Morgan wins again, downs Penelope, 50-36

After a rough opening weekend to the 2017 Texas high school football season, Bosque County teams showed a glimpse of gridiron glory last week as Class 3A Clifton upset state-ranked Crawford and Morgan posted its second consecutive victory.

Area football fans also witnessed their first in-county showdown of the season as the Iredell Dragons showed why they deserved to be pre-season favorites to defend their 2016 district title.

IREDELL 76

KOPPERL 26

After Kopperl returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for the touchdown and scored again to take a 14-7 lead early in the first quarter. But from that point on, it was almost all Iredell as the Dragons posted a convincing 76-26 non-district victory last Friday night.

Morgan Whitfield scored four touchdowns and Adrian Benitez completed all four passes he threw for 87 yards and a score to lead Iredell (1-1).

“Solid win for our team tonight,” Iredell head coach Luis Guereca said. “We started a little slow in the beginning, but we were able to turn it up a notch and get our first win of the season. Effort and teamwork really showed tonight.” For Kopperl, Ethan Scallion passed for 127 yards and two scores and led the Eagles defensively with four tackles and two fumble recoveries. “A number of our younger players did improve in their fundamentals,” Kopperl head coach John Wood said. “We had two young men on defense who never let up, Jacob Wyatt and Tanner Allen showed quite a bit of hustle. “Games like this are never easy. Hats off to Iredell for their effort, execution and intensity, a very fast and physical team. Our team must commit not only to making it to practice, but to practicing well. “We have some young men becoming eligible and getting well in the next two weeks that should help us as we go along in the season.”

MORGAN 50 PENELOPE 36

Dalton Weatherford passed for two touchdowns, ran for one, caught a scoring pass and returned a kickoff 41 yards for a touchdown to lead Morgan’s thrilling 50-36 come-frombehind victory over Penelope in a non-district matchup last Thursday night. “The Morgan Eagles played a tough and physical Penelope team,” Morgan first-year head coach Edward Aviles said. “It was an exciting game to watch each team attack one another by running the ball hard and tackling each other harder.” Trailing 30-26 at halftime, the Eagles rallied behind a fumble recovery for a touchdown from Isaiah Alvarado. Michael Crawford scored two rushing touchdowns while Weatherford led Morgan (2-0) with 100 yards rushing. “This was a great game to see where the Eagles are in their progress as a team,” Aviles said. “They learned what it meant to keep your composure and to trust their team to do their jobs.” Weatherford and sophomore Sam Tilley led Morgan defensively with 15 tackles each, followed by senior Slayton Sewell with 13.

AQUILLA 55 WALNUT SPRINGS 6

Zach Winder and Jacob Felan teamed up to power the Aquilla Cougars to a convincing 55-6 mercy-rule win over the visiting Walnut Springs Hornets last Friday night. “We had another rough one,” Walnut Springs head coach Tim Trotter said. “I feel like we improved as the game went.” Ben Muniz score Walnut Springs’ lone touchdown, while Alex Villarreal led the Hornets defensively with six tackles. “We’re going to put this one behind us and concentrate on getting better every day,” Trotter said. “We are looking forward to play our first home game this coming week versus Kopperl.”

EVANT 70 CRANFILLS GAP 20

Opening the season with back-to-back losses under new head coach Adam Carroll, the Cranfills Gap Lions fell to Evant, 70-20, in a non-district contest last Friday night.

PALMER 39 VALLEY MILLS 0

Still trying to make adjustments to a new head coach and a new system on both sides of the line, the Valley Mills Eagles lost their second straight game, getting blanked by Palmer, 39-0, last Friday night. “It was a rough game,” Valley Mills firstyear head coach Sam Moody said. “But we are just one block away from being where we need to be offensively. Everyone has to improve from week to week.” Offensively, Chase Keeton and Jayson Jones led Valley Mills with several good catches in the game for big gains, and Spencer Eccleston ran the ball hard. But against Palmer, the Eagles were not able to find their way in to the end zone. Defensively, Ramon Medina led Valley Mills with 16 tackles.

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