WHS football

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The Weatherford Kangaroos experienced their share of triumphs in 2018, earning the team’s first playoff berth since the 2007 season.

Below is a recap of six major highlights of Weatherford football’s 2018 season.

 

Weatherford defeats Granbury to open 2018 season

Weatherford kicked off the 2018 regular season looking to forge a new chapter after the team’s 0-10 finish the year before.

The Roos made the most of their first opportunity, jumping out to a 23-7 halftime lead, a score which would remain through the end of the third quarter.

Granbury, also vying to open the season on a high note, rallied late, putting up 13 unanswered points in the final frame.

The late run by the Pirates set up a heart-pounding finish.

Holding a 23-20 lead with less than two minutes left, the Roos’ defense effectively closed out the game, making a stand near its own goal line to force a Pirates’ field goal attempt.

The kick sailed wide for a turnover on downs, and Weatherford walked away with its first win in more than a year.

 

Roos get back to .500 versus FW Southwest

Following the team’s win over Granbury in the season opener, Weatherford found itself staring at a potential 1-3 mark on the year after tough games against North Crowley (a 35-28 loss) in week two and Birdville (a 56-26 loss) in week three.

In a year where the Roos’ eventual playoff berth came down to the wire, every win carried exceptional weight, even non-district games which still provided a great confidence boost to the team.

That is why Weatherford’s 28-11 win over Fort Worth Southwest in week four proved so vital to its postseason aspirations.

The Roos kept a forward-thinking attitude about their situation following the North Crowley and Birdville games, putting together a great rebound performance against the Raiders.

Weatherford’s defense held Southwest to three points through three quarters while forcing five total punts and a pair of turnovers on downs.

The win pushed the Roos to 2-2 on the season and showed opponents that the team’s week one win was no fluke.

 

Weatherford goes toe to toe with Richland

The Roos ultimately lost this home game, 36-33, however, that does not take away from the exciting show Weatherford put on against Richland for four quarters.

Matching each other shot for shot early, Weatherford took a 14-13 lead after one quarter, pushing its advantage to 23-15 at the half thanks to a trio of rushing TDs and a field goal.

The pendulum swung the other way coming out of the break, with the Rebels outscoring the Roos, 15-7 in the third quarter.

The back and fourth culminated in a 36-33 Richland lead and the ball in the hands of Weatherford’s offense with a minute remaining in regulation.

Moving feverishly from their own eight-yard line to the Rebels’ 25-yard in a matter of roughly 40 seconds, the Roos gave themselves a chance.

While a late interception ultimately cut Weatherford’s final drive short, the team proved a tough out in an exciting game.

 

Roos knock off Bell to secure playoff berth

District 3-6A’s fourth and final playoff spot was a messy affair by the time Weatherford suited up for its district game against Hurst L.D. Bell.

In short, a Roos’ win against the Blue Raiders, coupled with a loss by Richland against Euless Trinity was needed to propel the Kangaroos from sixth to fourth in their district and send the team to the postseason.

Weatherford got both, defeating Bell, 28-15 while Richland got pummeled by Trinity, 48-3.

This combination of events resulted in the Roos earning the program’s first playoff berth since the 2007 season.

 

Weatherford gets in on postseason action

Weatherford faced a 10-0 Arlington Colts team which had gone three rounds deep in playoffs the year before in the bi-district round.

A 21-0 first-quarter run by the Colts seemed to reinforce the impact of that difference in postseason experience between the two teams.

The gap tightened as the game wore on though as Weatherford found its footing, scoring in each of the final three quarters while holding its opponent to seven, 14 and seven points in the second, third and fourth, respectively.

By the end of the game, the lights did not look too bright for Weatherford by any measure.

While the Roos did make an early postseason exit following the game, the team got a valuable first taste of playoff football and everything that comes with it.

 

Dozen Roos take home dozen District 3-6A honors

Weatherford brought home one first-team offensive selection, three first-team defensive selections, four second-team offensive selections and four honorable mentions in District 3-6A for the team’s play in 2018.