Stephenville saw its football season come to a disappointing end when Aledo prevailed 26-23 in overtime of a 4A Division II area round playoff game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Friday night, but there are plenty of accomplishments to be celebrated for the 2009 Yellow Jackets.
In addition to a 9-3 overall record, the program’s first outright district championship since 2005 and a 19th bi-district playoff win in 21 years, two underclassmen left their marks on the school record book.
James Myles, a junior, had the best season ever by a Stephenville running back, setting single-season records for rushing yards (1,864), rushing touchdowns (28) and total touchdowns (31). He also broke single-game marks for rushing (321 yards) and scoring (7 TDs) when he ran wild against Fort Worth Polytechnic in the opening round of the playoffs on Nov. 12.
The single-season record was a 10-year-old mark previously held by Zac Hunter with 1,833 yards during a 16-game state championship run in 1999. The TD marks were held by Jevan Snead for single-season rushing scores (23 in 2005), Cody Cardwell for total TDs in a season (27 in 1998) and Roy Graham for TDs in a game (six in 1986). Myles had previously tied the mark for TDs in a game with six against Arlington Seguin on Oct. 30.
Sophomore quarterback Connor Washington also put himself in good company, completing 177 passes, the eighth most in a season at Stephenville, and throwing for 2,246 yards, the 13th most in a year for a program that has turned out seven Division I signal callers in the last 18 years.
Washington and Myles will be among the 15 offensive and defensive starters returning for Stephenville next season.