But Weaver’s senior running back Quinnata ‘Toot’ Jones and the Bearcats’ offensive line had other ideas.
After getting the ball at about midfield on the resulting kickoff, Jones continued to pound the ball, eventually hitting a hole and running for 52 yards and a touchdown to make the game 39-6.
“We got a lot of flat looks out there, that helped us get a lot of scores,” said Weaver senior lineman Tevin Heath. Heath anchored a line that dominated the Tiger’s defense all game.
“Coach keeps us in shape, that helps us keep our blocks all game,” said Heath. “It lets all our running backs get in.”
On the next drive, the Bearcat defense held the Tigers to a three and out, and after a long Pennington punt, Weaver found themselves on the 8-yard line.
Jones gained a yard on first down, but then Heath and his line opened up a huge hole and Jones burst through for 91 yards and six points, lifting Weaver to a 46-6 lead — a score that would hold the rest of the game.
“I ain’t done that in a while,” said Jones. “Not since little league.”
But Jones, who had 172 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns, kept the focus on his line.
“My line stepped up, nobody even touched me,” he said.
From there it was just cruise control as the Bearcats forced another punt and the second team was sent out to get
After being denied a second half comeback last week, Weaver coach Daryl Hamby was pleased with his team’s performance this week.
“We played a lot better, the defense played a lot better,” he said. “We had a good week of practice.”
On the opening drive Pennington came out with an onside kick, but the Bearcats weren’t caught off guard and after an exchange of punts sophomore running back Chris English ran for 24 yards on first down then finished the drive by punching it in from three yards out to put the Bearcats up 6-0 after a missed extra point.
“We just came out here and played hard,” said English, who had 152 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries.
It looked like the Tigers would have a chance to respond on the next drive. When the Weaver defense stopped their option attack again, Pennington recovered a muffed punt but wasn’t able to do anything with their good luck, turning it over on downs.
“Special teams struggled a bit (in the first half), they’ve got to focus, they’re not focusing,” Hamby said.
But Weaver’s offense would make up for any first half mistakes in the kicking game.
On the resulting drive, Weaver’s sophomore quarterback Timothy Hawkins hit P.J. Montgomery on a 25-yard touchdown pass, but the play was called back for holding.
The offensive line responded on the next play, on third-and-24, opening up a hole for English who cruised 35 yards for a touchdown. After failing to make a two-point conversion, Weaver would lead 12-0.
The Bearcat offense would have no problems the rest of the first half as Jones ran in a 30-yard touchdown and Hawkins would throw a touchdown bomb to Montgomery.