A late two-play, 75-yard touchdown drive with time dwindling in the game wasn't enough for Stephenville Friday night as they fell to Springtown in dramatic fashion after failing to convert a two-point conversion.
After taking over on offense on his own 25-yard-line with 1:39 remaining in the game, quarterback Easton Jones rifled a laser to receiver Conner Schmutz who darted down the seam of the field for what ended up being a 57-yard gain.
On the next play, Jones called his own number as he scampered into the end zone on a 18-yard touchdown run to cut the Porcupines' lead to two-points.
On the conversion Jones began the play rolling out right, but appeared to run out of room. He then somewhat threw back across the field to an open receiver, but the added across the field distance resulted in an under thrown pass giving the receiver no choice but to make the catch diving and falling short of the goal line.
However, the Yellow Jackets wouldn't have been in the situation they were in had they executed earlier in the contest, especially after how quick the offense started the season in Cleburne last weekend.
"We came out offensively about as bad as I've seen us play and I have no idea why," Stephenville Head Football Coach Greg Winder said after the game.
"We committed turnovers and didn't execute. We said they would play something different scheme wise than what they did against Decatur and they did exactly that. They pressed our receivers and we struggled to win those battles and when we did we couldn't get them the ball."
The frustrations on offense were evident throughout the game, but especially in the first half.
Three of Stephenville's first four possessions resulted in no first downs, a punt, fumble and interception. In all, the Yellow Jackets turned the ball over four times, two fumbles and two interceptions.
Even after losing the turnover battle Friday, Winder did speak of the unfortunate opportunity it gave his defensive unit.
"I thought we played better on defense than we did last week, that's for sure. They were out there for most of the first half because we kept turning the ball over and they did about everything they could for us," he said.
The Yellow Jacket defense allowed only 286 total yards to Springtown Friday night, including 146 yards through the air and 140 yards on the ground.
Offensively, Stephenville will rue the missed opportunities.
They out-gained the Porcupines on offense thanks to 179 passing yards and 256 rushing yards for a total of 435 yards of offense.
Krece Nowak led all rushers with 162 yards on 23 carries, including one touchdown. Easton Jones also had a solid rushing performance as he scrambled for 95 yards on 12 carries and found the end-zone twice.
The surprise of the evening for Stephenville was receiver Conner Schmutz who entered the fold after Blake Aragon left early in the first half with an injury.
Schmutz recorded five receptions for 134 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown catch and the big reception late in the fourth quarter to set up the possible game tying touchdown and point after.
"Schmutz has great hands and he was really coming on before he was injured in 7-on-7," said Winder about the young receiver. "He's starting to get back into the groove and tonight we needed someone to step up and he did that."
With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fell to 0-2 on the year and will travel to take on Everman next Friday night.