WEEK 7: State-ranked Crawford Pirates solidify position at the top of the Heart of Texas while defending state champion Mart gets sidelined by Covid-19
It took Covid-19 precautions to prevent the Class 2A, DII’s top-ranked and three-time defending state champion Mart Panthers from winning another game under the Friday night lights last week. But the Class 2A, Division I’s seventh-ranked Crawford Pirates continue to look like the region’s team to beat after dominating the Hamilton Bulldogs, 51-6, last Friday night.
In other Class 2A, DI action around the region, the Bosqueville Bulldogs moved into a first place tie with Crawford on the strength on an overwhelming 49-0 District 7-2A, DI victory over the Itasca Wampus Cats, while the surprising Rio Vista Eagles soared past the Valley Mills Eagles, 41-33.
In other Class 2A, DI action across the Heart of Texas, Covid-19 precautions wiped out two of three schedule District 10-2A, DII contests as Bremond at the defending state champion and top-ranked Mart Panthers, and Chilton at the Hubbard Jaguars were both postponed until Nov. 6.
The seventh-ranked Albany Lions continued to dominate in District 8-2A, DII with a 55-0 victory at the Hico Tigers, while the young upstart Meridian Yellowjackets rebounded from a district opening loss to Albany to pound the Ranger Bulldogs, 62-0.
CRAWFORD 51, HAMILTON 6
HAMILTON – In a dominating performance, senior quarterback Tanner Merenda threw two touchdowns passes and ran for two more scores as the Class 2A, DI’s seventh-ranked Crawford Pirates pounded the Hamilton Bulldogs, 51-6, in a battle for the top spot in District 7-2A, DI last Friday night.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Pirates outscored Hamilton, 24-6, in the second quarter before tallying 27 unanswered points in the second half to put the game away. Merenda accounted for all Crawford touchdowns in the second quarter, tossing scoring strikes to Breck Chambers and Colt Murphree along with running another one in.
Using a balanced attack, Crawford (2-0 in district, 6-0 overall) piled up 484 yards to total offense, while Hamilton (2-1, 4-3) managed 301 yards of total offense but only produced six points.
RIO VISTA 41, VALLEY MILLS 33
RIO VISTA – Led by sophomore quarterback Taylor Pritchett, the Rio Vista Eagles held off a second-half comeback to soar past the Valley Mills Eagles, 41-33, in a hard-fought District 7-2A, DI clash last Friday night.
Pritchett tossed two touchdown passes and ran for two more as Rio Vista (2-1, 6-1) jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead and built a 35-7 advantage before halftime. But Valley Mills (0-3, 2-5) scored 26-second half points to make it a one-score game before Rio Vista escaped with the win.
Rushing for a game-high 122 yards, Pritchett also completed six of 12 passes for 100 more yards, while senior Brent Hoffman ran for 46 yards and a score. Senior Anthony Perez led Rio Vista with four catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
MERIDIAN 62, RANGER 0
RANGER – Behind a seven-touchdown performance by senior Teagan Smith, the Meridian Yellowjackets ran away with an overwhelming 62-0 victory over the Ranger Bulldogs on the road last Friday night. Coming off a tough District 8-2A, Division II opening loss to the seventh-ranked Albany Lions, the Jackets responded with Meridian’s most lopsided victory since 2007.
Delivering another dominating defensive performance, the Jackets notched its third shutout of the season. Throwing the Bulldogs for losses on 13 negative yardage plays, Meridian (1-1, 3-3) shut down Ranger for four yards total offense while forcing two turnovers. Ranger (0-2, 0-6) failed to complete a pass on nine attempts and managed only four yards rushing on 27 carries.
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