ATHES—The last three meetings between the Cedar Shoals Jaguars and the Oconee County Warriors have all been blowouts. The Warriors have one the last two by large margins, 35-0 Friday night and 34-0 in 2019, but Cedar Shoals did win 14-0 back in 2018. OCHS’ roster looked much different back then. Starting quarterback West Weeks was only a sophomore and his younger brother Whit Weeks wasn’t even in high school.
Whit knows that at some point soon, he’ll be the only Weeks on the roster. West will play at the University of Virginia next year, thanks to a verbal commitment back in May. Virginia even made Whit an offer last week in an attempt to reunite the brothers in Charlottesville, VA. Whit wants to focus on the rest of his high school career before he worries too much about college prospects.
“I still have three years of high school football, so that’s really all I’m worried about right now. I’m not even thinking about where I’m going to college,” Whit Weeks said in a phone call interview.
Whit’s offer from Virginia is his first college scholarship offer. If he continues to play how he did on Friday night, it will not be his last.
“It’s pretty cool, I never would have thought it would be this early. I just had a nice conversation with coach (Shane) Hunter on the phone and he gave me a scholarship,” said Whit.
Whit plays multiple positions for the Warriors, but he is referring to Shane Hunter, the inside linebacker coach for the Virginia Cavaliers. Whit was the starting running back for the Warriors Friday night, but his best plays came on defense.
Whit caught Oconee’s only interception off a deflected pass and ran it back for a touchdown late in the third quarter. The next drive, Whit forced and recovered the third fumble of the night for the Warriors deep in their own territory.
“I knew I had to step up on defense because me and [West] usually rotate out at the Sam linebacker position. So, I knew that I was going to be playing the rest of the game and I had to step up and fill that hole,” Whit said.
Whit felt the pressure to perform because his brother West left the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. Last week’s Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week still managed to score two touchdowns early on. First a one-yard quarterback sneak and then a 24-yard throw following a fumble recovery near the beginning of the second quarter.
Throw in a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown as time expired in the first quarter, and the Warriors were up 21-0 with over 10 minutes left in the first half.
OCHS head coach Travis Noland put his team on cruise control and let two other quarterbacks get playing time.
“We feel like we have four quarterbacks that can play, and when we get the chance to get them reps, we’re willing to give them reps,” Noland said after the game.
Junior Jacob Wright took play-calling duties first and led a near eight-minute drive in the second quarter.
The drive ended with a four-yard scoring run by sophomore Cj Jones, but Wright did not complete a pass until the second half. One of his three attempts in the first half was an interception, but the turnover was called back because of a defensive holding call.
OCHS was plus five in the turnover battle, but they also committed five more penalties than CSHS.
“Anytime you get points out of special teams or defense that’s a good thing… but we had a lot of penalties that stopped drives for us offensively,” Noland said.
Senior quarterback Tate Yancy entered for the Warriors in the fourth quarter, but he did not attempt a pass. Yancy knelt four times on the goal line and turned the ball over on downs midway through the fourth quarter to force Cedar Shoals to start in very unfriendly territory. The Jaguars were unable to capitalize on the ball possession and turned the ball over on a failed fourth down conversion with 10 seconds left in the game.
Coach Noland hopes that West Weeks will be healthy for next week’s matchup when the Warriors hosts Clarke Central High School. The Gladiators beat Cedar Shoals 10-3 in week one and are coming off a bye week. The Warriors look to improve to 3-0.