— By GREG WEBB
By game time on Friday at Kangaroo Stadium, general admission tickets were sold out for home-side seating, prompting some Weatherford fans to be diverted to the visitor’s side as the Roos hosted North Crowley on Homecoming Night in a District 3-5A matchup.
At stake in the contest was an inaugural win in district play for one of the combatant teams. After a first half of plenty of offense, yet no points to show for its efforts, Weatherford broke the ice in the final period with two scores, paired with a tenacious defense serving up several series of three-and-outs, to beat the Panthers, 14-6.
“Our kids came ready to play this week,” said Weatherford head coach Weldon Nelms. “They really rallied together for a cause.
“I could tell on the bus ride over here they were focused, and quite frankly, they were just really tired of the way things have been going.”
Nelms was realistic about the game not being a perfect outing, but also was quick to point out the absolute effort displayed by the Roos.
“We certainly missed some opportunities,” he said, “but I am so proud of these kids — they played their butts off, tonight.
“It truly was a total team effort and everyone of them deserves kudos.”
Down 6-0 at the half, the Roos small deficit looked to be in jeopardy after North Crowley took the second half kickoff to the Weatherford 11-yard line. But the WHS defense stuffed Panther QB Keith Thomas on two successive runs and successfully defended two pass attempts to regain possession on downs.
The opening stop set the tone for the Roo defense, who forced five North Crowley three-and-outs in seven second-half possessions.
The Weatherford offense dug itself out of the bad field position on the ensuing possession, but failed to score in the third quarter.