BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
It was anybody’s game until there were 53 seconds left in play and Argyle’s Grant Shaw hit a 27-yard field goal giving the Eagles a two-score margin and 45-35 victory over Stephenville Friday night.
Argyle had been waiting nearly a year for revenge from being bounced from the Class 4-A playoffs last season in a 31-28 barnburner, and the rematch was every bit as exciting with the exception the joy was on the opposite side of the field.
Despite Gage Graham intercepting the first pass Argyle quarterback Adam Bo Hogeboom threw the Jackets fell behind early. Hogeboom tossed passes of 80 yards and 51 yards to Adam Schleder and Dillon Carter to give Argyle a 14-0 first quarter lead.
Stephenville also responded through the air with Cole Stanley connecting with the first of two touchdown passes to Gavin Rountree. A six-yard scoring run by Kason Philips knotted the score at 14-14 at halftime.
The Jackets were streaky and perhaps a little “big-eyed” as coach Greg Winder called it in playing a marquee matchup against the state’s number one team. Those big eyes seemed to show up a lot on third down where Stephenville converted just 3 of 17 attempts.
“These guys battled to the end,” Winder said. “They turn the ball over four times we pick one up and score and keep ourselves in the game. Our offense had a little trouble running the ball which we thought we might. This is a good football team we played tonight.”
Stephenville also had several three-and-out stretches which kept the defense out on the field, and despite four defensive takeaways the wear and tear began to tell later in the contest.
In the first half, the Yellow Jackets defense was smothering the Eagles’ running attack (-5 yards), and Argyle looked to correct that in the third quarter. Tito Byce’s six-yard run put Argyle back on top 21-14 and Hogeboom followed that up with a 40-yard scoring pass to Alex Gonzales to put the score at 28-14.
Stephenville’s defense got in on the scoring with Colton Accomazzo returning a fumble for a 34-yard touchdown, but Argyle quickly responded with a one-yard scoring run from Noah Lang.
Stanley answered back with a 21-yard scoring pass to Kyle Lindsey who had seven catches for 142 yards and Argyle matched that with Byce scoring on a two-yard run.
“Overall that’s a good football team out there, and we battled their butts off,” Winder said. “We needed to get first downs and get the defense off the field, and that’s something we didn’t do tonight.”
Stephenville will be looking to get into the win column next week when they travel to Everman for yet another game with some rivalry history behind it.
Argyle 45, Stephenville 35
AY — Adam Schleder 80 pass from Bo Hogeboom (Grant Shaw kick)
AY — Dillon Carter 51 pass from Bo Hogeboom (Grant Shaw kick)
ST — Gavin Rountree 61 pass from Cole Stanley (Chase Carrillo kick)
ST — Kason Philips 6 run (Chase Carrillo kick)
AY — Tito Byce 4 run (Grant Shaw kick)
AY — Alex Gonzales 40 pass from Bo Hogeboom (Grant Shaw kick)
ST — Colton Accomazzo 34 fumble return (Chase Carrillo kick)
AY — Noah Lang 1 run (Grant Shaw kick)
ST — Kyle Lindsey 21 pass from Cole Stanley (Chase Carrillo kick)
AY — Tito Byce 2 run (Grant Shaw kick)
ST — Gavin Rountree 40 pass from Cole Stanley (Chase Carrillo kick)
AY — Grant Shaw 27 FG
Rushing — AY: Tito Byce 17-85, Luke Farris 10-77, Noah Lang 9-15, Bo Hogeboom 7–46, ST: Krece Nowak 20-54, Cole Stanley 15-42, Kason Philips 5-21, Blu Caylor 1-2.
Passing — AY: Bo Hogeboom 16-24-2-302, ST: Cole Stanley 12-38-1-285.
Receiving — AY: Dillon Carter 4-105, Adam Schleder 4-99, Alex Gonzales 4-66, Tito Byce 1-13, John Crowder 1-13, Cole Kirkpatrick 2-6, ST: Kyle Lindsey 7-142, Gavin Rountree 2-101, Krece Nowak 2-30, Caden Cowan 2-24.