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Class 1A, DII’s 25th-ranked Cranfills Gap Lions win homecoming game to lead Bosque County six-man squads, Morgan mauls Mullin

Rebounding from a rough week, the 25th-ranked Cranfills Gap Lions bounced back from a disappointing loss to celebrate homecoming night with a dominating victory last Friday night in THE SPORTS BUZZ Six-Man Football Game of the Week. But the rest of the Bosque County six-man squads produced mixed results as they moved a week closer to entering their respective district races.

CRANFILLS GAP 63, WACO PARKVIEW CHRISTIAN 0

Junior Adan Flores and sophomore Logan Viss scored two touchdowns each to lead the 25th-ranked Cranfills Gap Lions to a dominating 63-0 victory over Waco Parkview Christian in a contest that ended at halftime by virtue of the 45-point mercy rule on homecoming night in Cranfills Gap last Friday.

“It was a nice bounce back performance coming off of the loss last week,” said Cranfills Gap head coach Rodie Johnston, referring to the previous week’s 52-6 loss to Rising Star. “We were clicking on cylinders. We were able to get some of the younger guys some much needed playing time, and I like what I saw.”

The Lions (4-1) scored at will offensively as Flores rushed for two touchdowns and freshman Jake Herrera added another score. Special teams contributed two scores as Viss returned two punts for touchdowns.

Defensively, sophomore Juan Berumen led Cranfills Gap with four tackles and a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown, while junior Jonathan Rodriguez added four tackles and a sack, and Viss contributed four tackles.

“Defensively, we were flying around and causing turnovers and scoring as well as on special teams with two big punt returns. It was a good night.”

MORGAN 60, MULLIN 10

Rebounding from last week’s disappointing loss on homecoming night, the Morgan Eagles slashed the Mullin Bulldogs, 60-10, last Friday night in a non-district matchup that ended in the fourth quarter by virtue of the 45-point mercy rule.

Senior Adrian Vera-Rico scored four touchdowns while sophomore EJ Aviles tossed two touchdown passes and ran for two more to lead Morgan (2-3). After jumping out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead, the Eagles built a 30-10 advantage by halftime and never looked back.

“Overall, the offense was able to score on the ground and air with a lot of the players working together,” Morgan head coach Eduardo Aviles said. “The Eagle defense was able to keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone for most of the night.”

Aviles led the Eagles with 126 yards rushing while completing four of seven passes for 72 yards, connecting with six different receivers. Defensively, Aviles led Morgan with 14 tackles, followed by senior Keylan Watts with 11, junior Mark Garcia with nine and freshman Adrian Alonzo with seven.

“There were several younger players that played the reps needed to improve and contribute to the win,” Aviles said. “We had a great rush from our rushers, and we had a great rotation to keep us fresh throughout the game. I am really proud of our progress on both sides of the ball from my team’s efforts.”

LINGLEVILLE 68, IREDELL 22

Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Iredell Dragons could not keep pace as the Lingleville Cardinals soared to an impressive 68-22 home win last Friday night. Freshman Jordan Gutierrez scored twice and freshman Cole Heutzenroder added another touchdown in the losing effort for Iredell (2-3).

“Lingleville did a good job for the night,” Iredell head coach Luis Guereca said. “We could not get the offense rolling. Penalties and turnovers put us in too many tough situations that we couldn’t recover from.”

Senior Preston Robinson and Heutzenhoeder led the Dragons with seven tackles each, followed by Guiterrez with six.

“Defensively, it was a struggle trying to stop a solid running back they had. We just need to take the positives and negates from that game and move forward to the next week.” 

COVINGTON 58, WALNUT SPRINGS 12

While being devastated by injuries, the Walnut Springs Hornets fell to the Covington Owls, 58-12, on the road last Friday night.

Despite taking an early 12-8 lead, Walnut Springs injuries began to take their toll as three two-way starters were not being available after halftime.

“We had some young men play well being thrown into positions they had not played before,” Walnut Springs head coach Lonnie Flippen said. “Hopefully, the Hornets will be able to suit up eight players for the game this week while the other nurse injuries that will hopefully heal and allow them to play in our homecoming game October 8 against the Kopperl Eagles.”

Junior Diego Muniz led the Hornets with 63 yards rushing on six carries before being forced out of the game with sophomore Jesse Lamb carrying the load for 52 yards on nine carries. Sophomore Josue Ontiveros completed seven of 11 passes for 63 yards before leaving the game just prior to halftime, connecting with Brenden Shuemake on two receptions for 70 yards and one TD before being leaving the game as well.

Defensively, junior Adrian Chavez led the Hornets with seven tackles, followed by junior Luis Fraire with five, as well as Lamb and Muniz with four each.

PENELOPE 51, KOPPERL 0

Proving no match for the bigger Class 1A, DI squad, the Class 1A, DII Kopperl Eagles fell to the Penelope Wolverines, 51-0, in a non-district game on the road last Friday night.

“We are just so young right now,” Kopperl first-year head coach Darrell Wallace said. “We are taking our knocks this year, but we are learning from the good and the bad. The kids are working hard to get where we want them to be in the future.”

Photos by WENDY OROZCO & EUGENE MAZZURANA

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