BROWNWOOD – Perhaps it was being undermanned due to injuries and cards, or maybe it was just the feeling of security that comes with already being locked into a playoff spot as the No. 2 seed out of District 8-4A.
Whatever the reason for Stephenville’s play on Tuesday, the Brownwood Lions aren’t complaining.
Brownwood built a 2-0 halftime advantage and held on for a 3-1 district win in the regular season finale for both schools.
“We have some guys knicked up with injuries, and some others who were out because of cards,” Stephenville coach Ramsay Wright said. “We just didn’t look as sharp as we usually do. But, we had some JV kids step up and play on the varsity, and that gives them some good experience at a higher level.”
Wright said despite what the score may indicate, senior Trey Auvenshine was solid in the goal.
“The score may not show it, but he made several big saves,” Wright said. “German Chavarria also played well. He was probably our best player on the night.”
David Vasquez scored for Stephenville with 19:01 remaining in the game to make the deficit 2-1, but Brownwood stood its ground and prevented a rally, while adding an insurance goal at the 6-minute mark to complete the scoring.
Stephenville now must prepare for the state playoffs, which begin next week. Wright said the Jackets will likely play in the bi-district round on the Friday during Spring Break (March 21).
While the opening opponent is not yet certain, the Jackets know they will face the third-place team from District 7-4A. Preliminary indications suggest that could mean a date with Fort Worth Arlington Heights.