — 0
West Texas High quarterback Avian Cruz gets loose in the open field against Sunray on Friday night at Comanches Stadium. [Tucker Stroud/ Press Pass Sports]
Comanches “Cruz” on Homecoming
West Texas High was able to get a win for its Homecoming crowd Friday night while knocking Sunray from the unbeaten ranks with a 42-27 at Comanches Stadium.
The end of the first quarter had Sunray in the lead 12-6 after a pair of Tate DeBord passing touchdowns. In the second quarter, the Comanches exploded for 22 points. Standout QB Avian Cruz got it started with his feet scoring on his second rushing touchdown of the night, and then threw a dime over the middle for a 78 yard touchdown to Jayden Harvey.
The scoring wasn’t over however as Avain’s little brother, Andreus, also a return specialist for the Comanches, fielded a punt from his own 24, and proceeded to return it 74 yards for the score to secure the lead at 28-20 at half.
The Bobcats did their best to stay in the contest until the end, but just fell short. The Bobcats were led by senior QB DeBord who ended the night with 13 carries for 85 yards and a score as well as 10-of-22 passing for an additional 144 yards and two more touchdowns. In response, Cruz rattled off 117 yards on the ground for two scores and passed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns.
Sunray suffers its first loss falling to 3-1. The Bobcats will host a good one with Wheeler (3-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. WT High (2-2) heads into the bye.
West Texas 42, Sunray 27
Sunray 12 8 7 0 — 27
WestTexas 6 22 8 6 — 42
Skyrockets scorch Gruver
Wellington, the No. 3-ranked team in Class 2A Division II, had no issue going on the road and dismantling Gruver 50-6 in a nondistrict clash Friday night.
The Greyhounds did their best to stick around in this one as Wellington was only holding a 16-6 lead in the early second quarter. The Skyrockets eventually were too strong going on to score 34 unanswered to finish out the final three quarters.
Wellington was run heavy Friday night amassing 385 yards on the ground against Gruver. Three backs for the Skyrockets compiled 50 yards and a score each. Leading the way for the highly-ranked team was junior back, Marc Ramirez. Ramirez ended his night with 11 carries for 175 yards and two scores with his longest run coming from 84 yards out on his second house call of the night.
Wellington (3-0) keeps things rolling next week as they take a road trip to Jacksboro (3-1). Gruver (0-4) will look to spark a fire against Shamrock (3-0) on Friday.
Wellington 50, Gruver 6
Wellington 16 20 8 6 — 50
Gruver 0 6 0 0 — 6
Clarendon running back Jmaury Davis gallops down the sideline in the second quarter during a nondistrict game against Hale Center at Broncos Stadium on Friday. [Tom Carver/ Press Pass Sports]
Clarendon fends off Hale Center
The No. 8-ranked Clarendon Broncos leaned on timely passing and defense to pick up a 28-20 Homecoming victory against Hale Center on Friday.
The Broncos stay undefeated on the season at 4-0 overall, while the Owls suffer their first loss falling to 3-1.
Clarendon opened up the game building a 10-0 lead off a safety, and a 4th down and 6 touchdown pass from Bryce Hatley to Lamarcus Penigar on a 10-yard pitch and catch.
On the ensuing drive, looking at 3rd and 25 at midfield, Hatley hit Jmaury Davis over the middle. Davis was able to break a few tackles gaining 33 yards on the play to keep the drive going. A few plays later Clarendon was back in the endzone on a tough 5-yard run by Antwan Bassett, extending the advantage to 16-0.
Hale Center did chip away and use Broncos miscues throughout the game but its rally fell short.
Davis snagged two catches for 61 yards. Bassett carried the ball 14 times for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Clarendon 28, Hale Center 20
Hale Center 0 6 0 14 — 20
Clarendon 16 0 12 0 — 28
Bushland wears down Stratford
Bushland used its up-tempo offense to eventually wear down a talented Stratford squad 35-14 on Friday night at E.L. Sam Bass Stadium.
Bushland rebounds from a loss to Canadian last week, improving to 2-2 overall while Stratford falls to 2-2.
The Elks and Falcons went back and forth in the first half. Stratford took an early 6-0 lead on a Zane Burr 44-yard gallop.
Bushland answered right back when Leaford Calder Jr. scampered for 27 yards to put the Falcons in front 7-6.
Stratford regained the advantage one last time in the second quarter. Quarterback Trever Bell found Dru Jones on an 18-yard pitch and catch that gave the Elks a 14-7 lead with 8:09 to play in the second quarter.
From that point forward the Falcons defense stiffened and the offensive rhythm took over, as Bushland went on to reel off the games final 28 points.
Bushland’s defense stifled the Elks, holding a very good team to 176 yards of offense. Falcons running back Ethan Fuentes grounded out 109 yards on 16 carries with two scores. Fuentes even made three catches for 53 yards adding another score.
Calder Jr. also found the endzone twice on 51 yards rushing.
Bushland QB Coleman Junell was 9-of-15 for 111 yards with a TD, but did throw two picks.
Stratford’s Burr finished with 88 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Bushland 35, Stratford 14
Bushland 7 7 7 14 — 35
Stratford 6 8 0 0 — 14