By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Oct. 30, 2020
Stephenville bobbled away a chance for a three-way tie for the District 5-4A championship when the Yellow Jackets committed an uncharacteristic four turnovers in a 42-27 loss to Midlothian’s Jaguars Friday at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium.
The Jaguars (7-2, 4-0) have only Brownwood in their way of winning an undisputed district title after Midlothian upset La Vega last week 31-21.
Stephenville (5-5, 3-2) has next week off as the Yellow Jackets prepare for bi-district with a likely third-place finish. If Midlothian beats Brownwood, Stephenville is expected to play Benbrook in the Metroplex on Thursday, November 12.
The Yellow Jackets never found their stride on offense against Midlothian. Stephenville’s four turnovers could have been much higher considering that the Jackets put the ball on the turf six times, and the Jaguars jumped on two of them.
Quarterback Gavin Rountree tossed a pair of touchdowns connecting on a 10-yard strike to Coy Eakin and a 6-yard score to Trace Morrison. The Jaguars put heavy pressure in the senior signal-caller, who was picked off twice.
Running back Kason Phillips got the scoring started for the Jackets on a 4-yard run and scored on a spectacular 1-yard run where he rolled over onto his back and stretched out the while upside down on a defender.
The Yellow Jackets had their moments on defense too as Ryder Lambert picked off his fifth pass of the season. Greyson Traweek ripped loose the ball from a Jaguar ball carrier that was recovered by Brayden Garcia.