Ge­orge­town look­ing to build on per­fec­tion

Ea­gles (13-0) hope to con­tinue mag­i­cal sea­son in re­gional fi­nal against Ned­er­land.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Rick Cantu Upon Fur­ther Re­view ri­cardo b. brazziell / amer­i­can-states­man AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOT­BALL PLAY­OFF SCHED­ULE uil state quar­ter­fi­nals Class 5A, Di­vi­sion ii Class 4A, Di­vi­sion i Class 4A, Di­vi­sion ii

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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.

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