3-4A teams all survive and advance in playoffs

PHIL RIDDLE phil.riddle@empiretribune.com Twitter @ETSports
Stephenville coach Joseph Gillespie voices a difference of opinion with an official during Friday's Yellow Jacket win over Estacado. Gillespie's Yellow Jackets are one of three District 3-4A teams still alive in the postseason.

As if more proof was needed, Friday provided even more evidence of the toughness of Stephenville’s District 3-4A.

All three of the district’s top playoff seeds won their area round games and advance to the regional semifinals Friday. The 3-4A squads combined for 192 points.

Stephenville moves on by virtue of its 69-60 win over Lubbock Estacado, Big Spring got revenge for a non-district loss to the Mustangs in its 48-34 victory over Andrews and Abilene Wylie continues to roll, drilling Levelland 75-21.

At least one of the three will remain next week as all three face regular season rematches. The Yellow Jackets and the Steers square off again with Stephenville looking to avenge a 64-57 loss on Oct. 24, and Abilene. Wylie takes on Graham, hoping to turn the tables on an 18-7 Sept. 12 loss.

Stephenville 69, Lubbock Estacado 60

The surprise return of quarterback Jarrett Stidham from injury and three forced turnovers by the SHS defense proved to be the difference Friday night.

Stidham completed 18 of 25 passes, including six for touchdowns, and ran for more than 100 yards and three scores to eliminated Estacado.

The ‘Jackets, 8-3, have topped the 60-point plateau in both their playoff games. Their 2 p.m. Friday battle with Big Spring marks the second straight year the teams have met in the playoffs’ third round.

Big Spring 48, Andrews 34

The Steers were guided by standout quarterback Tobyn Tannehill, who ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and added a TD and 162 yards passing.

Running back Preston Alexander scored four times in a game that began with 35 points in the first quarter.

Andrews opened the scoring marathon, marching 44 yards in 10 plays. The Steers responded with a two-play drive, capped by the first of Alexander’s touchdowns.

The Mustangs answered in just 20 seconds with a 14-yard run by Torey Kelly, but Alexander hit the end zone again for Big Spring. The Steers got their first stop on the next drive, and Tannehill did the damage himself, scoring from 52 yards away to give BSHS a lead it would not relinquish.

Abilene Wylie 75, Levelland 21

The Bulldogs won their ninth straight Friday night, traveling to Midland for their area-round battle with the Lobos.

Wylie’s defense made its presence known early, Baylen Baker registered a sack and forced a Lobo punt. And it was off to the races for Wylie.

J.T. Cary threw deep to Logan Gilliam for the first touchdown of the game and the ‘Dogs found the end zone when Jared Asbill scored to put Wylie up 14-0.

Wylie’s meeting with Graham is set for next week in Birdville.