By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Oct. 16, 2020
Coach Sterling Doty wanted his team to get off to a fast start against Alvarado, and the Yellow Jackets didn’t disappoint him as Stephenville jumped out to a 21-0 lead and put the Indians away for good with a 56-21 win Friday.
The Jackets evened their season record at 4-4 and 2-1 in District 5-4A with the win. Alvarado drops to 2-6 on the year and 0-3 in league play. Stephenville now returns home for a games against Waxahachie Life and Midlothian Heritage to close out the regular season.
Stephenville’s offense was almost too good and kept its defense on the field for 34 minutes due to quick strikes for scores, but the defense returned the favor with four interceptions, including three by Brayden Garcia.
Gavin Rountree got things started for the Jackets with a 44-yard scoring pass to Reece Elston with just 90 seconds ticked off the game clock.
The first of eight PATs by Corbin Poston made it a 7-0 game, and sophomore cornerback Ryder Lambert gave Stephenville the ball back when he picked off his third pass of the season at the Alvarado 28-yard line.
The Jackets went on the march, and Kason Philips broke free for a 26-yard scoring run to make it 14-0. Stephenville went back on offense when Garcia picked off the first of his three interceptions at the Jacket’s 11-yard line stopping an Indian scoring threat.
Jacob Stacey set up Stephenville’s next score with a 40-yard reception that opened up another scoring opportunity for Philips, who popped in a 6-yard run.
Alvarado responded with pair of touchdowns to tighten up the score at 21-14 before Philips added a third touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Garcia pulled in another interception to set up the Jackets’ next touchdown as Rountree found Trace Morrison on a 13-yard touchdown in front of the Stephenville crowd.
The Jackets’ defense came up with a big stop as Alvarado drove to the Stephenville 2-yard line before losing the handle on the ball on fourth down.
Stephenville then added insult to injury as Philips capped the 98-yard drive with a 56-yard run that tore through the heart of the Alvarado defense that gave the Jackets a 42-21 lead.
Another Jacket score followed up Garcia’s third interception as Rountree found Coy Eakin on a couple of passes that helped set up the quarterback’s 3-yard scoring run.
Rountree capped the Jackets 549 yards of offense with a 43-yard run that ended the scoring at 56-21.