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Bonham 54 Ferris 19
Ferris -- Bonham football fans knew the Warriors would be a faster team in 2017 and the Ferris Yellowjackets found that out, too, when Bonham speedster Hayden Stevenson sprinted 87 yards to pay dirt with just over six minutes left to play in the first quarter. Oscar Gandara split the uprights, giving Bonham a 7-0 lead. Ferris managed to get running back Damian Edwards into the open field and he raced 56 yards to the end zone, but Bonham held a 7-6 advantage as the opening period came to a close. Bonham quarterback Tyler Rodriguez followed his surging offensive line across the goal line for a short touchdown run and Stevenson scored twice to give the Warriors a 26-6 lead. Kobe Lankford scored for Ferris, trimming the Bonham lead to 26-12 at halftime. In the third quarter, Bonham reeled off 21 unanswered points to put the game away as the Warriors built a 47-12 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Both teams tacked on a touchdown in the final period and the Bonham Warriors headed home with a 54-19 victory. Hayden Stevenson ran for three scores, including runs of 87 yards and 66 yards. Tyler Rodriguez ran for a pair of TDs and hit Trevor Hartwell on a 12-yard scoring strike. Azyon Dunlap scored from 28 yards out and Damon Ross has a 23-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Oscar Gandara had six PATs. The Warriors (1-0) will have their home opener next Friday when Bonham hosts Van Alstyne (1-0).
Van Alstyne 49 Bonham 27
Bonham - Van Alstyne quarterback Rhett Gallagher ran for three touchdowns and also passed for three TDs to lead his Panthers past Bonham, 49-27, in the Warriors' 2017 home opener. Bonham junior Tyler Rodriguez had the hometown crowd on its feet early in the first quarter when he picked off a pass and raced 90 yards to pay dirt. The PAT by Oscar Gandara gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead. Van Alstyne quickly answered when Gallagher got loose for a six-yard scoring scamper to tie the contest, 7-7. Early in the second quarter, Gallagher connected with Austin Moore on a short touchdown pass as the Panthers slipped in front, 13-7. Just like last year, Bonham was stride-for-stride with Van Alstyne in the early action. Rodriguez rolled left on the option and pitched out to Hayden Stevenson and the speedy ball carrier sprinted 33 yards to tie the game, 13-13. The PAT by Gandara gave the Warriors a 14-13 lead with less than two minutes left to play in the first quarter. An exciting kickoff return by Van Alstyne's Chris Wilson and a face masking penalty on Bonham resulted in a 1st-and-10 at the Warriors' 23-yard line. Gallagher found a hole up the middle and then bounced outside to his left into the open for a 23-yard TD run. Gallagher hit Wilson on a pass for the two-point conversion that gave the Panthers a 21-14 advantage. Wilson would pick off an errant pass to bring the Van Alstyne offense back out onto the field. Gallagher scrambled to avoid a pass rush and spotted Wilson in the end zone to stretch the Panthers' lead to 28-14 at halftime. In the third period, Bonham turned the ball over on a fumble and Gallagher went in from three yards out to give Van Alstyne a 35-14 lead going into the fourth quarter. Rodriguez hit Trevor Hartwell with scoring strikes of five yards and 56 yards in the final period, but Gallagher hit Ty Cosper in stride for a long TD pass and then it was Gallagher breaking free for a 26-yard touchdown run to make the final score, 49-27. Bonham (1-1) will travel to Pottsboro next Friday, while Van Alstyne (2-0) will host Anna.
Pottsboro 44 Bonham 21
Pottsboro -- The Bonham Warriors had an 8-7 lead in the early action before the Pottsboro Cardinals went on a four touchdown scoring spree to take a 20-point lead at the half, 35-15. Pottsboro connected on a field goal in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 38-15 heading into the final period. The Cardinals added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to go up 44-15. Bonham never gave up and it was the Warriors with the final score of the evening when a Tyler Rodriguez pass to speedy receiver Trevor Hartwell resulted in a 59-yard touchdown pass. Pottsboro improves to 2-1 with the victory. Bonham (1-2) travels to Anna on Friday.
Anna 35 Bonham 28
Anna -- The Bonham Warriors and the Anna Coyotes treated their fans to an exciting game, with Anna holding on for a 35-28 victory in the non-conference contest played Friday night at Anna High School. The Coyotes came out howling as quarterback Junior Rodriguez went in from four yards out to give Anna a 7-0 lead with 7:20 remaining in the first quarter. The Warriors received the kickoff and marched down the field. Quarterback Tyler Rodriguez ran for a first down, Rodriguez passed to Jerrell Stewart for another first down and Hayden Stevenson moved the chains with a nice run that gave Bonham a first-and-goal at the Anna nine-yard line. Rodriguez hit Trevor Hartwell with a nine-yard scoring strike and the PAT by Nick Rhinehart tied the game, 7-7. After the kickoff, Bonham's defense forced a punt and the snap sailed over the head of the punter, allowing the Warriors to set up shop at the Coyotes' 16-yard line. Anna's defense stiffened and, on fourth down, Bonham sent in the field goal unit. On a daring call, the Warriors faked the punt and Rodriguez connected with Azyon Dunlap for six points. Bonham added the two-point conversion when Rodriguez bowled over a tackler at the goal line to give the Warriors a 15-7 lead. Anna got the next TD on a 32-yard run by Keelan Crosby to narrow the gap to 15-14. An interception by Emmonte Davis turned the ball back over to the Coyotes with time running out in the first half. Crosby scored on a two-yard keeper over his right tackle to give Anna a 20-15 advantage at halftime. In the third quarter, Bonham went back into the lead with a touchdown by Rodriguez, but Anna scored twice to go into the fourth quarter with a two-touchdown cushion, 35-21. The Warriors added a touchdown in the final period when Rodriguez passed to Stewart. The PAT by Rhinehart whittled Anna's lead down to 35-28, but Anna ran out the clock to earn a seven-point win.Bonham will host Lone Oak next week.
Bonham 27 Lone Oak 20
Bonham -- In front of an overflow BHS Homecoming crowd, Bonham junior quarterback Tyler Rodriguez ran for four touchdowns to propel his Warriors past the Lone Oak Buffaloes. Lone Oak started the night 3-1 and Bonham came into the contest 1-3, but the Warriors scored on their first possession when Rodriguez went in standing up from 11 yards out. A nice run by Azyon Dunlap set up the touchdown. The PAT was unsuccessful, giving Bonham a quick 6-0 lead with 10:45 remaining in the first quarter. A sack by Bonham's Blake Bowser ended Lone Oak's first drive, but turnovers hampered Bonham. On the Warriors' next possession, Dunlap broke loose for a 40-yard run that gave Bonham a first-and-10 at the Lone Oak 30-yard line. A fumble on the next play turned the ball over. The Warrior defense forced a punt, but Lone Oak defensive back Isaiah Nix picked off a tipped pass and raced 40 yards to score. The PAT gave the Buffaloes a 7-6 lead as the first quarter ended. In the second period, Rodriguez picked up his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 17-yard scamper. The PAT by Nick Rhinehart gave the Warriors a 13-7 advantage at halftime. On the first play from the line of scrimmage in the second half, Lone Oak's Ethan Hunt sprinted 66 yards to pay dirt and the PAT helped the Buffaloes slip in front,14-13. Rodriguez would get his third TD of the night on a quarterback sneak behind a surging offensive line. The PAT by Rhinehart put Bonham back on top, 20-14. In the fourth quarter, Lone Oak running back Tavin Ramm went over right tackle for a one-yard touchdown and a botched snap on the PAT left the teams all tied up at 20-20 with just under seven minutes showing on the clock. Fortunately, Rodriguez had saved his best for last, as the elusive quarterback found running room around the right end before cutting against the grain and outrunning defenders on a 78-yard sprint to the end zone. Another PAT by Rhinehart gave Bonham a 27-20 lead. As time began running down, Lone Oak mounted a final drive of the contest. The Buffaloes were in Bonham territory with less than four minutes left to play when a perfectly timed hit on a Lone Oak receiver by Bonham defensive back Trevor Hartwell sent the ball flying into the waiting hands of Bowser for a timely interception. The Warriors ran out the clock on a seven-point win in front of an exuberant 2017 Homecoming crowd. Bonham will enjoy a bye next week before opening district at Melissa October 13.
Melissa 52 Bonham 25
Melissa -- In the District 5-4A opener Friday night, a strong second half carried the Melissa Cardinals to a 52-25 win over the Bonham Warriors. Both team were coming off a bye week and the lack of playing time showed in the early action as both teams struggled to hit their stride. Melissa struck first when Jabray Young got loose for a 36-yard run to pay dirt. The PAT sailed through the uprights to give the Cardinals 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Bonham quickly moved the ball down to the Melissa three-yard line, thanks to a 19-yard run by quarterback Tyler Rodriguez. After a loss on second down and facing a third-and-goal from the Melissa nine-yard line, Rodriguez hit his favorite target, wide receiver Trevor Hartwell, on a nine-yard scoring strike. However, the extra point failed, leaving Melissa on top, 7-6, as the first quarter came to a close. In some ways, the second stanza was a replay of the opener, with Melissa scoring with 5:28 before the half. This time, the Cardinals tacked on a two-point conversion to go up 15-6. The Warriors appeared ready to answer as Bonham moved down to the Melissa 13-yard line, but an interception at the goal line preserved Melissa's 15-6 lead at intermission. In the third quarter, Melissa scored on its first two possessions to stretch the lead to 31-6. Bonham suffered its third turnover of the night on the ensuing kickoff and Melissa quickly capitalized on the opportunity with a passing TD that made the score 38-6. The Warriors moved the ball well at times and Bonham marched down to the Melissa six-yard line in a pass to Hartwell. Rodriquez scored an a six-yard run and the PAT by Nick Rhinehart whittled Melissa's advantage down to 38-13. The Cardinals responded quickly when Jabray Young went 44 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the night. Bonham answered when Warren Mason broke free for a 39-yard sprint to the goal line. The go-for-two was unsuccessful, leaving Melissa on top, 45-19. The Cardinals went up, 52-19, but Bonham battled back to score the final touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run by Rodriguez to make the final score, 52-25. The Bonham Warriors (2-4, 0-1) will host the Aubrey Chaparrals (5-1, 1-0) next Friday as District 5-4A action continues.
Aubrey 45 Bonham 31
Bonham -- The Bonham Warriors and the Aubrey Chaparrals traded the lead five times in the first half before Aubrey began pulling away late in the second quarter and went on to earn a 14-point win on the road. Bonham received the opening kickoff and it only took the Warriors two plays to move into Chaparral territory, but a sack ended the drive. Aubrey got on the scoreboard first when Will Dow went in from five yards out to give the Chaparrals a 7-0 lead. Early in the second period, Bonham got on the board when Nick Rhinehart kicked a 34-yard field goal. Aubrey turned the ball over and Bonham capitalized on the error when Tyler Rodriguez scored on a quarterback sneak. Azyon Dunlap went spinning off a tackler and into the end zone on the two-point conversion to give the Warriors an 11-7 advantage. The Chaparrals answered when running back Spencer Neumann scored the first of his three TDs on the night as Aubrey took the lead, 14-11. Rodriguez put Bonham back on top, 18-14, when he scored from 13 yards out and Rhinehart hit the PAT. Only 34 seconds later, Aubrey's Brody Bounds hauled in a 52-yard scoring strike to put the Chaparrals on top, 21-18. Aubrey stretched its lead to 28-18 on a seven-yard touchdown run by Pablo Vera. In the third quarter Neumann got loose for an 18-yard scoring scamper to give the Chaparrals a 35-18 lead. Rodriguez got his third TD of the night on a 24-yard run to narrow the gap to 35-24. Neumann followed with his third rushing touchdown of the game to give Aubrey a 42-24 lead going into the fourth quarter. Bonham tacked on the final TD of the evening and Aubrey added a field goal as the Chaparrals moved to 2-0 in District 5-4A with a 45-31 win on the road. Next week, Bonham (0-2) travels to Community (0-2).
Bonham 42 Community 20
Nevada -- The Bonham Warriors took a big step towards the playoffs in 2017 with a 22-point win over the Community Braves. Both of these teams came in the contest at 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in District 5-4A, but Bonham overpowered Community in the first half as quarterback Tyler Rodriguez ran for a TD and connected with Trevor Hartwell and Noah Shellman for a pair of scoring strikes. A rushing touchdown by Azyon Dunlap also factored into a 28-0 lead by the Warriors at halftime. Community scored first in the second half, however Rodriguez ran for his second TD and threw for his third touchdown to give the Warriors a commanding 42-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. With the game out of reach, Community managed to score twice in the final period, but it was too little, too late as Bonham put a 42-20 win in the books. Rodriguez finished the night 15-of-21 for 207 yards passing with three touchdowns and also ran for 88 yards and two TDs. Bonham (1-2) will travel to Celina (2-1) next week and then District 4-5A action will conclude November 10 when Caddo Mills comes calling.
Celina 35 Bonham 21
Celina -- The Bonham Warriors traded touchdowns with Celina in the first quarter, but 28 unanswered points by the Bobcats carried Celina to a 35-21 win. The Bobcats scored on their first possession when quarterback Logan Point went in from five yards out. Defensive lineman Daniel Dowling gave Bonham a spark when he picked off a pass and the Warriors capitalized when quarterback Tyler Rodriguez hit speedy wide receiver Trevor Hartwell in stride on a 37-yard scoring strike. Bonham and Celina were tied, 7-7, at the end of the opening period. The Bobcats got a little breathing room when Noah Ross scored twice on short runs in the second stanza, sending Celina to the locker room with a 21-7 advantage. Ross hit pay dirt for the third time early in the second half and Point added another rushing touchdown to give Celina a 35-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors would score twice in the final frame, but the Bobcats held on for a 35-21 win. Celina improves to 3-1 in District 5-4A and will travel to Aubrey (3-1) next Friday. Bonham (1-3) will host Caddo Mills on Friday, November 10 to close out the District 5-4A schedule. A win could keep the Warriors' playoff hopes alive.