The Stephenville Yellow Jackets are predicted to finish third in the District 3-4A Division I football standings in the 2017 edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine.
Coach Greg Winder's Yellow Jackets were 3-8 in 2016 and reached the bi-district round of the playoffs. That team featured seven players who were voted first-team all-district.
This year the magazine picked Abilene Wylie to repeat as the district champion, followed by Brownwood, Stephenville, Snyder and Big Spring in the five-team alignment.
Campbell’s magazine listed District 3-4A Division I as one of three “districts to watch.”
It stated, “Abilene, Wylie and Stephenville pack a ton of tradition. Snyder and Big Spring won’t be intimidated.” The magazine also published a Class 4A coach’s poll, which has Wylie rated as the third-best team in the state in Division I.
The Jackets were 2-2 in the rugged district last season, and Winder expects to have seven offensive and nine defensive starters back. There are 22 lettermen slated to return, and 17 seniors were lost to graduation.
SHS athletes listed as “players to watch” in 2017 are wide receiver/defensive back Mason Holstein; quarterback Easton Jones; defensive back Cole Pettit; offensive lineman Ty’Von Anderson-Robison; wide receiver Blake Aragon; running back Krece Nowak; offensive lineman Jacob Poston; wide receiver Kyle Lindsey; tight end/linebacker Zane Walker; linebacker Kasee Bouchey; linebacker Blu Caylor; defensive lineman Pacen Parker; tight end Kade Averhoff; offensive lineman Devon Roeming; defensive lineman Jonathan Gutierrez; and defensive back Gage Graham.
The Yellow Jackets are slated to start the 2017 season on Sept. 1 with a home game against Cleburne followed by a road game at Springtown Sept. 8, a home game vs. Everman Sept. 15, a game at Graham Sept. 29, and the final non-district game, playing host to Lubbock Monterey.
After an open date the following week, Stephenville’s district slate begins Oct. 20 at Brownwood, followed by a home game against Big Spring Oct. 27, a road game at Snyder Nov. 3 and the regular-season finale at home against Abilene Wylie on Nov. 10.