STEPHENVILLE — Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham racked up more than 300 yards and had a hand in five touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets in a 56-23 nondistrict rout of Waco La Vega on Friday night at Tarleton State’s Memorial Stadium.
Although the Yellow Jackets (3-1) had no problem winning the game, it wasn’t as easy in the first half as the final score might indicate.
Stidham connected with Brock Morrison on a 19-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter to put the Yellow Jackets on the board first.
Stidham added a 1-yard touchdown run one minute later, his first of two rushing scores on the night, to put the Yellow Jackets up 14-0. Stidham finished as the leading rusher for the Yellow Jackets with 108 yards.
La Vega (1-3) quickly answered on Detrayten Wagoner’s 63-yard run to give the Pirates’ their first score. Wagoner ended the night with 82 yards on nine carries.
A Stephenville safety late in the first quarter cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 14-10, but that’s as close at the Pirates could get.
In the second quarter, Stidham added two touchdowns, finding Morrison again on a 12-yard pass and punching one in himself from 5 yards out. Morrison was the Yellow Jackets’ leading receiver, hauling in five catches for 77 yards and two scores.
The Yellow Jackets’ 29 second-quarter points put the game out of reach for the Pirates, and Stephenville led 43-16 at halftime.
Luis Garcia was impressive on special teams for the Yellow Jackets, converting two long-range field goals from 34 and 47 yards.
Pirates running back Ayorinde Gibson gave Stephenville trouble all night, rushing for 138 yards and two scores on 19 carries.
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