By BRAD KEITH
GATESVILLE (May 30, 3015) — Stephenville won two of three 7-on-7 pool games on the turf at McKamie Stadium Saturday.
Seth Heupel intercepted four passes in the two wins, three of them in one half against Dublin, as Stephenville raced away from DHS 64-20 and turned back host Gatesville 40-31. The Yellow Jackets’ only loss came to Eastland in the early game, 33-15.
Eastland went on to win the pool and was beginning a tournament semifinal/state qualifier game at the time of this writing Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets punched their ticket to state at the McGregor qualifier last weekend, and is allowed to play only in pool games through the rest of its qualifiers.
Heupel and the Yellow Jacket defense gobbled up interceptions like they were candy, picking off passes on each of the final five possessions against Dublin. Stephenville scored on interception returns against Dublin and Gatesville.
Easton Jones and Colby Trinkle continue to rotate at quarterback, with Josh Nowell and Darian Brown receiving the bulk of the touchdowns, often by out-jumping overmatched defensive backs. Aaron Burrows extended both arms at a dead sprint to catch one long TD pass, and Mason Yoes may have made the catch of the day against Dublin when he leaped, landed then dove and held on to the ball in the back of the end zone just before halftime.
Zoey Kendall and Jose DeSaracho helped pad Stephenville’s robust interception account, while Malachi Taylor and others contributed on the receiving end of passes from Trinkle and Jones.
Standout running back Kaegun Williams, also dangerous catching passes out of the backfield, was unavailable Saturday due to conflicting plans. He helped Stephenville punch its ticket to state the weekend prior, when the Jackets defeated Brownwood 27-25 to qualify.
Dublin lost all three games Saturday, but came close to upsetting pool winner Eastland. The Lions surrendered a touchdown in the final minute and lost 27-20.
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STEPHENVILLE YELLOW JACKETS