Class 3A-2A roundup: The Road downs WT High, Bushland rolls; Eastland-Panhandle light up scoreboard
Updated: Oct 4
River Road’s Lance Welps runs upfield against West Texas High during a nondistrict matchup at Wildcats Stadium on Friday night. [Tucker Stroud/ For Press Pass Sports]
River Road has come together and started to find its way after what could have been a season-ending type loss at sub-par Lamesa.
The Wildcats shutdown West Texas High in the second half, and scored the final 27 points for a 41-14 victory against the Comanches on Friday night at Wildcats Stadium.
River Road, which seemed in disarray two weeks ago, bounces back to 3-3 overall on the year. WT High falls to 3-2.
This was a close contest tied, 14-14, midway through the second quarter. The Wildcats then took command on an Elliott Brown 28-yard dash to the endzone lifting River Road to a 20-14 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Brown turned in two more rushing touchdowns of four and 29-yards to give the Wildcats a commanding 35-14 lead.
Brown was part of a dominant run effort as River Road chewed up 426 of its 451 yards on the ground. Brown finished with 132 yards on 15 carries to go with his three scores. Senior quarterback Lance Welps did what he does going for a game-high 207 yards rushing on 23 carries with a TD of his own.
River Road opens District 2-3A Division I play at Littlefield on Friday.
The Comanches also opens District 1-2A Division I action at Sanford-Fritch on Friday.
River Road 41, WT High 14
West Texas High 0 14 0 0 — 14
River Road 0 20 8 13 — 41
Bushland‘s Brody Sutterfield (20) and teammate Scotty Hendricks celebrate after a touchdown against Lubbock Estacado during a nondistrict game Friday at Falcons Stadium. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]
Bushland blows out Estacado
The Bushland Falcons put a beating on Lubbock Estacado Friday with a 46-7 display at Falcons Stadium.
What a night it was for Bushland excelling on the offensive and defensive ends of the ball. Coleman Junell, the Bushland QB, hardly missed a pass completing 19-of-23 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Junell picked up another score on the ground to go with 50 more yards rushing. The Falcons defense was just as impressive holding a the Matadors offense to only one score on the night.
Bushland (3-2) heads into District 2-3A Division I play to host Muleshoe (2-3).
Bushland 46, Lubbock Estacado 7
Estacado 0 7 0 0 — 7
Bushland 10 21 7 8 — 46
Canadian defensive end Colton Cooper (62) stuffs a Hugoton Eagles running back during a nondistrict game Friday night. [Alan Hale/ For Press Pass Sports]
Canadian trounces Hugoton
Canadian showed its jubilation of getting to play for the first time in 21 days by throttling Hugoton, Kan. 52-14 on the road Friday night.
The No. 1 Wildcats from Class 3A Division II were originally scheduled to open District 3-3A Division II play with a home showdown against rival Spearman, however, due to COVID-19 issues, the Lynx were sadly forced to forfeit.
Luckily for Canadian, which was staring a 28-day layoff in the face, it picked up a matchup with the Eagles.
Despite the spontaneous meeting Canadian jumped out of the gate without rust opening up a 21-0 lead after half, on the way to a 45-0 halftime domination.
Running back Hayze Hufstedler outmatched the Eagles defense toting the ball only 10 times for 119 yards with a pair of scores. Quarterback Joshua Culwell carried himself well making it a smooth night throwing for 252 yards on 17-of-21 passes with two touchdowns.
Canadian (3-1, 1-0) finally gets a district game at Highland Park (1-5, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. Hugoton falls to 2-3.
Canadian 52, Hugoton, Kan. 14
Canadian 21 24 7 0 — 52
Hugoton 0 0 6 8 — 14
District 3-3A Division II
Tulia takes down Dimmitt
Tulia bounced back in the win column thanks to a 47-18 home victory against Dimmitt at Younger Field on Friday night.
The Hornets keep themselves in the playoff hunt improving to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in District 3-3A Division II. Dimmitt falls to 0-6, 0-2.
Tulia opened up a quick 14-0 lead after scoring on its opening possession, followed by another touchdown off a Bobcats turnover.
Tulia’s Hayden Montgomery had a superb snagging five catches for 104 yards with two scores. He also added 78 yards rushing on five carries with another score.
The Hornets defense did its job holding Dimmitt to 227 yards and forcing three turnovers.
Tulia continues district with at Friona on Friday. Dimmitt also continues district action at home with Childress.
Tulia 47, Dimmitt 18
Dimmitt 0 12 6 0 — 18
Tulia 20 6 7 14 — 47
Childress rebound with dominating win against Hornets
Childress rebounded in a big way from its first loss of the season, beating up Highland Park from start to finish in a 58-14 route on Charlie Johnston Field at Bobcats Stadium on Friday night.
Childress moves to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in District 3-3A Division II. Highland Park falls to 1-5, 1-1.
The Bobcats, who fell in a thrilling overtime loss at Spearman a week ago, played like a team on a mission. By the end of the first quarter the Bobcats exploded out to a 35-6.
By halftime the game was more than in-hand at 55-6.
Running back Dareon Mathis carried the load going for 126 yards on eight carries. He also made himself a weapon on the outside snagging two touchdown catches for 89 yards.
Quarterback Collin Bishop carried on his terrific year throwing for 258 yards and four TDs.
The Bobcats defense made it tough on the Hornets offense, forcing Highland Park into five interceptions, including two by Lane Foster.
Childress travels to Dimmitt (0-6, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hornets return home to play No. 1 Canadian (3-1, 1-0).
Childress 58, Highland Park 14
Highland Park 6 0 0 8 — 14
Childress 35 20 3 0 — 58
Eastland quarterback and Texas Tech commit Behren Morton (8) delivers a pass during a wild game against Panhandle on Friday night at Post. [Billy Watson/ Red Raider Sports]
Eastland outscores Panhandle in wild, historic fashion
For any fan of offense Post was the place to be in the state of Texas Friday night to see Eastland and Panhandle’s high-potent offenses clash.
This game saw an incredible 162 combined points as the Mavericks out gunned Panhandle 91-71 in wild fashion.
The 162 combined points is the fourth highest scoring game in 11-man football since 1951.
It started fast and the relentless pace never severed as Panhandle lead 57-50 at halftime.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, starting quarterback, Wesley Jones, who was tremendous, was forced out with injury moving Landyn Hack to take over as signal caller. In the second half Eastland kept pushing the tempo leading by an eye-opening 84-63 at the end of the third.
The teams ran a combined for 156 plays for 1,684 yards. Panhandle piled 882 total yards to the Mavericks 802.
Before being taken out, Panhandle’s Jones compiled 405 yards in the air for six touchdowns and 149 yards rushing for another 2 scores. His favorite target on the night was Zach Wood who caught a remarkable 15 passes for 334 total yards and four touchdowns.
Highly-touted Texas Tech commit and Eastland quarterback Behren Morton was as good as advertised combining for 10 touchdowns. Morton threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, as well as running for 110 yards and five more scores.
Panhandle (3-2) will look open District 1-2A Division I play at home against Olton (3-2) on Friday.
Eastland 91, Panhandle 73
Eastland 21 29 34 7 — 91
Panhandle 22 35 6 10 — 73
Vega knocks Clarendon from unbeaten ranks in thriller
The Vega Longhorns were able to complete the 28-22 upset of No. 6-ranked Clarendon in nail-biting fashion at Broncos Stadium in Clarendon Friday night.
This game was tight throughout and points were at a premium. Vega came out of the gates quick in the second half scoring 14 quick points and taking the lead. When it looked like all the momentum was going Vega’s way, Clarendon’s Jmaury Davis broke off a 61-yard touchdown run, and converted on the 2-point conversion to tie the game, 14-14.
Late into the forth quarter the back-and-forth with the Broncos leading 22-20 with the ball and milking the clock. That’s when the Longhorns were able to recover a key fumble by Lamarcus Penigar. Vega’s drove the field and capitalized on an 8-yard run by quarterback Ryan Grawunder quarterback sneak, followed by a 2-point conversion for the eventual game-winning 28-22 lead.
Grawunder led his team in both passing and rushing, going 8-of14- for 138 yards with two touchdowns, as well as another 55 yards on the ground on 12 carries and a score. Clarendon’s Jmaury Davis led his team in rushing collecting 128 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.
Vega (4-2) opens district when they battle Gruver (1-5) on Friday. Clarendon (5-1) also opens up district on the road as they take on Memphis (3-3).
Vega 28, Clarendon 22
Vega 0 0 14 14 — 28
Clarendon 0 6 8 8 — 22
Dalhart dismantles Stratford
The Dalhart Golden Wolves feasted offensively as they took out Stratford 56-26 Friday night at E.L. Sam Bass Stadium in Stratford.
The Dalhart offense exploded for more than 500 yards in the win getting done with the running and passing game. Quarterback Brennan Lloyd was impressive with 300 yards in the air and another 72 yards on the ground, accounting for six touchdowns on the night.
Stratford was halted on offense only picking up a 200 yards on the night.
Dalharts has won three games in a row, heading into a bye week at 4-2. Stratford (2-4) also enters a needed bye week.
Dalhart 56, Stratford 26
Dalhart 7 21 21 7 — 56
Stratford 0 12 0 14 — 26
Wellington keeps on rolling
The No. Wellington Skyrockets have picked up where they left off last year.
Separated by 239 miles Wellington met Valley View in Vernon, making the trip well worth it thanks to a 60-8 blowout win on Leo Brittain at Lions Stadium on Friday.
Wellington (5-0 overall) wasted no time getting down to business scoring 30 points before the Eagles could blink. Once Valley View scored its lone touchdown, the Skyrockets blasted off another 30 unanswered to finish the game.
Wellington gunslinger Creighton Killian was near perfect completing 7-of-9 pass attempts for 157 yards and two touchdown. Killian even had a score on the ground. Running back Marc Ramirez did what Marc Ramirez does and racked up 131 yards and two house calls on 12 carries, including a 60-yard breakaway score in the 1st quarter.
Wellington will open its district schedule at Shamrock (4-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Wellington 60, Valley View 8
Wellington 16 22 14 8 — 60
ValleyView 0 8 0 0 — 8
Sunray shuts out Shamrock
Sunray was firing on all cylinders, snapping a two-game losing skid by taking down the Shamrock Irish 42-0 at Bobcats Stadium on Friday night.
The Bobcats took a 16-0 lead going into halftime, but it wasnt until the second half when the offense really exploded. The running game was in full effect as three different Bobcats toted the ball for over 60 yards in the game. Quarterback Tate Debord led the pack with 117 yards rushing on 14 carries with two scores. Carlos Castellanos added 62 yards with a score.
Shamrock (4-2) struggled getting anything going only accounting for 128 total yards in the game. Fumbles also spelled disaster for the Irish as they lost two of their three loose balls.
Sunray improves to 4-2 on the season and will look open district at home against Booker (2-3) on Friday. Shamrock will open district playing host to No. 3 Wellington (5-0).
Sunray 42, Shamrock 0
Shamrock 0 0 0 0 — 0
Sunray 8 8 14 12 — 42
Wheeler’s David Rascon breaks loose for big yards against Gruver on Friday night. [Ernie Bowen/ For Press Pass Sports]
Wheeler gallops past Gruver
Wheeler was off to the races on Friday night as they exploded for over 308 yards on the ground in a 53-22 route of Gruver at Greyhounds Stadium.
The Mustangs stable of Heston Marshall and David Rascon was cooking with the duo combining for nearly 300 yards.
Rascon led the team with 154 yards with a score on 21 carries. The highly-talented Marshall tallied 144 yards on 15 carries with five rushing touchdowns, added a passing score, while returning a punt 57 yards for a TD.
Gruver’s Gus Galliard led the way for the Greyhounds with 59 yards rushing and a score.
Wheeler improves to 5-1 on the season as they head into its bye week.
Gruver (1-5) opens district action at home with Vega (4-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Wheeler 53, Gruver 22
Wheeler 12 14 7 20 — 53
Gruver 0 0 14 8 — 22
Booker makes it two straight
Booker made it back-to-back victories with a handling of Boys Ranch 48-7 on Friday night at Roughriders Stadium.
Boys Ranch was playing its first game since Sept. 11, due to COVID-19 issues and may have shown some rust.
The Kiowas were far from rusty throwing up an impressive 362 yards on the night thanks in part to their successful ground game that went for 255 yards.
Ismael Jimenez had a second straight big week by bruising Boys Ranch for more than 200 yards, punching in touchdowns.
Booker (2-3) will open district with Sunray against the Bobcats (3-2).
Boys Ranch (0-4) will be tested again facing unbeaten Farwell (5-0) on the road.
Booker 48, Boys Ranch 7
Booker 21 6 7 14 — 48
Boys Ranch 0 7 0 0 — 7