Week 2 Central Texas District Insider: 14-5A

Blake Gideon had a big week for Leander last week

Big games on the 14-5A slate include Pflugerville facing San Marcos, Leander taking on Bryan, and Westwood heading to Lake Travis.

DISTRICT 14-5A INSIDER: Week 2

OVERVIEW
The district had another great week last week going a combined 6-1. This week all eight teams are in action with area No. 1 Pflugerville's road trip to San Marcos highlighting the action. Georgetown will look to bounce back from last week's loss to San Antonio Reagan as they face long time rival Belton at home. Leander (at Bryan), Cedar Park (at Hays Consolidated), Stony Point (at Austin High), and Westwood (at Lake Travis) are all on the road this week while McNeil (against Austin Bowie) and Round Rock (against Bastrop) are at home.

MATCHUPS & PICKS (ranking is TPI area rank)
No. 1 Pflugerville (2-0) at No. 10 San Marcos (1-1)
The Panthers are back and despite a somewhat sloppy showing held on to beat Bryan 23-16. Greg Nwoko's 80 yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter lifted the Panthers to the victory. This will be a game pitting two teams that love to run the football and whoever can stop the run most effectively and force turnovers will come away with a win. JEFF'S PICK: Pflugerville by 10

Belton (2-0) at No. 8 Georgetown (1-1)
The Eagles let a 19-point lead slip through their collective fingers on Saturday against San Antonio Reagan in their 29-26 loss. Expect the Eagles to be on top of their game this week, especially against a Belton squad that is vastly making up for last season's 0-10 showing. The Eagles should win this game, but do not expect the outcome to be decided until will into the fourth quarter. JEFF'S PICK: Georgetown by 4

Leander (1-1) at No. 4 Bryan (1-1)
After dropping a heartbreaker to Converse Judson, the Lions rebounded nicely to take a 30-12 decision over A&M Consolidated on Saturday. The Lions rushed for 350 yards against the Tigers and if they can get the running game going with Reggie Hodges and Texas commit Blake Gideon, then the Lions should be above .500 after this one. JEFF'S PICK: Leander by 3

No. 2 Cedar Park (1-0) at 4A Hays Consolidated (1-0)
A team cannot look better than the Timberwolves looked last week in their 34-0 shutout of Harker Heights as both Dedrick McKnight and Hunter Dixon were equally effective on the ground and the defense held the Knights offense in check. Expect this one to be close but the Timberwolves talent should take over against a gritty bunch of Rebels in the second half. JEFF'S PICK: Cedar Park by 12

Austin Bowie (0-1) at Round Rock McNeil (1-0)
Despite yielding 430 yards of total offense against Temple, the Mavericks won their opener thanks to a pair of third quarter touchdown passes by Jake Fenske. This week against Bowie, the Mavs will be facing a team that rushed for just 52-yards last week, meaning Aaron Williams and company should improve. Bowie plays a physical brand of ball, so expect this one to be low scoring and close. JEFF'S PICK: McNeil by 7

Bastrop (0-1) at Round Rock (1-0)
The Dragons got a Hunter Kent field goal in waning seconds last week to beat Bowie. Marcus Jackson picked up where he left off last season with 172 yards and touchdown against the Bulldogs. The Bears come to town looking to give Ron Schroeder his first win as their head coach, and they will need to stop Jackson to have any chance of seeing that come to fruition. JEFF'S PICK: Round Rock by 14

No. 5 Round Rock Westwood (1-0) at 4A No. 7 Lake Travis (1-1)
The Warriors got the week off after beating Austin High to start the season while Lake Travis gave Westlake all they wanted on the road. The Westwood defense was very opportunistic against Austin High and if they can play that way against the Cavaliers (four turnovers against Westlake) it will take the pressure off of Tyler Grabarkewitz and the offense. Expect this one to be a lot close than last season's lopsided Westwood win. JEFF'S PICK: Westwood by 6

Round Rock Stony Point (1-0) at Austin High (1-1)
These two teams combined for 172 points last week, including Stony Point's 72-0 throttling of Austin Reagan. The Tigers will get a stiffer test from the Maroons this week as Austin High blasted McCallum 55-14 last week. The Tigers won this game in overtime last season and expect another close game this time around, but the Maroons offensive skill talent should prove to be the difference. JEFF'S PICK: Austin High by 8

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Blake Gideon, DB, Leander
Gideon was all over the field in the Lions' 30-12 win over Consol. The future Longhorn had two interceptions on defense and a game clinching 49-yard touchdown run.

DISTRICT MVP CANDIDATES:
1. Blake Gideon, DB, Leander – had a big week against Consol
2. Marcus Jackson, RB, Round Rock – had 172 yards and a touchdown in a win over Bowie
3. Greg Nwoko, RB, Pflugerville – had a game winning 80-yard touchdown against Bryan

KEY INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP THIS WEEK
Zaviar Gooden vs. Brandon Banks – Gooden might be the best athlete the Panthers have and he will need to know where Banks is in the Rattlers misdirection rushing attack. Banks had touchdown runs of 70 and 17 yards and an 80 yard punt return for a touchdown against New Braunfels Canyon last week.

DISTRICT TEAMS IN AREA RANKINGS:
No. 1 Pflugerville
No. 2 Cedar Park
No. 5 Westwood
No. 7 Leander
No. 8 Georgetown

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Leander 30, A&M Consolidated 12
Stony Point 72, Austin Reagan 0
Pflugerville 23, Bryan 16
San Antonio Reagan 29, Georgetown 26
Cedar Park 34, Harker Heights 0
Round Rock 17, Austin Bowie 14
Round Rock McNeil 38, Temple 28

PROJECTED PLAYOFF SEEDINGS:
Division I No. 1 Seed: Leander
Division I No. 2 Seed: Round Rock Westwood
Division II No. 1 Seed: Pflugerville
Division II No. 2 Seed: Cedar Park

PROJECTED PLAYOFF MATCHUPS (vs. District 13-5A):
DI: Bryan vs. Round Rock Westwood
DI: A&M Consolidated vs. Leander
DII: Ellison vs. Cedar Park
DII: Temple vs. Pflugerville

DISTRICT STOCK REPORTS:
Stock Up: Aaron Williams, McNeil
As if the five-star defensive back needed to add another phase to his game? The Texas-bound Williams had five carries for 28 yards and a touchdown on offense in the Mavericks win over Temple.

Stock Down: District 13-5A
It is hard to find anything wrong with this district, and so far so good against their bi-district foes. 14-5A is a combined 5-0 against their neighbors to the north.

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