Dalhart earns emotional victory over Spearman
On a very impactful night in Dalhart just a week after the school and community lost sophomore Yahir Cancino to a traumatic incident, the Golden Wolves football team was able to rise up in front of a packed house and come away with an emotional 43-35 win over Spearman on Friday.
Dalhart head coach Joey Read says this is one of the proudest moments of his career. Not because of the win itself, but how his team and his community came together for their fallen teammate.
“It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen,” Read said. “That was amazing to see. All the support for the Dalhart community has been tremendous during this time and we’re very grateful for that. This win meant so much to this team. Our players were playing for Yahir. We left the field teary eyed, and they felt they represented the young man the best they could.” I’ve never been proud.”
This game was a battle of two solid offenses. The Golden Wolves came out smoking to a 21-0 lead only to see the Lynx never go away battling throughout to keep the game close.
Read’s son Kyler, who was a very close friend of Yahir Cancino, played with a heavy heart but left everything he had on the field to make Cancino proud. Kyler dominated Spearman with his dual threat ability. Using his 6-foot-2 frame, Kyler ran the ball 18 times for 121 yards with two touchdowns, and when called upon completed 13-of-20 passes for 171 yards with three more scores. Kaden Crosby was a key weapon for Kyler in the win catching six passes for 83 yards with two touchdowns.
Spearman quarterback Carson Seaman did have 260 yards passing despite the loss.
Dalhart earns its first win of the season on a night where they needed it most. The Golden Wolves are now 1-1 overall. Spearman falls to 1-2.
Bushland blanks Childress
Bushland is off to a 3-0 start after another dominating performance against an opponent from District 3-3A Division II. Last week the Falcons dismantled Canadian 47-21, this week, it was Bushland jumping all over the Childress Bobcats for a 43-0 shutout at home on Friday night.
Bushland jumped out to a 16-0 first quarter advantage highlighted by a Dawson Jaco 18-yard pass and catch to Austin Rider, and an Ivan Soto 8-yard TD run. The Falcons were in full control over Childress by halftime building the lead 30-0 off two more Jaco touchdown tosses. For a third straight outing the junior gunslinger was more than superb going 21-of-29 through the air for a career-high 364 yards with four TD passes. Breckan Reed led all receivers with six snags for 100 yards and a score. The Falcon offense couldn’t be stopped running up 522 total yards, as the Bushland defense swarmed once again making life difficult by holding the Bobcats to 174 total yards. Childress now falls to 1-2 overall on the year.
Canadian falls to Elk City in OT
Canadian suffered a second loss in as many weeks falling to a very powerful Elk City, Okla. team in heartbreaking fashion, 37-36, in overtime on Friday night.
Canadian led for most of the way until the Elks tied the game, 29-29, in the fourth quarter. The game headed to overtime where the Wildcats took a 36-29 advantage off a Camren Cavalier 10-yard touchdown run. However, Elk City answered right back in its overtime possession scoring on the third play when quarterback Austin Jones scored from 2-yards out. Elk City then went for the win on a 2-point conversion and got it on a Levy Owens run to give the Elks the victory.
The Wildcats had trouble slowing down Elk City’s monster flexbone attack. Owens mashed the Canadian defense for 126 yards on 28 carries. Cavalier played well in the loss for the Wildcats going 19-of-26 for 259 yards, adding 81 rushing yards with two scores.
Canadian is now 1-2 overall. Elk City moves to 3-0.
Muleshoe downs rival Friona
Muleshoe took care of Friona at home on Friday getting a 39-21 victory.
It’s Muleshoe’s first win over its rival Friona since 2017.
The Mules were able to jump out on the Chieftains 26-7 in the first half. Friona tried its best to rally cutting the advantage, 26-14, but could never get the deficit into single digits.
Muleshoe quarterback Sebastian Kirven and the passing attack picked a part the Friona secondary and its front line. Kirvin had an unbelievable game completing 13-of-25 passes for 251 yards with four touchdowns, and also tucked it 16 times for 114 yards rushing with another TD. Irvin Torres was a mismatch on the outside for Muleshoe. The sure-handed receiver snagged six balls for 132 yards and hauled in three of Kirvin’s touchdown passes.
Muleshoe moves to 2-1 overall on the year. Friona is now 0-2.
Sunray explodes past Dimmitt
In the battle of the Bobcats, Sunray had too much offensive firepower overwhelming Dimmitt 50-6 at home on Friday night.
Dimmitt simply didn’t have an answer for the up-tempo offense Sunray came out of the gates with behind sophomore quarterback Armando Lujan and his wide receivers. Lujan picked a part the Dimmitt secondary early and often completing 30-of-40 passes for an eye-popping 402 yards with five passing touchdowns. Lujan also added another score on the ground totaling 43 yards rushing on five carries. Damian Baragan was the main target for Lujan in the victory. Lujan hauled in 11 catches for 190 yards with two TDs, followed by teammate Kagan Davis’ six catches for 101 yards and a pair of scores.
Sunray moves to 2-1 overall on the season with the victory. Dimmitt is still looking for its first win falling to 0-3.
Wellington shuts down River Road
Wellington used its dominant run game while shutting down River Road’s run attack for a 42-0 beating at home on Friday night.
The Skyrockets move to 2-1 on the year. The Wildcats fall to 1-2.
Out of the 428 total yards for Wellington, the Skyrockets dominated the ground game piling up 322 rushing yards. However, it was the Wellington defense that made headlines holding a hard-nosed River Road squad to 112 yards total and just 23 rushing.
Barrett Phillips had a solid outing for the Skyrockets leading that ground game totaling 106 yards on 15 carries with a score. Dakota Marshall complimented Phillips with 81 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown, as Jordan Nation and Nixon Folk also punched in TDs.
Panhandle outguns Vega
Panhandle and Vega put on an offensive display with the Panthers coming away with an outrageous 68-33 Homecoming win on Friday night.
Between the combined 101 total points, Panhandle’s Landyn Hack and Vega’s Joaquin Segovia put on a show for the fans in attendance.
Hack, a do-it-all senior for the Panthers was unstoppable rushing for 294 yards rushing on 19 carries for five touchdowns, threw for 152 yards on only three completions for three touchdowns and had a 70-yard pick six. On the night, Hack accounted for 446 yards of offense and nine total TDs. Despite the loss, what Segovia did can’t go unnoticed. The speedy dual threat QB rushed for a career-high 442 yards on his own and was credited for all five Longhorn touchdowns.
Panhandle, which didn’t win a game until district last season, improves to 3-0 overall. Vega falls to 1-2.
Stratford blanks Gruver for second straight year
Stratford is clicking on all cylinders, and it showed once again as the Elks absolutely dismantled rival Gruver 60-0 at E.L. Sam Bass Stadium in Stratford on Friday night.
It’s the second year in a row that the Elks have shutout the Greyhounds (2-1) after a 35-0 win during district play last season.
Stratford jumped out quick in this game opening the first quarter with 33 points taking a commanding 47-0 lead into halftime. The Elks’ rushing attack was strong chewing up 370 of their 440 yards total yards on the ground, while the defense held Gruver to 144 total yards.
Running back Mauricio Duran led the way with 177 yards on only 10 carries with three touchdowns. Zane Burr added 116 yards on only seven carries with three TDs of his own, and sophomore quarterback Bryce Braden grounded out 67 yards and threw for 76 yards with a combined two scores.
Stratford (3-0) has now won 15 straight games dating back to last season.
Shamrock wins shootout at Highland Park
In one of the wildest games of Week 3 across the Texas Panhandle, the Shamrock Irish won a crazy scoring 56-47 game over Highland Park on Friday night.
In a tale of two halves, the Irish were in complete control of this contest leading 22-7 after the first quarter and 36-13 at halftime. By the end of the third quarter Shamrock was still safe 48-25. Like they have all year the Hornets (0-3) never quit coming alive by scoring 22 fourth quarter points to make things interesting cutting a once 31-point deficit down to nine, however, Shamrock had built up too big of a lead for any kind of dramatic comeback.
Caden Peevey was the story for the Irish (2-1). The senior do-it-all player knifed through the Hornets defense for 202 yards on only 14 carries, averaging 14.4 yards per carry with four touchdowns. He also led the Irish on defense making a game-high 13 tackles from his linebacker position. Quarterback Kit Macina did his damage. The dual threat senior threw for 203 yards with three touchdown passes and ran for 88 yards. Receiver Terry Menefield made three of those catches for 48 yards and a TD. Highland Park quarterback Brady Thompson was tremendous despite the loss. Thompson went 27-of-45 for 335 yards with six touchdown passes three different receivers. Elyes Torres made 11 of those receptions for 169 yards with three scores.
Tulia escapes Sanford-Fritch upset bid
A late field goal propelled the Tulia Hornets past the Sanford-Fritch Eagles in a very competitive contest as the Hornets were able to survive the Eagles 11-8 on the road on Friday.
With the game close throughout, and tied, 8-8, with only 13 seconds to play, Tulia head coach Oscar Murga showed confidence in kicker Daniel Velasquez by letting him kick a 42-yarder that he delivered on that gave the Hornets the huge victory.
“It was a pretty kick,” Murga said. “What a team win. The guys played hard and I’m so proud of them getting this victory.”
The Tulia (2-1) defense was stingy all night holding Sanford-Fritch (0-3) to under 100 yards of total offense. The Hornets did put up 356 yards of offense but just had trouble putting the ball the endzone. Running back Damian Cedillo led all rushers carrying the ball 18 times for 110 yards with the teams only touchdown. Cedillo also made six catches for 88 yards.
Farwell blows out Sundown
In a game that saw six overtimes and points were at a premium a year ago, Farwell made sure that history wasn’t going to repeat itself.
The Steers played sound, physical football to walk away with a convincing 49-0 blanking of Sundown on Friday night.
After a scoreless first quarter, Farwell gained momentum with a 21-point second stanza taking a 21-0 lead into halftime and never looked back. Quarterback Alec Actkinson was able to beat the Roughnecks with his arm and his feet. Actkinson rushed it 12 times for 83 yards with a score and went 6-of-12 for 81 yards with two more touchdowns. Junior running back Corey Stancell did what he does best by torching the Sundown defense for 164 yards on 22 totes with three TDs.
Farwell’s defense was tremendous limiting the Roughnecks to 111 total yards and only 29 passing yards.
Farwell is now 3-0 overall. Sundown falls to 1-1.
Wheeler rallies to stun Guymon
Trailing 22-16 in the final minute of the game, Wheeler took an 80-yard drive down in the field in under a minute to leave Guymon, Okla. stunned taking a 24-22 Homecoming victory at Nicholson Field in Wheeler on Friday night.
The Tigers had scored with 49 seconds to play to break a tie game and go up 22-16. Wheeler took over at its own 20-yard line immediately going to work. Behind quarterback Levi Ashurst the Mustangs were quickly into Tiger territory with under 20 seconds left. The game-winning TD then came when Ashurst connected on a 29-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jesus Enriguez with only nine seconds left tying the ballgame up, 22-22. Ashurst then gave Wheeler (1-2) its first win of the season when he took a quarterback draw in for the 2-point conversion as the Mustangs pulled it out, 24-22.
Ashurst was 4-of-6 passing for the contest with 88 yards and the game-winning TD pass. Enriquez toted the rock 13 times for 65 yards with a touchdown and had the game-winning touchdown catch of 29-yards. Creed Newkirk led the Mustangs on the ground with 118 yards on 23 carries.
Clarendon clubs Booker
Clarendon found the win column for the first time this season thanks to a lopsided 45-20 win at Booker on Thursday evening.
Texas Tech commit and running back Jmaury Davis had a huge outing against the Booker defense. Davis used his size and speed to run by the Kiowas toting the rock 20 times for an incredible 317 yards with five touchdowns. Teammate Lyric Smith chipped in with 87 yards on 10 carries with a score. After a tough start to the year, the Broncos improve to 1-2 overall. Booker falls to 2-1.