The number of Stephenville Yellow Jackets from the 2019 football squad who have been recognized as all-state performers has increased to three.
Thursday evening, juniors Trace Morrison and Colton Accomazzo were named second-team all-state by vote of the Texas Sports Writers Association. Morrison was named to the TSWA’s second-team all-state defense as a punter, and also earned honorable mention on the all-state offense, as a place-kicker.
Accomazzo earned TSWA honorable mention on defense, as a linebacker.
Previously, when the Associated Press Sports Editors all-state team was announced in December, SHS senior Austin Stidham had earned second-team all-state honors as a defensive lineman, and Morrison was the APSE’s first-team all-state punter.
“I’m really excited for those guys, and for our football team,” Doty said.
Doty also said he is happy that the two juniors, Accomazzo and Morrison, will return for one more season, and is looking forward to having their leadership going into the 2020 campaign.
Accomazzo, a 6-2, 200-pound junior, was a first-team all-District 5-4A Division I inside linebacker for the Yellow Jackets. He recorded 6.5 quarterback sacks in 11 games, and caused six fumbles while recovering one. He finished the season with 99 tackles (39 solo, 60 assists), including 17 behind the line of scrimmage.
Morrison, a 6-2, 180-pound junior, was voted as the district’s first-team all-district punter as well as first-team all-district place-kicker, and a first-team all-district wide receiver.
He punted for an overall season average of 41.2 yards per kick. His longest was an incredible 60 yards, and he had eight punts inside the 20-yard line.
On field goals, Morrison made five field goals, with an impressive career-long of 50 yards — which Doty said probably would have been good from 60 yards or more. He scored 31 points in all, which includes making 16 of 21 extra-point kicks.
Stidham, 6-1, 205, recorded 75 tackles in all (44 solo, 31 assists), including 18 behind the line. He was voted as a second-team all-district end on defense.
Doty’s Yellow Jackets were 6-5 on the season, which was his first at the helm. They made the playoffs as the third-place team in the district, with a 2-2 mark. The Jackets defeated Fort Worth Dunbar 56-14 in their bi-district playoff game before being eliminated in the area round with a 63-49 loss to state-ranked Argyle.