No stars, but Westlake shines
All-for-one approach helps Chaps make the semis to face Cedar Hill.
Brandon Box could be the poster boy for Westlake’s offense: a modestly skilled player who makes timely contributions when he gets a chance.
On Saturday when the Chaparrals play in a Class 5A, Division II football semifinal, Box and his offensive teammates will take the field as a collection of team-first players unlikely to experience college stardom.
Throughout the season, Westlake has relied on an allfor-one approach to offense. Quarterback Jordan Severt averages 161 yards passing a game. Keith Carter is the leading rusher on the active roster with 554 yards. And Box is the top receiver, grabbing 54 receptions for 981 yards and seven touchdowns.
Box, though, has become Severt’s big-play target. A 6foot-2-inch, 180-pound senior, Box, has averaged 18 yards a catch while helping the Chaps (10-4) reach the state semifinals, where they will face Cedar Hill (10-4).
“I wouldn’t say I’m one of the star receivers,” Box said Wednesday during a break from practice. “Everyone can See more photos and get the latest local playoff scores and stats at
Westlake’s Brandon Box embodies how his offensive teammates play. None is likely to be stars in college, but together they are in the state semifinals and ‘still haven’t peaked,’ their coach says.