Salado came in to its game against Marlin feeling like it might be able to use takeaways to get its first win of the season.
Instead, the Eagles turned the ball over five times in a 41-31 loss to start 0-5 for the second consecutive season.
What also didn’t help was giving up a touchdown on special teams as Botavian Mayes picked up a blocked field goal and returned it 75 yards for a 14-10 halftime lead.
Marlin put the game away in the third, scoring on all four of its possessions, including a touchdown pass to Mayes.
The unlikely touchdown reception actually came on a blocked field goal where Marlin quarterback BJ Huitt picked up the ball and tossed it to Mayes for a 15-yard score.
Defense continued to be an issue for Salado, as the Eagles have allowed 40-plus points in all five of their games this season. The 41 points allowed to Marlin were actually a season-low.
Offense, however, has not been a problem, as Salado quarterback McLane Carter had an impressive stat line of 387 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Carter did, however, throw three interceptions.
Salado picked up its first win last season against Florence and will try to do the same this week when it hosts the Buffaloes.
Despite second 48-6 loss, Florence puts up big rushing total
The Florence Buffaloes (1-4, 0-2 District 13-2A, Div. I) have had a rough season thus far, losing by at least 42 points to four opponents.
But the young team has assets and hope.
Buffs Tyler Salis, Joseph Ramirez, Wyatt Odom, Dillon Juarez and Fernando Ortiz combined for 224 rushing yards on 53 carries.
The team averaged 4.2 yards per carry.
Against Thrall, the Buffs defense proved it could limit offensive production, as Florence won 23-0.
The Trojans didn’t need any passing yards Friday, as 11 of them gouged the Buffaloes for 449 rushing yards.
Troy led 41-0 at halftime and starters cycled out.
The Trojans only punted once, while Florence punted five times.
Florence created no takeaways, and committed nine penalties for 82 yards.
— Brian Bradley
Lometa enters district in tailspin
Lometa spent the first month of the season rolling. Now, the Hornets are reeling.
After going undefeated through the first four games of the season, Lometa is in the midst of a two-game losing streak after losing in lopsided fashion to No. 25 Knox City on Friday.
The Hornets (4-2) gave up 30 unanswered points to start the game and never recovered, losing 64-16 to suck any remaining momentum from the program prior to its upcoming district opener. Lometa faces Rochelle (5-1) on Friday with an early edge in the District 9-Six Man, Division I race on the line.
Playing in a five-team district, every game is critical to the postseason picture, and Lometa is entering on a low after getting handled by the Greyhounds.
Knox City (5-1) needed less than a minute to score its first points of the game, and the Hornets responded by turning the ball over on its first play from scrimmage. From there, it only got worse as the Greyhounds led 20-0 before Lometa scored a pair of touchdowns, making the score 38-16 just prior to halftime.
The comeback attempt ended there, however, as Knox City shut out the Hornets in the second half.
— Clay Whittington
Salado giving up second (quarter) opportunities.
Rockdale outscored Salado 27-7 in the first period of the first game of the season, and the Eagles learned their lesson. They have since outscored their opponents 70-48 in the first period, only to lose traction in the second quarter.
Salado led Marlin 7-0 after the first and 10-0 early in the second, but the Bulldogs closed the half with 14 unanswered points, built a 27-10 lead in the third quarter and handed the Eagles their fifth straight loss, 41-31 on Friday night.
Salado committed five turnovers in the loss to Marlin, but the Eagles have struggled in the second quarter all season. Salado has been outscored 89-38 in the period.
The Eagles led top-ranked and defending 2A state champion Cameron Yoe 21-19 after the first quarter a week earlier and 3A Lorena 28-15 three weeks ago. In between, they were tied with China Spring 7-7 going into the second. The Eagles lost to both Cameron and China Spring 57-28 and to Lorena 75-67. Salado also trailed Rockdale 27-7 after the first and was outscored 13-7 in the second by the Tigers.
— Kevin Posival
- Gatesville (2-3) at Lampasas (2-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Neither team started the season the way it hoped, but either can change its fortunes with a victory in the District 8-3A opener for both teams.
- Lometa (4-2) at Rochelle (5-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Both teams are coming off disappointing losses last week, but Rochelle has home field advantage and history on its side after beating Lometa 66-46 last year.
- Florence (1-4, 0-2 13-2A Div. I) at Salado (0-5, 0-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Florence looks to snap a three-game losing streak while Salado is still seeking its first win of the season. More importantly, both will be fighting for their first district win. The Eagles swooped into Florence last year for a 48-22 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 146 — Points allowed by Lometa’s defense during its current two-game losing streak.
- 5 — Turnovers for Salado in Friday’s 41-31 loss to Marlin.
- 3 — Touchdowns — and interceptions — tossed by Salado QB McLane Carter on Friday.
- 183 — Point differential in Florence’s four losses this season.
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