Quarterback Kade Renfro threw three touchdown passes to receiver Gavin Rountree to help propel the Stephenville Yellow Jackets to a 34-0 Homecoming victory over Abilene Wylie Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
SHS running back Kason Philips scored the other two TDs for coach Sterling Doty’s Yellow Jackets, who improved to 2-1 on the season. Wylie, which trailed 21-0 in the first quarter, fell to 0-3 and 0-13 going back to last season.
“I’m extremely proud of our guys,” Doty said. “I thought we were able to take advantage of turnovers early … right from the jump.
“Defensively I thought our front seven just played great, completely controlled the line of scrimmage, and took away their running game and were able to create some havoc.
“Offensively we continued to press forward. I liked being able to run the football in the second half.”
Renfro’s first scoring pass to Rountree came with 6:56 remaining in the opening quarter.
The SHS quarterback was seen getting the Homecoming crowd more fired up early in the contest.
“We have some of the best fans in the state of Texas. They all came out and showed their support, so I just tried to get them involved.
“It’s a big win, espec coming off last week We had something to prove and had a chip on our shoulder. We felt last week we underperformed and felt we could do a lot better. Kason found all the holes and our receivers are sure getting open whenever I was scrambling out. As a whole, we’re all one as a unit and it was a great win.”
Trace Morrison scored on an end around from 10 yards out for SHS with 5:34 left in the first quarter.
Shortly after the Jackets recovered a fumble, Philips scored the first of his TDs, from 7 yards out at the 3:09 mark in the quarter.
Philips raced into the end zone for his second TD to make it 27-0 with 9:58 left in the third quarter.
The Jackets added their final TD with 5:05 remaining in the third quarter when Rountree caught a 40-yard pass from Renfro.
The Jackets will have their first road game of the season next Friday, at Midlothian Heritage (7:30 p.m.). The Jaguars were ranked fifth in the state in 4A Division I in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine’s preseason picks. They were 1-1 so far this season entering their third game, at Decatur.