Jacobia Thomas returned two of the unbeaten Leopards’ seven interceptions for touchdowns in the Smith eighth-grade A-team’s victory over Palo Alto on Tuesday in Killeen ISD middle school football action.
Thomas had three interceptions in all for the Leopards (3-0). He also scored on a 40-yard run and caught a touchdown pass from Ahmad Bailey.
Jamari Thomas also had a pick-six and scored on a 67-yard punt return.
Xavion Alexander and Jordan Kindred each had six tackles.
LIBERTY HILL 8A 13, EASTERN HILLS 8A 0: Defense and special teams helped the Lions remain unbeaten.
After a scoreless first quarter, Liberty Hill (3-0, 1-0 conference) pinned the Panthers deep in their own territory and forced them to punt. The Lions’ Desmond Brown caught the punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Lions drove down the field with some clutch, fourth-down conversions along the way and Donavyn Jones sealed the victory with a 1-yard TD run. Eric Moore passed to Marcus Maple for the PAT to cap the scoring.
Terrance Carter picked off a pass in the first quarter for the Lions. Other defensive standouts were Leo Rhome, Demontre Brown, Romeo Tauaa and Nehemiah Costley.
Other offensive standouts for Liberty Hill were Malyke Whitted and JeamBerto Rivera Castro.
PATTERSON 8A 18, RANCIER 8A 7: The Cavalier defense scored twice and Patterson won its conference opener.
The Cavs led all the way after forcing a safety on the game’s opening drive. Later in the first half, Armando Molina forced a fumble and Elijah Harris returned it for a touchdown, putting Patterson up 10-0 at halftime.
Rancier battled back in the second half, but the Cavs added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a fourth-down pass from Breon Williams to Dominick Allison.
Christian Rillera and Jorien Young also came up with receptions throughout the game. Jarian Green and Marquis Valentine led a strong running game.
Defensively, Dai’Von Kow, Armando Molina, Mousa Dassama, Delon Lindsey and Gavyn Keyser swarmed to the ball all night.
NOLAN 8A 33, MANOR 8A 0: The Mustangs got their first victory of the season in a big way, led by two-way standouts Donovan Madkins, Devin Toliver, Delmiro Soto and Devonte Tezino.
Anthony Corona, Javier Corral and Eduardo Rodriguez provided offensive firepower.
LIBERTY HILL 8B 26, EASTERN HILLS 8B 0: Juan Emanuel ran for two touchdowns, and U’Riyah Evans ran and passed for a touchdown in the Lions’ conference-opening victory.
Emanuel scored on a 32-yard run on Liberty Hill’s first offensive play. He also scored on a 45-yard run in the third quarter.
In the second quarter, Anthony Millender caught a 12-yard TD pass from Evans. Evans converted the PAT and the Lions (3-0) led 14-0 at halftime.
Evans also scored on a 45-yard run in the third quarter. Evans and Millender also hooked up for a PAT on the opening touchdown. Other offensive standouts were Tyrell Winston Morris, Matt Hoskin and Dillan Hemple.
Liberty Hill’s defense forced three fumbles. Lamont Williams recovered two of them, and Antoine McGowan came up with the other. Other defensive standouts were Davion Washinton and Jackloid Carino.
PATTERSON 8B 7, RANCIER 8B 0: Zaylin Blackwood scored on the Cavaliers’ opening drive of the second half and held on to win their conference opener.
Michael Kelly stepped into a new role as quarterback and was another offensive standout for Patterson.
NOLAN 8B 38, MANOR 8B 18: The undefeated Mustangs gave up their first points of the season, but still rolled to a victory behind the scoring of Richard Gutierrez, Damarrian Jones, Elijah Armour and Warren Bethea.
Quinton Hall and Bairo Velasco provided crucial blocks.
SMITH 8B DEF. PALO ALTO 8B: At Ellison High School, Jonathan Torres scored four touchdowns and the Leopards improved to 3-0.
SMITH 7A 13, PALO ALTO 7A 0: The Leopards forced four turnovers, including a fumble on the opening kickoff, on the way to a victory.
Jeante Jeanty forced the fumble and was an offensive standout along with Dion Ware, Jamarius Stewart and linemen Darius Steverson, Royce Johnson, Wilbert Martin, Christoff Bethea and Christopher Bethea.
The Leopards defense held the Patriots to under 100 yards. Pablo Picacio had two interceptions, and Stewart had one. Jadarius Murphy, Jaylan Johnson, Edwar Cardenas-Velasquez and Jason Sokolowski put pressure on the quarterback all night.
Smith improved to 2-1.
Offensive standouts for Palo Alto were Timothy Ramsay, Derrick Lynch, Nickolus Caldwell and Tavon Harris. Defensive standouts for the Patriots, who shut out Smith in the second half, were Jacob Walker, Zachary Manson (third interception of the season), Keman Hill and Jad’N Shaw.
PATTERSON 7A 33, RANCIER 7A 0: Tyler Gaines returned a fumble and interception for touchdowns and the Cavaliers posted their fourth straight shutout.
Zavian Tibbs also scored twice for Patterson, including an 80-yard run to start the game. Zy’Aire King also scored a touchdown. The Cavaliers have scored 30 or more points in their last three games.
Rashad Jackson forced the fumble that Gaines scored on. Jackson also recovered another fumble and had a sack.
The Patterson defense allowed just three first downs.
The Cavaliers led 27-0 at halftime.
Other standouts for Patterson were quarterback Marquise Mango, James Rowell (forced fumble) and kicker Tola Gormley.
Offensive standouts for Rancier included Markis Nash and Lino Tauiliili. Defensive standouts were Damarion Huey and Da’vontez Lewis.
EASTERN HILLS 7A 22, LIBERTY HILL 7A 13: The Panthers scored on a safety late in the first half, then returned the ensuing free kick for a touchdown to take a 15-0 lead on the way to a victory.
Jamyron Keller and Key’Won Calhoun scored touchdowns for Liberty Hill (1-2). Defensive standouts for the Lions were Aaron Richardson, Minuet Lee (fumble recovery), Keller (fumble recovery), Isaac Diaz (three sacks) and King White. Ryan Allen shined on special teams.
MANOR 7A 13, NOLAN 7A 0.
MANOR 7B 18, NOLAN 7B 6: At Nolan, the Rams scored on two passes in the second half to beat Nolan.
Alexis Hanks scored on a 63-yard run in the second quarter for Nolan’s points. Jerome
Panzu and Juan Trujillo each recovered a fumble.
PALO ALTO 7B 6, SMITH 7B 0: Patriots quarterback Adrien Sheffield scored the game’s only points on a 10-yard run around the right side.
Defensive standouts for Palo Alto included linemen De’Rajae Otis and Thomas Larson, safeties Corey Scott and Tyar Tennesse, cornerbacks Jeremiah Bradley, Tim Holland and Adrien Trejo, and linebackers Ezak Sandoval, Jamar Nimmons and Nathan Emptage.
Offensive standouts included Kentae Carson and linemen Alexander Duperon, Junior Ramirez, Austin Hall, Jorge Rojas and Josh Sanders.
Keenan Walker, Sean Smith and Kelton Hemphill were defensive standouts for the defeated Leopards (1-2).
PATTERSON 7B 20, RANCIER 7B 14: Bobby Williams scored on a 40-yard run and returned the second-half kickoff for another touchdown to lead the Cavaliers to a victory.
Williams opened the scoring in the first quarter. On the next Cavalier drive, Xavier Payne pinned Rancier deep in its own end with a punt, leading to a safety that gave Patterson an 8-0 halftime lead.
Emory Watson capped the Cavalier scoring in the fourth quarter with a touchdown run.
Rancier had an opportunity to tie or take the lead on its final drive after Josiah Hale forced a fumble, but Patterson’s Tyriq Jones sealed the victory with an interception. Jha’Mouri Erilus also was a standout for the Patterson defense.
Nathan Stonecipher connected with Tramari Randles for an 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put Rancier on the board.
After Patterson scored to take a 13-point lead, Rancier’s Ma’alik Walker answered with an 83-yard kickoff return.
LIBERTY HILL 7B 6, EASTERN HILLS 7B 0: Dylan Thomas hooked up with Trent Ward for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, ending a defensive stalemate and sending the Lions to a victory.
Benny Gonzales sealed the victory for Liberty Hill (2-1) by recovering a fumble with a minute and a half remaining. Robert Lopez and Carmon Jackson also recovered fumbles. Zacori Eichelberger and Luke Fulton were other defensive standouts.
SMITH 8A DEF. PALO ALTO 25-18, 25-13: Adaizah Millet and Taylor Lewis each served 11 points in the Lady Leopards’ win.
Kylarr Martin added four points.
PATTERSON 8A DEF. RANCIER 8A 25-7, 25-5: Ariana Moore served 23 consecutive points and added a kill to lead the Lady Cavaliers to a win.
Natalie Penman recorded two kills. Kylie Swanson and Kira Bass recorded one apiece. Naudia Vasquez served three points, including an ace. Nicole Evans served four points, and Evelyn Lorenzo served two. Ichani Norman tallied three blocks and an ace.
NOLAN 8A DEF. MANOR 8A 26-24, 15-25, 25-12: Armani Davis served six straight points in the decisive third set after the teams were deadlocked at 9 and the Lady Mustangs took the victory.
Davis served 14 points in all. Other scorers were Taleiya Aguon (nine), Ka’Tesha Lewis (seven), and Alyssa Gomez (three). Other standouts were Kiarelys Landrau-Santiago, De’Anira Washington and Serenity Hillsman.
SMITH 8B DEF. PALO ALTO 25-4, 25-3: Liani Sosa served 14 points and the Lady Leopards rolled to a victory.
Eshay Graves and Taylor Peterson served 11 points each for Smith.
PATTERSON 8B DEF. RANCIER 8B 25-10, 25-9: Landry Searcy served 13 points, including four aces, in the Lady Cavaliers’ victory. She also recorded a dig.
Mya Debose had an ace. Capriel Joseph served four points, including one ace. Jalacia Cokley served three points and recorded an ace. Zykirah Thompson also recorded an ace. Jazmyn Byron tallied a kill. Jasenika Saiz recorded one dig.
MANOR 8B DEF. NOLAN 8B 25-18, 25-20: Top servers for the defeated Lady Mustangs were Aiyana Murphy and Jashanti Davis. Other standouts included Kaylee De Jesus Soto and Alana Lizama.
SMITH 7A DEF. PALO ALTO 25-10, 25-20: Daniya Brooks served 16 points and had four aces to help lead the Lady Leopards to a win.
Trynity Hicks added five points, an ace and a kill. Phoenix Galindo also had a kill.
MANOR 7A DEF. NOLAN 7A 25-12, 25-7: Amaiyan Dawson served 12 straight aces and made a dazzling one-armed save to help send the Lady Rams to a win.
Olivia Stevenson contributed five great serves. Assiah Howard had two kills, while Leilani Maneafaiga and Kynce Randles also had kills.
PATTERSON 7A DEF. RANCIER 7A 25-12, 22-25, 25-18: Deshonay Merchant served 10 points, and Tiana St. Cyr added nine and an ace in the Lady Cavaliers’ win.
Trinity Lewis served six points. Lanyjah Ballard-Stoute (one ace) and Mia Caldwell each served five.
SMITH 7B DEF. PALO ALTO 7B 25-19, 25-13: Christiana Quinata served seven points and had three aces for the winning Lady Leopards.
Cianna Cantrell added five points and two aces for Smtih. Julissa Metcalf had a kill.
MANOR 7B DEF. NOLAN 7B 25-15, 25-17: Brenlys Diaz led the Lady Rams to a victory.
Maddison Yarbrough and Alexis Engleton were defensive standouts.
PATTERSON 7B DEF. RANCIER 7B 25-10, 25-11: Natalya Senat served 15 points, including 10 in a row, to lead the Lady Cavaliers to a victory.
Ale’Ani Ruffin had a couple kills. Tori McIntyre came up with multiple digs. Amani Winchester served 11 points, including two aces. Lanijah Harrell served six points.
SALADO SWEEPS LAMPASAS: Lorena Perez was the top scorer as the Lady Eagle freshmen defeated Lampasas 25-11, 25-18 on Oct. 6 in Lampasas.
Reece Preston led the SHS junior varsity in a 25-12, 25-21 win.