Stephenville’s spring football season comes to a celebratory conclusion this Friday with the Spring Jamboree at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium.
Fans are invited for an evening packed with hard-hitting action, beginning with a sub-varsity scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. The varsity takes the field at 7 for an hour-long contest. There is no admission charge.
“It’s going to be fun,” Yellow Jackets head coach Chad Morris said. “Bring your son or daughter out and let them experience it.”
Varsity players will be signing autographs under the bleachers on the visitors side of the stadium before their scrimmage, and the Stephenville Athletic Booster Club will be cooking hamburgers and selling Yellow Jackets merchandise.
The varsity scrimmage will follow a regular format, Morris said, and will include red-zone exercises. Action between the top offensive and defensive units will begin around 7:20, he said.
The spring sessions were a first for the Yellow Jackets under Morris, and will delay the start of two-a-days until Aug. 13. The tradeoff was made, Morris said, to build physical and mental toughness sooner rather than later.
“It’s been good,” he said. “We’ll definitely do it again next year.”
With the spring practices ending, the team’s emphasis shifts to carrying the momentum they’ve built during their 18 practices with them into the summer, Morris said. With fewer two-a-days, it is more important than ever that athletes report to those late summer workouts in shape.
“We’ve had a good spring,” Morris said. “We’ve addressed some key areas (and gotten better).”
The Yellow Jackets are coming along on both sides of the ball, he said.