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FRIDAY NIGHT ROUNDUP: Water Valley hands Irion County first loss of season

Staff Writer
Runnels County Register
The Ballinger Bearcats' game with Brady was forfeited by the Bulldogs due to the COVID-19 virus. Ballinger traveled to Lubbock to play a non-district game against Sunray.

Canon Wiese rushed for 317 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the Water Valley Wildcats to a 62-16 win over Irion County on Friday in Mertzon.

It was the first loss of the season for Irion County, which entered the game with a 6-0 record.

It was only the fourth game of the year for Water Valley, which had to cancel its first three due to COVID-19.

The Wildcats are now 2-2 overall, but most importantly 1-0 in District 14-1A Division I. With the statement win, Water Valley's game at Eden on Oct. 23 suddenly looks like the district-title game.

For Irion County, the Hornets will need to run the table to earn the second and final playoff spot. They finish the regular season at Eden on Nov. 6.

Water Valley didn't attempt a single pass Friday, because the Wildcats didn't need to.

They were able to line up and power their way to 371 yards on the ground, with Wiese handling all but five of his team's 30 carries.

Max Bradley added 52 rushing yards on four carries.

Irion County's offense was held to 163 total yards. Rylie Gryder ran for a score and caught a TD pass from Trevin Coffell.

Water Valley's defense was led by Wiese with eight tackles. Conner Glass and Josiah Padilla each had an interception.

Water Valley hosts Veribest next week, while Irion County hosts Paint Rock.

Eldorado 35; Miles 6

The Eldorado Eagles opened defense of their District 14-2A Division II title with a win at home over Miles.

Korbin Covarrubiaz threw for 183 yards with touchdown passes of 33 yards to Damian Romo and 71 to David Barajas.

Santiago Hernandez rushed for 89 yards and two TDs.

Miles was led by Brayden Dunlap, who rushed for 113 yards and caught a 34-yard TD pass.

Eldorado (2-4 overall, 1-0 district) will play at Rocksprings next week, while Miles (2-4, 0-1) will host Junction.

Mason 67; Harper 0

The Mason Punchers won their third straight game with a shutout against Harper.

Matthew Kerr had five carries for 104 yards and three touchdowns to lead a Mason ground attack that had 336 yards and six TDs.

Jaden Scantlin had four carries for 75 yards, while Hayden Harding had one carry that he took for a 56-yard touchdown run.

Kerr was 7-of-8 passing for 79 yards and TD passes to Ty Spencer and Gage Watson.

Spencer also had an interception, along with Isaiah Bishop, to lead Mason's defense.

Mason (3-4 overall, 2-0 in District 14-2A Division I) will travel to Johnson City next week, while Harper (2-5, 1-1) will host Center Point.

Sterling City 62; Bronte 0

The No. 2-ranked Sterling City Eagles ran only 11 offensive plays but scored on seven of them to make quick work of Bronte.

Sterling City's Hudson Cox threw two passes, both of them for scores to Damian Calderon. Francisco Gonzales had two TD runs. Kamden Pruitt, Jace Clark and Jarett Justiss each had one TD run.

Sterling City's defense held Bronte to minus-18 yards of offense.

Sterling City (7-0 overall, 1-0 in district) will host Highland next week, while Bronte (1-5, 0-1) will visit longtime rival Robert Lee.

Richland Springs 47; Rochelle 0

The defending state champion Richland Springs Coyotes rolled to an easy win over Rochelle to open District 16-1A Division II play.

Jadeyn Bryant had three touchdown runs and a TD catch to lead the Coyotes' offense. He also had two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss to lead their defense.

Landon Burkhart ran for a score and had two TD passes, including one to Zane Capps.

No. 2-ranked Richland Springs improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in district with its 19th straight victory. The Coyotes will host Cherokee next week.

Rochelle (2-5, 0-1) is scheduled to visit Lohn next week.

Forsan 43; Colorado City 6

Quarterback Major Stockton rushed for 137 yards and two TDs to lead the Forsan Buffaloes past Colorado City.

Stockton also threw TD passes to Cayden Morgan and Jace Richardson.

Nathaniel Hernandez added 13 carries for 100 yards, while Chris Mendez had 12 carries for 73 yards.

Sawyer Stalling had a TD run and threw a TD pass to Brandon Valdez.

Forsan improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in District 3-2A Division I, while Colorado City fell to 0-6, 0-1.

Forsan will host Anson next week. Colorado City will host Haskell.

Wall 72; San Angelo TLCA 0

The Wall Hawks, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A Division I, cruised past TLCA in a matchup of Tom Green County schools.

The Hawks finished with 243 yards rushing and eight TDs on the ground. Dominic Garcia carried six times for 89 yards and three touchdowns.

Chase Rios, Gabe Hawkins, Drew Morrison, Ryan Quinney and Kye Herbert each scored one rushing TD.

Wall improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in district. The Hawks have a gigantic game next week when they travel to Tuscola to play No. 10 Jim Ned.

TLCA remained winless and will travel to play Clyde next week.

Ballinger 46; Sunray 12

The Ballinger Bearcats had their biggest offensive night of the season with a win over Sunray at Lubbock Cooper Middle School.

Ballinger and Sunray each had their district-opening opponents cancel due to COVID-19, so they had an unexpected matchup this week despite the towns being about 370 miles apart.

Ballinger is a 3A Division II school, while Sunray is 2A DII.

Ballinger's defense is allowing only 12.7 points per game through its first six contests, and the Bearcats have played four 3A DI schools.

Ballinger improved to 5-1 overall, and the Bearcats are 1-0 in district. They'll host Grape Creek next week.

Sunray (4-3) will play at Stratford next week.

Sonora 28; Ingram 13

The Broncos beat the Warriors in a 2-3A DII game at Ingram.

Sonora held Ingram scoreless in the second and third quarters and scored once in each quarter to nail down the win.

Hunter O’Banon rushed for 104 yards on 10 carries. He had TD runs of 55 and 28 yards.

Preston Gonzalez rushed 15 times for 75 yards and a TD, along with two PAT runs.

Sonora (2-4, 1-0) is scheduled to host Brady on Friday but Brady forfeited its district opener with Ballinger due to positive COVID-19 results. It was undetermined at press time if that game would still go on as scheduled.

Cisco 28; Winters 14

The Loboes beat the Blizzards in a 4-2A DI game in Cisco.

Cisco jumped out to a 14-0 lead but Winters pulled within 14-7 at halftime.

The Loboes, however, outscored Winters 14-0 in the third quarter to put the game away.

Alex Salas completed 5-of-7 passes for 88 yards and TD for the Blizzards. Malakye Kelly rushed for a TD while Dayvin Oats caught the TD pass from Salas.

Winters (1-5, 0-1) hosts San Saba on Friday while Cisco (3-3, 1-0) hosts Coleman.

Coleman 35; De Leon 0

The Bluecats blanked the Bearcats in a 4-2A DI game in Coleman.

Corbin Rosales passed for two touchdowns and returned a punt 51 yards for a TD to lead Coleman (5-1, 1-0).

R. J. Wright and Cort McFadden each scored a rushing TD for Coleman while Braxton Smith and Dylan Mickler each hauled in a TD pass.

Coleman hosts Goldthwaite on Friday while De Leon (1-5, 0-1) hosts Cisco.

Roosevelt 28; Stanton 18

Lubbock Roosevelt beat the Buffaloes in a 4-3A DII game in Stanton.

Roosevelt jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and Stanton could never recover.

Miguel Moreno and Tyler Benedict each scored rushing TDs to pull the Buffaloes within 14-12 but Roosevelt added a pass before halftime to take a 22-12 lead.

Kenyon Taylor’s 40-yard TD run pushed the Eagles’ lead to 28-12 before Benedict added a fourth-quarter TD run for Stanton.

Stanton (2-4, 0-1) travels to Coahoma on Friday while Roosevelt (6-0, 1-0) hosts Reagan County.

Wink 37; Seagraves 14

The No. 5-ranked Wildcats dismissed Seagraves in a 1-2A DII game in Wink.

Mason Morgan ran for a touchdown and returned a fumble 53 yards for another TD as the Wildcats improved to 7-0, 1-0.

Kanon Gibson passed for 222 yards and two TDs. He also ran for 50 yards and a score.

Gabriel Muniz and Jordan Tally both caught a TD pass for Wink.

Morgan finished with 18 tackles, including two for loss and an additional fumble recovery.

Wink travels to McCamey on Friday.

Junction 73; Menard 6

The Eagles beat the Yellowjackets in a 14-2A DII game in Menard.

Will Castleberry caught 233 yards and three TDs for Junction. He also had six tackles, 1 pass break up, an interception and 82 return yards.

Junction (4-2, 1-0) travels to Miles on Friday while Menard (0-6, 0-1) travels to Christoval.

Eden 45; Veribest 0

The Bulldogs snapped a five-game losing streak with a third-quarter win over the Falcons in a 14-1A DI game in Veribest.

Hunner Rodgers rushed for 193 yards and three TDs, passed for 34 yards and a TD and caught a TD pass to lead Eden.

Julian Gamboa rushed for a TD and passed for a TD while Dylan Odom passed for a TD. Kaleb Tinney and Jesus Morales both caught a TD pass.

The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-0) are open on Friday while Veribest (2-3, 0-1) travels to Water Valley.

Other Week 7 scores

A&M Consolidated 40, San Angelo Central 35

Hereford 34, San Angelo Lake View 15

Christoval 32, Rocksprings 20

San Saba 64, Goldthwaite 6

Jim Ned 46, Early 14

Sweetwater 36, Midland Greenwood 30 (OT)

Bangs 62, Grape Creek 0

Abernathy 38, Reagan County 16

Lometa 53, Paint Rock 0

Sidney 69, Panther Creek 0

Baird 66, Santa Anna 16

The above story was written by San Angelo Standard Times writers Paul Harris, Charles Bryce and Amy McDaniel. The San Angelo Standard Times and Runnels County Register are USA Today Network newspapers.