WICHITA FALLS - No. 3 Stephenville (11-1) stayed in Tecmo-Bowl mode offensively, and Abilene Wylie (12-1) couldn't keep up after halftime of a 3A Division I quarterfinal at Memorial Stadium Friday.
Stephenville quarterback Tyler Jones passed for three touchdowns and rushed for four and the Yellow Jackets scored on nine of 10 possessions without a punt in a 59-28 thumping of No. 2 Abilene Wylie.
Stephenville, which is 14-0 in round-three playoff games, won the Region I title and faces Region II champ Kilgore at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Newsome Stadium in Mansfield. Kilgore defeated Gainesville 30-14 in another quarterfinal.
Jones rushed for scores of 9, 1, 1, and 8 yards and passed TDs of 3 yards to Brice Gunter, 17 to Alex Sanchez and 7 to Chase Varnado, while Witt Westbrook rushed for 149 yards and a score.
Stephenville trailed for the first time since Oct. 19 at Alvarado when a Jones fumble - the only possession Stephenville didn't score - set up Patrick Walker's 7-yard TD pass from Taylor Grant, who also rushed for two short scores.
The turnover came after a 5-yard scoring run by Grant, and Walker's score put Wylie ahead 22-21 after Stephenville had jumped ahead 21-10.
But the Stephenville offense marched down quickly, using the final 61 seconds of the half to drive to the Wylie 9 so that Luis Garcia could hit a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the half, putting the Jackets up for good.
Stephenville consumed the first four minutes of the third on a drive that ended with Jones' second rushing score and a 31-22 lead. Jones was 21-34 passing for 321 yards while rushing 17 times for 79 yards for a total of 400 yards of offense. He has 3,251 passing yards for the year, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight season.
The Jackets rolled up 578 yards of total offense, topping 500 yards and 50 points for the fifth straight game. They are averaging 57 points and 607 yards of offense in three post season wins.
Grant, who was 20-31 for 249 yards, snuck in from a yard out to pull Wylie within three at 31-28, but the Bearcats would not score again.
Jones hit Varnado with a short TD pass late in the third and rushed for two more scores as Stephenville ran away in the fourth.
Gunter hauled in seven passes for 110 yards for the Jackets, while Sanchez caught six for 84. Martin was Wylie's main pass target with eight catches for 112 yards.
The Jackets improved to 13-4 in the playoffs under fifth-year head coach Joe Gillespie, who can pick up his 50th win next week when they play in the semifinals for the first time since reaching that round in the 4A Division I bracket in 2005.
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