The Weatherford Christian School Lions (2-0) picked up where they left off last week (a 70-30 win over Lakeland Christian) with a 46-0 shutout of the visiting Red Oak Ovilla Eagles Friday night at home.
WCS’ defense led the way, earning a pair of interceptions, courtesy of sophomore safety Preston Forrest and senior Jarrett Foland.
Lions’ Head Coach Stephen Cox said his team’s defensive unit, which entered the 2019 season with almost its entire starting (2018) core intact, did well playing to its potential Friday.
“I think the defense really stepped up, they were a lot more physical this week,” Cox said.
“They really looked like a veteran defense. Last week, defensively we were a little slow coming out, and then we picked it up in the third, fourth quarter, and then this week it picked up right where it left off. They were flying to the ball and making plays. And then you add Preston Forrest, who’s really got a nose for the ball and has had a pick in every game plus Jarrett Foland, who is always right there where he needs to be.”
Cox added that his team’s defensive line also excelled against the Eagles.
“I’m really impressed with our defensive ends,” Cox said.
“Drew Meeks had 19 tackles and a lot of that was because Red Oak was running to his side. You could see them come up to the line and audible away from Devon Hardage, so Drew held his own and had a bunch of tackles.”
On the other side of the ball, WCS junior wideout Bryson Smith showed a great connection with senior quarterback Jackson Floyd, with the former hauling in three receptions for 120 yards and a pair of scores.
Cox said Smith’s polished route running and soft hands have helped him develop into a reliable option for Floyd in the passing game.
“Bryson Smith is a shorter receiver, but he could have a breakout year,” Cox said.
“He’s always had awesome hands, he’s been our kick holder since his freshman year. He’s got great routes, very precise. I expect a lot more of that from him. We’re putting him at that slot receiver position, and he’s really good at finding the open part of the field.”
Floyd finished 6-of-7 for 219 yards and four scores.
WCS hosts the Coolidge Yellowjackets in a non-district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.