Peyton Booth

Peyton Booth (12) breaks through some tackles during their scrimmage against Caddo. The Empire Bulldogs will battle with Stephens County rival Velma-Alma in an undefeated battle.


Two Stephens County schools who have recently made the move to 8-man in the last several years will have a battle of undefeated teams in 2019 when Velma-Alma Comets host Empire this Friday.

Empire made the move in 2017 and has been at .500 for the last couple of seasons while the Comets are perfect in their first season at the 8-man level.

Comets have beat Ryan and Fox to start 2019, while Empire beat Quinton on the road to start their year at 1-0 before taking their bye week this past Friday.

The Bulldogs got scores from Peyton Booth and Logan Whitten while getting a two point conversion to McRay Webber with Mitchell Monteith leading the offense for the team.

On the Comets side, Austin Hunt and Tristan Wainscott have got several touchdowns for Velma-Alma while Dylan Hurst and Cooper Keck have also scored for the Comets in 2019.

Gabe Swisher also put in a late score for the Comets in their road game against Fox.

This will be the first matchup for the Bulldogs and Comets since 2016. They have been district rivals in 11-man football with Velma-Alma dominating the all time match ups.

Currently, the Comets own a 16-1 record over Empire with Velma-Alma having won three straight and the only win for Empire coming in 2013 when the Bulldogs won 28-12.

The matchup between the two teams will kick off at 7 p.m. this Friday at Velma-Alma High School with the winner staying undefeated and the other will look to rebound after their first loss of the year. 

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