Scenarios abound in District 4A-1
Nearly counted out a couple weeks ago, the Elgin Owls kept their playoff hopes alive Friday night with a 21-7 win at Weatherford which sent the rest of District 4A-1 into a chaotic tailspin heading into the final week.
"The guys are excited," Elgin coach Curtis Lorah said. "We felt like we were getting counted out a bit, but winning at Weatherford changed everything and gave us this opportunity. It was a total team effort."
Elgin (4-5, 3-3 4A-1) got an all-around excellent team performance, perhaps the most complete game of the season thus far, to shock Weatherford on the road. It was Elgin's first road win of the season, no less.
"Getting up there, you could tell the guys were loose," Lorah said. "You try to judge the level of readiness in the kids before the game and sometimes it's a mystery. They went out, executed and got after it."
It helped jumping on the Eagles early. J.J. Johnson caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from running back Lewis Shepherd in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
"Jumping on them early helped us a great deal," Lorah said. "On the road, we surprised them a bit. It helped us seize control of the game."
The halfback pass was a sneaky play Elgin had been working on in practice for weeks. Finally getting to implement it in a game, Elgin executed it to perfection. Defenses have to stay honest to the run with the electric Shepherd so the Owls figured, why not catch them off guard?