Blizzards, Bulldogs, Bearcats lose district openers
It was a wild Friday night in high school football for all 3 teams in Runnels County. Ballinger (3-1,0-1) lost in a shootout to (3-2,1-0) Brady, 54-41, while Winters and Miles also fell, as Runnels' teams went 0-3 start to district play.
The Blizzards (1-4,0-1) fell 54-6 under the Cisco Loboes (5-0,0-1) steamroller. The game got out of hand quickly as the Loboes moved the ball up and down the field at-will when on offense. On defense, they smothered the Blizzards efforts, holding Winters' quarterback Chris Martinez to 7/19 for 111 yards and 3 INTs in passing, and corralling the Winters running game. The Blizzards rushed the ball 29 times for 158 yards.
The Loboes only passed the ball 9 times, completing 4 passes. Two of those passes went for touchdowns. The Loboes have a capable quarterback in Hunter Long. In addition to his 106 yards of passing, the junior carried the ball 12 times for 125 yards and 4 touchdowns. Long accounted for a total of 6 touchdowns. Running back Trent Houston also had a 100-yard game, rushing 5 times for 122 yards. Overall, the passing game picked up 106 yards and 2 TDs, while the rushing juggernaut picked up 261 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Loboes' defense had 2 interceptions on the night as Winters' Martinez struggled to move the ball against a team that was seemingly in the backfield as soon as the ball was snapped.
In other games in the Blizzards' district, the Coleman Bluecats (5-0,1-0) ran roughshod over the (0-6,0-1) De Leon Bearcats, 47-0. The other district match-up saw the Goldthwaite Eagles (3-3,0-1) avenge a 64-6 drubbing by San Saba (0-6,0-1) last season by defeating the winless Armadillos, 28-26 on Friday.
This week the Blizzards will travel to San Saba, while De Leon will travel to Cisco, and Goldthwaite will host Coleman.
Miles falls to to Eldorado
The Eldorado Eagles swooped into Miles on Friday and flew away with a 64-14 trouncing of the Bulldogs.
Miles had been playing well over the last two weeks. The Bulldogs defeated the Munday Moguls 55-12 two weeks ago, and were narrowly defeated by the Cross Plains Buffaloes, 37-32.
The Bulldogs have been putting a new offensive scheme together, using a spread offense and not relying as heavily on the run as they have in recent years. The game was expected to be a shootout as the Eagles also use a pass-heavy offense.
The game quickly got away from Miles as the Eagles used their spread-offense to open up a running game that left the defenders guessing on every play. Eldorado's quarterback, senior Korbin Covarrubiaz, was able to complete pass after pass against a smaller Miles team.
The rest of the Bulldogs' district saw Christoval take down Rocksprings, 55-16. In the other district contest, Junction fell 7-6 to the Menard Yellowjackets.
This Friday the Bulldogs (1-4,0-1) will travel to Junction to take on a (3-3,0-1) Junction team coming off of that 1-point loss. The Bulldogs are considered a favorite to win that game. Rocksprings (4-2,0-1) will travel to Eldorado (5-0,1-0) to take on the Eagles, while Christoval (5-1,1-0) will travel to Menard (2-4,1-0).