Jackets aim to rebound in next outing, at Salado

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Stephenville offensive linemen work hard to clear a path for running back Kason Philips during Friday's loss to Lampasas.

The Stephenville Yellow Jackets are looking forward to rebounding from their 41-0 football loss to the Lampasas Badgers Friday in their 2020 home opener.

The Badgers displayed their talent on both offense and defense Friday night at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium, rolling to a 20-0 halftime lead before adding three more touchdowns in the second half.

Lampasas (2-0) entered the game ranked No. 1 in the state in one Class 4A poll and No. 3 in another, featuring senior quarterback Ace Whitehead — who was voted the 2019 Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 34 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards his junior year.

The Jackets, now 1-1 on the season, had been No. 11 in Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine's preseason rankings, while the Badgers were No. 3. Stephenville's next non-district game will be Friday, Sept. 11, at Salado (kickoff at 7:30 p.m.).

SHS head coach Sterling Doty indicated after the game that he needed to do a better job, and that he is certain that his squad will bounce back strong this week.

“It was a great effort for our kids. They played hard. I’ve got to do a better job,” said Doty, whose team had opened the season with a strong 58-32 victory over Sweetwater, “Lampasas, no doubt, is a great football team. We hit some controversy. We got knocked down, but there’s no doubt in my mind we will come back better next week.”

SHS senior linebacker Colton Accomazzo said after the game, “We’ve just got to execute better. They’re a great team. We’ve just got to rebound. We will figure out what’s wrong and rebound next week.”

Salado, also 1-1 on the season, lost its game Friday, 21-7 to Grandview. Last year Grandview was 15-1 and reached the championship game in Class 3A Division I. Grandview is ranked No. 2 in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Salado was picked as the third-place team in District 9-4A Division II.

The Badgers’ defense held SHS to 90 yards in total offense, on 40 plays from scrimmage. In their season opener at Sweetwater, the Jackets had 535 yards in total offense, including more than 200 yards rushing from running back Kason Philips.

“Their defense did a phenomenal job,” Doty said of Lampasas. “They really got us out of our rhythm. The success we have when we run the ball was non-existent.”

Starting SHS quarterback Gavin Rountree passed for 52 yards, completing 5 of 16 attempts with one interception. Ryder Lambert also attempted two passes in the game, with no completions.

Philips provided a team-leading 50 yards on 11 carries. Coy Eakin led the SHS receivers with two catches for 47 yards. Trace Morrison had one reception for 9 yards.