SNYDER — In a game that featured 106 points and 1,168 total yards, junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham stood tall as he led Stephenville (4-1) to a 64-42 win over Amarillo (2-3) at Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Stidham paced the Yellow Jackets with 344 yards and four touchdowns passing, along with leading the team on the ground with 132 yards and a score.
Stephenville two-way standout Mookie Carlile had a solid all-around game as well. He recovered a muffed Amarillo punt, picked off a pass as Amarillo was driving for a fourth quarter score and hauled in two passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Amarillo’s offense was plenty good as it rolled up 551 yards. The Sandies were led by senior running back Deon Lynch, who ran for 140 yards and four touchdowns.
“A win is a win whether it’s 3-0 or a high scoring game like today,” Stephenville coach Joe Gillespie said. “It wasn’t always real pretty, but I’m proud of our kids because they kept battling today. We are a team, and any time one side of the ball struggles a little bit, the other side has to have their back and today we did.”
In what was otherwise an evenly played game, Stephenville capitalized on key special teams miscues by Amarillo, which proved to be the difference.
After the game’s first series, Stephenville’s Kobe Beavers broke through and blocked an Amarillo punt. The loose ball was scooped up by Tyler Isham, who scampered 26 yards for the game’s first score and a 6-0 lead.
Late in the second quarter with Stephenville clinging to a 24-21 lead, Amarillo muffed a kickoff and Logan Levisay pounced on the loose ball. One play later, Stidham hooked up with Carlile for a 33-yard touchdown pass to give Stephenville some breathing room at 31-21.
Next week, Stephenville will have its first of two bye weeks before opening District 7-3A play.
Early in the second half, leading 38-28, Stephenville recovered an Amarillo muffed pun,t which led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Stidham and a 45-28 lead.
Amarillo would never get the game closer than 10 points for the remainder of the afternoon.
Stephenville will have the first of two bye weeks this season next week before opening District 7-3A play in two weeks.
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