The Stephenville Yellow Jackets opened their 2019 football season with a 42-14 loss to third-ranked Argyle at Tarleton State University’s newly renovated Memorial Stadium.

The Eagles took a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter, and led 35-0 at halftime.

After Argyle extended its lead to 42-0 early in the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets scored their two touchdowns on the ground on runs by Kason Philips, one from about 20 yards out and one from about 35 yards out.

Late in the game, the Jackets were threatening to score again, but Argyle intercepted a pass in the end zone to deny the Jackets.

Senior cornerback Cole Stanley suffered a shoulder injury early in the game and sat out the rest of the contest. SHS head coach Sterling Doty, who was making his SHS head coaching debut, said the extent of the injury is not yet known.

“There’s some bright spots in there,” Doty said of the game. “I know what the scoreboard showed. It was a long night for us. I’ve got to do a better job of getting us prepared to play, and the staff, I’ve got to get them prepared for all situations and we didn’t do that tonight. 

“I’m proud of our kids and their effort. You’ve got to tip your cap to Argyle. They’re a great football team and they did a lot of good things tonight. and will continue to do good things. We’ve got to put this one behind us, come back tomorrow morning, learn from it and get ready to play Everman next week.”

The Jackets will play host to Everman on Friday, Sept. 6 at Memorial Stadium, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.