Southwest Covenant got off to a fast start to the 2017 season on the football field with a 54-20 rout of Arkoma last Friday.
“It’s a great feeling,” Southwest Covenant coach Trey Cloud said. “The kids were ready to play, they were motivated. We had a really good camp and we came out played physical and set the tone early.”
The Patriots had a total of 327 yards in the game, including 230 rushing and 97 passing yards. Junior Trevor Kelly had a big night for Southwest Covenant with 104 rushing yards and one touchdown.
“I thought we ran the ball well,” Cloud said. “We know we can pass the ball, so we wanted get our run game established early. The more balanced we become as an offense, the harder it is for our opponents to stop us.”
Senior quarterback Sam Webb finished the night with 97 yards passing on 4 of 11 completions with one touchdown and one interception.
Class B Arkoma totaled just 287 yards of offense, including 186 yards passing and 101 yards rushing. Kelly also led the Patriots in tackles with nine on the night.
Southwest Covenant turned the ball over twice, while they turned Arkoma over six times.
The Patriots outscored Arkoma 16-6 in the first quarter, 14-6 in the second quarter, 24-0 in the third quarter and were outscored 8-0 in the fourth.
Webb connected with senior Bryce Brown on a nine-yard touchdown pass to get the scoring underway. The second score from Kelly with a 32-yard run.
In the second quarter, Webb scored on a 12-yard run and Kelly caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Webb. In the third frame, senior Nathan Hagen returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown, Brown caught his second touchdown pass of the night from Webb, this one from 27-yards out and Webb went 32-yards for his second touchdown scamper.
“I thought our offensive line played exceptionally well,” Cloud said. “Trevor (Kelly) and Sam (Webb) played well for us also. Defensively, I thought those guys stepped up but we gave too many yards through the air.”
Up next for the Patriots will be their first road game of the year at Central Marlow. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
“We got off to a great start but we have to stay humble and understand there are many things we can improve on and need to improve on throughout the year,” Cloud said. “We can improve our completion rate, our pass coverage needs to be better and even though we ran for a lot of yards and blocked pretty well, we can still do a better job in that department.”