For the first time in the program’s existence, Southwest Covenant hosted a playoff game and the Patriots didn’t waste the opportunity, as they throttled Sharon-Mutual 59-14 to advance to the quarterfinal round in Class C.
“We played well tonight,” Southwest Covenant coach Trey Cloud said. “We set the tone early. Our defensive line won the game for us tonight. They played really physical against a big team. I thought we would play well going into the game but you never know, so I am happy with our overall execution.”
Southwest Covenant quarterback Sam Webb passed for four touchdowns on the night with 261 yards on 12 of 20 passing.
Patriot receivers Cole Shaw and Bryce Brown both caught two touchdown passes. Shaw had five receptions for 143 yards and Brown finished the night with 65 yards on three receptions. Trevor Kelly and Tyler Kelly each caught two passes for 27 yards and 26 yards respectfully.
On the ground, Trevor Kelly was the leading rusher for the Patriots with 67 yards and one touchdown on nine carries. Tyler Kelly had 31 yards and one touchdown on one carry. Webb had 26 yards and one touchdown on five carries. Nathan Hagen had 26 yards and two touchdowns on four carries and Shaw had 15 yards on one carry.
Hagen got the scoring party started for Southwest Covenant with a three-yard touchdown run. The Patriots attempted a two-point conversion but failed making the score 6-0 SWC.
It was Shaw who then got on the board with a 35-yard touchdown reception from Webb. Logan Shields was good with the extra-point and the Patriots led 13-0.
Sharon-Mutual got on the board with an 87-yard scamper from Alex Carter and a two-point conversion to make the score 13-8.
Southwest Covenant responded with a Tyler Kelly 31-yard touchdown run and a Shields extra-point to go up 20-8.
Hagen then scored for the second time on the night with a seven-yard run. The Patriots were unsuccessful on the PAT attempt and the score was 26-8.
Just before halftime, Southwest Covenant was able to get one more score across the goal line on a three-yard run from Brown. The Patriots attempted another two-point conversion and failed making the score 32-8 at halftime.
The Trojans opened the third-quarter with another touchdown of their own on a 61-yard run from Carter and a failed two-point conversion attempt to make the score 32-14.
Trevor Kelly then got into the scoring barrage for the Patriots with a four-yard run. Webb was successful with the two-point conversion run to give Southwest Covenant a 40-14 lead.
Brown then got into the end zone for the second time on the night with a four-yard touchdown catch from Webb. The Patriots were unsuccessful on the two-point conversion attempt and went up 46-14.
After a Sharon-Mutual turnover, the Patriots took advantage of the short field and scored on a 25-yard pass from Webb to Shaw. Shields nailed the PAT and Southwest Covenant went up 53-14.
Southwest Covenant forced another Trojan turnover and Webb took advantage of another short field and ran it in from nine-yards out to complete the 45-point mercy rule victory over Sharon-Mutual.
“It was great having a playoff game at home,” Cloud said. “It helped our guys get pumped up and ready to play in front of their home fans. It was a great night for our program.”