Roos give up early lead, fall to ’Jackets 54-35

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A promising opening quarter for the Weatherford Kangaroos turned into a disappointing loss Friday night, as the visiting Cleburne Yellowjackets wore down Weatherford’s defense en route to a 54-35 victory.

Despite the loss, head coach Weldon Nelms said he was pleased with the effort and fight from his team.

“[Cleburne] is a good football team and they took advantage of some big plays,” Nelms said. “I think we have grown up a lot since [the season opener]. We came into that game with a lot of excitement and expectations, and I really do think we came out a little nervous and a little tight.”

Weatherford QB Grant Werts hit Chris Whitling for two touchdowns and rushed for another but was hampered by an ankle injury in the second.

“Grant turned his ankle and was almost immobile, which is a killer because you have to be able to move back there,” Nelms said. “Luckily, it is a low-ankle sprain, so we’ll begin the rehab on him right away and hope to get him back into shape quickly.”

Receiver Fred Brownlee also scored, while his brother Jeqwan rushed for a touchdown as well. The defense was led by outside linebacker Levi Talbot, who recorded 13 tackles.

“We’ll get back to the drawing board and continue to get better,” Nelms said.

Weatherford travels to Burleson Friday to take on the Elks.

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