Stephenville Yellow Jacket Football (Images of America)
Publish Date: 2011-08-01
Author: Ricky L. Sherrod
In Texas, high school football is king. If pigskin passion is no less intense among college and professional fans, enthusiasm for the schoolboy sport is more democratically spread throughout towns and communities, small and large. Almost any young man can play if hes willing to pay the price, work hard, and bring a bit of local, regional, or statewide glory to his hometown. Stephenville High School is one among an elite group of Texas football schools that has achieved at the highest level. The traditional rivalry games against Dublin and Breckenridge in the 1920s through the 1940s have evolved into heavily attended matchups with seven-time state champion Brownwood and, most recently, three-time state champion Aledo. From Joe Brown and Jim Mobleys powerhouse teams of the 1930s to Mike Murphys 1952 regional qualifying squad, the Yellow Jackets have contended with the best in Texas. With four state championships, Art Briles made the 1990s a Decade of Dominance for Stephenville High School. Yellow Jacket football fever remains alive and well, promising to remain so long into the indefinite future.