Three versatile senior football players who have played key roles in multiple positions for the Stephenville Yellow Jackets are the Featured Players of the Week.
Eduardo Campos is a 5-8, 150-pound running back and outside linebacker who is second on the team in rushing yards with 143 on 35 carries. He is trying to decide between attending Ranger College or Tarleton, with a goal of majoring in engineering or marketing and business.
Caden Cowan is listed at 5-11, 170, and plays wide receiver and cornerback. He plans to attend Tarleton State University and join that schoolís bass fishing club. Cowan said he will probably pursue a degree in agriculture business.
Cole Stanley is also listed at 5-11, 170-pound and is a starting slot receiver and cornerback. He is a member of the National Honor Society who has a 4.0 grade-point average and has never made a grade lower than an A at the high school level. He also plays on the SHS varsity golf team.
Stanley has a couple of NCAA Division III football offers, but he has not made a college decision yet. This is his third year as a varsity letterman. He got some starting quarterback experience as a sophomore when former three-year starter Easton Jones was injured. Stanley suffered a foot injury early last season that kept him sidelined the rest of the 2018 season.
This Fridayís game against longtime rival Brownwood is extra special for Campos because he lived in Brownwood and went to school there through the end of his sixth-grade year before his family moved to Stephenville. That was six years ago, but he still has friends there who he will be seeing on the other side of the ball.
Here are a few questions and answers to get to know Campos, Stanley and Cowan:
Q: What are your thoughts on playing Brownwood one last time as a rival?
Campos: Iíve been waiting for this game pretty much all season. I know most of them. I grew up with them. Iím just excited to get to play my hometown. Iím pretty close to all of them.
Cowan: Itís gone back forever ó the pure hatred of both teams. I donít like them at all, personally. Iíve never liked them since we started playing them. Ever since we started playing them, thereís just something about them I donít like.
Stanley: It means a lot, but really to me itís more the fact of just going out there with the guys on Senior Night, my last home game at Tarleton and it just happens to be Brownwood. And Iíve been fortunate enough, we havenít lost to them when Iíve been on varsity so I like to keep that string going.
Q: What does is mean to you as a senior, playing your final season of high school football?
Campos: Itís just kind of like, I canít take anything for granted. Hopefully, we will win.
Cowan: Iíve worked for this since the seventh grade started working out ó just been years of grinding, seeing it pay off my senior year is exciting.
Stanley: Itís pretty special. With going out early last year, being hurt. I was, of course, still on the team but it just wasnít the same ó not getting out there to get strapped up and being able to play for 48 minutes. Itís so special growing up in this town and seeing it from when I was so young, growing up through the program, and now here I am as a senior. Itís my last home game. I get chills just talking about it. Itís awesome.
Q: What are your expectations for this team?
Campos: If we want to, we control everything on both sides of the ball. Weíve just got to get it together to go forward, get our minds right.
Cowan: As long as we work as a team, thereís no limit. Weíve made a lot of progress this year. We played some tough opponents, got some experience from it.
Stanley: I think the limitations are endless. With us playing as one ó and we have such a close bond ó thereís really nothing that can stop us if we just play our game and execute like weíre supposed to and just bring all-out effort every play. Iím having a blast. It doesnít get much better than Stephenville football on a Friday night and being able to come out here throughout the week and just grind with your brothers and get better physically and mentally ó just living life like every Stephenville kid grows up dreaming about.