Af­ter TD on first play from scrimmage, West­wood rolls

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - SPORT SUNDAY - By Chris Bils

A week af­ter things couldn’t have gone worse for West­wood, the War­riors en­sured the best pos­si­ble start against Vista Ridge on Fri­day at Gup­ton Sta­dium.

En route to a 27-7 vic­tory, West­wood scored on the first play from scrimmage — an 82-yard pass that quar­ter­back RJ Martinez said the team had been pre­par­ing all week. Martinez found Oliver Yu wide open in the mid­dle of the field.

“We were just try­ing to per­fect it so we could re­ally get an edge as far as mo­men­tum,” Martinez said. “They never came back so it ob­vi­ously worked.”

West­wood (3-1, 1-1 District 13-6A) then re­cov­ered the en­su­ing kick­off, send­ing the vis­i­tors’ side­line into a frenzy.

“We needed some­thing good to hap­pen to us early be­cause we had so many things bad hap­pen to us last week,” West­wood coach An­thony Wood said. “It got our en­ergy back, it got our ex­cite­ment back, it got us back play­ing the way we know we can play.”

It took a lit­tle while for the spark to fully ig­nite, as penal­ties stalled that drive and Vista Ridge (0-4, 0-2) forced turnovers on downs on each of the War­riors’ fi­nal three pos­ses­sions of the first half. The score re­mained 7-0 at half­time.

West­wood scored on three of its first four pos­ses­sions of the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing two more touch­down passes from Martinez. He com­pleted 17 of 25 passes for 299 yards, three touch­downs and an in­ter­cep­tion.

Lake Travis 51, Akins 13: Hud­son Card con­nected with Gar­rett Wil­son for a 57-yard touch­down on the first play of Lake Travis’ home opener and the Cava­liers treated their fans to a big win over Akins.

For the sec­ond straight week, Card, Wil­son and Lake Travis’ of­fense took care of busi­ness early and of­ten. The Cava­liers scored every time the had the ball in the first half. Card threw four first-half touch­down passes and added an­other score on the ground. Wil­son caught two touch­down passes and re­turned a kick­off 93 yards for an­other score as Lake Travis (3-0, 2-0 District 25-6A) cruised.

“I thought our of­fense was great all night,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said. “We picked up where we left off last week. Hud­son was hit­ting a lot of guys and they were catch­ing the ball. I thought the line pro­tected real well, too.”

Card com­pleted 13 of 18 passes for 165 yards, in­clud­ing touch­downs to Wil­son, Kyle Eaves and Cort­land DeNi­sio.

Akins (2-2, 0-2), which got 114 yards rush­ing and two touch­downs from quar­ter­back Nick Ca­gle, will be happy its district-open­ing two-week gaunt­let of West­lake and Lake Travis is be­hind them. The Chaps and Cava­liers outscored the Eagles 118-13 in the two games.

Akins didn’t cross mid­field un­til the sec­ond quar­ter, when Ca­gle en­gi­neered a 75-yard drive that in­cluded passes to Greg Borge­son and Antonio Lopez. His 10-yard run brought the Eagles to within 37-7, but Wil­son re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off for a touch­down.

West­lake 57, Austin High 0: West­lake scored touch­downs on its first four pos­ses­sions and se­nior quar­ter­back Tay­lor An­der­son show­cased his throw­ing arm in a com­mand­ing per­for­mance. The Cha­parrals (3-1, 2-0 District 25-6A) pro­duced their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive of­fen­sive ex­plo­sion in a vic­tory over Austin High (2-2, 1-1) at Cha­parral Sta­dium.

An­der­son, who com­pleted 10 of 18 passes for 172 yards and four touch­downs, con­nected with ju­nior Ma­son Mangum on a 62-yard scor­ing toss on the third play of the game. Af­ter mak­ing the catch, Mangum eluded a de­fender along the side­line and ran into the end zone. On West­lake’s next drive, An­der­son and Mangum made it 14-0 on an 8-yard touch­down pass with 7:54 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter.

The Cha­parrals pushed the lead to 21-0 on An­der­son’s third scor­ing toss, a 15-yard throw to ju­nior Ryan Lind­ley. The An­der­son-Lind­ley com­bi­na­tion struck again for a 39-yard score that pro­vided a four-touch­down cush­ion at 28-0 early in the sec­ond quar­ter. An­der­son added an­other touch­down, run­ning in from 24 yards. Gabe Lozano’s 18-yard field goal gave West­lake a 38-0 half­time lead.

West­lake se­nior Tripp Gra­ham, who rushed for 179 yards, sprinted 59 yards for a touch­down early in the sec­ond half, staking the Cha­parrals to a 47-0 lead fol­low­ing a safety when the Cha­parrals tack­led Austin High sopho­more quar­ter­back Charles Wright in the end zone. The Cha­parrals made it 54-0 when se­nior line­backer Jake Eh­linger re­cov­ered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touch­down.

Lozano con­cluded the scor­ing with a 40-yard field goal with 11 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter.

The game ended in bizarre fash­ion when of­fi­cials called the game pre­ma­turely af­ter the sta­dium lights turned off sud­denly with 3:10 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter.

Hays 35, An­der­son 3: Hays’ (3-0, 1-0 District 25-6A) slot-T of­fense put on a clinic, gain­ing 324 rush­ing yards on 54 at­tempts in a win over An­der­son (2-2, 1-1).

Half­back Sam Scott rushed for 104 yards to lead the way for the Rebels. Full­back Wil­liam Dan­ford added 80 on the ground and scored on 7-yard and 1-yard runs.

Hays set the tone on the game’s first drive with a 16-play, 75-yard march that took nearly nine min­utes off the clock to go up 6-0. In the sec­ond quar­ter the Rebels went 95 yards and took eight min­utes off the clock capped by a 9-yard touch­down from Xavier Green to make it 14-0 at half­time.

Af­ter an hour rain de­lay, the Tro­jans got their big­gest play of the game when Scott Del Bosque hit Cooper Tyler on a 38-yard pass to put An­der­son on the Hays 12-yard line with a chance to make it a one-score game. But An­der­son set­tled for a Wael Nasser 30-yard field goal.

Af­ter that the phys­i­cal run­heavy Rebel at­tack took con­trol of the line of scrimmage. Dan­ford scored on a 1-yard run and Joean­gel Car­rasco added a 21-yard touch­down to put the game out of reach at 28-3.

Cedar Ridge 63, Le­an­der 21: It was only for one week, but fol­low­ing a 17-14 over­time loss on the open­ing night of District 13-6A play to Van­de­grift, Cedar Ridge found it­self some­what sur­pris­ingly on the bot­tom of the stand­ings.

The Raiders didn’t plan to stay there long.

Cedar Ridge bounced back em­phat­i­cally, scor­ing 49 straight points dur­ing one stretch as it trounced Le­an­der at Kelly Reeves Ath­letic Com­plex.

“It was im­por­tant to re­spond af­ter last week,” Cedar Ridge coach Sam Robin­son said. “I was a lit­tle wor­ried about how we would since it was such a tough loss, but I think we re­cov­ered.”

Raiders ju­nior run­ning back Deuce Vaughn rushed for all of his 126 yards and three touch­downs in the first half to spur Cedar Ridge to a 35-7 half­time lead.

“My of­fen­sive line was giv­ing me some great blocks,” Vaughn said. “There were a lot of holes to run through. It all starts with them and I just have to do my job.”

Backup quar­ter­back Jack Turner threw for 179 yards and three scores in the sec­ond half for Cedar Ridge (2-2, 1-1), which had two 100yard passers as starter Jalen Brown fin­ished with 113 yards through the air.

Le­an­der (1-3, 0-2) opened the scor­ing on the game’s first drive when Rashad Carter plunged in from the 1-yard line to cap off a 70-yard march.

But the Lions wouldn’t score again un­til the game was well out of reach as the Raiders reeled off 49 points in a row.

Vaughn sprinted across the goal line from the 25 to tie the game, then fol­low­ing a quick Le­an­der three-and­out, Brown’s 2-yard touch­down run gave Cedar Ridge the lead for good.

Scor­ing runs of 46- and 4-yards by Vaughn sand­wiched Mar­quise Tay­lor’s 27-yard touch­down jaunt in the sec­ond quar­ter for the Raiders.

Turner con­nected with Jaylen El­lis on touch­down passes of 70- and 24-yards in the third be­fore Xavier Dot­son reached the end zone from the 37 for Le­an­der to stop Cedar Ridge’s scor­ing streak.

Turner found Ethan Mo­ron on a 71-yard scor­ing strike and Jed Ken­nis reached the end zone from the 1-yard line to fin­ish out the Raiders’ scor­ing, while Carter crossed the goal line from the 8-yard line for the Lions.

Bowie 37, Del Valle 20: Rain and light­ning did it’s best to keep Bowie and Del Valle off the field Fri­day, but the Bull­dog run­ning game kept things go­ing.

Bowie (3-1, 1-1 District 25-6A) ran for 329 yards to slowly wear down Del Valle (2-2, 0-2) in a game that ended at af­ter mid­night Satur­day morn­ing.

Shortly af­ter the first of two de­lays — 1 hour, 40 min­utes in length — the Bull­dogs started feed­ing Carter — a lot. He car­ried the ball on seven straight plays, end­ing with a 1-yard score to even the game at 7-7.

An­other de­lay, this one 41 min­utes long, dis­rupted the game, but not the Bowie run­ning game. Carter car­ried on three straight plays to set up a third-and-goal from the eight. This time, Bowie went to the air, with Cade Fo­radory hit­ting Jay­den York on a quick slant to take a 14-7 lead.

Del Valle an­swered with a Tavierre Dun­lap 7-yard run, but Bowie an­swered im­me­di­ately. Carter went off with a leg in­jury and didn’t re­turn, but Jaemin King filled in with a 3-yard touch­down right be­fore half­time to make it 21-13.

In one half, Carter had 186 yards on 18 car­ries.

The sec­ond half was all Bowie, as the Bull­dogs scored 16 straight points to put the game away.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY JOHN GUTIERREZ

West­wood’s Rob­bie Jeng es­capes the grasp of Vista Ridge’s Kellen Janda dur­ing the third quar­ter at the District 13-6A game Fri­day at Gup­ton Sta­dium. West­wood won 27-7.

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