The Stephenville Yellow Jackets made it look easy on offense Friday night at Memorial Stadium, and head coach Greg Winder said the defense performed at a level that was “unheard of” in Class 4A football.
Stephenville (2-0 in district, 6-2 overall) clinched a playoff berth and equaled the school record for points scored in a single game Friday night at home in a 71-0 District 3-4A, Div. I win over Big Spring at Memorial Stadium.
The Jackets had an incredible 37-point eruption in the second quarter on the way to a 51-0 halftime lead over the Steers, who slumped to 0-3 in district and 0-9 overall.
The SHS defense was dominant, shutting down the Steers all night, and Winder said he believed Big Spring had a net zero yards in total offense.
“That’s unheard of. That goes back to the kids preparing really well, and the coaching staff does a really good job,” Winder said. “Hats off to (the defense). I think we executed offensively pretty well.”
Blu Caylor scored three touchdowns while Victor Moreno, Gage Graham and Krece Nowak had two each.
Quarterback Easton Jones rushed for one TD, threw for two and completed 7 of 14 passes for 168 yards.
Stephenville took a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter before the offense went into hyperdrive with five TDs in the second period. The Steers also hurt themselves with a bad snap on a punt attempt that yielded a safety when the punter kicked the loose ball out of the end zone to avoid setting up an easy touchdown for the Jackets.
The Jackets added two more TDs in the third quarter, including a 1-yard score set up by another bad snap on a Big Spring punt attempt.
The second of Moreno’s two TDs gave the Jackets a chance to break the 71-point school record with 7:49 left in the game, but the ball got loose on the snap for the extra point and they had to settle for tying the mark.
The Jackets improved to 2-0 in the five-team district, and 6-2 overall.
Next, Stephenville will be on the road at Snyder for a Nov. 3 contest starting at 7:30 p.m. before closing out the regular-season at home against Abilene Wylie.
Wylie, 3-0 in district and 6-2 overall after beating Snyder 27-7 Friday, will be idle next week.