SPRINGTOWN - With less than 45 seconds on the clock, Tyler Jones calmly hit Alex Sanchez over the middle then BJ Walker in the right flat.
After getting the third snap of the drive off an instant before the halftime horn sounded, Jones looked left to his favorite target, and there was Brice Gunter posted up just past the goal line, soaring over a defender for a touchdown and a 27-13 lead.
Stephenville went on to bury future District 7-3A rival Glen Rose 48-20 in the second half as the offense moved the ball at will most of the way. It was that way all day, with Stephenville outscoring its three pool opponents 170-19.
The game with Glen Rose came in the semifinals after the Tigers won their pool. Stephenville advanced to a championship showdown with host Springtown that was determined by perhaps one of the oddest ways in football history at Porcupine Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Both teams punched their tickets to the 7-on-7 state tournament by reaching the finals of the automatic qualifying event, so with Stephenville's graduation ceremony hours away, athletic director and head football coach Joe Gillespie met with Springtown's coach and decided not to play.
The coaches let the players have fun determining a champion, and a Porcupine defeated Jones in an informal - although loosely officiated - game of rock-paper-scissors.
The message was clear - both teams were there to qualify and are headed to College Station in July.
Stephenville improved to 11-0 in 7-on-7 games, including its 6-0 mark against 4A and 5A teams to win the Dallas Under Armour Sevens a week prior.
Fortunately for the Yellow Jackets, Jones is more comfortable as the centerpiece of the their multi-dimensional offense than he is playing rock-paper-scissors. The senior-to-be, who has an offer from Texas State and is receiving attention from other Division I suitors, methodically cut defenses apart from the start of pool play.
Jones fired six touchdown passes in a 50-0 shutout of Pantego Christian, and was supported by a rare 7-on-7 shutout performance from the Yellow Jacket defense.
Decatur was the toughest pool foe, but Gunter made a leaping catch in the back corner of the end zone for a 25-13 lead just before halftime, and the defense pitched a shutout the rest of the way.
Stephenville actually trailed 6-0 early when Decatur surprised the defense with a deep pass on its first possession. The Jackets bounced back with 19 straight points before Decatur made it 19-13. Stephenville scored the final 20.
Stephenville scored more on interception returns alone - a handful by Mookie Carlile to lead the way - than its pool opponents scored total.
Glen Rose was also game early on. The Tigers scored first in the semifinal before Jones spread out three scoring strikes for a for a 20-6 Stephenville lead.
Glen Rose made it 20-13 before Jones and Gunter widened the margin at the halftime buzzer.
Logan Levisay put the semifinal away for Stephenville, lunging for a fourth-down pass breakup at the goal line to preserve a 34-13 advantage just past the midway point of the second half.
In addition to several TD receptions from his receiver post, sophomore-to-be Jarrett Stidham fired six second half scoring passes in Stephenville's 81-6 thrashing of Springtown's JV in their final pool game. Jones laughingly took over at center after throwing for six TDs in the first half.
Gunter caught double-digit touchdowns for the second straight week. He is listed as the No. 74 recruit in Texas by TexasHSfootball.com and already has an offer from Air Force.
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