Stephenville jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never worried in a 49-13 throttling of host Joshua at Owl Stadium on Friday, improving to 4-2 on the season and staying perfect at 3-0 in District 8-4A. Joshua fell to 2-4 and 0-3, respectively.
Now, everyone can officially turn their attention to Everman (5-1, 3-0), which Stephenville hosts this week in what many 8-4A followers believe is an early district championship game.
James Myles ran for 164 yards on 20 carries, but before he did any of that versatile junior returned the opening kickoff 53 yards to set the table for the Jackets’ first score.
Myles also continues to be valuable in the passing game, hauling in a pair of receptions for 32 yards including a nine-yard TD grab that made it 35-7 with only eight seconds left in the first half.
Myles finished with 24 total touches for 249 all-purpose yards.
Career night for underclassmen
Myles wasn’t the only Stephenville player to have a career night as sophomore Connor Washington went 15-23 through the air for 234 yards and two scores. He had an impressive streak of seven straight completions in the second quarter, and added a rushing touchdown in the third.
Add Padyn Giebler to the list of career-nighters, as well. The sophomore linebacker read a play perfectly, stepped in the path of an attempted middle screen pass, picked it off, got a big block and took it to the house in the second. He also had a handful of tackles including a tooth-rattler on Joshua QB Jesse Williamson that drew plenty of “Oooohs” from those in attendance.
Hurry up boys
Joshua’s defense never had a chance. Heads were spinning, bodies were still moving in an effort to get aligned correctly and the ball was already being snapped.
The hurry-up offense Stephenville employed late in the second quarter and for a brief stint in the third knocked Joshua completely off tilt, helping turn a respectable 28-7 score into a 49-7 laugher before the fourth quarter ever began.
The hurry-up resulted in a Washington-to-Myles TD pass just before halftime and a four-yard Washington scoring run in the third.
Doing it defensively
Giebler’s pick-six was the biggest highlight, but it wasn’t all the defense did well on Friday. The Jackets limited a fourth straight opponent under 300 yards, gave up less than 15 first downs for the fourth consecutive week and held a fourth straight opposing QB to under 50 percent passing.
Is it a coincidence Stephenville is on a four-game winning streak?
There’s always something
A good coach can always find something to improve on no matter how dominating his team’s performance.
For Stephenville head coach Joseph Gillespie, that something is turnovers. As good as the Yellow Jackets were on Friday, they still could have been better.
An interception in the Joshua end zone was the only reason the game didn’t get any further out of hand early on, and there were also five Stephenville fumbles, two of which were covered up by the Owls.
“We have got to take care of the ball,” Gillespie said following the game.
That’s true, especially with Everman coming to Stephenville this week. The Bulldogs scored five defensive touchdowns in two games against the Yellow Jackets last year.
This is the week everyone’s been waiting for. It’s Stephenville-Everman, likely for the Distrcit 8-4A chamionship.
The Bulldogs have won four straight against Stephenville, the most by any team in the last 20 years. They are currently 5-1 on the season with their only loss coming in their opener to Waxahachie.
Everman gave Legacy a 63-0 beat down on Friday. Their other district wins included a 68-46 shootout with Crowley and a 24-10 defeat of Arlington Seguin.