By Jimmy Stinson
WEBBERS FALLS – The District C-4 battle between the Webbers Falls Warriors and the Southwest Covenant Patriots started out slow for the home team.
But the Warriors finished with a bang, and it was good enough to claim a 52-21 victory and a playoff spot Friday night at Smokey Cox Stadium. The Warriors (6-2, 4-2) started out slow but found enough momentum and with the win guarantees themselves a playoff spot with next week’s results determining where they finish in the district.
“We came out too complacent,” said Warriors head coach Shawn Dismuke after his team went to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in District C-4 eight-man ball. “If we played with urgency in the first half like we did the second, the game would not have been as close.”
Southwest Covenant (5-3, 4-2) took the opening kickoff and made it look easy. A four-play, 64-yard drive ended with Patriots quarterback Michael Cord rambling 14 yards for the touchdown and with the extra point by T.J. Brown the Warriors found themselves in an early 7-0 hole.
Webbers’ offense drove the ball on the next possession but turned the ball over on downs. On the Patriots’ next possession, Warrior Taylor Stephens scooped up a fumble and returned it to the Patriot 2-yard line and fumbled the ball only to have it scooped up by teammate C.J. Lehnick. After a false start penalty the Warriors found the scoreboard on a 7-yard touchdown run by Lehnick.
Cord’s second touchdown run of 56 yards in the first quarter made it 14-6, and then it was all Warriors from there.
Warriors quarterback Jamie Carey found Lehnick for a 14-yard touchdown that cut the Patriots’ lead to two at 14-12. Then, R.J. Wofford picked off a pass which set up a 3-yard scoring run by freshman Darren Shanks. Jamie Carey’s 1-yard TD run made it 26-14 at the half.
The second half was all Warriors. Webbers Falls would score on four of their six possessions.
Lehnick led the Warriors on the ground with 81 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown, and added a defensive score on an interception that he returned 45 yards for a score.
“It was a busted play on their part and I just saw the ball, got it and took off,”said Lehnick.
Penalties and mistakes kept the Warriors from doing a lot of damage to the Patriots. Webbers had 60 yards in penalties in the first half.
“We have to play better than that, play smarter,” said Dismuke.
The Warriors finish the regular season at home next week when the host Arkoma.