— By GREG WEBB
Weatherford fans who remained steadfast at Kangaroo Stadium into the final quarter on Friday, as the Roos finished up their 2013 season against Arlington Sam Houston, were treated to a action-filled fourth period.
Down 28-6 at the end of the third and feeling the sting of a long TD run by a Texan back to start the fourth, the ensuing activity was certainly not predicted. The subsequent scoring rush by the Roos fell short, as WHS lost the contest, 42-34, but the Weatherford boys compressed a season of “never-give-up” into one quarter.
The spark was sophomore running back Jeuqwan Brownlee’s 105-yard kickoff return to answer the Texans score to start the final period. Sam Houston scored on their next possession, but the excitement never abated as the Roo offense heated up and kept the pressure on the Texans.
Weatherford’s next two possessions netted scores — a 7-yard scoring toss from QB Bryce Burks to Logan Guest and another Burks pass to Chris Whitling.
Still down two possessions, needing the ball and another score, Weatherford got both when junior linebacker Draven Pointer scooped up a Houston fumble and sprinted to the end zone.
The score, with a Burks pass to Whitling for the 2-point conversion, drew the Roos within eight, but that would be the final margin.
“We obviously had opportunities during this game,” said Weatherford head coach Weldon Nelms. “There were some drives that we didn’t finish and there were tackles we missed that helped [Houston] get way ahead of us.
“For our guys to react the way they did after getting behind like that is typical of the way they have fought all year. We had a chance to win this game all the way to the final play.”
Weatherford ends its season with a 1-9 record (1-6 in District 3-5A). Though it was a tough season, below the expectations of Nelms and his staff, the head coach is determined to use the good and the bad as learning tools for the squads ahead.
“Yeah it was a tough season, but there were many positives that came out of it,” Nelms said. “We’ll continue to get the mindset of our program in place and continue to get better.”