The Weatherford Christian School Lions (4-1, 1-0) enjoyed their bye two weeks ago, giving them an extra week to prepare for their TAPPS 6-Man D-III, District 2 opener versus the Dallas Fairhill Falcons Friday night on the road.
The additional practice time paid off, as WCS barreled its way to a 62-0 shutout of Dallas Fairhill to move to 1-0 in district, a result which has the Lions confident as they continue their march, Head Coach Stephen Cox said.
“It’s good to get that one taken care of and start off 1-0 in district,” Cox said.
“We’re really excited about that.”
The Lions’ performance proved so dominant (the team scored 22 points in the first quarter and 40 in the second quarter) versus the Falcons that many of the former’s starters, including senior quarterback Jackson Floyd, played only a single series.
Sophomore quarterback Logan Perkin did not miss a beat in Floyd’s stead, finishing 5-of-6 for 118 yards and four touchdowns.
Cox praised the play of his young quarterback, saying the sophomore displayed great football intelligence leading the team’s offense versus Dallas Fairhill.
“He made really good decisions, and he seemed really calm,” Cox said.
“He’s our scout team quarterback, and he faces our defense during practice. Going against Fairhill, he was able to get out of the pocket and check his receivers from his deepest to his shortest and make really good decisions. He threw only one incomplete pass, and it was a dropped pass, so we were really happy with the way he played.”
Fellow sophomore Sam Ingram led all Lions’ runners with 97 rushing yards and a TD on only five carries, while junior wideout Bryson Smith enjoyed another prolific performance out wide, racking up 104 yards and a pair of scores on four receptions.
WCS’ play was equally dominant on the defensive side of the ball, with the unit racking up 17 tackles for a loss, a sack, two interceptions as well as two fumble recoveries, a collective performance Cox said was exciting to watch.
“The defense played great,” Cox said.
“They came out and were really aggressive. They were stripping the ball, our safeties played great, they didn’t let anybody get behind them.”
WCS’ defense also benefitted from a position swap between junior middle linebacker Colton Hasenjeager (14 total tackles, including eight for a loss) and junior defensive end Drew Meeks (13 total tackles), Cox said.
“One adjustment we made after Groom was, we moved Colton Hasenjeager to defensive end and Drew Meeks to a linebacker position, and it really worked out well for both of them,” Cox said.
“I think it’s a more natural position for both of them.”
WCS hosts the Longview Trinity School of Texas Titans in a district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.