Georgetown looking to build on perfection
Eagles (13-0) hope to continue magical season in regional final against Nederland.
the very least, this will go down as the most successful football season in Georgetown High School history.
The Eagles have won 13 games for the first time. They have reached the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time. They have been so impressive while building an unbeaten record that there is no reason to believe Georgetown won’t be lifting its first football state championship trophy in three weeks.
After a gut-check 39-29 victory over Angleton in a Class 4A regional semifinal Saturday, players and coaches briefly posed with the gold trophy provided by the University Interscholastic League. After a few clicks from dozens of cameras, the players left the field, leaving head coach Jason Dean alone with the trophy.
These players have little use for a trophy that doesn’t read “state champs” on the engraving plate.
Georgetown has had only one season that compares to the 2012 team’s. The Eagles went 12-0-1 in 1969, but “lost” the tie game because the opponent had more penetrations.
Give Angleton credit. The Wildcats became the first opponent to come within 10 points of the Eagles this season. The average Georgetown score: 46-14.
Several factors combined to spark Georgetown’s season, which will continue with a regional final against Nederland (12-1) Saturday afternoon in Cypress.
It begins with the defense, which has nine seniors, including eight starters from last year’s 6-4 team. First-year defensive coordinator David Patterson, in his fifth season as part of the Eagles’ coaching staff, has molded a unit that has given up fewer than 10 points in eight of Georgetown’s 13 games.
Senior Jake Hubenak has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in 4A, passing for 272 yards a game while tossing 42 touchdowns. He accounted for five touchdowns in the victory over Angleton, relying on big-play receivers Austin Weston, Randy Knightner and Ryan Bedford.
In his fourth season, Dean had the advantage of being under the radar all year. The Eagles never cracked the Associated Press Top 10, getting mentioned only as “other teams receiving votes.”
If the pollsters were asked to name their Top 10 today, Georgetown would be near the top.
A few other notes about Central Texas teams remaining in the playoffs:
Westlake, 6-4 in the regular season, has relied almost solely on defense and special teams during its three playoff victories. The Chaparrals have scored three defensive touchdowns in the playoffs, the same number they have allowed.
Don’t let the records fool you in this week’s 4A matchup between San Antonio Brennan (13-0) and Cedar Park (11-2). Brennan, in just its third year of varsity football, played inferior opponents all season, and last week’s 50-0 victory over Edcouch-Elsa might give the Bears a false sense of security.
Cedar Park has won 11 Westlake (9-4) vs. Plano West (9-4), 2 p.m. Saturday (Waco ISD Stadium) Georgetown (13-0) vs. Nederland (12-1), 3 p.m. Saturday (Berry Center, Cypress) Rouse (9-4) vs. Corpus Christi Flour Bluff (13-0), 7 p.m. Saturday (Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos) Cedar Park (11-2) vs. San Antonio Brennan (13-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday (Alamodome, San Antonio) Manor (10-3) vs. Fort Bend Marshall (13-0), 8 p.m. Saturday (Alamodome) straight after losing its first two games of the season. An offense that had problems sniffing the end zone in September has erupted for an average of 43 points in the past four games.
Bank on it: Cedar Park 35, Brennan 17.
Noah Douglas (left) and Ryan Bedford rejoice after a Georgetown touchdown in a 39-29 Class 4A regional semifinal victory over Angleton on Saturday.