Category: Stephenville Yellow Jackets

District 5-4A Div. I Week 9 Report: Brownwood strong in return from COVID layoff

Brownwood 47, Alvarado 14 — Playing their first game since Oct. 2 due to COVID issues, the Lions shook off the rust quickly in a blowout win over the Indians.

Royshad Henderson rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns, while Blaize Espinoza passed for 206 yards and a score to help Brownwood (3-4, 1-1) take control of the game early.

Brownwood led 21-0 after a quarter and 40-7 at halftime in dropping Alvarado to 2-7 overall and 0-4 in district play.

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 8 Report: Philips, Rountree lead Stephenville past Alvarado

Stephenville 56, Alvarado 21 — The Yellow Jackets bounced back from last week’s loss to Waco La Vega, using a 21-point first quarter to set the tone for a comfortable victory over the Indians.

Leading 28-14 at halftime and 35-21 after three quarters, the Yellow Jackets (4-4, 2-1) used a 21-0 run through the fourth quarter to put Alvarado (2-6, 0-3) away.

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 7 Report: La Vega holds off Stephenville to stay atop league standings

Waco La Vega 42, Stephenville 24 — Down 14-0 at halftime, the Yellow Jackets rallied to pull within four in the third quarter, but that was as close as they’d get in an 18-point loss to the No. 3 Pirates.

Gavin Rountree’s 19-yard touchdown run made it a 14-10 game with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, but La Vega answered in the final minute of the period to go back up two scores, before outscoring Stephenville 21-14 in the fourth.

In addition to his TD run, Rountree had scoring passes to Coy Eakin (28 yards) and Trace Morrison (75 yards) to lead the Stephenville offense. But the Jackets (3-4, 1-1) couldn’t keep up with the Pirates (5-1, 2-0), who gained 462 of its 594 yards on the ground.

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GAME STORY: Stephenville’s Philips stings Brownwood in 59-34 win

BROWNWOOD — 30 first downs. 663 yards of offense. 350 yards rushing. 313 yards passing — 204 in the first quarter alone.

No matter how you slice it, the Stephenville offense put up video game numbers as the Yellow Jackets opened District 5-4A Division I play with a 59-34 win over rival Brownwood on Friday night at Gordon Wood Stadium.

Then there was also the play of senior running back Kason Philips, who tied a school record with six rushing touchdowns as part of a night in which he accounted for 339 yards of offense — 265 rushing and 74 receiving.

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 6 Report: Stephenville, La Vega, Heritage open with wins

Waco La Vega 62, Waxahachie Life 0 — The Pirates limited the Mustangs to just 35 total yards, including minus-11 rushing, to open league play with a dominating win.

La Vega (4-1, 1-0) piled up 463 yards of offense, 402 of those rushing, in racing out to a 55-0 halftime lead on Life, which fell to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in district play with the loss.

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 5 Report: Rountree, Yellow Jackets get big win over Dumas

Stephenville 46, Dumas 33 — Gavin Rountree passed for 291 yards and four touchdowns and added 81 yards rushing Thursday to help the Yellow Jackets snap a three-game losing streak against the previously unbeaten Demons.

Leading 6-0 after a quarter, SHS (2-3) used a 26-point second quarter to take a 32-12 lead into halftime and held off Dumas (4-1) in the second half.

The Jackets, who open district play next week against Brownwood, also got a big game from standout receiver Trace Morrison, who hauled in four passes for 139 yards and two scores.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Hawley tangles with upstart Dragons (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 36-12, .750
SEASON TOTAL: 152-47, .763

I have not been to Bangs for a Game of the Week since 2013 — the last time the Dragons posted more than six wins in a season and the last winning record they had prior to last year’s 6-5 mark.

That drought ends tomorrow, when I travel to BHS for an interesting showdown between the Dragons (3-0) and Class 2A Division I power Hawley (3-1).

Bangs has the better overall numbers, but Hawley has faced a slightly tougher overall schedule, making this pick a perplexing one.

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FEATURE: Stephenville’s Matthews has worked her way into being one of the area’s top players

From the moment she showed up at Stephenville last year, Jaylee Matthews hasn’t shied away from putting in work.

As a then-sophomore moving from Seminole, Matthews knew the Honeybees’ program was steeped in tradition. Floor time would be earned, not given.   

“I showed up every day and worked hard to prove myself,” Matthews recalled. “I would say I fit in pretty good with the team now, and these girls have become some of my best friends.”  

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 4 Report: Henderson’s big effort fuels Brownwood past Burnet

Royshad Henderson

Brownwood 36, Burnett 22 — The Lions bounced back from a rough offensive performance in last week’s loss to China Spring, rushing for nearly 300 yards in a two-score win over the Bulldogs.

Senior Royshad Henderson did the bulk of the work for Brownwood, exploding for 253 yards and three touchdowns on just 20 carries, while quarterback Chance Jones hit seven of nine throws for 95 yards and a score.

The Lions, who improved to 2-2 with the win, trailed 12-7 at halftime and 22-15 after three quarters before outscoring Burnet 21-0 over the final 12 minutes to pull out the victory.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 4)

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 PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned heads to Cisco for interclass showdown

LAST WEEK: 42-9, .824
SEASON TOTAL: 116-35, .740

Week 4 arrives and I’m finally hitting my stride on pick accuracy.

It’s been an odd year thus far, both in terms of results and overall feel. It’s been tough to gauge.

Nonetheless, we’re hitting the road once again this Friday, with the Big Country Preps Game of the Week landing at Chesley Field in Cisco, where the Loboes (2-1) will play host to a Jim Ned club that is two divisions larger than they are.

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 3 Report: Salado rallies past Stephenville in second half

Salado 61, Stephenville 45 — Leading the Eagles 31-19 at halftime, the Yellow Jackets were outscored 42-14 over the final two quarters in suffering their second consecutive loss.

Stephenville (1-2) scored first out of half to go up by 19 points in the third quarter, but Salado erased that deficit by the end of the third quarter and dominated the final period to pull away.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 3)

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 Sept. 7)

Big Country Preps will publish 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.

Teams that do not submit their statistics in a given week will not be listed when our stats are posted, but will be added to the lists below as they are received in the coming days. 

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 2 Report: Brownwood scores impressive win over Greenwood

Brownwood 35, Midland Greenwood 15 — Royshad Henderson rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, while Jason Jackson caught four passes for 51 yards and a score to lead the Lions to their first win of the season.

Brownwood held a 21-2 advantage by halftime, and the Rangers never got closer than 13 points of the lead the rest of the way.  

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 2)

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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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Pipers return to Hawley in rematch of classic (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 34-15, .694
SEASON TOTAL: 34-15, .694

If this were a horse race, Gramps Ren just stumbled out of the gate.

A .694 pick percentage is one of the worst weeks I’ve had in recent memory — brought on by a disastrous 15-9 tally (.625) in the six-man ranks.

That stinks.

Alas, we have yet to reach the first turn, so it’s way early. If I’m not hitting over .800 down the backstretch, I may resort to consulting with a palm reader.

Here’s a look at this week’s Big Country football games.

I’ll see you on the road.

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