ABILENE - The sixth-ranked Stephenville Yellow Jackets forced five turnovers and Gavin Rountree caught two second-half touchdown passes on the way to a 41-28 football victory over Class 5A Wylie Friday night at Bulldog Field in Abilene.
Running back Krece Nowak scored one TD for the Jackets while piling up 222 yards rushing on 24 carries. He suffered a leg injury in the second half but was able to return to the game later.
Cole Stanley, who also scored a TD on a quarterback sneak, connected with Rountree with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game., That was set up by Jonathan Gutierrez’s fumble recovery for the Jackets.
Midway through the third quarter, with Stanley temporarily sidelined because of illness, Kade Renfro tossed a 27-yard TD pass to Rountree that gave SHS a 35-14 edge.
Coming out of halftime with a narrow 20-14 lead, SHS seemed to get a boost when defensive back Gage Graham intercepted a Wylie pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown at the 10:30 mark in the third quarter.
Then the Jackets went on top by 35-14 with 5:57 left in the quarter on Renfro’s TD toss to Rountree.
Chase Carrillo added two field goals in the second quarter for SHS, from 23 yards out and from 39 yards away.
Coach Greg Winder’s Jackets, who notched 451 yards in total offense while improving to 2-1, entered the game ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Class 4A Division I poll.
Wylie, a former district opponent of the Jackets now competing in Class 5A Division II, fell to 0-3.
“Any time you beat Abilene Wylie, especially in Abilene, it’s a big win,” Winder said. “Coach (Hugh) Sandifer and his staff do a tremendous job.”
The win marked the second straight time the Jackets have scored 41 points, and they have a total of 107 points in their three games so far.
The Jackets' next game not only will be their first home game of the season, but will also be homecoming, on Friday, Sept. 21 against seventh-ranked Midlothian Heritage. Friday, Heritage beat Decatur, 56-21, moving to 3-0 on the season.