Stephenville hosts Azle tonight in the 2007 football home opener for the Yellow Jackets.
Stephenville (1-0), defeated Waco Midway in its first game last week, 41-7. Azle (0-1), meanwhile, fell to Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 28-24. The Yellow Jackets dominated the Hornets on the gridiron last fall, 53-0.
Stephenville’s main opponent tonight may be its own mentality. The slogan “one game at a time” certainly comes into play as coaches try to keep players’ minds on Azle, and off of next week’s battle against state-ranked Wichita Falls Rider.
“I don’t want us to overlook any team by no means,” Stephenville Head Coach Chad Morris said. “Azle has a new coaching staff, and they’re gonna throw the ball around. They’re coming in off a loss last week, but it’s a loss they could have won. They have a junior running back with very good speed, and a good quarterback.”
The running back Morris is referring to is C.J. Davila, who is listed at 5-7, 165 with 4.6 speed in the 40, according to Texas Football Magazine.
Chris Edwards (6-0, 200, 4.6) made his debut as the Hornets’ starting quarterback last week. Edwards was a leader on the defense as an outside linebacker in 2006.
In all, Azle returns only five starters from a 3-7 squad. Two regulars, including Davila, are back on offense, while three return to the defense.
If Azle does have one positive working for them, it’s size. Offensive tackles Nathan Vogel and Zac Schroeder are both listed at 6-2, 260. Sophomore newcomer Jonathan McGehee also works in the trenches, and measures up to 6-2, 265.
The Hornets are looking for big numbers this fall from WR Jeremy Morgan (6-0, 165, 4.5).
The Yellow Jackets enter tonight’s match-up ranked No. 3 in the latest Class 4A Associated Press poll, making them the heavy favorites to win.
Kickoff at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.