Late in the third quarter on Friday at Kangaroo Stadium, Weatherford freshman running back Jeuqwan Brownlee broke loose for a 49-yard jaunt through the Burleson defense, providing the rushing highlight of the final scoring drive of the night. But Roo quarterback Grant Werts had already served up a number of running highlights in the non-district contest against the Elks — chunk by chunk.
Averaging more than five yards per carry, Werts was the staple of multiple Weatherford offensive marches down the field, while the Roo defense provided a few memorable moments of its own in the 21-7 win.
Werts and Jeuqwan Brownlee generated another big play to usher out the third period, connecting on a screen pass for 42 yards. Werts’ 1-yard TD plunge four plays later capped the 93-yard trek.
The Roo offense, while showcasing some big plays in the contest, displayed resilient drives during the night, overcoming potential drive-stopping penalties in the process.
In just his third varsity game, Werts directed the offense with few miscues and picked his way through gaps in the Burleson defense much of he night, piling up 135 rushing yards to top all runners. The junior scored twice off the run and hit slot back Fred Brownlee with a 14-yard pass for the other TD.
Defensively, Weatherford got off to a rough start, but got better as the game progressed, bending — but not breaking.
“Our defense didn’t look that good on [Burleson’s] first drive,” said head coach Reid Waller. “Of course, we have quite a few people hurt and had to change up our defense a little to account for those kids that are out.
“Over the course of the next couple of weeks we’re hoping we can get some of those guys healed up.”
The defense likely dealt the back-breaker for the Elks right after the half. After a three-and-out by the Roo offense and decent field position for Burleson, a 12-play penalty-laden drive was quashed when the defense broke through to throw Burleson’s Ayinde Alaajiy for a 3-yard loss on fourth and goal at the 4-yard line.