Stephenville rolled through its second straight opponent from Mansfield, shutting out Timberview 31-0 Friday night at Tarleton Memorial Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 3-2 on the season and are tied atop the District 8-4A standings with Everman at 2-0 in league play.
Sophomore has career night
Sophomore linebacker Holton Westbrook seems to always be at the right place at exactly the right time for Stephenville.
He was in front of a receiver in the flat for an interception at the Yellow Jacket goal line to thwart Timberview’s best scoring opportunity of the night.
He happened to be standing at the exact spot where a pass that was tipped before ricocheting off a Timberview helmet came down, snagging it for his second pick.
And when Timberview had a bad punt snap and the loose ball slipped out from under a pile of bodies and the end zone, who was there to cover it up?
You guessed it - Westbrook. His three takeaways generated 21 points in the blowout.
He was also at the right place against Brownwood on Sept. 18 when T.R. Varnado caused a fumble that bounced into Westbrook’s hands before he returned it 11 yards for a score.
Monster up front
There’s a monster on Stephenville’s defensive lines that is devouring opposing offenses - especially quarterbacks.
Senior four-year letterman T.R. Varnado, had two sacks on Friday after posting three against Mansfield Legacy one week earlier. Varnado and linemates Russell Cole and Javier Perez have been dominant in the trenches since pacing a shutout of arch-rival Brownwood.
Myles stays humble
James Myles gets plenty of attention on nights like Friday, when he ran for 199 yards and two scores including a 96-yard burst to begin the rout in the first quarter. But he doesn’t need to be the focal point of fans or media. In fact, he’s quick to point to the offensive line as the primary reason for his success.
The junior blew through a gaping hole between center D.J. Vanden Berge and guards Dylan Frazier and Ben Dammers.
Stephenville visits Joshua in the Owls’ new stadium. Joshua was 2-1 entering district play but has since fallen to Crowley 14-3 and Legacy 39-7. The Crowley game was especially costly because the Owls loststandout wide receiver Jordan Allen to a broken ankle.
Stephenville won last year’s meeting 30-14.
Kickoff on Friday is at 7:30 p.m.