Ken Seals had to wait more than 660 days to step foot onto the field with his varsity team.
After moving to Weatherford following his freshman year with Azle in 2016, Seals lost an appeal with the UIL and was ruled ineligible for the 2017 season. He played on the junior varsity team with the Kangaroos.
His last game with Azle was Nov. 4, 2016 and 22 months later he made his much-anticipated varsity debut with Weatherford when the Kangaroos hosted Granbury on Friday in the season opener.
“Going into the game there were some nerves that comes with every game, but this one was different. I felt more confident because now I’m stepping into the same playing field that I had when I was a freshman,” Seals said. “I was confident in our team, our coaches and our fans.”
Weatherford led 23-7 at halftime before the defense held off a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Pirates 23-20.
It was the Kangaroos first win since Oct. 21, 2016. They went 0-10 last season.
“We stuck together until the end and never gave up,” Seals said. “Even when we got tired, our defense made a huge stop near the end zone to seal the win. It’s a great feeling when all the work and effort the team has put in together finally pays off.”
Seals, who’s ranked as the top 2020 pro-style quarterback in the state per 247Sports, went 19 of 33 for 307 yards and one touchdown. He ran for 57 yards and scored on a 46-yard TD rush.
“No one really said anything to me before the game, but my dad sent me a text telling me that this was what I’ve been working for and that no one was more prepared than me,” he said. “I needed to play like it and I tried to remember that during the game, that I had put in more work than anyone else I was facing.”
Seals traveled more than 9,000 miles this summer and visited 16 college camps including TCU, Baylor, LSU, Georgia, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Minnesota and more. He holds eight offers from Minnesota, Montana State, Vanderbilt, UT-El Paso, Nevada, Cincinnati, North Carolina State and Florida Atlantic.
He threw for 2,600 yards and 30 TDs last season with the JV, and threw for 1,500 yards and 10 TDs with Azle as a freshman.
He’s projected to commit with Texas Tech, per 247Sports.
Weatherford (1-0) hosts North Crowley (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday.