Fort Worth Southwest players and coaches admitted they came out flatter than a 3-year-old soda pop on Thursday at Clark Stadium.
The Raiders still had enough fizz to claim a second consecutive District 7-4A victory.
Quarterback Devin Williams had three touchdown passes — two to Kameron Taylor — and a scoring run to lead his team over Fort Worth Western Hills 35-7.
Williams was 16-for-20 for 198 yards. The sophomore and Taylor hooked up for touchdown receptions of 44 yards in the second quarter and 10 yards in the third.
Williams also hit Isaiah Holmes on a 7-yard fade in the end zone during a run of 13 unanswered points to start the second half.
“That’s the worst game we’ve played in three years,” Southwest coach Lanny Trammel said. “We were really flat. We were able to put up enough.”
Southwest (2-0, 4-1 in 7-4A), which scored first on Darius Harris’ 78-yard return on a blocked field goal early in the game, meets Fort Worth Trimble Tech next week before entering the meat of its schedule.
The Raiders host Aledo, one of the state’s best football teams, on Oct. 18 and travel to Granbury the next week.
Raiders players know the Bearcats will not be so gracious if they get off to a similar start.
Williams acknowledged that he and his teammates might have been looking past the 0-4 Cougars, who showed themselves, Williams said, to be a “great football team.”
Raekwon Neal had 136 yards rushing for Western Hills (0-2 district), including a 45-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Jameion Williams added 118 yards. He had 86 in the second half to give the spread-offense Raiders a running threat in the middle of the field.
Southwest took a 21-point lead on Taylor’s second TD on the Raiders’ first possession of the third quarter.
Jameion Williams ran through the Cougars’ defense, carrying five times for 35 yards on the drive.
Western Hills mounted a good drive on its opening possession but was stopped at Southwest’s 12 to attempt a field-goal attempt.
Harris picked up the blocked attempt and ran 78 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
The Cougars gained 48 yards on that drive but only 54 the rest of the half.
Southwest quarterback Devin Williams threw for three touchdowns to lead the Raiders over Western Hills.
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