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Jackets stun No. 3 Dumas, 46-33

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Stephenville's Gavin Rountree (8) breaks away from Dumas' Roberto Rulz (31) during the 46-33 non-district football victory over Dumas Thursday at Pirate Stadium in Lubbock. Rountree had a huge night, passing for four touchdowns and running for two others.

Quarterback Gavin Rountree threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores as the Stephenville Yellow Jackets upended the state’s third-ranked Class 4A Division I football team Thursday night, posting a 46-33 triumph over previously unbeaten Dumas.

Coach Sterling Doty’s Yellow Jackets had fewer problems with the penalties that had plagued them during their three-game losing streak, and the defense recorded six quarterback sacks.

It marked the final non-district game for the Jackets, now 2-3 on the season. Because of a vote by all five schools in Stephenville’s District 5-4A Division I alignment, the first district football contest will be next week when the Yellow Jackets take on rival Brownwood at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 in Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood.

The Demons slipped to 4-1 with Friday’s loss. They entered the game ranked No. 3 in the state in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Class 4A Division I poll, behind only No. 1 Argyle and No. 2 Lampasas.

Rountree, a senior in his first season as the starting quarterback for the SHS varsity, threw for TDs from 24, 47, 21 and 96 yards out.

His 96-yard scoring strike was the second TD catch of the night for senior receiver Trace Morrison, who earlier grabbed a 21-yard scoring pass.

SHS senior running back Kason Philips, Stephenville’s leading rusher, scored one TD on a 47-yard pass from Rountree.

Rountree’s other TD pass went to Coy Eakin, from 24 yards out, which was the first score of the night as the Jackets took a 6-0 lead over the Demons in the opening quarter.

Junior Corbin Poston kicked two field goals for Stephenville to round out the scoring.

With their 6-0 lead, senior defensive back Brayden Garcia intercepted a Dumas pass that led to Stephenville’s second score as Poston kicked a 37-yard field goal. That gave the Jackets a 9-0 lead with about one minute left in the first quarter.

The Demons cut the deficit to 9-3 with a 41-yard field goal on their first series of the second quarter.

But Stephenville went on to tally 26 points in the second period to take a 32-12 halftime lead.

Rountree sprinted 48 yards for a TD with just over 10 minutes to go in the second quarter to make it a 15-3 SHS advantage. Poston’s extra point kick attempt was blocked, and a Dumas player returned it all the way to the other end zone, which counts for two points. Stephenville’s lead was then 15-5.

After the Jackets upped their advantage to 18-5 on a 33-yard field goal by Poston, the Demons struck back with a 61-yard TD pass. That pulled Dumas within 18-12 at the 6:11 mark in the second quarter.

The Jackets didn’t need much time to respond, this time on the 47-yard scoring reception by Philips, as the Jackets pulled away by a 25-12 margin with just under five minutes remaining in the half.

Morrison pinned the Demons deep in their own territory with a 57-yard punt that was downed at the Dumas 4-yard line.

The SHS defense forced a punt, giving the Jackets great field position. Morrison scored on his 21-yard TD pass from Rountree to cap that possession, giving the Jackets a 32-12 lead with just under 30 seconds to play in the half.

Dumas quarterback Spencer Williams scored on a 14-yard TD run, as Stephenville’s lead was reduced to 32-19 midway through the third quarter.

But Rountree and Morrison weren’t through terrorizing the Demons, connecting on the 96-yard TD strike. Morrison caught the pass near mid-field and sprinted the rest of the way as SHS increased its lead to 20 points, 39-19, with just under one minute left in the third quarter.

The final SHS score was a 12-yard TD run by Rountree on the Jackets’ first possession of the fourth quarter. Poston’s extra point kick made it a 46-19 Stephenville lead.

Dumas scored on a 1-yard TD run by Williams in the final minute of the game, making the 46-33 final score appear a little closer.

Other statistics were not available at press time Friday, but will be in Wednesday’s edition of the E-T.

The non-district game was played at Lubbock Cooper’s Pirate Stadium as a neutral site because of the driving time of well over six hours between Stephenville and and the northern Panhandle town of Dumas.

OCT. 2 BROWNWOOD GAME

Oct. 2 was originally scheduled as an open date. But school officials from the schools in the district voted to move those games originally set for the first week of November to the first week of October. That move was done in order to free up Nov. 2 as possible remake date for any district game that might potentially be postponed by COVID-19 problems.

Brownwood’s Lions were 2-2 entering their game Friday night versus Class 5A Abilene Wylie.

Stephenville's Coy Eakin (2) catches the ball just past Dumas defender Emmanuel Ibanez (16) for a 24-yard touchdown reception thrown by Gavin Rountree, Thursday at Pirate Stadium in Lubbock.