On Friday evening, the West Texas High Comanches will try to end non-district play on a high note, when they take the short trip south to play the Claude Mustangs.
Last Friday in Wellington, the Comanches improved to 4-1 with a win over Electra. However the win came in dramatic fashion in the fourth quarter.
After jumping out to a 14 point lead, the Comanches found themselves playing catch up in the fourth quarter with Electra holding a 26-23 lead.
Towards the end of the fourth quarter, the Comanches put together a good drive that ended with a ten yard run by Colin Coleman to give the Tribe a 29-26 lead with just under a minute to go.
However, before the Comanches could celebrate a win, Electra attempted to put together one final drive trying to get the comeback win. But senior Alex Ramirez came up with a big interception on the 12 yard line to secure the West Texas High win.
Offensively the Comanches lit up the stat book against Electra by posting over 500 yards of total offense. Ramirez carried the ball 15 times for 218 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Comanches’ offense.
For this Friday, the Comanches are taking on a Mustangs team that holds a 4-1 record but is coming off a 48-14 loss to Booker.
Considering the Mustangs were winless just two years ago, the football program in Claude has taken big strides and should compete for a playoff berth in District 2-1A Division II.
Junior quarterback Seth Skarke leads the Mustangs offense behind a line that has good size led by juniors Hayden Sanders and Jesse Mullins.
The Mustangs are one of the better up-and-coming small school programs in the Texas Panhandle and will give the Comanches a tough challenge on Friday evening.
But if the Comanches come out playing clean football, then the Tribe should be able to go into district play next week with some good momentum.
Tomorrow’s kickoff between the Comanches and Mustangs is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Claude.