By CLINT FOSTER
There’s nothing like a big upset win on the road to spark a team and give them the momentum to push through the rest of their schedule. The Community Christian School Warriors (2-3) got just that when they stormed into St. Jo, near the Oklahoma-Texas border, and beat the St. Jo High Panthers (2-3), 53-34.
It was a game that few expected the Warriors to win. But now, fresh off a fairly dominant upset, CCS hopes to ride that momentum into another road contest at 7 p.m. today against Fort Worth Christian Life Private.
As the best coaches do, head coach Bryan Horton did not savor the Warriors upset over the Panthers long before he was back in the film room. He said there were a few mistakes that he did not like, including a lot of penalties early and an inability by the Warriors to cover the deep ball.
But truth be told, it was an overall impressive win for CCS in which they succeeded in almost every phase of the game.
“I don’t know how we won that game,” Horton said. “St. Jo (is a) tough team. I don’t think anyone expected us to win.”
But win they did, and that’s why they play the games.
The biggest contributing factor to the victory was the way CCS was able to exert its will in the running game. The Warriors had two rushers with more than 100 yards. Freshman Levi Knowles continued to wow, racking up 189 yards on 20 carries with four rushing touchdowns running behind Sammy Brazeal’s masterful lead blocking. Isaiah Brazeal then feasted on runs to the outside posting 136 yards on 10 carries and two rushing touchdowns and a 45-yard receiving touchdown for good measure.
“I’m real pleased with what I’m seeing there,” Horton said of his rushing attack that is quickly establishing itself as a force. “There wasn’t much (St. Jo) could do with that. As a whole, there’s a lot to like about the way we played. I was pretty happy from an offensive standpoint.”