Moments after a Glen Rose pass caromed off Stephenville safety Cody Davis’ head, a second, harder collision followed — this time with teammate Travis Haschke.
Both players were sent sprawling after the hit, which came in the waning moments of Monday’s 7-on-7 football practice session with the Glen Rose Tigers. Davis left with a bloody nose, though neither injury appeared to be serious.
It was unclear whether either player would be ready for the state tournament, which begins Friday in College Station.
“I’m sure if they’re able, they’ll be ready to roll (this weekend),” Yellow Jackets head coach Chad Morris said.
The Yellow Jackets begin pool play at the state tournament at 2 p.m. Friday versus McAllen Rowe. Games versus Keller Central (4 p.m.) and Cy-Falls (6 p.m.) follow, with the top two teams advancing to Saturday’s 32-squad single-elimination championship tournament.
The remaining teams from each pool will join a consolation bracket. Stephenville advanced to the quarterfinals of last year’s tournament.
“It’s going to be a big deal,” Yellow Jackets defensive coordinator Hank Carter said. “Guys have a chance to show out.”
Defense dominated early in Monday’s scrimmage, as neither team managed to score during the first 20-minute period. Stephenville drove to the goalline, but came up short.
A 10-minute series with the second teams followed, and the Yellow Jackets scored on their first drive. A pass from Hayden Whiteley hummed past its intended receiver, but into the arms of another Yellow Jacket for the score.
When the varsity squads returned, Stephenville found its rhythm. After a near interception and a dropped ball, Kody Spano connected on three straight strikes before hitting Tom Ed Ramsay in the endzone. Josh Graves caught the extra point.
Alex Bracy ended Glen Rose’s next series, catching the ricochet after Aaron Donohue broke up a pass. Four more Spano completions followed, then a touchdown to Graves. Reilly Avalos caught the extra point.
Stephenville had time for one more touchdown, on a Spano strike to Brad Mills, before the second half of the scrimmage was up. Chris Featherston led the defense with two interceptions.