Decatur withstands late comeback to top Stephenville, 49-42


Stephenville scored 21 unanswered points to close out Friday's bi-district championship against Decatur, but fell short in a 49-42 shootout. 

After Decatur opened the second half with a two play, 85-yard touchdown drive to take a 28-point, 42-14 lead, Stephenville found their bearings and almost mounted an improbable comeback. 

Following the Eagles' opening touchdown drive in the second half, Stephenville quarterback Easton Jones orchestrated an impressive three-play, 58-yard touchdown drive which was capped off by a 24-yard touchdown grab by running back Krece Nowak. 

The 21-point deficit for Stephenville didn't hold long as Decatur responded with their second straight touchdown drive of the half after finding the end zone on a six-yard option play. 

After the second Decatur score, Stephenville's defense held strong for the remainder of the game allowing the Yellow Jackets to cut into the Eagles' lead at will. 

Of the six Stephenville possessions in the second half, the Yellow Jackets found the end zone on four of them. Of the remaining drives, there was a one-play, 96-yard touchdown pass to receiver Blake Aragon, a one-yard rushing score by Cameron Frazier and another receiving touchdown from Jones to Aragon. 

With 2:25 remaining in the game after forcing a Decatur punt, Stephenville had overtime on their minds. 

The Yellow Jacket offense marched down the field on what resulted in a 10-play drive and an opportunity on the Decatur eight-yard line to extend the game with 36 seconds left. 

Unfortunately, the final play didn't go Stephenville's way as a Decatur player jumped a route in the flats and intercepted a pass to seal the game.

The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense, with Stephenville accumulating 572 yards and Decatur totaling 557 yards. 

Most of the Eagles' offense was produced in the first half as they scored touchdowns on five of their six possessions. In the second half, the fourth quarter especially, Stephenville's defense appeared to finally have Decatur figured out as they held them to only 197 total yards of offense, including only 48 yards in the fourth quarter. 

Stephenville's Easton Jones had a career night throwing for 418 yards on 25-39 passing, including three touchdowns. 

Running back Krece Nowak led the team on the ground with 17 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown. 

Blake Aragon was Jones' favorite target Friday as he hauled in six receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns. 

Cameron Frazier and Connor Schmutz also had solid nights receiving as they finished with 64 yards and 78 yards respectively. 

With the loss, Stephenville finishes their season with a 3-8 record.