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Small school roundup: WT High out guns Gruver, Canadian flexes its muscle; Vega lights up scoreboard


West Texas High’s Jaykob Hernandez runs away from Gruver defenders Friday night at Comanches Stadium. [Tucker Stroud/ For Press Pass Sports]

An offensive firework show took place in Stinnett as West Texas High out gunned Gruver 74-46 at Comanches Stadium on Friday night.

Both teams have had a successful stint in the early in the season, making this one of the premier games in the Texas Panhandle.

The Comanches, known for their fast-paced spread offense, dominated the ground game, compiling 524 yards on the ground opposed to Gruver’s 148 rushing yards.

Gruver senior quarterback Jalin Conyers had a big night in the passing attack as he threw for 300 yards, rushed for 127 yards and compiled six total touchdowns.

The Oklahoma commit exhibited a dynamic game and senior tight-end Matthew Felderhoff performed in a career night, however, it wasn’t enough for the Greyhounds as West Texas High put on an offensive clinic.

Comanche quarterback Avian Cruz had a monster game running the football. He only threw one completion for a touchdown, however, the small in stature quarterback shifted his way to a 367 yard performance with six rushing touchdowns.

West Texas High wins big at home in a game that saw a combined 120 points, moving their record to 2-1 while Gruver picks up their first loss of the season finishing the week three at 2-1 in 2019.

West Texas High 74, Gruver 46

Gruver 16 8 8 14 46

West Texas High 22 8 16 28 74

FIRST QUARTER

G—Jalin Conyers 11 run (Matthew Felderhoff run good)

W—Avian Cruz 22 run (two point failed)

WT—Cruz 40 run (Cruz run good)

G—Carter Armes 36 pass from Conyers (Felderhoff run good)

WT—Cruz 3 run (Caleb Lantelme run good)

SECOND QUARTER

WT—Cruz 5 run (Cruz run good)

G—Conyers 4 run (Conyers run good)

THIRD QUARTER

WT—Cruz 26 run (Jonah Villanueva run good)

G—Felderhoff 30 pass from Conyers (Conyers run good)

WT—Aaron Deluna 3 run (Villanueva run good)

FOURTH QUARTER

WT—Villanueva 18 pass from Cruz (two point failed)

G—Felderhoff 61 pass from Conyers (Hunter Haynes run good)

WT—Cruz 65 run (two point good)

G—Felderhoff 9 pass from Conyers (two point failed)

WT—Deluna 50 run (kick no good)

WT—Team safety

WT—Jaykob Hernandez 9 run (two point failed)

Gruver West Texas High

First Downs 22 20

Rushing Yards 148 524

Passing Yards 300 18

Total Yards 448 542

C-A-I 19-38-1 1-4-1

Fumbles Lost 0 1

Penalties-Yards 19-194 9-75

Key Performers:

Gruver

Passing: Jaylin Conyers 19-38-300-1

Rushing: J. Conyers 21-127-2

Receiving: Matthew Felderhoff 8-155-3

West Texas High

Passing: Avian Cruz 1-4-1

Rushing: A. Cruz 23-367-6

Receiving: Jonah Villanueva 1-18-1


Canadian’s Hayze Hufstedler cruises in for a touchdown against Perryton on Friday night. [Michael Kerrigan/ For Press Pass Sports]

Canadian blanks Perryton

Canadian wasted no time taking care of Highway 83 rival Perryton on Friday night, shutting out the Rangers 48-0 at Rangers Stadium.

The running game was huge for Canadian led by junior tailback Hayze Hufstedler’s 113 yards and three touchdowns.

Quarterback Grant McCook was efficient, going 14 of 23 for 126 yards, connecting on a touchdown. The Canadian defense was lights out once again for head coach Chris Koetting. Canadian has now won eight of the last nine in this series.

The Wildcats improve to 3-0 on the season as the Rangers fall to 1-2.

Canadian 48, Perryton 0

Canadian 21 14 6 7 — 48

Perryton 0 0 0 0 — 0

First Quarter

C- Jake Kriehbil 62 interception (kick no good)

C- Tate Mitchell 18 pass Grant McCook (Jack Koetting run)

C- Hayze Hufstedler 9 run (Salazar kick)

Second Quarter

C- Jake Kriehbil 3 run (Salazar kick)

C- Grant McCook 25 run (Salazar kick)

Third Quarter

C- Hayze Hufstedler 6 run (kick no good)

Canadian Perryton

First Downs: 22-10

Rushing Yards 220 -14

Passing Yards 126 117

Total Yards 346 103

C-A-I 14-23-0 13-22-2

Punts 3-32 7-32

Fumbles 0-1 0-1

Penalties 11-100 5-45


Vega’s Carson Kirkland out runs Highland Park defenders to score a touchdown Friday night. [Johnette Stribling/ For Press Pass Sports]

QUICK HITS

Vega routes Highland Park

Vega lit up the scoreboard Friday night for a crazy 73-24 victory against Highland Park in a battle of unbeaten teams at Longhorns Stadium.

The Longhorns led the entirety of the game in part to the spectacular performance put on by quarterback Carson Kirkland.

The senior captain rushed for 289 yards including four visits to the end zone. The Hornets got a majority of their offense through the air. Highland Park’s QB Hunter Nicholas finished the game with an impressive 319 yards.

Key Performers

Vega

Passing: Carson Kirkland 3-6 16

Rushing: Kirkland 12-289

Receiving: Austin Calhoun 2-11

Highland Park

Passing: Hunter Nicholas 12-30-319

Rushing: Kenny Diaz 13-78

Receiving: Ethan Morris 8-215


Bushland blanks Borger

Bushland overcame a slow start to blank the Borger Bulldogs 38-0 on Friday night at Bulldogs Stadium.

Bushland continues to roll at 3-0 overall, as the Bulldogs fall to 1-2.

Falcons quarterback Jared Thomas fueled the offense putting up 186 yards passing and three touchdowns. The running game found a new gear in this one compiling 229 yards against the Bulldog defense. The Falcons defense also stepped up holding Borger to 98 total yards.

Key Performers

Bushland

Passing: Jared Thomas 12-24-164

Rushing: Jared Thomas 15-64

Receiving: Jackson Espe: 3-48

Borger

Passing: Camden Hernandez 2-16-26

Rushing: Trevon Williams 21-95

Receiving: Hunter Wilkonson 2-26


Panhandle dominates Childress

The Panhandle Panthers came out on top in their homecoming game against the Childress Bobcats 54-13.

The Bobcats have bested Panhandle the last three years, however, the fast-paced option offense picked apart a struggling Childress team. In fact, this is the first time since 1967 that Childress has started off at 0-3.

Panhandle’s commanding night started when senior running back and linebacker Houston Heck returned the opening kick-off 98 yards for a touchdown. The hot start provided confidence for a dominating performance on both sides of the football for the Panthers.

Panhandle junior quarterback Wesley Jones was superb, completing 11 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown.

Childress’ two scores came off a Miguel Salinas break away run for 21 yards in the third quarter and a fourth quarter Trent Mayden pass to Avery Jalomo for 41 yards.

Childress falls to 0-3 on the season while Panhandle moves to 3-0.

Key performers:

Childress

Passing: Trent Mayden 11-125-1

Rushing: Miguel Salinas 17-65-1

Receiving: 6-58

Panhandle

Passing: Wesley Jones 11-226-1

Rushing: Houston Heck 14-69-2

Receiving: Zach Wood 4-133-1


Spearman takes down Sunray

The Spearman Lynx shook of first half rust on the way to a 40-8 win against Sunray Bobcats Stadium on Friday night.

Spearman led only 13-0 at half, but exploded for 27 points in the second half.

Spearman sophomore running back Brenen Thompson had a game-high 188 yards on 14 carries with an eye-opening five touchdowns.

The Lynx are 3-0, as Sunray’s woes continue at 0-3.

Key performers

Spearman

Rushing: Brenen Thompson 14-188; Jack Wilkerson 13-84.


Wheeler bounces Clarendon

It was a bounce back night for Wheeler as they dominated Clarendon 33-8 at home on Friday.

The Mustangs improve to 2-1. The Broncos fall to 1-2.

Running back Hesston Marshall grinded out 316 yards on 31 carries and four touchdowns to lead Wheeler.

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