River Road stays hot; Friona marches on, Gruver wins thriller

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River Road running back Elliot Brown turns the corner against Littlefield during a District 2-3A Division I game Friday night. [Lace Taylor/ Press Pass Sports]

River Road wiped away an early 12-0 deficit by using its powerful run game to chew up Littlefield pulling away for a 41-20 win to open District 2-3A Division I play at home Friday night.River Road (5-2 overall) stays red hot winning its fourth game in a row while moving to 1-0 in district play. Littlefield drops to 3-4, 0-1.

River Road’s offensive line with the work of Elliot Brown, Dylan Frye and Pryce Seymour were to much for Littlefield.

Littlefield had control early up 12-0 after the first quarter only to see River Road explode for a 20-point second quarter to take over the game. Thanks to steady defense and power football River Road never looked back going up 34-20 by the end of the third.

Coach Bryan Welps and his team mashed their way to 426 total yards with 410 of those coming on the ground. Brown was his normal workhorse self toting the ball for 160 yards with three touchdowns. Frye had a game-high 180 yards with three scores, and Seymour punched in two TDs on 84 yards rushing.

River Road 41, Littlefield 20

Littlefield 12 8 20

River Road 20 14 7 41

Bushland bounces Muleshoe

It was the opening night of District 2-3A Division I play Bushland was hoping to have.

The Falcons made a long road trip well worth it by going on the road to take down Muleshoe 44-14 on David Wood Field at Douglass Stadium on Friday night.

Bushland’s Kash Bradley had a tremendous night just like his five touchdown performance against the Mules a year ago. The senior speedster caught six passes for 128 yards finding the endzone three times. Bradley also rushed for 43 yards on seven carries adding another score. Quarterback Brian Marrell was efficient in the pocket for Bushland tossing 15-of-22 passes for 279 yards with four touchdowns.

On the defensive side, Brett Trimmell was a force making 12 tackles, two for a loss with a sack, and a forced fumble. Linebacker Kyler Duke was in on eight tackles and a sack.

The Falcons are now 4-2 overall and 1-0 in district. Muleshoe falls to 2-5, 0-1.

Bushland 44, Muleshoe 14

Bushland 17 7 13 7 44

Muleshoe 7 7 14

District 3-3A Division II

Friona’s offense too much for Tulia

The Friona Chieftains rushing attack was simply unstoppable during a 62-42 win against Tulia in a District 3-3A Division II showdown at Younger Field in Tulia on Friday,

Friona blistered the Hornets defense for 719 yards with an astounding 673 yards coming from the devastating run game.

Senior do-it-all senior Bryan Chavira continued his amazing year. Chavira led the Chieftains on the ground chewing up 266 yards on 29 carries with four touchdown runs of 66, 52 and a pair of 3-yard scores.

Not to be outdone was Chavira’s counterpart Jacob Bautista. Bautista used his quickness for 214 yards on 17 carries finding pay dirt on three different occasions. Mario Bautista also got in on the fun for 166 yards on 19 carries for a TD.

Friona was in control of this contest from the start as it simply couldn’t be stopped building a 28-7 lead into halftime. Though Tulia kept scoring the Hornets never were able to cut the deficit to less than 20.

Tulia quarterback Travon McCaslin was his stellar self throwing for 326 yards on 27-of-55 passing with three TDs. McCaslin added 12 carries for 93 yards on the ground.

Friona, which is scoring over 50 points per game, remains undefeated on the year at 7-0 overall, and 2-0 in district play. Tulia falls to 5-2, 2-1.

Friona 62, Tulia 42

Friona 14 14 12 22 62

Tulia 7 7 28 42

Childress stays unbeaten cruising past Dimmitt

Childress kept its unbeaten ways going breezing past Dimmitt for a 70-0 thumping at Fair Park Stadium in Childress on Friday night.

The juggernaut offense of Childress racked up 520 yards with 356 of those coming through the air.

Senior quarterback Collin Bishop didn’t miss much completing 7-of-10 passes in chunks for 330 yards with four touchdowns. Bishop added two more scores rushing on 38 yards.

Receiver Lamont Nickelberry hauled in three of those passes for 123 yards and a score, followed by teammate Avery Jalamo, who had two catches for 98 yards for a pair of touchdowns.

The Childress defense also did its part holding Dimmitt to 143 total yards.

The No. 3-ranked Bobcats are 7-0 overall, and 3-0 in District 3-3A Division II. Dimmitt falls to 2-5, 0-3.

Childress 70, Dimmitt 0

Dimmitt 0

Childress 35 28 7 70

Canadian handles Highland Park

Despite missing several players due to injury, No. 8-ranked Canadian had no issue handling Highland Park at home, 62-8, on Friday night in a District 3-3A Division II clash.

The Wildcats extend their impressive district win streak dating back to 2012 to 45 straight games, as Canadian improves to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.

The Hornets are still seeking their first win falling to 0-7, 0-3.

Canadian jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead, extending that advantage to 48-0 by halftime.

Quarterback Camren Cavalier was excellent in his half of work going 7-of-8 for 103 yards passing with three touchdowns. Angel Garcia found multiple ways into the endzone. Garcia caught a 14-yard scoring pass, ran for a 10-yard touchdown, then had a 55-yard punt return for a score.

The Wildcat defense also played superb holding Highland Park to 67 yards of offense.

Canadian 62, Highland Park 8

H. Park 8 8

Canadian 28 20 7 7 62

Class 2A

Panhandle’s Landyn Hack gets big yards at Olton on Friday. [Nathan Giese/ Plainview Herald]

District 1-2A Division I

Panthers get first win in district opener

Panhandle finally put it all together to nab its first win of the season by going on the road for a 42-20 win at Olton in a District 1-2A Division I contest Friday.

Panhandle is now 1-5 overall, but much more importantly 1-0 in district. Olton falls to 4-2, 0-1.

It was junior leader Landyn Hack that was the star of the show for the Panthers on Friday night. The dual-threat quarterback got things going both on the ground and through the air finishing with five touchdowns.

Hack completed 7-of-15 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown pass, while toting the rock 20 times for 128 yards and four house calls. The offense surely started with Hack but it certainly didn’t finish there as Malachi Preston added 11 rushes for 104 yards of his own.

Panhandle 42, Olton 20

Panhandle 7 14 6 15 42

Olton 7 13 20

Farwell tops Roughriders

The Farwell Steers proved to be too much for Boys Ranch delivering a 55-12 victory at Roughriders Stadium in a district opener on Friday.

The Roughriders (1-5, 0-1) coming off their first win in almost five years last week were riding that momentum into district play.

Boys Ranch hung around in this one only trailing the Steers 14-6 deep into the second quarter, before the Steers took a 20-6 heading into halftime and never looked back.

Farwell took over in the second half outscoring Boys Ranch 35-6.

Corey Stancell was a catalyst once again for a powerful Steer offense as the running back picked up 154 yards and four touchdowns on only 19 carries.

The ground game was on point once again, but the passing game was getting it done just as well. Powered by signal caller Alec Actkinson, the Steers were able to complete 7-of-14 for 172 yards and a score. Actkinson also added five rushes for 45 yards and two more touchdowns.

Farwell is 5-1 overall and 1-0 in district.

In other district action, Sanford-Fritch took down West Texas High 22-6. The Eagles are now 2-4 overall and 1-0 in district. The Comanches are still winless at 0-6, 0-1.

Farwell 55, Boys Ranch 12

Farwell 14 6 21 14 — 55

Boys Ranch 6 6 — 12

Gruver’s Ridge Holland celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown against Vega on Friday night. [Ernie Bowen/ Press Pass Sports]

District 3-2A Division II

Gruver stuns Vega in thriller

Gruver left Vega flat out stunned as Ridge Holland caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Mason Gibson as time expired lifting the Greyhounds to a thrilling 27-26 win on Friday at Longhorns Stadium.

Each score felt like it could be a devastating end for either team, but it was obvious almost that whoever had the ball last was going to come out with the win.

Vega scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on an 18-yard run by Ryan Grawunder taking a 26-21 advantage, but a 2-point conversion failed. Vega had chances to extend its lead in the fourth, but it was Gruver who took over possession with 1:57 left in the game. The Vega defense had the Hounds held on a 4th and 4 with only 1:16 on the clock, however, the Greyhounds were able to convert to extend their possession needing to find the endzone to take the victory. With two seconds remaining, Mason Gibson rolled out to the right on the play action and with a leap, tossed the ball to find Holland for the buzzer beater to take the win.

The Longhorns offense was successful, but slowed just enough for the Greyhounds to take advantage. Ryan Grawunder, dual-threat QB, finished the night completing 4-of-8 passes for 76 yards through the air with a score. Grawunder was great on the ground going for 142 yards and another score on 22 carries.

Gruver’s pair of running backs Pratt McLain and Holland both went over 80 yards rushing, and a score to boot. Gibson was solid under center with 10-of-19 passing for 94 yards and the game winning touchdown.

Gruver remains unbeaten at 6-0 this season and 1-0 in district. Vega is now 5-2, 0-1.

Gruver 27, Vega 26

Gruver 15 6 6 — 27

Vega 7 7 6 6 — 26

Sunray smashes Kiowas

Sunray’s offense was explosive outscoring Booker 54-18 for a District 3-2A Division II road win Friday.

It was another impressive night for freshman Armando Lujan as he finished with another five touchdown performance.

Lujan completed 27-of-44 passes for 386 yards with five touchdowns.

The signal caller added two more scores with his feet. Kagan Davis was the go-to man for the gunslinger as he benefited for nine receptions for 102 yards and a score.

Diego Hernandez was a bright spot in the off night for the Kiowas. Hernandez got his number called 14 times on the ground collecting 153 yards and two scores in the process.

Sunray is 4-3 overall and 1-0 in district. Booker drops to 1-5, 0-1.

Sunray 54, Booker 18

Sunray 14 20 20 — 54

Booker 6 6 6 — 18

District 4-2A Division II

Wellington continues to soar

The No. 5 Wellington Skyrockets are healthy and it showed in a District 4-2A Division II opener downing Shamrock 44-14 at Powell Field on Friday.

Marc Ramirez has justified his All-State status all year long and Friday night’s win was no different for the senior tailback. Ramirez dominated the Irish getting 21 carries and executing for 293 yards and five touchdowns in the blowout victory.

The only other score of the night came from Gumaro Rincon in the second quarter when he found the endzone from 3-yards out. Rincon went for 72 yards on six carries and his early score.

The Irish offense was stifled Friday night, however, Caden Peevy did run for 102 yards.

Wellington (4-2, 1-0) is now riding a four-game winning streak. The Irish fall to 5-2, 0-1.

Wellington 44, Shamrock 14

Shamrock 8 6 — 14

Wellington 16 12 8 8 — 44

Clarendon bounces back

After a disappointing loss last week, the Clarendon Broncos redeemed themselves by taking out the Memphis Cyclones 58-6 on Friday night in Memphis.

The ground game fueled the high-powered offense in the Friday night blowout compiling a total of 240 yards on only 19 carries. A large load of that total went to Jordan Herndon who tallied 100 yards on only nine carries. Jmaury Davis found the endzone twice picking up his first score on his only carry from 39-yards out. His second came on a 50-yard reception from Brock Hatley.

The Broncos move to 6-1 and 1-0 in District 4-2A Division II. Memphis is now 1-6, 0-1.

Clarendon 58, Memphis 6

Clarendon 16 22 6 14 — 58

Memphis 0 6 — 6

District 2-2A Division II

Bovina edges Sudan in defensive battle

Fans didn’t see a lot of offens Friday night, but did see a competitive District 2-2A Division II opener, as Bovina shutout Sudan 6-0.

The lone score came in the second quarter when Chirstian Aneet hauled in a pass from Angel Lara from 10-yards out.

Bovina’s Darian De La Rosa lead the game in rushing with 32 rushes for 107 yards.

This defensive struggle produced a total of only 401 yards, six turnovers, and an outstanding 15 penalties for 170 yards combined for each team.

Bovina improves to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in district. Sudan is 0-7, 0-1.

In other district action, New Home held off Ropes 27-25.

Bovina 6, Sudan 0

Bovina 6 — 6

Sudan — 0

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