No stars, but West­lake shines

All-for-one ap­proach helps Chaps make the semis to face Cedar Hill.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Rick Cantu rcantu@states­man.com West­lake com/hs­foot­ball. C states­man.

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.

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