Patriots open with rout of Central Marlow

In its first game in four years without Sam Webb, the Southwest Covenant football team didn’t miss a beat.

The Patriots dismantled Central Marlow 55-8 last Friday in a Week One match up in Class C.

“We played well,” Southwest Covenant coach Trey Cloud said. “We played aggressive, especially on defense. We read our keys and did a good job overall. We have a lot of things to improve on. We don’t want to be complacent. We want to get better each week.”

Southwest Covenant senior Trevor Kelly was the star of the night for the Patriots. Kelly rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on five carries. He also took two punt returns to the house. The first was 59 yards and the second was 33 yards.

Kelly scored first in the opening quarter on an 18-yard run followed by a two-point conversion to give the Patriots an 8-0 lead.

Jesse Deason then caught a pass from Ben Webb followed by a two-point conversion to give SWC a 16-0 lead in the first.

Then, it was Kelly scoring on his 59-yard punt return following by a two-point conversion to give Southwest Covenant a 24-0 lead in the first quarter.

Will Haas joined the first-quarter scoring party with a pass from Webb followed by a two-point conversion to five the Patriots a 32-0 lead going into the second quarter.

Central Marlow got on the board first in the second quarter with a safety making the score 32-2.

Kelly then scored his third touchdown of the game on a 70-yard scamper. The two-point conversion attempt failed and SWC led 38-2.

Anthony Cox then caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Webb followed by a failed two-point attempt to give Southwest Covenant a 44-2 lead.

Central Marlow scored the final touchdown of the first half on a pass followed by a failed two-point attempt to make the score 44-8 going into the half.

Kelly scored his fourth touchdown to open the third quarter on the 33-yard punt return followed by the two-point conversion to make the score 52-8 Patriots.

Logan Shields scored the game’s final points on a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter to put SWC on Webb finished the night with 119 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air on 2 of 3 passing and Deason caught one pass for 30 yards with one touchdown.

Tyler Kelly led Southwest Covenant in tackling with five in the game.

Overall, the Patriots held Central Marlow to fewer yards than total plays at 33 yards on 34 plays. SWC had 272 yards, including 149 rushing and 123 passing. Central Marlow rushed for 18 and passed for 15.

“I liked the balance of run and pass offensively,” Cloud said. “We didn’t pass the ball that much but we accumulated a lot of yards. Ben Webb was good in his first outing. Trevor Kelly played well. He can get the ball and go, but what I really liked about his game on Friday was his blocking.”

Southwest Covenant had seven first downs compared to Central Marlow’s one. The Patriots had one turnover (fumble) and Central Marlow had two (fumbles).

Next up for SWC will be at Empire at 7 p.m. Friday.

“Empire is big,” Cloud said. “They are similar to us in scheme. They will be physical. We will have to stop the big boys, play good defense and fly to the ball.”

Cloud said there are areas for improvement for his team.

“We made some mental mistakes that I would like to see corrected,” Cloud said. “We are thinking a little too much instead of just going out and playing. We need to stay hungry and look to improve each week and have fun. I would like to see some run scheme blocking improvement and see more tackles for loss. We got in the backfield a lot on Friday and put pressure on those guys but I would like to see us finish some of those plays.”

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