It was Knowles’ third-straight 100-plus-yard performance and fifth overall this season. Even Sammy Brazeal got in on the rushing action, plunging into the endzone three times on just four carries.
But CCS’ playmakers were not limited to the ground game last week. Joby Bradshaw racked up 214 yards and two touchdowns returning kickoffs against the Hawks. Horton said it was good to see Bradshaw make those plays because although he is one of the Warriors’ best athletes, he has been “handcuffed” to an extent playing quarterback in a run-heavy offense.
“Joby likes to make plays,” Horton said. “They’re kicking away from Levi, they’re kicking away from Isaiah and so Joby responds against Hill School. After Hill scored their last touchdown, I told him in the huddle, ‘If you want to score six more points, you’ve got to do it right here on this kickoff, because otherwise we’re running the clock out.’ Joby took that kick and didn’t hesitate, he went all the way down the field with it. You can’t argue with that.”
For all the Warriors success over the last few weeks, it will all come to a head in Azle. The Crusaders present a challenge truly unlike any other they’ve yet seen. But that’s not to say Horton has not put CCS in the best possible position.
The Hill game allowed the perfect opportunity for CCS to practice a new scheme of focusing in on stopping one player. Against the Hawks, it was Demetrion Amie. Horton’s defense successfully contained him through a combination of double-teams and man coverage by Isaiah Brazeal. Against Azle, the same principal will apply, but instead of Amie, the Warriors improving defense will be tasked with stopping one of the best six man receivers in the state: Jake Bartell. Horton hopes Isaiah is up to the challenge.