Games like this are the reason Stephenville head coach Joseph Gillespie schedules the likes of Aledo and Denton Guyer for pre-district contests.

The Yellow Jackets, 2-2 overall and 1-0 in District 8-4A, meet talent-laden Mansfield Timberview, 3-1, 1-0, i

Games like this are the reason Stephenville head coach Joseph Gillespie schedules the likes of Aledo and Denton Guyer for pre-district contests.

The Yellow Jackets, 2-2 overall and 1-0 in District 8-4A, meet talent-laden Mansfield Timberview, 3-1, 1-0, in a league match-up at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Tarleton Memorial Stadium.

“They have a real good football team. They’re very talented on both sides of the ball,” Gillespie said.

Timberview’s only loss is to undefeated 5A Belton. The Wolves average 22.5 points and 291 yards of offense per game, numbers that are skewed because versatile starting quarterback Terrance Davis missed each of the last two weeks with a minor injury.

Davis, who Gillespie expects to play tonight, was 27-46 (58.7 percent) passing for 259 yards while rushing 34 times for 255 yards (7.5 per carry) in the first two games before being sidelined against Belton (35-6 loss) and Granbury (24-17 win).

“He’s the same style of QB we saw last week (Mansfield Legacy’s Kennedy Jones), but he’s probably even better,” Gillespie said. “He’s a great football player, runs well and throws well.”

Davis is both his team’s leading passer and rusher. He has one true go-to guy in the passing game in wideout Chuck Tann, who has registered 18 receptions for 178 yards. He is the only receiver with more than six catches.

Davis and the Wolves offense will be working against a Stephenville defense that is surrendering just 18 points per game and has allowed only one score in its last two outings. Legacy took advantage of a horse collar penalty that allowed them to pick up a fourth down when it appeared the Jackets had made a stop, then scored on a double reverse.

The Jackets have given up an average of 310.8 yards on the season but just 182.5 over their last two games.

“We’ve been playing well defensively and we have to buckle down again because they have the talent to score from anywhere on the field and put up points in a hurry,” Gillespie said.

The Jackets will look to get the same pressure on Davis they were able to put on Jones last week when T.R. Varnado and Javier Perez each had two sacks and the defense tallied five as a team.

When Stephenville has the ball, Gillespie expects the Wolves to try to bring a lot of pressure.

“It will be a different look than what our offense has seen this year,” he said. “They try to bring a lot of pressure from a lot of angles and throw you off your game.”

Timberview is allowing 21.3 points and 262.8 points per contest. No opponent has tallied more than 300 yards of total offense, and Granbury was limited to less than 200.

Granbury led Timberview 17-0 last week before the Wolves ran off 24 unanswered points to come from behind. The game-winning touchdown drive was aided by three consecutive unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Granbury.

“Some people may look at how they struggled against Granbury and raise their eyebrows a little,” Gillespie said. “But they didn’t have (Davis) and still managed to come back and win. That says something about their team.”

Stephenville gets its starting signal caller back as well. Sophomore Connor Washington was 11-17 passing before suffering bruised ribs when he was sacked just before halftime last week. He did not play in the second half.

Washington directs a Stephenville offense that averages 24 points and 288 yards. The sophomore is passing for 174 yards per game while junior running back James Myles averages 87.5 per night on the ground.

Any way it’s broken down on paper, the match-up is a good one.

“We’re going to have our hands full that’s for sure. They have the same type of squad we faced last week but, I think, even more talented,” Gillespie said.

“We know we’re going to get their best because when you play for Stephenville it’s a five-star match-up any time you take the field,” he continued. “But I know they’re going to get our best, too.”