BALLINGER — The Ballinger Bearcats continued their climb in the District 4-3A Division II football standings with a 33-6 home victory over the Grape Creek Eagles this past Friday night.
Ballinger (5-2, 2-2) moved into a second-place tie in the league standings behind Cisco (6-1, 4-0) and Anson (5-2, 4-0), while Grape Creek (1-6, 0-4) remained without a district victory.
The Bearcats amassed 296 yards of total offense — 193 on the ground and 103 through the air.
Quarterback Tyler Vaughn rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6 of 12 passes for 104 yards with an interception. Cooper Bean led all rushers with 82 yards followed by Vaughn, Beau Perkins (27 yards), Garrett Dixon (13 yards), Weston Rollwitz (13 yards) and Braden Bowman, who rushed for a touchdown and 3 yards on two carries.
Leading receivers included Bowman with two grabs for 33 yards, Perkins caught two passes covering 10 yards and Rollwitz (30 yards), Dixon (22 yards) and Adrian Anene (8 yards) also made receptions.
On the defensive end, Fernando Falcon scored following a fumble recovery, while Dixon and Vaughn each intercepted a pass.
Adam Winn booted four extra points and a field goal to highlight the special teams effort.
Ballinger targets a third consecutive district victory Friday night as it visits Merkel (1-6, 1-3), which is coming off a 47-6 loss at Bangs. The lone win for Merkel came in its district opener, 41-6 over San Angelo TLCA.
Stamford 31, Winters 28
WINTERS — The Winters Blizzards were dealt a second straight loss in District 3-2A Division I action Friday night, as the Stamford Bulldogs prevailed with a 31-28 victory.
Leading 28-23 with 33 seconds left, Winters (4-4, 0-2) surrendered a go-ahead 13-yard touchdown pass from Trace Price to Shavaris Cooper, and Zhawn Holden added the two-point run for the final three-point margin for Stamford (5-3, 1-1).
Winters trailed 21-20 as the fourth quarter began but regained the lead with 4:14 left on a 2-yard touchdown run by Miguel Rodriguez. Reagan Rodriguez added the two-point try as the Blizzards opened a 28-21 edge.
But with 1:51 remaining, Reagan Rodriguez was tackled for a safety by Shavaris Cooper, which allowed Stamford to trim Winters' lead to five points and gave the ball back to the Bulldogs to set up the winning score.
Stamford led 14-6 after one quarter on a 10-yard scoring toss from Price to Josh Mueller, along with a 65-yard touchdown carry by D'Marcus Barber. Reagan Rodriguez scored on a 57-yard sprint for Winters in between.
The Blizzards jumped in front, 20-14, at halftime as Reagan Rodriguez scored on a 6-yard carry and hurled a 34-yard touchdown pass to Houston Esquivel in the second quarter.
Stamford regained a 21-20 lead with the only points of the third quarter as Barber returned the opening kick of the second half 86 yards for a touchdown, and Jamin Belisle booted the go-ahead extra point.
Winters outgained Stamford in total yards, 324-298, and both teams committed four turnovers.
Reagan Rodriguez finished with 152 yards rushing and 90 passing, while Miguel Rodriguez added 82 yards on the ground. Esquivel finished with five grabs for 90 yards.
Defensively, Nicholas Pons and Reagan Rodriguez intercepted passes.
Winters will attempt to earn its first district victory Friday night its ventures to Forsan (3-4, 0-1), which is coming off a 31-24 loss to Ozona in its only 3-2A Division I outing thus far.
Eldorado 70, Miles 0
MILES — The Miles Bulldogs suffered just their second loss of the season, and first in District 8-2A Division II action, as the Eldorado Eagles dished out a 70-0 defeat Friday night.
Eldorado (6-1, 1-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter which grew to 35-0 by halftime and 56-0 through three periods.
Miles (6-2, 1-1) surrendered 423 yards of total offense, including 358 yards rushing with eight touchdowns coming on the ground.
The Bulldogs have a bye this Friday and will attempt to bounce back at undefeated Christoval (7-0, 1-0) on Friday, Nov. 1.