By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
October 2, 2020
It seemed the only thing between Stephenville (3-3) and the end zone Friday night was the goal line as the Yellow Jackets marched their way to a 59-34 wood-shed whipping of Brownwood (2-4) at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Led by six rushing touchdowns from senior running back Kason Phillips, Stephenville never punted and only had a couple of miscues as the Jackets pulled away after a tight 17-14 fireworks filled first quarter of play.
Quarterback Gavin Rountree also had a big night throwing for 310 yards and completing passes to five different receivers. Rountree was 24-34 passing as he guided the Stephenville to 673 yards of offense.
The only thing Rountree didn’t do was throw a touchdown, but that was understandable considering Philips didn’t give many opportunities as he scored every fourth time he touched the ball on runs of 37, 11, 1, 25, 30 and 24 yards.
Stephenville was incredibly efficient with drives four touchdown drives of 75 or more yards, including a 93-yard march.
The Yellow Jackets’ defense, which has looked porous at times this season, held the Lions to 369 yards of offense, and Stephenville came up with four turnovers that were turned into 17 points.
Brownwood’s ground game was held in check as the Lions rushed for 150 yards on 23 carries. More than half of the Lions’ ground yards came on a 79-yard run by Royshad Henderson.
Henderson’s run made it a 10-7 game after Phillips had started things off with a 37-yard score, and Corbin Poston booted a 24-yard field goal for the Jackets.
Stephenville countered with a 1-yard run by Reese young, and Brownwood punched back with a 58-yard scoring pass from Blaize Espinoza to Jason Jackson.
The second quarter belonged to Stephenville as Phillips scored on an 11-yard run before the Yellow Jackets defense turned up the heat. Kevin Bowery’s crushing quarterback sack popped the ball loose, and sophomore Malachi Arredondo scooped up the ball and outran everyone to the end zone on a 41-yard fumble return.
While Brownwood would manage three scores in the second half, the night belonged to Stephenville as Philips turned up the heat behind the blocking Mason Butchee, Logan Davis, Gavyn Sharp, Matthew Cerda, Alex De Leon and Harrison Barkley.
Philips and the Jackets appeared to get stronger as the night started to wind down as he scored three times in the final quarter on runs of 25, 30 and 24 yards.
While Rountree didn’t toss a touchdown, he kept his receivers busy as Trace Morrison caught nine passes for 62 yards, and Coy Eakin has eight catches for 125 yards.
The Jackets are returning home after more than 1,500 miles of road games and a month away from Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium to face No. 3 Waco La Vega.
La Vega pounded Waxahachie Life 62-0 as was leading 55-0 at halftime before calling off the dogs.
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Score by Quarters:
Stephenville 17 14 7 21— 59
Brownwood 14 0 7 13 — 34
ST — Kason Philips 37 run (Corbin Poston kick), 10:31
ST — Poston 24 FG, 8:01
BR — Royshad Henderson 79 run (Junior Martinez kick), 7:41
ST — Reese Young 1 run (Poston kick), 4:47
BR — Jason Jackson 58 pass from Blaize Espinoza (Martinez kick), 2:53
ST — Philips 11 run (Poston kick), 7:01
ST — Malachi Arredondo 41 fumble return (Poston kick), 3:17
ST — Philips 1 run (Poston kick), 4:02
BR — Jackson 58 pass from Espinoza (Martinez kick), 2:05
ST — Philips 25 run (Poston kick), 9:51
ST — Philips 30 run (Poston kick), 8:53
BR — Dane Johnson 93 kickoff return (kick failed), 2:05
ST — Philips 24 run (Poston kick), 5:13
BR — Jackson 28 pass from Espinoza (Martinez kick), 2:21
First Downs 28 13
Rushes-Yards 44-363 23-150
Passing Yards 310 219
Total Yards 673 369
Comp-Att-Int 24-34-0 9-15-3
Punts 0-0 2-34
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-1
Pens-Yds 17-145 7-50
RUSHING: Stephenville – Kason Philips 26-274, Gavin Rountree 12-49, Santos Mata 1-22, Jeremiah Smith 3-11, Reese Young 1-1, Team 1-6. Brownwood – Royshad Henderson 16-145, Blaize Espinoza 7-5.
PASSING: Stephenville – Rountree 24-34-0 for 310. Brownwood – Espinoza 9-15-3 for 219.
RECEIVING: Stephenville – Trace Morrison 9-62, Coy Eakin 8-125, Reece Elston 4-44, Philips 2-74, Jackson Barkley 1-5. Brownwood – Jason Jackson 5-156, Malachi Revada 3-29, Dane Johnson 1-34.
RECORDS: Stephenville 3-3, 1-0 in District 5-4A Division I; Brownwood 2-4, 0-1.