GRAPEVINE — The streak continues.
The Stephenville Yellow Jackets maintained their 7-on-7 football success this week, winning a pair of games Tuesday and Saturday to remain undefeated (14-0).
“The kids are doing outstanding,” coach Sam Taylor said after Stephenville won their two pool games at Grapevine. The Yellow Jackets did not advance to the next round because they have already secured a spot at the state tournament by winning a qualifier in Burnet.
Saturday’s first game was the team’s easiest yet, as Dallas Hillcrest’s team did not show up, forfeiting the contest. Heavy rain throughout the Metroplex was a likely explanation for Hillcrest’s absence, but the No. 2 state ranking the Yellow Jackets received from Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine may have been a contributing factor.
And while the field was wet and kind of muddy, not even the elements could stop the Yellow Jackets.
Stephenville beat Richardson Pearce 44-32, and followed with a 39-28 win over Eastern Hills.
“We ran up against a couple of pretty good teams again, made progress and got better,” Taylor said.
Although the scores imply close games, “we were basically in control of both,” Taylor said. Eastern Hills cut Stephenville’s lead to five with six minutes left, but the Yellow Jackets immediately answered with a long touchdown strike to put the game away.
Taylor added that the Yellow Jackets were a “little bit sloppy at times with our concentration,” noting more procedural penalties than normal.
Officials at Saturday’s tournament flagged these technicalities more than their league-play counterparts, but Taylor said the attention to detail will prepare the team for the state tournament — it’s a “good thing we experienced it today,” he said.
For their hard work, the varsity will receive next Saturday off. The junior varsity will head to the Brownwood tournament in their place, Taylor said.
League play continues at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Glen Rose. Stephenville cruised past Granbury and Saginaw in league play last week.