Below is a recap of six major highlights of Weatherford Christian School football’s 2018 season.
WCS sets tone with week one rout of Wylie Prep
Slated as 45-point underdogs heading into its week one contest versus Wylie Prep, Weatherford Christian School wasted no time dispelling that narrative with a 66-18 win.
Lions’ running back Manning Marsh galloped for 251 yards and seven touchdowns.
WCS doubled its opponent’s scoring in the first half, 36-18 before holding Wylie Prep off the board through the final two quarters.
The double-digit victory set up what would eventually become a 12-game win streak spanning the entire regular season as well as the team’s first two playoff games.
Lions enter district play on fire
The Lions’ spotless 4-0 run against non-district opponents in 2018 was only the beginning of a campaign which resulted in a state finals appearance.
WCS put up no less than 45 points in any TAPPS 6-Man, DIII, District 2 contest while holding those same six teams to an average of 17 points per game.
The Lions kicked things off with a 74-6 thumping of Dallas Fairhill, before notching wins against Longview Trinity School of Texas (54-26), Irving Faustina (54-38), Greenville Christian (46-0), Tyler East Texas Christian Academy (58-0) and Dallas Tyler Street (45-32).
The stellar run resulted in a first-round bye for WCS.
WCS earns first round playoff bye
Speaking of the Lions’ first round bye week, WCS made the most of its extra preparation time, as the team would go on to rout Longview Trinity School of Texas, 52-6 in the regional round.
Lions come out on top of scoring frenzy versus Irving Faustina
Unlike its first playoff game of 2018, WCS’ state semifinals game versus Irving Faustina did not lack the drama of a close contest.
The two teams combined for 86 first-half points, as the Falcons headed into the break up, 44-42.
The Lions did not waver, going on a 23-6 run in the third quarter to take a 65-50 lead.
While WCS’ defense gave up 66 total points, the unit did well creating havoc when the Lions needed it most, collecting three sacks, an interception and blocked field goal.
Complimented by an efficient showing from quarterback Jackson Floyd (7-of-9 for 191 yards and three passing TDs, 197 yards and two scores on the ground), WCS was able to hold off a 23-point, second-half showing by Irving Faustina and stamp its ticket to the state finals.
WCS makes its way to the big stage
Both teams vying for the TAPPS 6-Man, Division III state title entered the final game of the 2018 season undefeated.
The 12-0 Lions and 13-0 Baytown Christian Bulldogs traded blows early, with teach team putting up 14 points in the first quarter.
The back and forth continued into the second quarter, with the Bulldogs narrowly outscoring their opponent, 16-14.
WCS’ usually potent offense struggled to continue matching Baytown’s scoring strikes in the third quarter, as the former was shut out of the frame (the Bulldogs tacked on 12 points in the quarter).
Baytown used the strong third quarter to start pulling away, with the team eventually winning, 49-34.
Still, after a 2017 campaign which saw the team win only a handful of games, WCS’ march through the 2018 regular season and playoffs proved an equally rapid and significant improvement.
Lions bring home 13 all-district awards
WCS hauled in 13 all-district awards, including seven first-team selections, three second-team selections and three honorable mentions.
Forrest Murphy covers Parker County sports for the Weatherford Democrat. Reach out to him at email@example.com