ARGYLE — The rematch was just as entertaining as the as the first time around for two of the state's top-ranked Class 4A Division I football squads.
The Stephenville Yellow Jackets, fifth in the Associated Press preseason rankings opened their 2018 football season at second-ranked Argyle Friday night and the Eagles held on for a 45-35 victory at Eagle Stadium. The teams combined to score 31 points in the fourth quarter.
The Yellow Jackets had taken on the Eagles last season in the third round of the playoffs and posted a tense 31-28 triumph, when Argyle was ranked No. 3 in the AP rankings and was unbeaten through the first 12 games.
The Eagles jumped to a 14-0 lead Friday, but the Jackets rallied to tie it at 14 at halftime were within a touchdown (28-21) going into the final period.
SHS quarterback Cole Stanley threw for 304 yards and connected for three touchdown passes, including two to Gavin Rountree. Stanley’s other scoring pass was from 21 yards out to Kyle Lindsey.
Kason Phillips scored on a 6-yard run and and Colton Accomozzo returned an Argyle fumble 20 yards for the Yellow Jackets' other score.
Argyle’s defense held Nowak and Phillips to a combined 87 yards on 26 carries, but SHS managed 436 yards in total offense.
Lindsey led the Jackets in receiving with 139 yards on seven catches, and Rountree picked up 101 yards on his two receptions.
In addition to the AP preseason rankings, the Eagles were the No. 1 Class 4A Division I team in the state in Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine, and the Jackets were No. 3.
Stephenville's next game will be Friday, Sept. 7, at Everman (7:30 p.m.).