By Chuck Reherman, Sports Editor – Southwest Covenant took the “quick route” to winning their second District C-2 game of the season.
The Patriots scored six times in the opening quarter and ended the game on the first possession of the second half, posting a 48-0 win over Corn Bible Academy Friday night at Patriot Field.
The game was really a mismatch for the No. 7 ranked Patriots, 6-1, and winless CBA, 0-6. The Crusaders are down to a 10-man roster and half of that is freshmen.
The Patriots scored pretty much at will, putting touchdowns on the board on their first five possessions.
“We knew going in that Corn Bible had a really young team and that if we took control of the game early, it would take their momentum away,” SWCS head coach Trey Cloud said. “We scored six times in that first quarter and we had our starters out of the game before the end of the quarter.
“You always hate to run rule a team that early, because you want to get your young kids some playing time,” he added. “But, we didn’t want to risk anyone getting hurt on either side of the field and you could tell their kids were worn down.”
The Patriots took the lead on their opening play of the game. Trevor Kelly bolted 47-yards on the first play for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
After holding the Crusaders, Cole Shaw returned the ensuing punt 40-yards for a score.
Nathan Hagan scored on a one-yard run on the Patriots’ second possession to open a 21-0 lead. The score capped a short drive.
Kelly scored again on a three-yard run to cap another short drive for a 28-0 lead. That saw the exit of the Patriot starters.
The Patriots added their fifth score on a Levi Ward touchdown run of one yard. Draake Rought added a 43-yard scoring run to close the first quarter and a 42-0 lead.
The Patriots ended the game early in the third quarter on a nine-yard touchdown run from Gabriel Parker.
Rought led the rushing with 58 yards on five carriers. Kelly had 47 on one and Parker eight on 37. SWCS ran only 29 plays the entire game.
SWCS will travel to Temple on Thursday night in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.