Gatesville has lots of weapons. Six different rushers accounted for yardage, and six different receivers hauled in passes as the Hornets beat Waco Reicher 41-9 in their season opener. At the middle of it all was Cole Edmiston.
The senior quarterback ran the ball for 25 yards and a touchdown, while completing 10 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Edmiston’s favorite targets were Danny Byrd, who caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown, and Colton Williams, who finished with 28 yards on three catches.
Junior running back Jake Kee helped keep the Cougars’ defense honest by rushing for 86 yards on 15 carries (5.7 average) as the Hornets displayed a diversified and deep attack.
Gatesville still has some kinks to work out, though. The Hornets committed four fumbles, losing two, and Edmiston only completed half of his 20 pass attempts.
Badgers run down
Lampasas is still running the same offense, just not as effectively.
In 2011, the Badgers used a grinding ground game to defeat all but one regular-season opponent. In Friday’s 14-7 home loss to Smithville, Lampasas proved it has pieces to continue running the slot-T, but it also has a long way to go before becoming a productive offense.
The Badgers averaged a hair less than 5 yards per carry (4.93) as Steven Jazdyk, Robbie Hall and Beau Webb combined for 210 rushing yards, but Lampasas fumbled the ball four times, losing three, including one in the red zone that was returned 96 yards for a Tigers score.
In all, two Lampasas drives stalled in the red zone, a sight rarely seen a year ago, when the Badgers’ offense consistently capitalized, scoring at least 20 points in all but two games, and posting 30 or more points on seven occasions.
Buffs grounded out
The Florence defense took a beating in 2011. Nine times the Buffaloes lost the game in the fourth quarter.
Friday, though, they had nearly lost the game by the middle of the third quarter when Rosebud-Lott put up three straight touchdowns and took a 26-14 lead over Florence (0-1). The Cougars did it on the ground, piling up three 100-yard rushers and 423 rushing yards.
Artis Johnson has 164 yards rushing for Rosebud-Lott, Danny Mitchell 148 and Andrew Moore 107. The Buffaloes, meanwhile, had only 200 total yards and only 96 on the ground as they try to find a running back to complement quarterback Kaleb Hardy, who rushed for 82 yards on 16 carries. The rest of the team had 10 carries for 12 yards.
Eagles need to spread their wings
After losing more than 90 percent of last year’s offensive production to either graduation or transfer, the Salado Eagles knew they’d have to find replacements.
Key among those was junior quarterback Ryan Simmons, a versatile dual-threat option replacing pocket passer Mike Richardson, who transferred to Marble Falls in the summer after passing for a District 25-3A leading 2,190 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
In Friday’s season opener against Rockdale, Simmons was more than up to the challenge, factoring in 329 yards of total offense, including a team-high 174 rushing yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. But Simmons was about the only offensive standout Salado had against Rockdale. Then next most productive rusher was tailback Trey Mohler, who finished with 34 yards on six carries. The other two tailbacks —Fabian Sauceda and Dakota Creasy — combined for just 21 yards on five carries.
By the numbers
- 530 — Total yards Rockdale’s offense racked up against Salado, including 323 rushing yards on 47 carries and 207 passing yards.
- 110 — Penalty yards Florence had in its loss to Rosebud-Lott as the Buffaloes got flagged 13 times.
- 115 — Rushing yards accumulated by Lampasas junior running back Steven Jazdyk, who ran the ball 18 times for a 6.4 yards-per-carry average.
- 1.14 — Average rushing yards gained by Waco Reicher, which posted 33 yards on 29 carries against Gatesville.
- Lorena at Salado, 7:30 p.m. Friday — The Eagles (0-1) face a Leopards team (0-1) that went three rounds deep into the playoffs last year but must replace a majority of that team, including key contributors on both sides of the ball.
- Florence vs. Thrall at Waxahachie, 4 p.m. Saturday — Florence has to rebound from a disappointing loss to Rosebud-Lott and the Buffaloes get to do it on a big stage, playing at Waxahachie Stadium.
- Austin Travis at Lampasas, 7:30 p.m. Friday — Austin Travis (1-0) scored 63 points in its season opener, a feat that probably will not happen again for the senior-laden squad. Nonetheless, Lampasas (0-1) needs to find a way to produce more than the seven points it scored against Smithville.
- Gatesville at Waco University, 7:30 p.m. Friday — After opening against a TAPPS team, Gatesville (1-0) will receive its first true test of the season by traveling to Waco University (1-0), a team returning 15 starters, including senior receiver Zack Green, who had 664 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011.
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