CLASS 2A GRIDIRON GRADES: Week 3

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Crawford remains undefeated to challenge for spot in the state rankings, Mart continues its winning ways

With the Class 2A, Division II’s top-ranked Mart Panthers looking more poised to pounce on their fourth straight state title with each passing week, four Heart of Texas teams in Class 2A, DI have emerged as early contenders to become state powers.

Of course, it came as no surprise that sixth-ranked San Saba remained undefeated with an impressive 32-0 victory over Mason. But after Holland blanked Johnson City, 41-0, last Friday, the Hornets broke into the state rankings at No. 10. And under new head coach Greg Jacobs, the perennial powerhouse Crawford Pirates may be on the verge of joining the state’s elite following 62-0 thrashing of the Axtell Longhorns.

But while those teams have been grabbing the spotlight under the Friday night lights, several other squads have been flying under the radar on their way to respectability. Just a week after snapping a 13-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 26, 2018, the Meridian Yellowjackets established a winning streak by blanking Bartlett, 7-0, on Homecoming Night, thanks to their second consecutive defensive shutout.

CRAWFORD 62, AXTELL 0

AXTELL — With six different players finding their way into the end zone, the Crawford Pirates made cannon fodder of the Axtell Longhorns on their way to an overwhelming 62-0 victory at last Friday night at Ellison Field.

Crawford quarterback Tanner Merenda passed for one touchdown and ran for another, running back Garrett Pearson caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score, and running back Breck Chambers rushed for two touchdowns to lead the way for the Pirates (3-0).

Merenda completed four of six in passing for 103 yards, Chambers led the Pirates with 90 yards rushing on eight carries, while Pearson finished with 64-yards on only three attempts as Crawford piled up 331 yards on the ground with eight rushing touchdowns.

PALMER 27, BOSQUEVILLE 26 (2OT)

BOSQUEVILLE – Going for the win in double overtime, the Bosqueville Bulldogs were stopped short on a two-point conversion attempt as Palmer hung on for a thrilling 27-26 victory last Friday night.

Spreading the ball around to four different receivers, Palmer senior quarterback Julian Villasenor threw four touchdown passes, connecting with senior Damian Gonzalez for two scores.

Bosqueville placekicker John Youens nailed a 30-yard field goal with eight seconds left in regulation to tied the score at 20-20 and force overtime.

MART 48, ANAHUAC 14

MADISONVILLE – Mart quarterback Roddrell Freeman threw two touchdown passes and ran for three more as the top-ranked Panthers mauled Anahuac, 48-14, Saturday afternoon at Madisonville’s Mustang Stadium.

Mart (3-0) built a comfortable 26-6 lead by halftime, then put the game away with 20 third quarter points. Freeman completed 10 of 15 passes for 208 yards while leading the Panthers in rushing with 101 yards on 17 carries.

Freeman connected with junior Kylderion Campbell for a 44-yard scoring strike before hooking up with junior Keishawn Clater on pass resulting in a 77-yard touchdown. Clater led Mart in receiving with three catches for 95 yards.

Defensively, junior DaMarion Medlock topped the Panthers with 11 tackles, followed by junior Trey Powell with 10, while freshman Dominic Medlock and junior Robert Hickman collected eight takedowns apiece.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ will provide award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

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