By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Sept. 2, 2020
Stephenville plays host to No. 1 Lampasas Friday at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium. With an offense that generated 533 yards, the Badgers crushed Brownwood 55-23 in a game that included more than 400 yards on the ground last week.
Lampasas has built their offense around the talents of quarterback Ace Whitehead who pounded 190 yards on the ground while he used 14-19-1 passing for 121 more. Running back Jack Jerome averaged 8.8 yards per carry as he rushed 194 yards.
Both players ran for a pair of touchdowns, and the duo proved they have big-play-making capabilities, with Whitehead scoring on a 91-yard jaunt and Jerome tearing off a 71-yarder. If Whitehead didn’t already contribute enough to the point totals, he also kicks PATs.
Brownwood put up 232 yards of passing against the Badgers’ defense, with several receivers coming up with several big pass receptions. The Jackets will need to shore up their defense after giving up a 51-yard pass and a 54-yard run at Sweetwater.
Stephenville was equally impressive on offense last week as the Jackets scored on their first seven possessions against Sweetwater and were up 27-0 after the first quarter.
Coach Sterling Doty also dug into the Jackets’ rich football tradition and pulled a pregame play out of the Art Briles’ playbook by having his players enter the Mustang Bowl through the Stephenville crowd.
In his first varsity start, quarterback Gavin Rountree connected on 14-16 passing and tossed a 39-yard touchdown to Coy Eakin. Grayson Traweek was Rountree’s top target as he pulled in seven receptions for 81 yards.
The main reason the Jackets found the airways open were the holes it’s offensive line produced in Sweetwater’s defense for running back Kason Phillips and Rountree. Phillips rushed for 222 yards on 19 carries and scored on runs of 2, 33 and 48 yards. Rountree matched him in scoring with runs of 1, 23 and 19 yards.
Friday’s game is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and will be the only home game in September for the Jackets, who have three straight road games at Salado, Melissa, and Dumas at Lubbock Cooper. Stephenville will be traveling 1,002 miles before returning for a home game.
If that’s not bad enough, the Jackets have a bye-week after that before hosting Waco La Vega Friday, October 9.
Dublin @ Albany 7:30 p.m.
Dublin opened 2020 with a win in their first game at Bob and Norma Cervetto Field, coming out ahead 33-7 over DeLeon. Now the Lions have the unenviable task of traveling to Albany, who are coming off a 47-0 win over Colorado City.
Dublin was impressive with a balanced offense where Kyler Madruga rushed for 120 on 16 carries and three touchdowns. Christ Teten passed for 236 yards on 16-27-1 passing.
DeLeon @ Windthorst 7 p.m.
DeLeon is looking to rebound after a 33-7 loss to Dublin, and the good news is the Bearcats came out of the contest without any severe injuries. The bad news is DeLeon is facing No. 4 Windthorst on the road this week.
DeLeon rushed for 221 yards against Dublin, and Trey Lopez picked up the bulk of that with 92 yards on 12 carries. The Bearcats got no yardage through the air and will either need to pick up more ground yards or find a way to free up quarterback Lane Powledge.
Lingleville @ Three Way 7:30 p.m.
Both the Cardinals and Braves suffered losses last week, and they have a chance Friday to even their season records but someone will be 0-2 after this one.
With Three Way being a six-man D2 school and Lingleville hampered by a late start and missing two-a-days, this should be an evenly matched contest for fans to enjoy.
Bluff Dale vs. Azle Christian 7:30 p.m.
The Bobcats suffered a 66-14 loss to Throckmorton and will be looking to get on the right side of the win column with a non-UIL matchup against Azle Christian.
The Fighting Crusaders will be bringing plenty of firepower to Bluff Dale after a 66-30 win over Parkview Christian.
Hico @ Moody 7:30 p.m.
Hico is starting 2020 at 1-0 after a 0-10 campaign last season so the monkey is already off their backs after a 33-6 win over Texas Wind.
After Moody suffered a 54-0 loss to Hamilton, it appears the Tigers might have a good chance at going to 2-0 on the year.
FAITH @ CCS Mineral Wells
Both FAITH and CCS Mineral Wells opened 2020 with a loss in week one, but there was a major difference in the scoring.
FAITH dropped a 57-12 game to Union Hill and needs to find its offense, which it may do against CCS, who lost 62-58 to Victory Christian.