By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (September 12, 2015) — Stephenville beat Everman Friday night then learned some more good news on Saturday.
X-rays have revealed sophomore quarterback Easton Jones suffered a bone contusion (bruise) when he left the game on the final drive. While there is no guarantee he will return against Lubbock Cooper Saturday, the injury is not serious and should not sideline him long term.
“I would say he’s day-to-day, that’s how I’m going to look at it,” said first-year head coach Greg Winder Saturday afternoon. “Let’s see where we’re at as the week goes on before we determine if he will play on Saturday.”
The Yellow Jackets (2-1) pulled off what many consider to be an upset Friday evening, using a 24-yard Jake Gillispie field goal with 16 seconds remaining to edge 5A Everman 10-7.
Jones suffered the injury during the winning drive. He kept the ball and gained eight yards before suffering the lower leg injury while being tackled at midfield. He stayed on the Memorial Stadium turf briefly, then appeared to rely heavily on the help of athletic trainers to leave the field.
While Jones didn’t return at quarterback, he did re-enter the game to hold for the winning field goal.
Wide receiver Josh Nowell played quarterback in the meantime, rushing nine yards on a third-and-six and nine again on a second-and-eight to set up the Jackets at the Everman 7-yard line before the field goal.
Jones was 9-20 passing for 137 yards and a touchdown against Everman after going 15-20 for 229 yards and three scores in a 28-21 win over Gatesville the week prior.