A familiar opponent awaits the Yellow Jackets in week four and Stephenville head coach Greg Winder and his team are aiming to find their first win of the season Friday night.
Trailing 5A Everman 24-3 at halftime last week, the Yellow Jackets managed to rally during the game’s final 24 minutes and found themselves with a chance to force overtime before eventually falling to the Bulldogs 31-24. The performance was one that Winder was proud of and says will help the team move forward.
“We made some adjustments in the second half that were good for us and we executed well. Everman is a really good team and they played well in the first half and unfortunately it was a lead that we couldn’t rebound from,” Winder said. “Our young men never quit and I told them at halftime that the score was 0-0 and for us to go out there and win the second half and we did that.”
A strong finish is something the Yellow Jackets certainly needed. They enter week four in uncharted territory as they hold an 0-3 record with a matchup against last year’s bi-district opponent Decatur - who they upset 49-28.
“I’m sure they’re going to be out for a bit of revenge after our playoff game last year, no doubt about that,” said Winder. “They’ve been scoring a lot of points and they have a great team. They can throw it and run the ball really well. They try to put a lot of points on the board. Defensively they aren’t as big as Everman, but they do fly to the football. On special teams they’ll do whatever it takes to produce points. They like to go for two and will onside kick it at any time. they want the ball in the hands of their playmakers as much as possible.”
As Winder said, the Yellow Jackets know Decatur will have it out for them. Despite that, Stephenville is approaching Friday night like any other game and aren’t looking too deep into the matchup.
“Our young men are approaching it just like any of the rest of the games we’ve played. Regardless of who our opponent is, we just have to continue to improve and prepare to win the game. A win will do a lot for us Friday. We just need to go out there and get a victory,” he said.
The Eagles will enter Friday with a 1-2 record and are coming off a 52-50 loss to Midlothian Heritage. Decatur’s two losses have been by a combined five points and their one victory was over Springtown, 74-42.
“We’ll have to slow them down when they’re on offense. They play a fast tempo offense and we need to knock them off balance,” said Winder. “On offense we need to win the battle up front. If we can control the line of scrimmage then I think we have a great chance to win the football game.”
Decatur and Stephenville are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium.