Stephenville lines up Alaskan team to open 2014 football season

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Stephenville football is used to competing against teams from out of state and even out of the country to fill its nondistrict schedule.

Next season, the Yellow Jackets will host a team from Alaska — something no Texas team has ever done before — as South Anchorage will fly to the Lone Star State for a Labor Day weekend matchup against Stephenville on Aug. 29 at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium.

Last year, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard and Prepa Tech (Monterrey, Mexico) squared off against Stephenville with the Yellow Jackets prevailing in both games.

Although no official contracts have been signed yet, the game, which will be put on by Hercules Sports Management, has been agreed upon by both head coaches, and they expect to sign the contract within the next few weeks, said Mike Carroll, Stephenville’s assistant athletic director.

Coming off a Class 3A regional final appearance in 2013, the Yellow Jackets will open their 2014 season against South Anchorage. It will be the third game of the season for the Wolverines (5-4 in 2013). Both schools won a state title in 2012; Stephenville’s came in 3A Division I and South Anchorage’s in the Large School division. South Anchorage has an enrollment of about 1,600 students.

“We are the first Alaska high school team to play in Texas,” South Anchorage coach John Lewis said. “I’m excited for my team to have this opportunity.”

To afford the 4,000-mile trip, South Anchorage players will rely on fundraising, and their parents will buy the plane tickets.

Lewis said it would cost each player about $600 to $800 to make the trip.

“In my mind, Texas is the best state for football that there is,” Lewis said. “This will be a great test for our football team.”

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