STEPHENVILLE - Three Stephenville touchdowns in the first quarter set the pace for the Yellow Jacketsí 54-14 blowout win over Azle here Friday.
Brad Mills scored the first 14 points with touchdown runs of 11 and 16 yards. Mills added both extra point kicks as well. The junior carried the ball to the end zone twice in the second period, as well, giving him four touchdowns for the game. He now has seven scoring runs during the young season.
Senior Cody Davis reeled off his first highlight of the season, returning an Azle punt 62 yards for a score, and the PAT made the score 21-0 with 2:11 still to play in the first period.
It was all Yellow Jackets throughout the second quarter and the first half of the third, as well.
From their own 36 yard line, it took Stephenville 13 plays to drive to pay dirt for its fourth score. A 15-yard completion from Kody Spano to Josh Graves, followed immediately by a 10-yard scamper by Trey Taylor provided the driveís key plays. Taylor capped the march to the end zone with a six yard run. The PAT failed, but the Jackets were in command at that point, leading 27-0.
The Jackets went back to Mills for scores on their next two possessions. His third touchdown was his longest, as he sprinted away from the AHS defense for a 58 yard score. His fourth and final jaunt to pay dirt was a 32-yard run. Millsí last touchdown paired with the PAT gave the Jackets a 40-0 advantage at the break.
The offense wasnít the only unit to dominate Azle in the first half. The War Dogs defense limited the Hornets to just 30 yards before the break. Azleís only scores of the night came after some of the Yellow Jacketsí starters were pulled off the field halfway through the third period.
Stephenville increased the lead to 54-0 before Azle got on the board. Spano hit Chris Malone for a 10-yard scoring pass, and Colby Lozano finished the scoring with a touchdown run of nine yards.
Azle scored two meaningless touchdowns to provide the final score.
Next week, the Jackets face their first real test of the 2007 season, as they visit Wichita Falls Rider. Stephenville was eliminated from the 2006 playoffs by Rider, after defeating the Raiders in the regular season. Rider is ranked No. 5 in the most recent Associated Press Class 4A poll. The grudge match between the Jackets and Raiders is set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Wichita Falls.
Brad Keith is the sportes editor at teh Empire Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.