At Mountain Range H.S. (North Stadium)
Overland(0-1) 0 8 0 12 — 20
Legacy (1-0) 6 14 7 6 — 33
Legacy — Cameron McWee 90 kick return (kick failed).
Legacy — McWee 66 pass from Patrick Medina (Travis Baum kick).
Legacy — Phydell Paris 1 run (Baum kick).
Overland — Jalen Hughes 53 pass from Austin Conway run (Chaz Butler run).
Legacy — McWee 48 pass from full Medina (Butler kick).
Overland — Conway 1 run (pass failed).
Legacy — Baum 24 field goal.
Legacy — Baum 39 field goal.
RUSHING — Overland: Butler 17-56, Claypool 5-24, Conway 8-(-2); Legacy: Paris 15-60, Schroder 9-12, Medina 5-35, Randall 2-3, Olivas 2-0. PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Overland: Conway 14-29-0, 178 yards; Legacy: Medina 4-6-0, 149 yards. RECEIVING — Overland: Turner 1-8, Hughes 8-108, Claypool 1-7, Davis 3-34; Legacy: McWee 3-134, Edwards 1-15.
WESTMINSTER — Legacy football has the marquee goal of returning to the top of Class 5A this season. And in Thursday night’s season-opener, the Lightning might have found the marquee player to get them there.
Cameron McWee dazzled Overland’s defense, with the speedy and sure-handed receiver leading his team to a 33-20 win at North Stadium. The senior made three trips into the end zone before all was said and done, but had the Trialblazers hanging their heads the first time his team had the ball.
McWee set the tone for the entire game on the opening kickoff, putting Legacy on the board with a 90-yard touchdown return.
“I had great blocks on the play,” said McWee, who was untouched on the return. “When they squib kick it, like they did, it just opens up the lanes.”
The senior’s special teams work was only a prelude to what he brought to the Legacy (1-0) offense. When a pass play was called McWee’s way, most times all the Trailblazers (0-1) could do was watch him hoof it to the end zone.
The senior hooked up with quarterback Patrick Medina three times, taking his first two catches to the house. McWee had an incrediable impact on the game, scoring three of his team first four touchdowns.
McWee followed up his return with a 66-yard score on a fade pass to open the second quarter. He finished his impressive evening dodging his way through traffic at the end of the third on a middle screen. The 48-yard play demonstrated the agility McWee dangerously couples with his speed.
“We’ve got some weapons, that if we can click and get the ball to them, we can score some points,” Legacy coach Wayne Voorhees said. “We saw some of that tonight with Cam.”
Phydell Paris broke up McWee’s scoring streak, with the Legacy running back punching in a 1-yard touchdown in at 4:26 in the second. And he had a productive start to the evening, rushing for 55 yards going into halftime.
Even with the promising start, Paris ran into a roadblock. Overland’s defense stiffened in the second half, only allowing the Lightning 48 yards on the ground between five ball carriers.
The stall was troubling, with the Trailblazers’ Austin Conway finding some moves in that time. The quarterback gave the team a second life in the second on a 53-yard touchdown play. If Conway hitting Jalen Hughes on a curl route wasn’t enough, he came back three possessions later to cut the score in half.
The quarterback made it a 30-20 game with a 1-yard touchdown run at 11:55 in the fourth. It could have been bad news for Legacy, especially after Overland returned a blocked punt for a touchdown later in the quarter.
But by that time, Travis Baum had already proved exactly how steady his nerves are, especially for a sophomore. The kicker split the uprights on consecutive field goals, striking from 24- and 39-yards out midway through the fourth.
“I think we got a little too much confidence from what we accomplished early on,” Voorhees said. “But we were able to shake ourselves out of that mindset.”