POST­SEA­SON TOP PER­FORM­ERS

De­feat­ing Manor on Satur­day would send Tim­ber­wolves to their first state ti­tle game.

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The top play­off per­for­mances in Cen­tral Texas high school foot­ball this sea­son, as re­ported to the Amer­i­can-States­man. Sub­mit ad­di­tions or cor­rec­tions to James Wange­mann (512-445-3659, jwange­mann@states­man.com).

81 Derek Kiser to Cameron Lan­g­ley

Stephenville

79 Reed Carl­ton to Scott But­ler

Fort Worth Nolan

76 Reed Carl­ton St. Michael’s to Matt Von­drak

Plano Pre­ston­wood

80

St. Michael’s Te’Rel Sim­mons

Bar­bers Hill

80 Seth Lozano Lago Vista

Ge­orge West 75 St­ed­man May­berry Ridge

Travis

Bur­net

El­gin

Vista

5 Caleb Kim­bro

SA High­lands

4 Chris John­son

Huntsville

4 Jake Hube­nak Ge­orge­town

Mag­no­lia West

4 Justin Pelt

CC Flour Bluff

49 Colin McGuire

Allen

48 Michael Bar­den

Longview

42 Michael Bar­den West­lake

Hen­drick­son

Hays

Manor

Rouse

Westwood

West­lake 252 Caleb Wood­ward

Hays

221 S. But­ler St. Michael’s

Plano Pre­ston­wood 219 Nate Grimm Cedar Park

Ker­rville Tivy 218 Reed Carl­ton St. Michael’s

Dal­las Bishop Dunne

Le­an­der

313 Jake Hube­nak Ge­orge­town

Sum­mer Creek 302 Chris John­son

Huntsville 289 Ri­ley Schaefer

Ma­son

Thorn­dale 281 Caleb Kimbo

SA High­lands

Manor

Hays

166 R. Knight­ner Ge­orge­town

Sum­mer Creek 165 Austin We­ston Ge­orge­town

Mag­no­lia West 153 Ethan Fry Cedar Park

SA Bren­nan

60 Bran­don Boone Ge­orge­town

Ned­er­land

40 Tevin Smith

Hays

40 Pre­ston Oliver

Round Rock

Le­an­der

Bowie 100 E. McDon­ald

Ned­er­land

90 Seth Barker

Ma­son

Con­nally

Thorn­dale

75 Da’Trean Sim­mons

Bren­ham

49 W. Drewett St. Michael’s

Dal­las Bishop Dunne

El­gin

44 Richard Robin­son

Bar­bers Hill

35 John Dodd

Longview

El­gin

West­lake

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Wil­lis gath­ered his team to­gether in April to ex­plain the im­por­tance of 12/21/12.

That is the date of the Class 4A state cham­pi­onship game, which will be played at Cow­boys Sta­dium. That com­bi­na­tion of num­bers also rep­re­sents the end of the Mayan cal­en­dar.

“If it’s really the end of the world, as some peo­ple think, I want to see it on the big screen,” the Cedar Park head coach said Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Wil­lis had just been named in­terim coach af­ter Chris Ross re­signed to be­come the district’s ath­letic di­rec­tor.

“I don’t know if it’s some­thing I just made up or I heard it some­where,” Wil­lis said, speak­ing about the Mayan apoc­a­lypse.

To the coach’s credit, Dec. 21 really is the end of the world on the Mayan cal­en­dar. NASA is strug­gling to as­sure many be­liev­ers that the date will not be marked by vol­cano erup­tions, me­teor strikes or any other nat­u­ral dis­as­ter that could de­stroy the planet.

If Cedar Park takes care of busi­ness by de­feat­ing Manor in a 4A Di­vi­sion II semi­fi­nal on Satur­day, the Tim­ber­wolves would have an op­por­tu­nity to win their first state ti­tle.

With the ex­cep­tion of un­beaten Ge­orge­town, no Cen­tral Texas foot­ball team is play­ing bet­ter than Cedar Park. The Wolves have outscored their last five op­po­nents 204-57, in­clud­ing a 32-7 de­mo­li­tion of pre­vi­ously un­beaten San An­to­nio Bren­nan on Fri­day at the Alam­od­ome.

Cedar Park re­ceived of­fen­sive sup­port from its usual cast of characters — quar­ter­back Nate Grimm, run­ning back Nathan Har­well, re­ceiver Ethan Fry and tackle Austin Hisler — but also was boosted by ju­nior run­ning back Thomas Mid­dle­ton, who sliced through Bren­nan for 99 yards.

Mid­dle­ton had missed much of the sea­son with an in­jury but is be­gin­ning to show the form than en­abled him to con­trib­ute 702 yards and 12 touch­downs last year.

Although Wil­lis is in his first sea­son as head coach, he has been on Cedar Park’s staff since 2006. Speak­ing of ex­pe­ri­ence, co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors Michael Quin­tero and Brent Brit­tain and co-de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors Carl Ab­seck and Tim Smith have a com­bined 37 years coach­ing the Wolves.

Un­less the world comes to an end, look for Cedar Park to be at Cow­boys Sta­dium on Dec. 21. Live and on the big screen.

Two teams to salute for their play­off runs are Rouse and Manor, which com­bined for a 13-7 reg­u­lar sea­son. Rouse didn’t qual­ify for the play­offs un­til the fi­nal game, a con­vinc­ing 35-10 vic­tory over a solid Vista Ridge team.

Coach Joshua Mann’s team has made a me­te­oric rise from its 0-10 record in 2010, its first var­sity sea­son. With a 2-7-1 record in 2011, there was no rea­son to be­lieve the Raiders would make the 4A state semi­fi­nals in just their third sea­son.

As for Manor, af­ter los­ing three games in Septem­ber, coach Sadd Jack­son’s team has come to­gether the past two months. With quar­ter­back Chris John­son pass­ing for 2,000 yards and run­ning back Ty­rone Owens av­er­ag­ing 9 yards a carry in the play­offs, the Mus­tangs shocked pre­vi­ously un­beaten Fort Bend Mar­shall 26-20 on Satur­day.

It would take an­other up­set vic­tory — this time over Cedar Park — for Manor to reach the state cham­pi­onship game. Af­ter beat­ing Mar­shall, the Mus­tangs will head into Satur­day’s semis brim­ming with con­fi­dence.

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