By Stafford MSD Communications
Longtime Defensive Coordinator Ken Savanah earned his first career victory as a head coach Friday with Stafford’s 7-5 win over Bellville.
It was the third time the Spartans held a team without a touchdown since the beginning of last season and the eighth time since the beginning of last season that the Spartans held an opponent to one touchdown or less.
The Spartans held Bellville to five points just a week after the Brahmas scored 34 in a 1-point overtime loss at Bay City. It was also the second consecutive year that Stafford kept Bellville out of the end zone.
Stafford quarterback Walter White extended his scoring streak to 16 games with a 26-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Caleb Howard in the first quarter against Bellville. White scored his first career touchdown in the Spartans’ 2015 playoff opener, a 69-26 win over Houston Sterling. He’s scored a touchdown in 17 of the past 18 games and has 47 in his career (34 passing and 13 rushing).
Stafford (1-1) will host its third consecutive home game, welcoming Navasota (1-2) to town in its non-district finale. After hosting a pair of run-oriented teams, the Spartans will see how their secondary fares against the pass-first Rattlers.
Navasota, which won state championships in 2012 and 2014, had a rebuilding season last year. The Rattlers still managed to reach the playoffs with a 2-9 record. Stafford defeated Navasota 51-6 last season at Rattler Stadium on Sept. 16. All of Navasota’s other defeats last season came by three touchdowns or less.
The Rattlers lost their playoff opener to Kilgore, 29-13, and Stafford defeated Kilgore, 27-21, in the second round. The two teams had another common opponent in Bridge City, which defeated Navasota, 49-31. Stafford defeated Bridge City, 37-28, in the third round of the playoffs.