After TD on first play from scrimmage, Westwood rolls
A week after things couldn’t have gone worse for Westwood, the Warriors ensured the best possible start against Vista Ridge on Friday at Gupton Stadium.
En route to a 27-7 victory, Westwood scored on the first play from scrimmage — an 82-yard pass that quarterback RJ Martinez said the team had been preparing all week. Martinez found Oliver Yu wide open in the middle of the field.
“We were just trying to perfect it so we could really get an edge as far as momentum,” Martinez said. “They never came back so it obviously worked.”
Westwood (3-1, 1-1 District 13-6A) then recovered the ensuing kickoff, sending the visitors’ sideline into a frenzy.
“We needed something good to happen to us early because we had so many things bad happen to us last week,” Westwood coach Anthony Wood said. “It got our energy back, it got our excitement back, it got us back playing the way we know we can play.”
It took a little while for the spark to fully ignite, as penalties stalled that drive and Vista Ridge (0-4, 0-2) forced turnovers on downs on each of the Warriors’ final three possessions of the first half. The score remained 7-0 at halftime.
Westwood scored on three of its first four possessions of the second half, including two more touchdown passes from Martinez. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 299 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Lake Travis 51, Akins 13: Hudson Card connected with Garrett Wilson for a 57-yard touchdown on the first play of Lake Travis’ home opener and the Cavaliers treated their fans to a big win over Akins.
For the second straight week, Card, Wilson and Lake Travis’ offense took care of business early and often. The Cavaliers scored every time the had the ball in the first half. Card threw four first-half touchdown passes and added another score on the ground. Wilson caught two touchdown passes and returned a kickoff 93 yards for another score as Lake Travis (3-0, 2-0 District 25-6A) cruised.
“I thought our offense was great all night,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said. “We picked up where we left off last week. Hudson was hitting a lot of guys and they were catching the ball. I thought the line protected real well, too.”
Card completed 13 of 18 passes for 165 yards, including touchdowns to Wilson, Kyle Eaves and Cortland DeNisio.
Akins (2-2, 0-2), which got 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns from quarterback Nick Cagle, will be happy its district-opening two-week gauntlet of Westlake and Lake Travis is behind them. The Chaps and Cavaliers outscored the Eagles 118-13 in the two games.
Akins didn’t cross midfield until the second quarter, when Cagle engineered a 75-yard drive that included passes to Greg Borgeson and Antonio Lopez. His 10-yard run brought the Eagles to within 37-7, but Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
Westlake 57, Austin High 0: Westlake scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and senior quarterback Taylor Anderson showcased his throwing arm in a commanding performance. The Chaparrals (3-1, 2-0 District 25-6A) produced their second consecutive offensive explosion in a victory over Austin High (2-2, 1-1) at Chaparral Stadium.
Anderson, who completed 10 of 18 passes for 172 yards and four touchdowns, connected with junior Mason Mangum on a 62-yard scoring toss on the third play of the game. After making the catch, Mangum eluded a defender along the sideline and ran into the end zone. On Westlake’s next drive, Anderson and Mangum made it 14-0 on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 7:54 remaining in the first quarter.
The Chaparrals pushed the lead to 21-0 on Anderson’s third scoring toss, a 15-yard throw to junior Ryan Lindley. The Anderson-Lindley combination struck again for a 39-yard score that provided a four-touchdown cushion at 28-0 early in the second quarter. Anderson added another touchdown, running in from 24 yards. Gabe Lozano’s 18-yard field goal gave Westlake a 38-0 halftime lead.
Westlake senior Tripp Graham, who rushed for 179 yards, sprinted 59 yards for a touchdown early in the second half, staking the Chaparrals to a 47-0 lead following a safety when the Chaparrals tackled Austin High sophomore quarterback Charles Wright in the end zone. The Chaparrals made it 54-0 when senior linebacker Jake Ehlinger recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
Lozano concluded the scoring with a 40-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
The game ended in bizarre fashion when officials called the game prematurely after the stadium lights turned off suddenly with 3:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Hays 35, Anderson 3: Hays’ (3-0, 1-0 District 25-6A) slot-T offense put on a clinic, gaining 324 rushing yards on 54 attempts in a win over Anderson (2-2, 1-1).
Halfback Sam Scott rushed for 104 yards to lead the way for the Rebels. Fullback William Danford added 80 on the ground and scored on 7-yard and 1-yard runs.
Hays set the tone on the game’s first drive with a 16-play, 75-yard march that took nearly nine minutes off the clock to go up 6-0. In the second quarter the Rebels went 95 yards and took eight minutes off the clock capped by a 9-yard touchdown from Xavier Green to make it 14-0 at halftime.
After an hour rain delay, the Trojans got their biggest play of the game when Scott Del Bosque hit Cooper Tyler on a 38-yard pass to put Anderson on the Hays 12-yard line with a chance to make it a one-score game. But Anderson settled for a Wael Nasser 30-yard field goal.
After that the physical runheavy Rebel attack took control of the line of scrimmage. Danford scored on a 1-yard run and Joeangel Carrasco added a 21-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach at 28-3.
Cedar Ridge 63, Leander 21: It was only for one week, but following a 17-14 overtime loss on the opening night of District 13-6A play to Vandegrift, Cedar Ridge found itself somewhat surprisingly on the bottom of the standings.
The Raiders didn’t plan to stay there long.
Cedar Ridge bounced back emphatically, scoring 49 straight points during one stretch as it trounced Leander at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
“It was important to respond after last week,” Cedar Ridge coach Sam Robinson said. “I was a little worried about how we would since it was such a tough loss, but I think we recovered.”
Raiders junior running back Deuce Vaughn rushed for all of his 126 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to spur Cedar Ridge to a 35-7 halftime lead.
“My offensive line was giving me some great blocks,” Vaughn said. “There were a lot of holes to run through. It all starts with them and I just have to do my job.”
Backup quarterback Jack Turner threw for 179 yards and three scores in the second half for Cedar Ridge (2-2, 1-1), which had two 100yard passers as starter Jalen Brown finished with 113 yards through the air.
Leander (1-3, 0-2) opened the scoring on the game’s first drive when Rashad Carter plunged in from the 1-yard line to cap off a 70-yard march.
But the Lions wouldn’t score again until the game was well out of reach as the Raiders reeled off 49 points in a row.
Vaughn sprinted across the goal line from the 25 to tie the game, then following a quick Leander three-andout, Brown’s 2-yard touchdown run gave Cedar Ridge the lead for good.
Scoring runs of 46- and 4-yards by Vaughn sandwiched Marquise Taylor’s 27-yard touchdown jaunt in the second quarter for the Raiders.
Turner connected with Jaylen Ellis on touchdown passes of 70- and 24-yards in the third before Xavier Dotson reached the end zone from the 37 for Leander to stop Cedar Ridge’s scoring streak.
Turner found Ethan Moron on a 71-yard scoring strike and Jed Kennis reached the end zone from the 1-yard line to finish out the Raiders’ scoring, while Carter crossed the goal line from the 8-yard line for the Lions.
Bowie 37, Del Valle 20: Rain and lightning did it’s best to keep Bowie and Del Valle off the field Friday, but the Bulldog running game kept things going.
Bowie (3-1, 1-1 District 25-6A) ran for 329 yards to slowly wear down Del Valle (2-2, 0-2) in a game that ended at after midnight Saturday morning.
Shortly after the first of two delays — 1 hour, 40 minutes in length — the Bulldogs started feeding Carter — a lot. He carried the ball on seven straight plays, ending with a 1-yard score to even the game at 7-7.
Another delay, this one 41 minutes long, disrupted the game, but not the Bowie running game. Carter carried on three straight plays to set up a third-and-goal from the eight. This time, Bowie went to the air, with Cade Foradory hitting Jayden York on a quick slant to take a 14-7 lead.
Del Valle answered with a Tavierre Dunlap 7-yard run, but Bowie answered immediately. Carter went off with a leg injury and didn’t return, but Jaemin King filled in with a 3-yard touchdown right before halftime to make it 21-13.
In one half, Carter had 186 yards on 18 carries.
The second half was all Bowie, as the Bulldogs scored 16 straight points to put the game away.
Westwood’s Robbie Jeng escapes the grasp of Vista Ridge’s Kellen Janda during the third quarter at the District 13-6A game Friday at Gupton Stadium. Westwood won 27-7.