Category: Stephenville Yellow Jackets

District 5-4A Div. I Week 8 Report: No. 2 Stephenville cruises past Alvarado to stay unbeaten

Stephenville 56, Alvarado 0 — The second-ranked Yellow Jackets had no trouble with the Indians, piling up 542 yards of offense and taking advantage of three Alvarado turnovers in a shutout victory.

Stephenville (2-0 in district) led 35-0 by halftime and cruised from there to its seventh straight win to open the season. Alvarado, meanwhile, dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Ryder Lambert passed for 277 yards and four touchdowns in the victory, while Tate Maruska rushed for 143 yards and two TDs on just seven carries and Coy Eakin had 135 yards and three scores receiving on four catches. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Roscoe travels to Ralls for crucial district game (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 40-7, .851
SEASON TOTAL: 287-63, .820

Week 8? Are you kidding?

I ask the same question, or some variant of it virtually every year. We just finished with two-a-days. How can we possibly be this deep in the season so quickly?

Yet hear we are. A cold weather snap approaching. Thanksgiving right around the corner —as are the playoffs.

This week’s Game of the Week will see me traveling north to Ralls where the surprising Roscoe Plowboys, off to their best start in years, will be in a showdown for the district lead.

The column hit at 85 percent accuracy last week and is now up to 82 percent on the year. So we’ll see if we can keep the momentum going through the home stretch.

Let’s have a look at this week’s picks: 

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 8)

Each week here at Big Country Preps, we’ll post our picks for all of that week’s 11-man games, in addition to the results of Evan Ren’s Twitter polls for each matchup.

For those interested in voting, polls go up on Monday night each week and close Thursday morning.

Disagree with our picks or the Twitter consensus? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Oct. 12)

Big Country Preps is publishing area volleyball statistical leaders each Tuesday at 7 p.m.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

We will continually update the database throughout the regular season.

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 7 Report: Lambert leads No. 2 Stephenville to blowout win at La Vega

Stephenville 35, Waco La Vega 7 — The No. 2 Yellow Jackets dominated the sixth-ranked Pirates from start to finish, building a 28-0 halftime lead and cruising from there to a huge district-opening victory.

Stephenville (6-0, 1-0), which limited La Vega (3-3, 0-1) to one third-quarter touchdown, got another big night offensively from quarterback Ryder Lambert, who finished with 294 total yards and had a hand in four touchdowns (three passes and a run).

Coy Eakin, the area’s leading receiver, was the on the receiving end of Lambert’s first TD pass and added a rushing score to put the Jackets up 14-0 in the first quarter. Kyle Ward’s first of two TD receptions was followed by a seven-yard touchdown run by Lambert in the second quarter to give SHS .

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF WEEK: Unbeaten Early, Jim Ned clash in huge district opener (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 39-4, .906
SEASON TOTAL: 247-56, .815

Gramps Ren is back in the groove, hitting over 90 percent of his picks a week ago, to push this column’s season percentage to .815 as we head into district play across the area.

Whether or not I can keep the momentum remains to be seen, entering what might be the toughest week of area picks I’ve seen this year, with multiple games that I would rate as near-tossups.

This week’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week will see us heading to Tuscola where Jim Ned will begin its District 3-3A DI title defense against a red-hot, unbeaten team from Early.

Let’s have a look at this week’s picks …

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Oct. 5)

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Steers plays host to Littlefield, Gramps Ren rebounds (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 45-6, .882
SEASON TOTAL: 208-52, .800

After a disastrous night of picking football games on Sept. 19 that saw his season percentage dip below .800, Gramps Ren has rebounded. Thank you, thank you. 

Last Friday saw this column hit with more than 88 percent accuracy on games throughout the Big Country, pulling its season percentage to an even .800 as we hit the season’s midpoint. 

This week I’ll be heading west — way West — to the very edge of our coverage area to get a first-hand look at the Big Spring Steers in their matchup with Littlefield in our Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

Let’s dive in to this week’s picks, shall we? 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Snyder’s Benitez takes the top spot

Defensive specialists seldom get the attention they deserve in volleyball. Not unlike offensive linemen in football, who do the dirty work behind the scenes that enables the glamour positions to shine. 

That isn’t the case at Big Country Preps, where we take pride in giving credit to those willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. 

Snyder libero Abby Benitez, perhaps the best defender in the entire Big Country, fits that mold and has captured our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the week ending Sept. 25. 

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 5 Report: No. 5 Stephenville dominant again in win over Waco Connally

Stephenville 44, Waco Connally 12 — Ryder Lambert passed for 206 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 148 yards and another score to help the No. 5 Yellow Jackets remain unbeaten with a blowout win over the Cadets.

Stephenville led 31-0 by halftime and cruised from there to take a 5-0 record into its bye week next week.

Coy Eakin had touchdown catches of 36 and 32 yards to improve his Big Country-best receiving TDs total to 12, while Corbin Poston hit three field goals in the victory.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned, Snyder clash in battle of unbeatens (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 36-16, .692
OVERALL: 163-46, .779

After four straight weeks of picking 80 percent or better, the USS Ren ran aground last Friday, bottoming out with a season-low .692 percentage and dropping my season tally to .779.

I generally like to be above 80 percent by midseason, so last Friday served as a wakeup call. Actually, it was more of a gut punch. But I’ll get over it.

This week’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week will see me traveling to Snyder, where the unbeaten Class 4A Tigers will play host to 3A DI state champion Jim Ned in what should be an absolutely electric atmosphere. 

You all set? Let’s dive in to this week’s picks. 

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Sept. 21)

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FEATURE: Lambert rapidly becoming one of the area’s top quarterbacks

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Stephenville’s successful quarterback lineage is one of the Big County’s most impressive athletic accomplishments.

Junior Ryder Lambert knows that tradition well. He can’t pick just one quarterback when asked who he enjoyed watching lead the Yellowjackets’ offense while growing up.

But he doesn’t have to look very hard for motivation, either.  

“I can say that I am lucky to be coached every day by one of the best with coach (Kelan) Luker,” Lambert said of his quarterback coach who led Stephenville to a championship in 1998. “I hope to represent Stephenville as well as he did and hopefully bring home a state title.”

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stephenville QB takes the top spot

When you combine our two key factors in selecting our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week — quality of numbers and level of difficulty — nobody outperformed Stephenville quarterback Ryder Lambert last week in SHS’ 37-7 rout of Class 5A Abilene Wylie. 

Lambert connected on 22 of 28 throws for 458 yards and five scores to help push the Yellow Jackets to 4-0. 

Just four weeks in and the ‘Jackets are looking like they could win Texas’ most difficult 4A district (5-4A DI), despite having road dates with Waco La Vega and Midlothian Heritage. 

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 4 Report: Anderson’s big game fuels Brownwood to win over Burnet

Brownwood 31, Burnet 26 — The Lions evened their record at 2-2, using a 21-point third quarter to build a 31-17 lead they’d protect the rest of the way.

The game was scoreless after a quarter and tied 10-all at halftime, but Brownwood finally pulled away after the break.

The Lions rushed for 285 of their 338 total yards in the win, getting 261 yards and two touchdowns from running back Konlyn Anderson. Jordan Leach added an 83-yard touchdown return for BHS, which allowed 371 yards but forced the only two turnovers of the game. 

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GAME STORY: Stephenville aerial attack too much for Wylie in homecoming rout

STEPHENVILLE — The Big Country’s most explosive passing attack was on full display Friday at Tarleton Memorial Stadium, where the Stephenville Yellow Jackets racked up 466 yards through the air on their way to a 37-7 homecoming win over Wylie.

Quarterback Ryder Lambert, the area’s leading passer, completed 22 of 28 passes for all of those yards and five touchdowns, while Coy Eakin, the area’s top pass-catcher, was on the receiving end of 12 of those passes for 285 yards and three TDs.

With those two leading the way, the Jackets used a touchdown late in the second quarter to take a 17-7 lead into halftime, before pulling away in the second half for their fourth straight win to open the season.

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Sept. 14)

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 3 Report: Lambert fuels Stephenville past Salado, to 3-0 start

Stephenville 48, Salado 21 — The eighth-ranked Yellow Jackets outscored the Eagles 24-7 in the second quarter to turn a tie game after one period into a 31-14 lead by halftime.

Quarterback Ryder Lambert led the way, throwing five touchdown passes to help Stephenville (3-0) build a 48-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Kicker Corbin Poston also had a nice game, hitting field goals of 23 and 46 yards while going 6 of 6 on extra-point attempts.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Brady cancels, Ren goes scrambling (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 42-9, .823
SEASON TOTAL: 85-21, .801

I was very much looking forward to our Big Country Preps Game of the Week – Coleman (2-0) at Brady (2-0). Unfortunately, COVID intervened by midweek, forcing a cancellation of the contest.

On a positive note, there are several other quality games throughout the area for us to focus on, and (taking a bow) the column is already hitting over 80 percent on picks and we’re only in Week 3.

Numbers of that sort are generally reserved for Weeks 7-10, so I’m feeling pressure to keep the early momentum going.

In the absence of our Game of the Week, I’ll be heading to Cross Plains on Friday, where Haskell will be paying a visit to the Buffaloes (COVID allowing, of course).

Let’s dive in to this week’s picks:

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Big Spring QB Baeza takes top spot

Much of the Big Country remains unaware of him. But Big Spring senior Gabriel Baeza has begun to post numbers that demand attention, and he’s starting to get it. 

His latest effort: 374 yards passing for three touchdowns in a 49-10 win over Lubbock High School to push Big Spring to a 2-0 start.

This week’s Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week also rushed 12 times for 56 yards and three additional scores, giving him a direct hand in six TDs. 

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 2 Report: Stephenville rides big second quarter to win over Everman

Stephenville 38, Everman 14 — The Yellow Jackets took it to the Bulldogs, using a 28-7 second-quarter advantage to pull away for their second blowout win in as many weeks.

Stephenville (2-0), which outgained Everman 492-254, scored the game’s first 28 points and led 35-7 at halftime before cruising in the second half.

Quarterback Ryder Lambert had a touchdown pass and run to lead the Yellow Jackets, who also got a pair of scoring runs from Julian Irabarren.

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