By DOUG EADS
Southwestern head football coach Jason Foley stated earlier last week that his club was going through its first real bout of adversity this season, with several key players out last week in the Warriors game against Wayne County.
Now, that adversity has even grown even stronger.
The visiting Cardinals rolled into The Reservation last Friday night and dump-trucked the Warriors, taking down Southwestern by a 44-6 margin.
Quarterback Brody Weaver completed 9-15 pass attempts for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Braedon Sloan made a huge impact for Wayne County, rushing for 127 yards and three TD’s in the rout of the Warriors.
And, it doesn’t get any easier for Southwestern this week.
The Warriors travel to Winchester on Friday evening to take on another set of Cardinals — in George Rogers Clark.
George Rogers Clark is 2-1 on the year, and is coming off of last week’s impressive, 42-22 win at Montgomery County, giving the Cards a modest, two-game winning streak.
Southwestern meanwhile — with running backs Austin Barnes, Connor Crisp, and Korbyn Goff on the shelf last week — struggled mightily against Wayne County to get anything going offensively.
Chase Doan ran for 25 yards on 10 carries, and his 23-yard TD pass from quarterback Xavier Streeter inside the game’s final minute was the only thing that kept the Warriors from being shutout by Wayne County.
The Warriors need a win desperately, and their next chance comes this Friday evening in Winchester against another set of Cardinals.
Kickoff for the game is slated to get underway at 7:30 p.m.