WCS football rolls to victory as volleyball wins first district game

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WCS football played its second game of the season against Granbury Cornerstone’s junior varsity Thursday and rolled to a 66-26 victory.

The Lions jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter with two touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Austin Wheeling to junior Abraham Hernandez and junior Chandler Hill. After the Lions’ second touchdown, Cornerstone and WCS put on an offensive battle for the remainder of the half.

When the WCS defense gave up a touchdown to Cornerstone, making the score 13-7, the Lions responded with a rushing touchdown from Wheeling and another passing touchdown to Hernandez. WCS then led 27-13, but the defense allowed two touchdowns, narrowing their lead, 27-26. The Lions’ offense ended the half with two more touchdowns, extending their lead to 39-26.

In the second half, the defense did not allow a single point while the offense continued their success. Wheeling had two more rushing touchdowns and in the fourth quarter, Hernandez burst through the offensive line for a 78-yard touchdown run.

For the game, WCS racked up 445 yards of total offense. Wheeling passed for 216 yards with 4 touchdowns and rushing for an additional 135 yards with 4 touchdowns. Hernandez also gave a strong performance of 114 yards receiving with 3 touchdowns and another 87 yards rushing with 1 touchdown.

On defense, senior Jerry Weaver led the team with 11 ½ tackles and freshman Austin Norman had 8 tackles and broke up 2 passes. After an injury sidelined a player on defense, Wheeling took over his position and contributed with 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Junior Nick McCoy delivered the final blow to Cornerstone with an interception returned for a touchdown.

“The defense came out hitting hard tonight,” Coach Stephen Cox said. “In the second quarter, we had to adjust to the spread offense they were running. Jerry and the other guys responded by shutting them down in the second half. On offense, both Austin and Abraham were unbelievable.”

The Lions will have a tough test this week as they travel to Irving Thursday to face Faustina Academy. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Volleyball

In their district opener at home on Thursday, the Lady Lions cruised to an easy victory against Granbury Cornerstone in three sets, 25-20, 25-13, 25-13.

Senior Ashleigh Garvin was solid with 3 aces and 9 assists. Senior Kennedy Combs gave another good performance with 2 aces and 7 kills.

“This was a great game,” Coach Debby Steensma said. “We stayed focused and the girls did a better job of preventing Cornerstone from having big runs. This really showed us our progress this season.”

Earlier in the week, WCS played its last non-district game at home against Stephenville Faith.

The Lady Lions started the game off strong with a 25-14 victory in the first set. WCS had to get their momentum back in the second set to win 25-19. Steensma used the third set as an opportunity to let the freshmen play. With the help of the veteran players, WCS won the match in the third set, 25-23.

Combs had a good game with 3 aces and 9 kills. Garvin continued her consistency with 3 aces and 7 assists while junior Paige Hunn added 2 aces and 3 kills.

“The team had a good first set,” Steensma said. “We then were a little flat in the second set. Our communication was not as good and we let them take a brief lead. We just needed to regroup and get back to our fundamentals and win the game.”

The Lady Lions will face Victory Baptist on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Youth cutting

Being involved in the cutting horse industry and attending classes at WCS has gone hand in hand for many of the school’s students in the past but two ladies - one former and one current - have set the rank for those to follow in the future.

Former WCS student Shannon McCoy finished the summer on a high note within the cutting horse world. The 19-year-old daughter of Margaret and Jeff McCoy has been showing horses for 10 years and clinched the 2013 Senior Youth Champion on her horse, Pepcorn, at this year’s NCHA Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth at the Will Rogers Coliseum.

Shannon is currently ranked No. 1 in the Senior Youth division with 193 point in 63 shows. She has also been named the 2013 recipient of the Joseph Broderick Beaver Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship awards her $10,000, which she intends to use at Texas Christian University, where she is currently enrolled.

Shannon’s travel partner Sheridan Clark, an eighth grader at WCS, is also making her mark this year and hopes to follow in her friends footsteps. Sheridan, daughter of Jason and Becky Clark, is currently fourth the 2013 Junior Youth division with 79 points.

Sheridan was the Reserve Champion on Special Nu Kitty at this year’s Scholarship Cutting, as well as finished fourth with a 227 two nights in a row at the Top 15 World Finals on Wood Ya Wanna.

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