Aiavion Edwards rushed for four scores and Stephenville rolled up 494 yards of offense in a 48-0 rout of Waco University on Homecoming night at Tarleton Memorial Stadium Friday.
The Yellow Jackets, who rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead and held a comfortable 42-0 advantage entering the fourth, won consecutive games for the first time this season to improve to 3-4 overall and 2-0 in District 8-4A.
University fell to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in league play.
"I'm extremely proud of our kids," Stephenville head coach Joseph Gillespie said. "They came out of the gates flying and kept battling and battling and good things happened for us."
The Yellow Jacket defense was dominant from the start, limiting University to just 59 yards of offense in the opening half.
The offense meanwhile, turned the ball over four times, but still managed a big night.
Edwards finished with a career-best 217 yards on 22 carries, scoring on runs of 4, 7, 8 and 69 yards. He has 698 yards and 11 touchdowns in four games as a starter at running back, and has now reached 750 for the season.
"We could run and we could throw against them," Edwards said. "Everything we had in the playbook was working."
Gillespie believes Edwards will continue to play better as the games get bigger with each passing week.
"He's going to continue to evolve with our offense and every week that goes by I think we're going to see him get better and better," Gillespie said. "Aiavion is one of those that the bigger the game the bigger the playmaker he's going to be."
Connor Washington was 14-21 passing for 195 yards and a score and also rushed for 35 yards. He hit Witt Westbrook six times for 102 yards and a touchdown, and the sophomore receiver also returned a punt 50 yards.
Edwards said the success through the air helped keep the University defense honest, allowing him room to run behind Stephenville's senior-laden offensive line.
"It opened up a lot," said Edwards, who pointed out that the running attack in turn also helped the passing game. "It was working both ways."
Padyn Giebler scored the first touchdown for his career, rushing for a two-yard TD. A.J. Moore scored for the second straight week on a punishing 26-yard burst.
A 68-yard run by Univeristy in the third quarter accounted for almost a third of the Trojans' offense. They finished with 211 yards with 177 of them on the ground.
The Stehenville defense produced three turnovers including interceptions by Tyler Floyd and Reilly Avalos. Floyd's pick came right on the goalline to prevent one of two University scoring threats. The second was set up by an interception return to the Stephenville two-yard line, but a false start penalty hurt the Trojans and Padyn Giebler made a fourth-down stop for Stephenville.
The Yellow Jackets, who have raced past their first two district opponents by a combined score of 115-7, will face a much tougher test when they visit Killeen at 7 p.m. Thursday. Killeen is coming off a 32-30 win over Waco, erasing a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to remain undefeated.
"We just have to go to work early this week in practice," Edwards said of the short week. "We just have to get ready and work hard, that's all it takes."