Marquise Collins scored three touchdowns, and Jacob Castro caught a 45-yard TD pass as the Nolan seventh-grade A-team Mustangs opened the season with a 27-0 victory at Audie Murphy on Wednesday in Killeen ISD middle school football action.

Nolan led all the way after taking the opening kickoff and driving down the field for its first score, an 8-yard run by Collins.

Xavier Ramos passed to Terrell Gilmore for the extra point, the first of two for the duo.

Collins also had 70- and 3-yard TD runs, aided by the blocking of Ben Costin, Josiah Ash, Alexis Estrada, Kevin Lopez and Samari Brooks.

Devontana McHenry recovered a fumble, setting up another scoring drive capped by Collins and led by Nathaniel Morgan.

Other defensive standouts for the Mustangs were Dwayne Allen, Irving Fuentes, Kevin Oliveiri, Jeffery Lenten, Damarion Walker, Mezziah McLean and Alexsander Estrada.

UNION GROVE 7A 40, LIBERTY HILL 7A 13: Fullback Aimeer Washington ran for 75 yards, three touchdowns and two PATs in the Grizzlies’ season-opening win.

Running back Deaubry Hood ran for 35 yards, two touchdowns and a PAT.  Re’shaun Sanford returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown.  Marcus McMillan also scored on a PAT.

Aimeer Washington had three tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception for the Union Grove defense. De’Anthony Cathey, Cade Perry, Ashton Wilson and Marcus McMillan all had three tackles. Ashton Wilson had an interception at the end of the game.

Jamyron Keller scored twice for Liberty Hill. Isaac Diaz led the Lions defense.

SMITH 7A 25, LIVE OAK RIDGE 7A 0: Defensive standouts Jaylen Johnson, Jeanty Jeante, Jamarius Stewart, Edwar Cardenas Velasquez, Michael Villegas Herrera and Jadarius Murphy led the Leopards to a season-opening shutout win.

Darius Steverson, Wilbert Martin, Christoff Bethea, Christopher Bethea and Royce Martin dominated on the offensive line, opening holes for Jeante and Dion Ware.

EASTERN HILLS 7A DEF. RANCIER 7A: Markis Nash, Anthony Castilleja, Achilles Lundy, Tanner Meloon and Lino Tauiliili were standouts for the defeated Karoos.

PATTERSON 7A 22, PALO ALTO 7A 0: Brandon Hernandez, Darrius Turner and Koby Henry helped the defeated Patriots move the ball in the first half.

Offensive linemen Gabriel Matamoros and Gabriel Bonet also played well for Palo Alto. Anthony Ferrer and Jad’N Shaw were defensive standouts.

UNION GROVE 7B 33, LIBERTY HILL 7B 0:  At Union Grove, fullback Tahid Lloyd ran for 180 yards, three touchdowns and two PATs to lead the Grizzlies in a season-opening shutout victory.

Running back Joe Lane ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Frank Jones also scored on a PAT.  

Charles Williams led the Union Grove defense with four tackles for a loss, two sacks and two fumbles. Corey Evans and Gaige Shoop each had three tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery. Lloyd and Lane contributed three tackles each.  

Dylan Thomas and Camron Jackson were offensive standouts for the Lions, who had just 14 available players. Trent Ward was a defensive standout.

NOLAN 7B 27, AUDIE MURPHY 7B 13: At Audie Murphy, Jayden Diggs scored three touchdowns to help the Mustangs win their season opener.

Mattias Lizama also had a touchdown for Nolan. Quarterback Marcellus Jackson ran for two extra points and passed to Alexis Hanks for another.

The Mustang offense rolled behind the blocking of Joseph Marchione, Christian Beltran, Christian Barbosa, Robert McGee–Perez and Gearon Wideman.

Juan Trujillo recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Other defensive standouts were Dylan McClellan, Devin Payne and Angel Avila.

LIVE OAK RIDGE 7B 19, SMITH 7B 6: Standouts for the defeated Leopards were Pablo Picacio, Justin Cordova, Shawn Smith and Antonio Griffin.

RANCIER 7B 33, EASTERN HILLS 7B 21: George Archer and Ma’Kye Walker each scored twice in the Karoos’ season-opening victory.

Walker caught a short pass and scampered 40 yards to score the first touchdown. After the Panthers scored and tied the game, Archer evaded a sack and scrambled 55-yards for a touchdown to put Rancier back in front.

As time expired in the first half, Logan Frishman forced a fumble that was recovered by Tramari Randles, who picked it up and raced 65 yards to put the Karoos up 21-7.

In the third period, Archer scrambled 60 yards for another touchdown.

The Panthers closed the gap late, but a 50-yard rushing touchdown by Walker sealed the win.

Other Rancier standouts included Josiah Hale, Darien Durr, Arion Johnson and Jennifer Hernandez.

SMITH 8A 55, LIVE OAK RIDGE 8A 6: At Ellison High School, Jamari Thomas and Dezmond Oliver each scored twice, and so did the Leopard defense in a season-opening win.

Thomas finished with 11 carries for 102 yards. Oliver finished with five carries for 73 yards. Jacoby Thomas also factored in two touchdowns, throwing one TD pass and catching another.

Ahmad Bailey threw seven passes for 78 yards and a TD. Alfred Vincent caught four passes for 77 yards and a TD. Peydon Horace added 57 yards on five carries, and Kobe Burges caught a 7-yard pass.

The Smith defense had four takeaways.

PATTERSON 8A 25, PALO ALTO 8A 18: Four different players scored touchdowns for Patterson and the Cavaliers rallied from a halftime deficit to win their season opener.

Jarian Green, Michael Wright and Antonio Jones each ran for a touchdown. Howard Johnson caught a touchdown pass from Breon Williams.

Elijah Harris, Dai’von Kow, and Phillip Tingtang led the Patterson defense.

LIBERTY HILL 8A 30, UNION GROVE 8A 0: Terrance Carter tossed a pair of touchdown passes and returned an interception for a score as the Lions won their season opener.

Carter tossed a 35-yard TD pass to Marcus Maple and a 20-yard TD pass to Kevan Williams.

Maple opened the scoring with a 30-yard run. Carter converted the 2-point try and the Lions dominated from there.

Carter’s 35-yard pick-six, and PAT by Nehemiah Costley, capped the scoring. The Lions led 16-0 at halftime.

Defensively, Liberty Hill had 10 sacks, including a safety by Donavyn Jones. The Lions intercepted three passes.

Gerald Fuavai also was an offensive standout. R’Jai Rogers and Mikail Denton had the other interceptions. Other defensive standouts were Leo Rhome, Romie Tauaa and Elijah Warner.

LIBERTY HILL 8B 20, UNION GROVE 8B 19: At Liberty Hill, U’Riyah Evans scored long touchdowns on a run and interception return, and tossed a 45-yard TD pass in the Lions’ season-opening win.

Evans had a hand in all of the Liberty Hill scoring as he also ran and passed for extra points.

Evans’ 80-yard interception in the third quarter broke a 13-13 tie, and his PAT pass to Tahji Hooper proved to be the difference.

But the Lions needed a big defensive play to seal it. They got it by snuffing a fake reverse on Union Grove’s final extra-point try.

Evans scored the first points of the game on a 78-yard run on the Lions’ opening drive. Union Grove answered on the next drive and took a 7-6 lead after one quarter.

Hooper caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter as the teams traded scores on the way to a halftime stalemate.

Other offensive standouts for Liberty Hill were Noah Throne, Keshawn Collier and Juan Emanuel. Other defensive standouts were Kyle Winner, Jacob Bernard, Davion Washinton and Antoine McGowan.



UNION GROVE 8A DEF. LIBERTY HILL 8A 25-17, 25-16: At Union Grove, Mary Allen served 15 points, and Alexandria Cloud added 10 as the Grizzlies opened the season with a win.

Other scorers for Union Grove were McKenzie Mansell (five points), Temiya Johnson (two) and Evan Fuller and Karly Hansen (one each).   

Allen had the only kill of the night.

PATTERSON 8A DEF. PALO ALTO 8A 25-12, 25-13: Evelyn Lorenzo served eight straight points, including three aces, to help lead the Lady Cavaliers to a season-opening win.

Naudia Vasquez served seven straight points, and Ariana Moore served for five.

Kira Bass and Moore each contributed a kill. Livyahna Alvarado served an ace.

Isabel Nautu served four points for Palo Alto. Jamesha Reece contributed two. Other standouts for the Lady Patriots were Summer Aguon Tallada, Jessica Juarez and Jayda Thomas.

UNION GROVE 8B DEF. LIBERTY HILL 25-21, 18-25, 25-12: At Union Grove, Ariana Martin served 11 points to lead the Grizzlies to a season-opening home victory.

Other scorers for Union Grove were Kanaiya Blackmon (six points), Keni Moore (five), Micayla Reeves and Jocelynn (three each) and Cassandra Vasquez and Emma Salazar (one each).

Savannah Seldon was a defensive standout for the Grizzlies.

PATTERSON 8B DEF. PALO ALTO 8B 25-7, 25-6: Myaevia Debose served eighth straight points, including two aces, as the Lady Cavaliers won their season opener.

Ciera McNeil and Zykirah Thompson each contributed a kill. Landry Searcy had an assist. Other serving standouts were Capriel Joseph, Angilise Blair and Mikaylah Perez.

Gloria Wambua served two points for Palo Alto. Britsel Arredondo contributed several digs.

PATTERSON 7A DEF. PALO ALTO 7A 25-16, 25-14: Deshonay Merchant served 12 points and finished with three aces, one assist and a kill in the Lady Cavaliers’ season-opening win.

Elizabeth Eakin added 12 points and four aces.

Other contributors for Patterson were Aryanna Ramos (four points, two assists), Ja’Liz Simmons (two assists), Mia Caldwell (one point, one assist, one dig), Tiana St.

(one points, three assists, one dig) and Lanyjah Ballard (one assist).

UNION GROVE 7TH GOLD DEF. LIBERTY HILL 7TH 25-6, 25-19: Navaeh Halback served 13 points to help the Grizzlies earn a victory in their season opener.

Ayannia Williams added five points. Judy Irizarry, Laura Pearce, Aryam Quiroz and Blessing Laye also scored for Union Grove.

UNION GROVE 7TH RED DEF. LIBERTY HILL 7TH 19-25, 25-12, 25-9: Kaley Lelauti served 21 points to send the Grizzlies to a season-opening win.

Faryn Morris, Nykela Burks, Olivia Milliner, Alicia Mora, Keonna Otis and Gloria Iosefo also scored for Union Grove.

PATTERSON 7B DEF. PALO ALTO 25-5, 25-16: Ale’Ani Ruffin served 18 straight points and finished with two aces to lead the Lady Cavaliers to a victory in their season opener.

Other contributors to the win were Amani Winchester (two points, one ace), Amiya Trotter (three points), Amiya Collins (two points) and Alondra Chelby (one point).

SALADO 8A DEF. LLANO 8A 25-22, 25-18: Darci Pryor’s serving and Eishen Young’s net play spurred the Lady Eagles to a victory.

SALADO 8B DEF. LLANO 8B 19-25, 25-15, 15-11: Savannah Oyler’s serving helped the Lady Eagles recover from an early hole, and Macie Pittman hit the game-winning kill.

SALADO 7A DEF. LLANO 7A 25-21, 25-14: Holly Giesecke and Cooper Meyer led the Lady Eagles to a victory.

LLANO 7B DEF. SALADO 7B 22-25, 25-22, 15-3.


SALADO 7A DEF. MARBLE FALLS 2-1: Haleigh Wilk and Holly Giesecke led the Lady Eagles to a road win on Sept. 7.  

MARBLE FALLS 7B DEF. SALADO 7B 2-0: Hailey Piatak and Madison Graham were the early standouts for the defeated Lady Eagles. Joanna Stiegerwalt and Peyton Brazzil also stepped up.

MARBLE FALLS 8A DEF. SALADO 8A 2-0: Despite the loss, Lainey Taylor and Darci Pryor showed why they will be the anchors for the Lady Eagles this season. Kylee Cottle also played well.

MARBLE FALLS 8B DEF. SALADO 8B 2-0: Setter Macie Pittman and opposite hitter Alanna Vasquez had an impressive debut for the defeated Lady Eagles. Kenslee Konarik and Kennady Moffat also contributed.


SALADO’S  VARGAS WINS JV RACES: Salado’s Samantha Vargas won the girls junior varsity division race at the Pro-Fit Invitational on Sept. 1 at Wilson Park in Temple.

Vargas completed the 2-mile course in 14 minutes and 24 seconds and helped the Lady Eagles finish second in the team standings.

Other runners for Salado were Erin McBryde (16th place), Avery Wright (20th), Grace Graham (22nd), Hannah Seymore (26th) and Gillian Moszer (51st).

Vargas also topped a field of 190 at the Belton meet on Aug. 25 with a time of 13:30.

Also running for Salado were Kimberly Kendall (16th, 15:04), McBryde (45th, 16:07), Wright (74th, 17:18), Seymore (97th, 17:24), Graham (17:58) and Moszer (22:02).

In the team’s opening meet Aug. 18 in Temple, Vargas was second in 15:09. McBryde placed 11th (17:15), Seymore was 20th (18:42) and Wright was 26th (19:53).

Salado’s JV boys placed fourth in the Pro-Fit meet, led by Chris Ortiz’s 11th-place finish of 20:42 on a 3-mile course. Other Eagles in the race were Tyler Edmonson (13th, 20:59), Dustin Wilson (14th, 21:01), Collin Wilson (25th, 22:41), Cole McKinney (30th, 23:19) and Joaquin Tobias (31st, 23:21).

Ortiz led Salado to a team victory in the season-opening Temple meet. He placed fifth at (21:05)

Other Salado runners were Jacob Sellers (eighth, 22:01), Edmonson (10th, 22:20), Tobias (11th, 22:22), Wilson (15th, 23:51) and Nevin Santana (28th, 26:37).

SALADO JR. HIGH SWEEPS MEET: The Salado junior high cross country teams swept the boys and girls titles on Sept. 9 at the Florence meet.

The Lady Eagles nearly tallied a perfect score, taking the top four spots and six place for 16 points. Anna Lesley was the race winner in 15 minutes, 32 seconds. The next three to cross the finish line were Salado’s Avery Fossum (16:01), Ashlyn Williams (16:13) and Natalie Burleson (16:14). Also running for the Lady Eagles were Caley Aycock (sixth, 16:45), Kate Keas (13th, 18:12), Anne Marie Gilmore (14th, 18:12), Naysa Cauley (15th, 18:19) and Emma Grant (23rd, 21:41).

The Salado boys scored 27 points, led by third-place finisher Isaac Huerta (14:16). Also running for Salado were Ryan Novotny (fifth, 14:25), Adan Giral (sixth, 14:34), Jake Rechtfertig (seventh, 14:38), Brooks Dabney (12th, 15:09), Boden Savage (14th, 15:23), Ben Raines (15th, 15:24), Blake Howell (19th, 16:32), Ryland Woods (20th, 16:35), Evan Hardt (23rd 17:54), Cutter Meyer (24th, 18:13) and Ross Vincent (26th, 19:20).

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