WIMBERELY – Friday night’s Class 3A season opening showdown between Central Texas juggernauts at Texan Stadium in Wimberley left one big impression upon the overflow crowd –
Giddings is going to have a pretty good football team this season.
That understatement was etched in stone long before the Buffaloes, ranked No. 3 in TPI’s Statewide preseason 3A Top 20, left town with a thoroughly convincing 55-21 victory.
‘This was a good win for us,” Giddings head coach Derek Fitzhenry said following the Buffaloes’ 11th consecutive regular season victory. ‘They’ve got a really good football team. We made some mistakes and we’ve got some things to work on but this was a good win.”
One of the key mistakes early benefited the Buffs and set the tone for the night as Giddings defender Quinn Taylor emerged from a pile with a fumble recovery on Wimberley’s first possession and returned the ball to the Texans’ 13-yard line. Three plays later, it was Giddings quarterback and Texas commit Brock Fitzhenry who allowed the Buffaloes to stake an early 7-0 lead with a four yard touchdown run and Giddings never looked back.
Fitzhenry, one of the state’s top rushing quarterbacks who has posted back-to-back 2,000 yard campaigns, extended his streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games to 28 placing him third on the state’s all time list after his performance on Friday.
Fitzhenry was not alone as the Buffaloes used a backfield platoon of Fitzhenry, Taylor, Shane Jenke, Alan Dock, and C.J. Brooks among other to stampede their way to huge night against the Texans “Code Red’ defense.
‘The good thing is that (Brock) doesn’t have to do it all by himself,” Coach Fitzhenry said. We’ve got a lot of guys that can make plays. I was really proud of the way the offensive line played tonight.”
Giddings had this contest of top ten teams (Wimberley garnered a No. 9 preseason rankings) looking like an early blowout. The Buffaloes staked a 14-0 lead following Fitzhenry’s second touchdown run of the night that capped an eight play, 85-yard drive and were driving following a safety after the Texans thwarted Giddings third touchdown drive of the night when the Texas stopped the Buffs on fourth-and-goal at the two. But Wimberley’s Brian Colwell stopped the bleeding by intercepting a Fitzhenry pass and returning it to the Texans 48-yard line. The Texans needed only five plays, including a 28-yard third down connection from Barron Scudder to Harley West, to reach pay dirt as Scudder fought a blitzing Giddings defender and scored from two-yard out on the first play of the second quarter. Giddings was quick to answer however as the Buffaloes went on an 80-yard march that resulted in a touchdown when Dock, an all-state linebacker, took a pitch to the right side of the line then cut against the grain to his left where he was greeted by nothing but grass and rumbled 51-yards for a touchdown giving the Buffs a 23-8 lead with 8:51 remaining in the first half.
Giddings quickly expanded on their 30-14 halftime lead when Fitzhenry ripped off a 47-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and a short touchdown run by David Bradshaw later in the period gave the Buffaloes an insurmountable 45-14 lead.
The Buffaloes went 13-1 last season before falling in the state quarterfinals to fellow Central Texas powerhouse Liberty Hill. Wimberley (a state quarterfinalist last season) got a nice effort from Scudder, a good-looking junior quarterback, in his first start but managed just 63 yards on the ground against a swarming Giddings defense.