BURLESON - James Myles rushed for a school record seven touchdowns and 321 yards as Stephenville (9-2) scored on nine of its first 10 possessions in a 62-13 rout of Fort Worth Polytechnic (6-5) in a Class 4A Division II bi-district playoff game at Burleson Stadium Thursday night.
Stephenville improved to 19-1 in playoff openers over the past 21 years and advances to the area round to face the winner of tonight’s game between Aledo and Little Elm. If Yellow Jackets meet Aledo, they will play next Friday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. If they face Little Elm, they play in Saginaw Friday.
Myles is hoping for a rematch with Aledo, which edged Stephenville 20-16 in the season opener back on Aug. 28.
“They know that first game was luck,” Myles said of the Bearcats. “I’ll be ready for them.”
The previous Stephenville mark for TD’s in a game was six by Myles against Seguin on Oct. 30, and Roy Graham against Carter-Riverside in 1986. He scored three times on runs of two yards, and also found the end zone from 4, 39 and 53 yards out.
“I didn’t think about it until I got to the sideline and somebody said I broke the record (for touchdowns in a game),” Myles said. “It always starts up front (with the offensive line). Like coach says, it starts in the trenches.”
The junior also reached 31 total touchdowns on the season - 28 of them on the ground - to break the mark of 27 held since 1998 by Cody Cardwell.
The Jackets scored their most points in a game this year and had a single-game best rushing total of 419 yards. They had 563 total yards of offense, topping the 500-mark for the second time in three weeks.
Poly showed life with first-quarter touchdown runs of 12 and 79 yards by Duran Hollis, but Stephenville scored the final 41 points.
The win was the ninth in a row for the Jackets, who have now won three straight playoff openers in Burleson. It comes one week after they claimed the District 8-4A championship, their first league title since 2005.
The game marked Poly’s first playoff appearance since 1990.