Class 3A roundup: No. 1 Canadian tames Bobcats; Friona bounces back, Bushland stays perfect
Canadian quarterback Grant McCook totaled 360 yards offense during the No. 1 Wildcats 41-14 win at Childress on Friday. [Michael Kerrigan/ Press Pass Sports]
CHILDRESS—Canadian withstood an early test from a motivated Childress Bobcat team thanks to a big second quarter for a 41-14 win on Friday night at Fair Park Stadium in Childress.
The No. 1-ranked Wildcats remain undefeated at 7-0 overall, improving to 2-0 in District 3-3A Division II.
Childress falls to 1-6 overall and 1-1 in district.
Using stingy defense and a controlling offense, the Bobcats were able to hang around in the first quarter. After the first 12 minutes of play, Childress gave the state’s No. 1-ranked team all they wanted.
But Canadian started flexing its muscle by seizing the games momentum in the early stages of the second quarter.
Childress pinned the Wildcats at their own 1-yard line off a punt, just to watch quarterback Grant McCook manufacture an impressive drive down the field.
Behind the arm and feet of the dual-threat quarterback, Canadian marched 99-yards in 14 plays, capped off by a 26-yard screen pass from McCook to Jake Krehbiel, giving Canadian a 14-7 advantage.
“We executed well down the field,” Canadian coach Chris Koetting said. “To be able to keep executing big plays on that drive and score at the end of it was awesome.”
Childress coach Jason Sims echoed Koetting’s comments.
“That drive got us tired,” Sims said. “We needed to make plays. We had shots to intercept them a couple of times but we dropped them. End of the night, they made plays, we didn’t.”
The Wildcats scored 17 unanswered in the second quarter to break the game open for a 24-7 halftime lead. Canadian extended that advantage behind McCook in the second half.
McCook ended his outstanding performance totaling 360 of Canadian’s 493 yards of total offense.
The senior was 25 of 41 threw the air for 221 yards and three touchdowns. With his feet, McCook hurt Childress for 139 yards on 17 carries that included a 26-yard score.
“Our offense is balanced,” McCook said. “Our offense line did an amazing job, and gave us a lot of time to improvise. We were able to make plays. Our receivers got open, allowing me to get it to them. We ran the ball well, it was a total team effort.
Twister Kelton caught 12 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown for Canadian.
Devron Sims led Childress with four catches for 50 yards.
Canadian 41, Childress 14
Canadian 7 17 14 3 — 41
Childress 7 0 7 0 — 14
Can—Reagan Cochran 15 pass from Grant McCook (Eddie Salazar kick)
Chi—Devron Sims 15 pass from Trent Mayden (Ceasar Rojas kick)
Can—Jake Krehbiel 32 pass from McCook (Salazar kick)
Can—Twister Kelton 5 pass from McCook (Salazar kick)
Can—Salazar 27 FG
Can—Tate Mitchell 12 run (Salazar kick)
Chi—Sims 19 pass from Mayden (Rojas kick)
Can—McCook 26 run (Salazar kick)
Can—Salazar 32 FG
First Downs 28 10
Rushing Yards 47-272 23-72
Passing Yards 221 111
Total Yards 493 183
C-A-I 25-41-2 6-18-1-111
Punts-Avg. 2-42 8-38
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-50 5-45
RUSHING— Canadian: McCook 17-139; Hayze Hufstedler 18-79; Krehbiel 5-32. Childress: Miguel Salinas 10-63; Trent Mayden 5-7.
PASSING— Canadian: McCook 25-41-2-221. Childress: Mayden 6-18-1-111.
RECEIVING— Canadian: Kelton 12-72; Mitchell 5-70; Cochran 4-55. Childress: Devron Sims 4-50.
Friona frustrates Spearman for key district win
Friona running back Jacob Bautista runs for a touchdown against Spearman during a District 3-3A Division II game Friday night. [Ernie Bowen/ For Press Pass Sports]
Friona was able to bounce back from its first loss of the season by handling Spearman 35-14 on Friday at Chieftains Stadium.
The victory moves Friona to 1-1 in District 3-3A Division II and 6-1 on the year.
The Lynx fall to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in district play.
Spearman’s defense had a tough time stopping Chieftains talented sophomore Jacob Bautista. The running back did damage with his legs rushing for 144 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown.
Bautista also caught eight passes for 87 yards.
Friona quarterback Jose Grado was superb, going 15 of 21 for 150 yards with a TD toss.
DISTRICT 3-3A DIVISION II NOTES
Tulia held off Dimmitt for a 34-24 win on Friday night.
The Hornets are 4-3 overall and 1-1 in district.
The Bobcats fall to 1-6, 0-2.
Spearman 8 0 0 6 — 14
Friona 14 0 7 14 — 35
Falcons soar past Littlefield
Bushland’s Skyler Jaco has plenty of running room after making a catch against Littlefield on Friday night at Falcons Stadium. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]
The Bushland Falcons scored over 30 points for a sixth straight game in a 41-7 rout of Littlefield on Friday night at Falcons Stadium.
Bushland quarterback Jared Thomas and the offense was its superb self, as the senior went an efficient 15 of 17 (88 percent) throwing for 309 yards and three touchdowns.
The signal-caller added on another 61 yards on the ground with a pair of TDs.
Receivers Skyler Jaco and Jake Orcutt benefitted from Thomas’ accuracy. Orcutt snagged seven catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Jaco’s five catches for 126 yards and a score.
The Bushland defense did allow an early touchdown, however, settled in to limit the Wildcats to 220 yards of total offense.
The No. 5-ranked Falcons are a perfect 7-0 on the year and 2-0 in District 2-3A Division I.
DISTRICT 2-3A DIVISION I NOTES
River Road once again played tough away from home but came up short in a 38-27 loss at Slaton on Friday.
The Wildcats fall to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in District 2-3A Division I. Slaton improves to 4-4, 1-1.
Shallowater was able to stay perfect in district with a rout of Muleshoe 62-24. The Mustangs are 4-3 overall and 2-0 in district.
Bushland travels to Shallowater for a district showdown Friday.
The Mules are now 0-7, 0-2.
Littlefield falls to 3-4, 0-1.
Bushland 41, Littlefield 7
Littlefield 7 0 0 0 — 7
Bushland 14 14 10 3 — 41
L—David Stinson 8 run (Chris Brown kick)
B—Jared Thomas 5 run (Baylor Gillispie kick)
B—Thomas 1 run (Gillispie kick)
B—Jake Orcutt 25 pass from Thomas (Gillispie kick)
B—Skyler Jaco 58 pass from Thomas (Gillispie kick)
B—Gillispie 25 FG
B—Orcutt 56 pass from Thomas (Gillispie kick)
B—Gillispie 24 FG
First Downs 13 20
Rushing Yards 208 157
Passing Yards 12 309
Total Yards 220 466
C-A-I 1-7-0 15-17-0
Punts-Avg. 2-42 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
RUSHING— Littlefield: Tyjae Chambers 16-82; Daniel Stinson 9-70. Bushland: Ethan Fuentes 13-65; Jared Thomas 17-61; David Russell 3-31.
PASSING— Littlefield: Blake Green 1-7-0-12. Bushland: Thomas 15-17-0-309.
RECEIVING— Littlefield: Tyree Jones 1-12. Bushland: Jake Orcutt 7-167; Skyler Jaco 5-126; David Russell 2-12.