WCS football hangs on to spoil opponent’s homecoming; Lady Lions begin basketball

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In the final game of the season, Weatherford Christian School played Stephenville Huston Friday in Granbury. Huston attempted a comeback, but the Lions came away with a victory, 28-26, spoiling the Panthers’ homecoming.

On the first possession of the game, senior Jerry Weaver forced a fumble and freshman Austin Norman recovered it to give the offense good field position. The offense could not get anything going as they turned the ball over on downs. On the following possession, the defense gave up a touchdown, falling behind 7-0. The Lions’ offense continued to sputter until the end of the quarter. In the final minutes, WCS gained some momentum with a long run by junior Abraham Hernandez to Huston’s 1-yard line.

Starting the second quarter, sophomore running back Cooper Bomar scored on the first play. The Lions led, 8-7. After scoring, the WCS defense remained strong as the offense began to stall. Sophomore Colton Montgomery intercepted a Huston pass and sophomore Hunter Hasenjaeger recovered a fumble. After the fumble recovery, Hernandez scored his first rushing touchdown of the game. The Lions went into halftime leading, 14-7.

Beginning the second half, Hernandez returned a 60-yard kickoff to start the offense on Huston’s 13-yard line. On this drive, Bomar scored his second rushing touchdown of the game as WCS led 22-7. Later in the third, WCS extended their lead as sophomore Austin Wheeling connected with sophomore Harley Jacques in the end zone for a touchdown. The Lions had a comfortable lead, 28-7.

In the fourth quarter, WCS had to fight to keep the lead. The Lions’ defense gave up two touchdowns, cutting their lead to 28-20. With over a minute left in the game, WCS was forced to punt. Huston now had the ball with 1:17 left on the clock. The defense could not contain Huston as the Panthers scored a touchdown with 17 seconds left. The Lions still led, 28-26. Huston attempted to tie the game by kicking an extra point, which is worth 2 points in six-man football. The kick was unsuccessful, and WCS left with the win. The Lions finished their first season with a record of 5-2.

On offense, Hernandez led the team in rushing yards with 140 and had 1 rushing touchdown. Bomar had 83 yards rushing for 2 touchdowns. Weaver was outstanding on defense with 11 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble.

“As a team, we needed a game like this,” said Coach Stephen Cox. “We did well despite the fact we had not played in three weeks. Our defense was great tonight. Jerry was amazing and I wish I still had him next year. Fortunately we got the win, and hopefully we will be better next year.”

Lady Lions Basketball

For the past week, Coach Debby Steensma has been preparing Weatherford Christian School for their first game of the season. The Lady Lions open the season on the road against Calvary Christian at 6 p.m. Friday.

This year’s team has to replace three starters from last year: Chelsea Cook and Lauren Aaron were 2nd team all-state and Megan Kiszka was 1st team all-state.

The roster includes:

Ashleigh Garvin (Sr.)

Kaitlyn Fell (Soph.)

Hannah Burks (Soph.)

Judy Pope (Soph.)

Hannah Floyd (Soph.)

Keighley Parsons (Soph.)

Rebekah Brown (Soph.)

Jennah Foland (Soph.)

“I am excited about this season,” Steensma said. “We are young and inexperienced, but the girls are attentive and are working hard. Because of our youth and lack of height, we have to be smarter and rely on our speed and stamina.”

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