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Weatherford running back Dez Forrest, center, torched Granbury's defense for nine touchdowns and 58 total points in the Kangaroos' 81-40 week one win.

The Weatherford Kangaroos (1-0) secured the program’s first playoff berth in 11 years in 2018, while capping off a dramatic turnaround from an 0-10 finish the season before.

The team looked like one ready to take the next step in its season opener against the Granbury Pirates Friday at Pirate Stadium, blowing out the latter, 81-40.

Junior running back Dez Forrest scored nine touchdowns (in addition to converting two, 2-point conversions) and 58 total points for the Roos, the fourth most in Texas High School football history and the most since 1941 according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, while Weatherford’s offense dropped its highest point total since the 1935 season (84 years).

Weatherford Head Coach Billy Mathis said Friday’s win represented a great first step for his team this year, while stressing that the Roos still have challenges ahead.

“First game of the season, and we got started off right,” Mathis said.

“We’re very excited for the boys, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do. It’s nice to get a good win going into week two. We’ve got a great opponent next week in North Crowley.”

Mathis also highlighted the work of his running back and offensive line for their respective parts in the team’s high-octane offensive showing.

“Dez did an amazing job, but that O-line is what got him there. They did the dirty work, and he went out and did what God’s natural gift gave him the ability to do. 

“I’m excited for Dez.”

Forrest, who churned out 289 rushing yards on 18 carries and 187 receiving yards on five catches totaled a combined 476 yards and 58 points.

Only Pilot Point’s Jiggs Ray (75 points in 1937), Spur’s Jim Hahn (60 points in 1930) and Columbus’ Billy Gunn (59 points in 1941) have scored more points than Forrest in the state.

Combined with a 14-of-21 finish for 290 passing yards and two scores (as well as two rushing TDs) from senior quarterback Ken Seals, Weatherford’s offense scored early and often, putting up 19 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 14 in the third and 35 in the fourth.

Despite Granbury’s own point total, the Roos’ defense did its part in the dominant win as well, consistently forcing the Pirates into quick throws to the sidelines while doing a good job of gang-tackling Granbury’s ballcarriers, all of which ate away precious clock for a home team in increasingly desperate need of points.

That desperation translated into the team going for it on fourth down seven times, while Weatherford’s defense only allowed two successful conversions on said plays.

Junior free safety Cisco Caston led the Roos in (solo) tackles with seven, while senior defensive end Joseph Bednarz, junior defensive end Riley Wrinkle, senior defensive end Ezekiel Baker and senior defensive tackle Dylan Songer each collected one sack.

Weatherford plays the North Crowley Panthers in a non-district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Panther Stadium.

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