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Team: Stephenville Yellow Jackets (7-3A)

Team Colors: Navy/Gold

1st varsity season: 1920

Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Opened in 1977)

Enrollment: 999 -- largest in the district out of 5 schools

Facebook: Go Yellow Jackets!!

2013 Schedule:
vs Monterrey Tech, MX
at Aledo
vs Dillard, FL (at Kincaide)
vs Waco La Vega
vs Amarillo (at Snyder)
at Glen Rose
vs Alvarado
vs Venus (at Midlothian)*
vs Hillsboro

Head Coach: Joe Gillespie (5 years) 51-17 at Stephenville (#2 in coaching wins @ Stephenville); 51-17 Overall Coaching Record

* Coach Gillespie Was LSG's Class 3A Coach Of The Year Last Year

Coaches Comments: Team Strength: “From the offensive side of the ball, it’s the line. Four of five starters are returning. We’ll also have a great player in Jarrett Stidham who will be taking snaps and touching the ball on every play. Defensively, our linebacking corps will be a huge positive for us. We return five of five there with experience. We also have a three-year starter, Jonah Noah, returning at defensive end, and another three-year starter, Mookie Carlile returning in the secondary who will be in the middle of the field leading that secondary.” Team Weakness: “Well, offensively we lost a great class, especially at the skill positions. Defensively, we lost both corners so the secondary has questions.” Tell Us About Your Team:  “I’m excited about the direction we’re heading. We had 30 seniors last season, which for a school our size is fantastic. We’re set to have 30-plus again this year. Coming off a state title, the target on our back is a lot bigger. People are going to want to knock you off. We have a great group of guys coming this year and I’m really excited about that. Those who graduated this year left a path to follow and now it’s up to our guys to follow suit. I think we have a great opportunity to bid for another state championship this year.”

Returning Lettermen: 20

Returning Starters: Offense: 6 Defense: 6

Key Players:
* QB Jarrett Stidham, Newcomer of the Year TOP JR
* TE Brock Morrison 1st Team All-District
* OL Max Jones 1st Team All-District AP 2nd Team All-State TSWA 1st Team All-State Pre-Season All-State
* K Luis Garcia 1st Team All-District
* DL Jonah Noah 1st Team All-District AP Honorable Mention All-State TSWA 2nd Team All-State Pre-Season All-State 109 tackles 12 sacks, 35 TFL
* LB Kobe Beavers 1st Team All-District
* LB Tyler Isham 1st Team All-District
* DB Mookie Carlile 1st Team All-District AP Honorable Mention All-State TOP 50 DB Pre-Season All-State
* OL Matt Diaz 2nd Team All-District
* OL Tyler Ferguson

* Won a state championship last year which was their first year in Class 3A for the first time since 1979
* 24 consecutive winning seasons
* 9 consecutive 8+ win seasons
* 22 of the last 24 seaons 8+ wins

  • Mike Says: The Yellow Jackets were able to win their 5th state championship in 5 tries last year. They graduated a lot of quality players but will bring back 4 Of their 5 offensive linemen and a good group of defensive players. They are one of 3A’s biggest schools and are no longer the hunter but the hunted. They play in a very tough region but their biggest may be Argyle in the semifinals. Look for them to only lose 1 or 2 games in the regular season and then make another run to the championship.
  • Chris Says: Stephenville started off with a loss to Monterrey Tech and it worried some fans around the state.  They followed it up with 13 straight wins an their 5th state championship.  So what do they have to worry about now?  Sure, they lost a lot of players, but exactly half their starters on each side of the ball return and those returners are excellent athletes.  In addition to a solid crop of battle tested players, the Yellow Jackets have one of the strongest traditions and community support in the state.  This Stephenville team will win district.  They will roll into the playoffs and shouldn't have much trouble until they come up against Argyle in the semis.  If they can get by the Eagles, our pick for state champion, then there is no reason why they couldn't be right back in the title game.

Last Years Record:  13-1 (5-0 in District)

2012 Games:
vs Monterrey Tech, MX (L 17-27)
vs Aledo (10-2) (W 41-28)
vs Beaumont Ozen (4-7) (at Kincade Stad) (W 31-6)
at Waco La Vega (7-4) (W 43-22)
vs Amarillo (10-3) (at Snyder) (W 35-14)
vs Glen Rose (10-2)* (W 48-30)
at Alvarado (7-4)* (W 32-20)
vs Venus (7-3)* (W 56-13)
at Hillsboro (1-9)* (W 63-13)

Playoffs: Division I Champions
vs Burnet (5-6) (Waco ISD) (W 56-27) Bi-District
vs Kennedale (9-3) (Mineral Wells) (W 56-24) Regionals
vs Abilene Wylie (12-1) (WF Memorial) (W 59-28) QuarterFinals
vs Kilgore (11-2) (Mansfield's Newsom) (W 42-32) SemiFinals
vs El Campo (14-1) (Cowboys Stadium) (W 70-35) Championship

* 7-7 vs. Aledo since 2002 including a playoff losses in 2009, 2010 & 2011
* 6-4 vs. Everman since 1998
* All time record: 586-362-28 61.48% 976 games
* All-time playoff History: (30)

Championship History: (5) 5-0
1993 4A - Stephenville 26, La Marque 13
1994 4A - Stephenville 32, La Marque 17
1998 4A Division II - Stephenville 34, La Marque 7
1999 4A Division II - Stephenville 28, Port Neches-Groves 18
2012 3A Division I -- Stephenville 70, El Campo 35

Last 5 year record: 51-17

Last 10 year record: 100-10

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If you played Texas high school football, past or present, you are in the Brotherhood!Did you play for the Stephenville Yellow Jackets? You are eligible for The Brotherhood of Texas High School Football. <---click to be honored

Stephenville Yellow Jackets Brotherhood Members

  • Tommy Shelton RB/CB class of 1978
  • Joseph Gillespie LB class of 1990 (Current Head Coach now who also played under Coach Art Briles)
  • Brandon Greenhaw DT class of 1990
  • Randy Thornton class of 1995
  • Adolpho Castillo TE class of 2008
  • find your friends that played for Stephenville and get them signed up!

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