Senior quarterback Jacob Wood rushed for a pair of touchdowns and threw for three more, leading a balanced offensive attack as Conway Christian opened the Conference 2A playoffs with a resounding 40-6 win over Lavaca.
The Eagles (9-2) wasted little time flexing their muscles as tailback Wyatt Lawrence opened the scoring on Conway Christian’s opening possession with a short 6-yard touchdown jaunt early in the first quarter.
Soon after, Wood and wide receiver Brandon Shaw connected for a pair of touchdowns from 18 and 27 yards, helping extend the Conway Christian lead to 20-0 and cruise to the finish line.
“I thought that we played really well in the first quarter and after that we zoned out but a big part of that is because of what they did,” Conway Christian coach Justin Kramer said. “I think one of strengths of our team is the fact that we are able to get so many guys involved in the offense. We are fortunate in the fact that we have a few guys that can make some plays.”
Conway Christian kept the pressure on the Golden Arrows as Wood found the end zone himself early in the second quarter on a scramble in which he eluded several Lavaca defenders along the way during a 15-yard touchdown run.
The first half onslaught continued with Nick Scherrey hauling in a 28-yard pass from Wood, extending the advantage to 27-0 for Conway Christian.
From there, Wood managed to break free for a 32-yard run to the Lavaca 15 and then a few plays later would complete the drive with an 8-yard scamper for a 33-0 halftime cushion for the Eagles.
Many of the Conway Christian starters were lifted midway through the third quarter.
“During this time of the season you don’t want to lose to an inferior opponent because the goal is to win the state championship,” Wood said. “We played well most of the game but had a little letdown in the fourth quarter.”
John Michael Scherrey capped off the Eagles scoring with a 5-yard third quarter touchdown run that sent Conway Christian to the second round against Fordyce next Friday night.
The Redbugs pounded Rector 43-7 in their first round playoff game.
“Hopefully our defense can continue to play well because Fordyce is usually big and fast,” Kramer said. “Hopefully we just keep going, we'll see what happens.”