Linebacker leads Stephenville defense in big win
For years, Waco La Vega’s rushed offense has been one of the best in 4A. Reese Young of Stephenville was instrumental in stopping that in the Yellowjackets’ 35-7 win over La Vega.
The senior center linebacker made 25 tackles, including 15 solo. His physique helped thwart the offense of La Vega, who ran just 94 yards on 44 rushes.
“He played so well in our program the other night, being patient, letting his D line work, then exploding on the stage and getting their bad temper,” said head coach Sterling Doty. “You can see his physical strength with every tackle.”
After the 28-point victory over a ranked La Vega team, Stephenville is ranked 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the district. In six games, the Yellowjackets have allowed just 74 points.
As they seek to win the State 4A Division I title, Young’s leadership will be key.
“Everyone respects and follows him because of his work ethic on and off the pitch,” Doty said. “He inspires his teammates through his work in training, in the weight room and in the school building.
The best of the rest
Xavier Wishert, Jim Ned running back / linebacker
Wishert’s dominance in the Indian backfield continued in the Jim Ned District opener. The senior fullback has run nearly 200 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries, averaging 13 yards per carry. Wishert also had seven tackles and one sack in defense.
His contribution on the pitch was crucial to the Indians’ crushing 48-7 victory over Early, a team that entered Week 7 undefeated. Jim Ned improved to 6-0.
In six games, Wishert totaled 1,152 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Snyder’s outside hitter Aaliyah Braziel
In sophomore, Braziel had an impact on Snyder’s wins over San Angelo Lake View and Sweetwater.
She was a top offensive player, combining 26 kills and two serving aces in wins. Braziel also excelled defensively, scoring 31 digs and three blocks.
Snyder is 16-14 overall and 5-0 in the District game.
Patricia Murguia, Aspermont runner
Murguia was the top 1A rider at the Ballinger Invitational on Wednesday, posting a time of 13: 34.12. This time, Murguia finished 15th overall out of 108 runners.
It was a new season record for Murguia, who excelled on what head coach Cade Brown called a “very difficult” course.
Cisco Quarterback Hunter Long
In Cisco’s 54-6 win over Winters, quarterback Hunter Long was the Loboes’ best offensive player. He ran 12 times for 125 yards and four touchdowns, and in the passing game Long had 106 yards and two touchdowns on 4 of 9 passes.
With over 1,400 total yards, Long is both Cisco’s premier rusher and passer. Heading into Week 8, the Lobos are 5-1, losing only to Jim Ned.
Morgan Chapman, Snyder tennis
Chapman has built on his legacy over the season, and his last performance against San Angelo Lake View was another impressive performance.
She swept away the doubles and singles games against the Chiefs. In singles she won 6-1, 6-1 and in doubles she won 6-3, 6-1.
Cedar Cauble, Baird running back / middle linebacker
Cauble couldn’t be stopped in Baird’s rout of Santa Anna. The senior ran for 412 yards and seven touchdowns on 20 touches. He also returned a 78-yard kick for a touchdown.
That eight touchdown performance was a big part of Baird’s 72-24 victory over Santa Anna, who came into the week undefeated. Baird outscored his opponents 248-69 on his 5-0 start.
Jerry Lawson, running back / defensive end for Breckenridge
On both sides of the ball, Lawson made an impact in Breckenridge’s Week 7 win over Clyde.
The junior registered two solo tackles, four assists, a tackle for a loss and forced a fumble on the defensive end. And in the backfield, Lawson ran for 130 yards and four touchdowns while catching two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Isabella Durbin, Hawley’s outside hitter
Volleyball Hawley had a few straight set wins last week and Durbin stood out in those games. She’s had 16 kills, two serving aces and 10 digs in those games.
The Bearcats have won three straight games.
Addie Holland, Sidney runner
In freshman Holland has been impressive for Sidney this year. Since the start of the season, Holland has saved almost two minutes on his time.
Holland set a personal best of 16:33 at the Hamilton Mona Gloff Invitational for a 29th place finish.
Carson Field is the area sports reporter for Abilene Reporter-News. It mainly covers Big Country High School sports. If you enjoy local news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to reporternews.com.