“And not to take anything away from Cleburne, they have some great athletes and made some good plays in spite of our efforts.”
Spanning from the beginning of the second quarter through the third period, Cleburne scored on five of its next six possessions, with big plays turning into the order of its offense. The keynote address was a 68-yard scoring run from the Jackets’ running back Darrion McCullough.
Adding to Weatherford’s momentum change was the loss of full-time services from starting quarterback Werts.
“Grant turned his ankle and was almost immobile, which is a killer because you have to be able to move back there,” Nelms said. “Luckily, it is a low-ankle sprain, so we’ll begin the rehab on him right away and hope to get him back into shape quickly.”
Werts shared time with sophomore quarterback Bryce Burks, who was thrown into the mix in Weatherford’s second drive, when Werts was shaken up temporarily from a sideline hit. Noticeably hobbling for the balance of the night after turning the ankle, Werts took snaps in nearly every series in the second half.
Burks was able to get his first taste of scoring before the game was over, as he found wideout Fred Brownlee for a 26-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left in the contest.
Combined, the Roo quarterbacks were 22 for 31 in completions (70.9 percent) for 225 yards — and without a pick.
The Weatherford run game is yet below levels to compliment the passing game, as the Roos mustered just 69 yards on the ground. Some of the low number can be attributed to the second half deficit, which took hold toward the middle of the third quarter.
Though disappointed that the fortunes of the match turned so dramatically in the second half, Nelms saw positive results from an offense that struggled so much just a week before.