FRIDAY NIGHT ROUNDUP: Ballinger stuns Llano in overtime

Paul Harris
San Angelo Standard-Times
Ballinger coach Chuck Lipsey talks to his players about enjoying the win but looking toward the playoffs after Friday's 21-13 win at Clyde. Sept 17 2021

The Ballinger Bearcats upset the Llano Yellowjackets 35-34 in overtime for an exciting win on homecoming night Friday in Ballinger.

The Bearcats also avenged a 35-0 loss last year to Llano, which went on to play in the Class 3A Division I state semifinals.

Ballinger scored on the opening drive of overtime when Carter Arrott found Blake Collum for a 27-yard pass on a fourth-and-12.

Ballinger's extra point by Briley Clinton would soon prove to be the difference.

Llano answered with a 3-yard TD run by Carson Kuykendall, but the Yellowjackets' extra point missed.

Ballinger (3-1) will enjoy a bye next week before beginning District 2-3A DII play at home against Brady on Friday, Oct. 8.

Llano (3-2) will host Lake Belton next week.

Arrott had three rushing TDs and two passing TDs (including a 43-yarder to Collum) to lead Ballinger, which trailed 13-9 at halftime and 15-13 at the end of the third quarter.

Arrott's 1-yard TD run with 3:33 remaining gave Ballinger a 28-21 lead, but Llano answered less than a minute later on Maddox Green's third TD pass of the night to send the game to overtime.

Richland Springs 119, Covenant Classical 112

Whit Jewett of Fort Worth Covenant Classical had 17 catches for 504 receiving yards and 9 TDs in a record-breaking performance.

The receiving yards and TDs are believed to be state records across all classifications, while the catches are a six-man record.

Yet it still wasn't enough for Covenant Classical as Richland Springs scored with 5:33 remaining to reclaim the lead for the final time in the back-and-forth shootout.

The two teams combined for 1,651 yards and 231 points.

Richland Springs had 798 total yards but did most of its damage on the ground with 675 rushing yards.

Jadeyn Bryant led the Coyotes with 31 carries for 523 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He also threw for 114 yards and a TD.

Covenan Classical, a powerhouse in the private-school ranks, had 853 total yards, including 746 passing yards.

Lanham Briley posted spectacular numbers through the air with 729 yards and 12 TDs on 29-of-54 passing. 

It was the first loss of the year for Covenant Classical (3-1). Richland Springs (3-1) will host San Antonio FEAST Homeschool next week.

Ozona 28, Brady 14

The Ozona Lions closed out their nondistrict schedule with a win over the Brady Bulldogs.

Charles Childress threw a pair of touchdown passes of 45 and 16 yards to Lane Smith to give Ozona a 14-0 halftime lead.

Smith finished with six catches for 134 yards.

Matthew Delagarza had 20 carries for 117 yards and a 1-yard TD run that put Ozona on top 21-0 in the third quarter.

Logan Fay added a 6-yard TD for the Lions.

Ozona (2-3) is off next week before opening District 14-2A Division I play at Johnson City on Oct. 8.

Brady (2-2) is also off next week before its District 2-3A DII opener at Ballinger.

Irion County 53, Bronte 6

The Irion County Hornets cruised past Bronte on Friday in a game that ended at halftime due to the 45-point mercy rule.

Jordan Harrison had two rushing touchdowns, a kickoff return for a TD and a fumble return for a TD.

Parker Posey added 84 rushing yards and a TD on four carries, while Trevin Coffell had 60 rushing yards and a TD on four carries.

Coffell was also 6-of-8 passing for 63 yards and a TD.

Irion County (4-1) will host Blackwell next week. Bronte (1-4) will visit Hermleigh.

Forsan 43, Reagan County 0

The Forsan Buffaloes remained undefeated with a shutout of Reagan County on Friday in Forsan.

Chris Mendez rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries to pace an offense that churned out 340 rushing yards on 47 attempts.

Nate Hernandez added 77 rushing yards and two TDs on 16 carries.

Quarterback Major Stockton also had two rushing TDs, and he was 5-of-7 passing for 87 yards.

Cayden Morgan had four catches for 80 yards.

Defensively, Adrian Enriquez, Brandon Valdez and Duncan Gilbert all had fumble recoveries.

Forsan (5-0) is off next week before opening district play at Colorado City. Reagan County (3-2) is also off next week before beginning district play at home against Abernathy.

Sterling City 58, Happy 8

No. 3-ranked Sterling City earned yet another impressive win by routing No. 8 Happy on Thursday in Gail.

Kas Johnson rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries to lead the Eagles.

Johnathan Monreal had 65 rushing yards and a TD, and he threw a 36-yard TD pass to Jace Clark.

Damian Calderon had a touchdown catch, along with an interception and fumble recovery on defense.

Will Sisco had two sacks and two tackles for loss.

Sterling City (4-1) will host Eden next week. Happy (3-2) will visit Meadow.

Other Week 5 scores

Eldorado 48, Sonora 26

Christoval 43, Goldthwaite 28

Mason 42, Junction 0

Paint Rock 35, Zephyr 14

Veribest 76, Panther Creek 40

Cross Plains 37, Miles 32

Harper 53, Menard 8

Eden 76, Morgan 28

Winters 48, Hico 7

Coleman 63, Colorado City 13

Rocksprings 68, Iraan 13

Dublin 38, San Saba 24

Santa Anna 65, Medina 20