Stephenville defeated preseason favorite Abilene Wylie Friday night at home, 33-20, to earn the District 3-4A Div. I football championship as Blake Aragon and Blu Caylor scored two touchdowns apiece.
Coach Greg Winder's Yellow Jackets (8-2) will meet Sanger, the fourth-place team out of District 4, in their bi-district playoff contest at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Saginaw High School.
Three-time defending district champion Wylie was a state finalist in 2016, falling to Carthage, 31-17.
“It’s a big win for us,” said Winder, whose team will be seeking its fifth consecutive win against Sanger (4-6). “Abilene Wylie is always a solid football team. Going into the playoffs, it’s a lot better when you win.”
The victory secured Stephenville's first district title in football since 2013.
In last year’s regular-season finale, played in Abilene, the Bulldogs defeated the Jackets, 44-3. The Jackets were eliminated in bi-district by Decatur, 49-42.
Caylor scored on a pair of 1-yard TD runs for the Jackets, who led 21-7 at halftime. Aragon’s 9-yard TD catch thrown by Jones came at the 7:46 mark in the second quarter.
Wylie cut the deficit to 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
Stephenville’s defense denied the Bulldogs a potential TD late in the quarter when SHS defensive back Cody Storrs intercepted a long pass deep in Jacket territory.
Wylie made it 21-14, scoring the only TD of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs threatened to pull within 4 points early in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard field goal try, but it fell short.
Stephenville may have gotten a little lucky on its next TD, when Jones threw to Aragon inside the Wylie 10-yard line. Aragon bobbled the ball and teammate Gage Graham was right behind him to catch the ball in mid-air and carried it from there into the end zone to complete the unusual 50-yard scoring play. The extra point kick failed, leaving the Jackets with a 27-14 edge early in the fourth quarter.
Aragon’s second TD came on a 24-yard pass from Jones as SHS pulled away to a 33-14 lead with 5:10 to go in the game.
Wylie scored on the ensuing kickoff, returning the pooch kick 70 yards for the score to create the final 13-point margin.
Sanger lost its regular-season finale to Decatur, 65-21, giving Decatur the No. 3 spot in that district.
Wylie finished second with a 3-1 mark, and the Bulldogs are 6-3 overall going into their bi-district matchup against Decatur.