Flash Staff Report
STEPHENVILLE (October 6, 2017) — Five dropped passes and the absence of a star running back are a lot for any offense to overcome.
It proved to be just a bit too much for Stephenville (4-2) in a 20-17 homecoming loss to 5A Lubbock Monterey (2-3) Memorial Stadium Friday.
Brylon Lawson-Young rushed for 110 yards and two scores while also passing for 192 yards and made the two most important offensive plays of the game in the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Plainsmen quarterback shrugged off two potential sacks and delivered a first-down pass on fourth-and -three, and on the next play charged into the end zone for his second touchdown and a 20-17 Monterey lead.
Stephenville had two opportunities offensively, thanks to a four-down stand in between by its defensive unit that has yet to allow more than three touchdowns in a game this season.
The first chance ended in an incompletion on fourth and two, but after Lawson-Young was dropped for a loss trying to convert a fourth and three for Monterey, the Jackets had one last gasp of life from their own 40 with 30 seconds left on the clock.
Jones out there catchable balls in the air, but all were well defended and none reeled in. The other – in second down – was overthrown.
Jones had good numbers, completing 60 percent (18-30) of his passes for 215 yards and no turnovers.
The Achilles’ heel for Stephenville was its inability to generate any kind of rushing attack with Krece Nowak and his 1,068 all-purpose yards relegated to the sidelines with bruised ribs. The Jackets rushed for a total of just 67 yards, 49 of them on eight carries by Jones. The senior QB had a hand in 264 of the 282 total yards covered by the Stephenville offense.
The Jackets led almost the entire way, thanks to rushing touchdowns of 4 and 2 yards by Blu Caylor, the team’s season-long tackles leader who runs out of the goal line, or “Hammer Time” package, and a 40-yard field goal by Chase Carrillo.
Caylor, along with PAT kicks by Carrillo, made it 7-0 and 17-10 with his scores early in the second quarter and late in the third, while Carrillo’s long field goal stayed just above the cross bar to make it 10-3 in the closing seconds of the opening half.
Monterey tied the game at 10-10, and following the go-ahead TD by Caylor for the Jackets, the Plainsmen set up the dramatic final six minutes by hitting a short field goal to trim it to 17-13.