CROWLEY - Stephenville (8-2, 7-0) made sure there was no room for debate concerning who is the best team in District 8-4A this season with Friday’s 42-7 dismantling of Crowley (3-7, 2-5) at Eagle Stadium.

Now the Yellow Jackets can focus on their 20th playoff run in 21 seasons, which begins with a bi-district contest against District 7-4A member Fort Worth Polytechnic at 7 p.m. Thursday in Burleson.

No doubt about it

Stephenville outscored its 8-4A opponents by an average of 29.9 points per game.

The Yellow Jackets opened league play with a 31-7 defeat of Mansfield Legacy, then shut out Mansfield Timberview 31-0. They topped 40 in the score column for the first time of the season in a 49-13 rout of Joshua then sent a resounding message with a 44-17 thrashing of state power Everman that ended the Bulldogs’ four-game win streak in the rivalry. They closed out their perfect run through league play with wins against Granbury (31-3), Arlington Seguin (49-21) and Crowley.

Myles continues to roll

James Myles racked up 155 yards and three touchdowns on 27 rushing attempts while leading the Jackets in receptions with nine for 71 yards.

Myles finished the regular season with 1,350 rushing yards and 419 receiving yards. He has scored 24 TDs, 21 of them on the ground.

Sophomore no more

As a sophomore starting at quarterback for one of the state’s premier 4A programs, Connor Washington was the focus of much discussion early in the year. His critics have been silenced, however, as Washington has looked more like a seasoned veteran, especially in district play.

Washington finished the regular season 143-230 passing (62.2 percent) for 1,901 yards and 16 TDs.

Defense, defense

and more defense

The Wardogs put the hurt on 8-4A opponents, surrendering only 9.7 points per game. They are giving up just 13.3 points per contest for the whole season.

Stephenville forced five turnovers Friday night, four of them setting up touchdowns. The biggest thrill on a takeaway came when Reilly Avalos intercepted a pass and ran it back 55 yards to set up a quick score.

Next up…

Stephenville takes aim at its fifth state title and first this decade when the Jackets begin state playoff action on Thursday.

FW Polytechnic (6-4) began the season with four straight wins but has lost four of its last six. The Parrots fell to FW Eastern Hills 23-8 in the third place game between members of the west and east zones in District 7-4A on Friday. Poly finished fourth in the league.

This will mark Stephenville’s third straight playoff opener at Burleson Stadium. The Jackets beat FW Wyatt there in 2007 and clipped FW Dunbar in a 47-41 double-overtime bi-district thriller last year.