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Southwest Covenant heads into bye-week after strong start

The Southwest Covenant football team is sitting at 2-1 overall after the conclusion of the non-district season last Friday night against Depew.

The Patriots fell to Depew 42-24 giving them their first loss of 2016 after starting the season 2-0 with wins over Central Marlow 40-0 in week one and Coyle 50-40 in week two.

“I’m really pleased with the first three games of the season,” Southwest Covenant coach Trey Couch said. “We are playing some really good football right now. We had a tough one last week against Depew, but they are a really good football team in a class higher than us, so we can take a lot away from how we competed.”

SWC’s next game will be the district opener against Mt. View-Gotebo.

“I scheduled a tough non-district season on purpose because I know how difficult our district is going to be this year,” Couch said. “I believe in this team and what we can accomplish this season, so I wanted to make sure we are as prepared as we need to be going into the district season. The bye-week comes at a good time for us because it will allow us to work one some things we need to work on and we will get some guys back who have been injured.”

Through three games, the Patriots have lit up the stat sheets on offense.

They amassed 1,085 yards of offense, including 973 passing yards and 112 rushing yards. They are averaging 324 passing yards per game and 37 rushing yards. They are converting on 41 percent of their third-down opportunities and 42 percent of their fourth-down chances.

Southwest Covenant’s offense has picked up 33 first downs and only turned the ball over five times this season.

Defensively, the Patriots have allowed 869 total yards to their opponents, including 165 passing yards and 704 rushing yards. Teams are averaging 55 passing yards per game and 235 rushing yards against the SWC defense. They have allowed teams to convert on 33 percent of their third-down chances and 56 percent of their fourth-down opportunities.

Opponents have racked up 44 first downs, while the Patriots have forced seven turnovers so far this season while picking up one sack.

Southwest Covenant quarterback Sam Webb has completed 65 percent of this passes this season for 972 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception. Webb is also the leading rusher for the Patriots with 21 carries for 58 yards with one touchdown.

SWC receiver Luke Ross is the leading pass catcher for the Patriots this season with 19 receptions for 619 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Defensively, Ben Webb is the leading tackler for the Patriots with 20 total tackles on the season. Josiah Mikesh leads with two takeaways on two fumble recoveries and with Ben Webb having the only interception of the season.

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