By Chuck Reherman
LAMONT – Five games down, five mercy rule wins.
No. 3 ranked Southwest Covenant continues to roll through opponents whether on the road or at home. SWCS spoiled Deer Creek-Lamont’s homecoming Friday night, posting a 66-16 win over the Eagles in a District C-3 contest.
The Patriots led 53-16 at the intermission and ended the game early in the third quarter scoring a pair of quick touchdowns. The win improved SWCS to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in district play tied for first in the district with Covington-Douglas. CDHS beat Deer Creek-Lamont 60-14 the week before and beat Bluejacket (who SWCS beat 49-0 last week) 70-22 in their second district game. Those two teams will collide on Oct. 12.
Southwest Covenant has been a fast starter all season long, scoring at least four touchdowns in every first quarter this season. And, the Patriots continued that against DC-Lamont, opening a 26-0 first quarter lead.
“Our offense got off to another good start and our defense has played well from the beginning as well,” SWCS head coach Trey Cloud said. “We had some big plays early on both sides of the ball that set up our touchdowns.
“We have been excited about the way our first five games have gone, but we know we have some challenging games coming up,” Cloud said. “We are gaining a lot of confidence and we did get to play a lot of our younger players in this game as well. That is going to help us on down the line.”
The Patriots scored on their opening possession on a five-yard run by quarterback Ben Webb. The score was set up on a pair of long runs from Trevor Kelly.
Kelly, who rushed for over 100-yards for the first time this season, scored the first of his five touchdowns (two on punt returns) on a two-yard run.
The defense forced the Eagles into a quick three and out series, then used a 39-yard touchdown pass from Webb to Jesse Deason to open a 20-0 lead. SWCS capped the opening quarter with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Webb to Tyler Kelly, opening a 26-0 lead.
The Patriots, who have outscored their opponents 275-30 in the first five games, kept their offensive machine rolling in the second quarter, putting 27 more points on the board to open a 53-16 halftime lead.
Trevor Kelly scored early in the second quarter on a 45-yard run and after a three and out by DC-Lamont, Kelly returned a punt 40-yards for a score and a 40-0 lead.
Deer Creek-Lamont got on the board on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Austin Wheat to Tobyn Snow go cut the lead to 40-8.
The Patriots answered on a 33-yard run from Webb and a one-yard scoring plunge from Deaken Koonce opened a 53-8 lead. DC-Lamont scored late in the half on a 30-yard pass play to make it a 53-16 game.
Trevor Kelly scored a second time on a punt return, taking the ball back 56 yards less than two minutes into the quarter. He capped his night with a 38-yard run on the second play of the Patriots next possession to end the contest.
Trevor Kelly led the rushing attack with 137 yards on eight carries. Webb rushed for 77 yards on three carries and Tyler Kelly had 52 yards on three rushes. The Patriots rolled up 290 yards on the ground and 351 total on only 26 plays. DC-Lamont had only 155 yards on 49 plays.
The Patriots will host Coyle Friday (only their second home game of the season). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
By Chuck Reherman