Weatherford Sports

Lions advance to state semifinal Saturday

The Weatherford Christian Lions varsity football team traveled to Lewisville Friday to take on Lewisville Lakeland Academy in the first round of the playoffs.

After just two minutes into the third quarter, the WCS Lions walked away with a 52-6 victory, which would be the first football playoff win in school history.

The defense took control on the second play of the first drive with a fumble recovery by senior Trey Johnson. On the next play, Johnson rushed for a 6-yd TD to open up the scoring. The defense, led by senior Tyler Hasenjaeger and sophomore Austin Norman continued to shut down Lakeland, only allowing two first downs and one touchdown. Hasenjaiger recorded 12 tackles, 3 sacks and a forced fumble while Norman had 7 tackles, a fumble recovery, a blocked punt and a block kick.

On offense, the Lions racked up 318 yards on the ground, while junior QB Austin Wheeling added another through the air early in the second quarter. Running back Cooper Bomar led all rushers with 8 rushes for 162 yards and 4 TDs. Bomar also had 53 yards receiving with a 26 yard TD form QB Colton Montgomery. Wheeling only had to throw the ball five times for 67 yards, but he did most of his damage with his feet rushing 4 times for 82 yards and a touchdown.

"This win was a great milestone for our team as well as the school,” head coach Stephen Cox said. “This group of guys have worked hard all offseason, two-a-day, and all through this regular season to accomplish this goal.

“It really is amazing to see how far they have come in two years of playing varsity football. This was one of the better games I have seen them play in all three phases of the game. Our defense was flying to the ball, our offense was moving the ball at will, and special teams with kicker Abraham Hernandes were perfect on all PATs. "

The Lions travel to Springtown to play the state semifinal game against the No. 1 team in the state, Azle Christian, at 10 a.m. Saturday. These two teams met up two weeks ago with Azle Christian winning the game 48-0.

"Azle Christian is very good; there is a reason they are the No. 1 team in TCAF,” Cox said. “They are big and fast and very well coached. We were a little overwhelmed the last time we played them. We moved the ball pretty good, but could never punch it in for a TD.

“We know what we need to do, and we are capable of doing it. We just need to stick to the game plan, and come up with some big plays." ​