T’wolves led en­tire game vs. Bren­nan

Cedar Park

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - C RODOLFO GON­ZA­LEZ / amer­i­can-states­man

Cedar Park never trailed at the Alam­od­ome on Fri­day night as the Tim­ber­wolves built a 17-0 lead be­fore half­time. The Tim­ber­wolves grabbed con­trol in the game’s first two quar­ters thanks to two key fourth-down con­ver­sions and a de­fense that forced six Bren­nan punts.

In the first quar­ter, Cedar Park de­cided to forgo a short field goal at­tempt on a 4th-and-1 at­tempt from the Bren­nan 8 and Nathan Har­well gave the Tim­ber­wolves a 7-0 lead on a 8-yard touch­down run.

In the sec­ond quar­ter, Cedar Park once again opted to keep its of­fense on the field on a 4th-and-6 at­tempt from the Bren­nan 33. And af­ter a timeout, Cedar Park quar­ter­back Nate Grimm hit Fry with a 33-yard touch­down pass.

Fry’s touch­down catch gave Cedar Park a 14-0 lead with 10:54 left in the quar­ter. Fry’s 35-yard catch later in the quar­ter also helped set up Zach Han­cock’s 26-yard field goal with one sec­ond re­main­ing.

The in­ter­mis­sion did not seem to slow down Cedar Park’s of­fense and the Tim­ber­wolves opened the sec­ond half with 73 and 83-yard scor­ing drives. Thomas Mid­dle­ton’s 2-yard run gave the Tim­ber­wolves a 24-0 lead with 8:30 left in the third quar­ter and five min­utes later, Fry ex­tended Cedar Park’s lead with a 49-yard scor­ing catch.

Bren­nan picked up an off­sides penalty on the en­su­ing ex­tra point kick so Cedar Park trot­ted its of­fense back onto the field for a two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt. Stoney Schoen­feld then ran in the two-point play to give the Tim­ber­wolves an in­sur­mount­able 32-0 lead.

Cedar Park, which be­gan pulling of­fen­sive starters in the third quar­ter and had Grimm on the bench with 11:38 left in the game, got 99 rush­ing yards from Mid­dle­ton and 82 rush­ing yards from Har­well. But the star of the game was Fry, who had four catches of more than 30 yards.

Bren­nan (13-1) was led by se­nior Dil­lon Ga­tian, who had 145 re­ceiv­ing yards and a 69-yard touch­down catch in the third quar­ter.

The Bears, in their third sea­son, had reached the post­sea­son’s fourth round af­ter com­pil­ing a 74 record in 2011.

Cedar Park’s Thomas Mid­dle­ton (right), who rushed for 99 yards, breaks away from San An­to­nio Bren­nan’s Llan­dre Mitchell (left, fore­ground) dur­ing the first half Fri­day night at the Alam­od­ome.

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