The first week of football practice for the Stephenville High School Yellow Jackets started off with a bit of a break in the weather, and next week’s practices will lead to the first scrimmage, on Friday, Aug. 18.
A rainy Sunday threatened to carry over into the start of the first day of practice on Monday, which could have forced coach Greg Winder’s Yellow Jackets indoors. But the rain held off Monday morning, and the practice field was not too wet to use. An added bonus was that the rain and cloud cover made the summer heat a little more bearable — at least for a little while.
After morning workouts on Monday and Tuesday, Stephenville’s first afternoon practice was Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon, the Jackets got their first chance to get a feel for the new turf where they will be playing their home games at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium.
Winder said there were about 150 players who came out for football practice so far, counting 9th through 12th grades combined.
Stephenville’s first inter-squad scrimmage action will be Friday, Aug. 18, at Tiger Stadium in Glen Rose. SHS, Glen Rose and Gatesville will stage a three-way scrimmage. The freshmen are slated to start at 5 p.m., followed by the junior varsity and then the varsity.
Stephenville’s second scrimmage will be at home on Aug. 25 against Granbury. The regular-season opener will be Sept. 1 at home against Cleburne, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The first District 3-4A, Division I game will be Oct. 20 at Brownwood.
The Yellow Jackets were 3-8 overall in 2016. They made the playoffs with a 2-2 district mark. SHS has 22 returning lettermen, featuring seven offensive and nine defensive starters.