By CLINT FOSTER
The tide is turning for the Community Christian School Warriors.
The Warriors (3-3) are taking full advantage of the middle of their schedule, rattling off two straight wins on the road – a surprising 53-34 upset over St. Jo and a dominant 68-19 performance against an inferior Christian Life Prep squad.
Today, the purple and black will look earn a third-straight win and register their first winning record of the season against the struggling Fort Worth Hill School Hawks (0-5) at 7 p.m. in historic Miller Stadium.
Head coach Bryan Horton said team morale is at a high point.
“They’re upbeat, but at the same time, they understand that this is not the toughest part of our schedule,” he said. “This has been a nice stretch for us. Of course, Christian Life is an easier school to play. But St. Jo’s was a quality win for us. I think, for the most part, they understand that the big job’s in front of us.”
Fresh off the Christian Life victory, there is no doubt that since their schedule has softened the Warriors have been playing their best football of the season so far. Their 68 points on offense last week were the highest point total of the year.
Likewise, the 19 points the CCS defense allowed is also a season-best. The Warriors have also reaped the benefits of a breakout freshman star in running back Levi Knowles, who has nicely complimented senior star cousins, Isaiah and Sammy Brazeal and junior playmaker Joby Bradshaw.
But perhaps chief among CCS’ accomplishments lately is that they have established themselves as a tough running team capable of wearing opponents out on the ground with a capable stable of athletic backs.
Against Christian Life, five different backs touched the ball on offense to combine for 270 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Knowles led the way, yet again, with 11 carries for 120 yards and four scores. Conversely, the Warriors only needed four completions on seven combined attempts by virtue of their quarterback-by-committee formula, one of which resulted in a touchdown.