Tarleton State University isn’t exactly known as a football powerhouse, but the excitement it garners from the Stephenville community cannot be ignored as a record number of fans came out for its home game against West Texas A & M this season.
According to a recent report from the Stephenville Empire – Tribune, 8,140 flooded into Memorial Stadium on Oct. 12 to see Tarleton State defeat West Texas A & M for the first time in nine years.
“It was like a mass exodus,” E-T reporter Jessie Horton, who arrived at the game after covering another event in Stephenville, told the news source. “They sure missed a heck of a second half.”
Both teams were unbeaten leading into the game with the new attendance record, as confirmed by the Tarleton Director of Athletic Communications Dameon Myres, who added that the last time a comparable attendance record was seen was in 2011 when 7,500 showed up to see Tarleton State play West Texas A & M.
It didn’t look pretty for Tarleton State as they trailed their opponent 27 – 3 at halftime, but anyone who knows football understands that the team that plays all 60 minutes is the team that usually walks away the victors.
“I was tired, and it wasn’t going well in the first half,” Stephenville High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Joe Gillespie told the news source. “Then I got to visiting with someone before I left, and when Tarleton scored in the third quarter, I thought, if they can score again, this will get interesting. And it sure did.”
The amazing, electric atmosphere seen on Saturday nights in Stephenville, and Friday nights too for that matter as we all know what high school football means to Texans, is just one reason why this bustling Dallas suburb is one of the most popular to live and visit. If you’d like to learn more about Stephenville homes for sale, contact us today.