Richland’s only turnover of the night came via a fumble, giving WHS good field position, but the prosperity was short-lived, with Richland picking off the first of three interceptions.
The Rebels’ offense scored on its next three possessions, and led 26-0 going into the half.
The fourth quarter proved more fruitful for the Weatherford offense. Starting at its own 16-yard line, Werts went to the air, finding Roo receivers on three consecutive pass plays, netting nearly 45 yards.
On a third-and-seven later in the drive, Werts again found his target, hitting Chris Whitling for 28 yards to set up a first-and-goal. When it appeared the penetration would stall from 15 yards out, Fred Brownlee located a crease in the Richland defense and put Weatherford on the board.
The Roos scored again with the game clock expired, when Werts found Logan Guest on a crossing pattern. Guest outran the Rebels defenders to the end zone.
Though expressing disappointment for the outcome, Nelms was resolute about the work needed before Weatherford take the field again on Friday, when the Roos will host Cleburne in the home opener.
“We have a few kids that were dinged up, and that didn’t help, but there are no excuses. We have to get back to work and get better,” Nelms said. “There are a lot of people who were excited about this game, and I was, too. I really felt like we could get in this game and compete well, but we just didn’t get it done.
“There’s no quit in us, so we’ll get back to work on Monday.”
Richland 46, Weatherford 14
WHS 0 0 0 14 — 14
RHS 6 20 13 7 — 46
RHS - CJ Hicks 16 pass from Brandon Maine (kick failed) .
RHS - Maine 2-yard run (kick failed)
RHS - Deandre Clark 16 run (Jacob Kovach kick)
RHS - Adrien Itoka 30 pass from Maine (Kovach kick)