Stephenville comeback falls short at Snyder

Matthew Chapman scored twice for Stephenville Friday night. || Photo by CHET MARTIN NEWS & SPORTS – FREE & LOCAL


(October 16, 2015) — Stephenville scored 28 unanswered points after halftime, but the comeback fell just short in a 45-42 loss to upstart Snyder in a 3-4A Division I battle at Tiger Stadium Friday.

Snyder led 45-14 at halftime after scoring two defensive touchdowns and starting two other drives in Stephenville territory. Even when the Tigers didn’t have great field position they broke big plays, including touchdown runs covering 68 and 52 yards.

But after three first-half turnovers, everything changed for Stephenville following the intermission.

Nico Madrid rushed for two touchdowns including a 1-yard plunge on third-and-goal to pull Stephenville within 45-42 with just less than three minutes remaining.

But Snyder converted a third and 10 on a scrambling pass, rushed for one more first down and ran out the clock, holding on to extend the Stephenville losing streak four games, its longest since 1987.

Matthew Chapman also rushed for a second-half score, and Easton Jones tossed a 7-yard TD to Josh Nowell, their second scoring hookup of the night, that cut it to 45-35 with more than six minutes still to play.



The first Jones-to-Nowell score, a 33-yard pass, gave Stephenville the early lead before 28 straight points by Snyder, helped by a fumble recovery in the end zone following a bad snap that made it 14-7 and gave the Tigers the lead for good.

A Garrett Crew fumble recovery and a 36-yard pass from Jones to Zoey Kendall set up a four-yard TD run by Mason Yoes to cut it to 28-14, but Snyder score the final 17 points of the half, including a 45-yard interception return.

Yoes was later injured and did not return. He was among the defensive regulars – joining Kendall, Crew and Jon Clark Giddings – used to spice up an offense that exceeded 30 points for the first time this season.

Stephenville hosts Big Spring next Friday and must win to keep alive its playoff hopes. The Yellow Jackets have not missed the playoffs since 2003, the first year they missed the post season since 1988.

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