Fort Worth Southwest quarterback C’ing Blanton ran for two scores and threw for another as Raiders defeated Dallas Bryan Adams, 37-7, in a non-district game Thursday night at Clark Stadium.
The Raiders (2-1) scored 30 unanswered points on the Cougars. Southwest ran for 227 yards and passed 100 yards. Southwest led at halftime 21-7 thanks to a pair of scores in a span of five minutes late in the second quarter.
Southwest scored on the its first three possessions of the second half to put the game away.
Game was over when: After a bad snap on a punt that cost Adams 30 yards, Southwest needed two plays to score. First a penalty moved the ball to the Cougars 12 then Blanton scrambled for 11 yards to the Adams 1. On the next play, Malachi Grey took the ball on a sweep and scored from a yard out to put the Raiders up 14-7 with 6:43 to play in the first half.
Play of the game: The Raiders put the game away by scoring on the first drive of the second half. The big play of the march was a 43-yard strike from Blanton to O’Brien Neely that put the ball on the Cougars 15. On the next play, Blanton scored to give Southwest a 28-7 lead.
Offensive player of the game: Blanton had a big night for the Raiders. The junior scored on runs of 15 and seven yards and finished with a game-high 108 yards rushing on 19 carries. He also threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Calen Ollison for the first score of the game. Blanton completed 7 of 12 passes for 100 yards.
Defensive player of the game: Southwest cornerback Vincent Chairez made a perfect read and nab a short pop pass at the Raiders 40. Chairez raced to the end zone for a 60-yard score that gave Southwest a 21-7 lead with 1:33 left in the second quarter.
The interception halted a promising drive by the Cougars that might have tied the game.
Unsung hero of the game: Southwest receiver Ollison was Blanton’s favorite target. The sophomore hauled in five passes for 49 yards and a score.
What’s next? Adams host Highland Park District in a District 6-5A Division I game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dallas’ Forester Field. Weatherford plays Southwest at Clark Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.