BALLINGER — The playoff-bound Ballinger Bearcats wrapped up the home portion of their schedule with a fourth consecutive District 4-3A Division II victory this past Friday, pummeling the Coleman Bluecats, 63-7.
Ballinger (7-2, 4-2) jumped out to a 28-0 lead over Coleman (3-6, 2-4) — which dropped its fourth game in a row — after one quarter, led 47-7 at halftime and carried a 54-7 advantage into the fourth period.
In the first quarter, Weston Rollwitz opened the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown carry followed by a 4-yard run into the end zone from Darin Hall. Tyler Vaughn then threw scoring tosses of 33 yards to Cooper Bean and 40 yards to Garrett Dixon before the initial quarter ended.
The second period featured a 10-yard touchdown carry by Rollwitz and a 45-yard scoring strike from Vaughn to Dixon, as Ballinger opened a 40-0 lead before Coleman finally scored. With 12 seconds left before halftime, Bean tacked another touchdown with a 61-yard sprint to the end zone.
During the second half, Carter Arnott hurled a 60-yard touchdown pass to Rollwitz, Adam Winn booted a 27-yard field goal and Fernando Falcon scored on a 19-yard fumble return.
The Bearcats finished with 454 yards of total offense — 245 rushing and 209 passing with one turnover while allowing just 33 yards with 30 carries for -29 rushing yards and 62 yards through the air. The Bluecats also committed three turnovers.
Vaughn was 5 of 5 for 174 yards and three touchdowns through the air while Arnott finished 4 of 4 for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Bean rushed for 77 yards and a score, Hall added 38 yards and a touchdown, Beau Perkins chipped in 29 yards, Rollwitz finished with 27 yards and two scores, Joe Marcus Guerrero contributed 17 yards and Vaughn and Arnott both rushed for 10 yards.
Dixon's three receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns were a team-best followed by three grabs for 67 yards and a trip to the end zone by Rollwitz. Guerrero caught a 37-yard pass, Bean scored on a 33-yard reception and Jon Gutierrez pulled down a 4-yard reception.
Ballinger visits San Angelo TLCA Friday in the regular season finale. TLCA (1-8, 1-5) has been outscored 218-0 in its last three games, including 62-0 by Bangs this past week, since its only win of the season, 8-6 over Grape Creek.
Ozona 25, Winters 6
WINTERS — The Winters Blizzards hung with Ozona for three quarters, but the Lions pulled away in the fourth period for a 25-6 District 3-2A Division I victory Friday night.
The Blizzards (5-5, 1-3) trailed Ozona (7-2, 3-0) by a 6-0 count after one quarter and gave up another touchdown before Alex Salas' 42-yard scoring sprint with 51 seconds left in first half made the score 12-6. After a scoreless third period, the Lions tacked on two insurance touchdowns in the fourth.
Winters was limited to 113 yards of total offense, with 111 coming on the ground.
Salas rushed for 68 yards trailed by 35 from Matt Jacob and a combined 8 yards from Miguel Rodriguez, Malakye Kelly, Ethan Sanchez, and Sema'Jae Jackson. Salas also completed 1 of 6 passes for 2 yards with Reagan Rodriguez pulling down the reception.
Defensively, Winters gave up 285 yards, including 218 rushing.
The Blizzards — who have their district bye this week — are locked into the No. 4 playoff seed from 3-2A Division I and will face District 4-2A Division I champion Lindsay (8-2, 4-0) in the bi-district round of the playoffs the weekend of Nov. 14-16.
Christoval 55, Miles 13
CHRISTOVAL — The Miles Bulldogs suffered their second straight District 8-2A Division II loss this past Friday, falling to Christoval by a 55-13 count.
With the loss, the Bulldogs (6-3, 1-2) must defeat Rocksprings (3-6, 0-3) Friday night to secure the No. 3 playoff seed from 8-2A Division II. Meanwhile, Christoval (9-0, 3-0) and Eldorado (8-1, 3-0) will square off for the district championship to determine the league's No. 1 and No. 2 playoff seeds.
Against Christoval, Miles scored the first points on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Davian Martinez to Gavan Martinez just 2:15 into the contest. Christoval then reeled off eight straight touchdowns, aided in part by Miles' struggles with handling kickoffs.
Trailing just 14-6 after one quarter, Miles faced a 42-6 deficit by halftime and Christoval tacked on its final two touchdowns in the third period before the Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard again with 1:52 remaining on a 25-yard fumble return by Davian Martinez.
Christoval quarterback Brayden Wilcox completed 9 of 13 passes for 111 yards with two touchdowns while rushing for 130 yards and four more scores. Josh Fava contributed 154 yards and two rushing touchdowns as well.