No stars on Chaps, but team is on rise


Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Con­tin­ued from C RODOLFO GON­ZA­LEZ / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN


West­lake coach Dar­ren All­man said Box had “blos­somed in the past six or eight weeks.” The coach couldn’t pin­point why Box had be­come a more in­te­gral part of the of­fense, but he said he wit­nessed a change in the re­ceiver’s prac­tice habits.

“Bran­don’s al­ways been a good prac­tice player, but I no­ticed (in late Oc­to­ber) that he’d catch a pass and sprint all the way to the end zone, even though he doesn’t have to,” All­man said. “And then he’d sprint all the way back to the hud­dle.”

Box had one of his most pro­duc­tive games last week, catch­ing six passes for 98 yards in a 42-35 state quar­ter­fi­nal vic­tory over Plano West at Waco ISD Sta­dium.

All­man said the Chaps closely re­sem­ble the 2009 West­lake team that played in the 5A, Di­vi­sion I state cham­pi­onship game against Eu­less Trin­ity.

Both teams won in the fi­nal week of the reg­u­lar sea­son and be­gan to im­prove when the play­offs started.

“We still haven’t peaked of­fen­sively,” All­man said.

All­man and Box agreed that Sev­ert had stepped up his play in the post­sea­son. A ju­nior who made his var­sity de­but this sea­son, Sev­ert has thrown 20 touch­downs passes vs. eight in­ter­cep­tions. Against Plano West, he com­pleted 17 of 20 passes for 227 yards.

“I see Jor­dan as be­ing more com­posed in the pocket,” Box said. “He’s mak­ing the right reads, mak­ing the right de­ci­sions and pro­tect­ing the foot­ball.”

Sev­ert is West­lake’s only hot NCAA Di­vi­sion I prospect, All­man said. SMU al­ready has of­fered the young quar­ter­back a schol­ar­ship, but All­man ex­pects the 6-4, 235pound Sev­ert to re­ceive count­less more in­quiries from other schools dur­ing the next year.

“Jor­dan isn’t even close to be­ing the player he’s go­ing to be­come,” the coach said.

Among the Cha­parrals who have had no­table play­off per­for­mances on of­fense are run­ning back Alex Chavez (a com­bined 184 yards and four touch­downs against Hen­drick­son and A&M Con­sol­i­dated); Box (four catches for 66 yards against Longview); and run­ning back Keith Carter (three rush­ing touch­downs against Plano West).

“The good thing about this team is how balanced we’ve be­come on of­fense,” said All­man, who has seen the num­bers. The Chaps have gained 2,670 yards and scored 34 touch­downs rush­ing this sea­son, and they have added 2,450 yards and 20 touch­downs pass­ing.

West­lake has av­er­aged 38 points in its first four play­off games, up from its sea­son av­er­age of 29 points a game. Box said his team’s all-for-one of­fense has be­come more co­he­sive dur­ing the past month, too.

“We’re play­ing our best foot­ball right now, and no one can beat us when we’re at our best,” he said.

Con­tact Rick Cantu at 4453953. Twit­ter: @Rick­yprep

West­lake quar­ter­back Jor­dan Sev­ert, a ju­nior, has stepped up his game in the post­sea­son of his first year as a var­sity player.

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