Central Texas District Analysis: 14-5A

Pflugerville DE Alex Okafor

Once again 14-5A has clearly shown to be the dominant Class 5A district in Central Texas. None of the teams in the district have a losing record, none have more than one loss, seven of the eight are ranked in the area top ten, and three are undefeated.

Once again 14-5A has clearly shown to be the dominant Class 5A district in Central Texas. None of the teams in the district have a losing record, none have more than one loss, seven of the eight are ranked in the area top ten, and three are undefeated. This district will go down to the last week of the season, as it always seems to, and there could be several deep playoff runs in store for the league.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Stony Point
The Tigers are very close to being 3-0 and that alone gives them the nod over 3-0 McNeil, and just how good Cedar Park has been this season, which has been a surprise. They beat Reagan 72-0 in their opener and had it not been for a superb effort from Chris Young, they probably would have beaten Austin High before last week's surprising thrashing of Ellison. Ryan Nunn has been running hard and Nykolas McKissic has given the offense great balance at the quarterback spot.

BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT: None
Everybody in the district is playing at a high level. The only team to suffer something close to slip up would be Round Rock, who lost to Hewitt Midway at home last week, but star running back Marcus Jackson was absent from the stat sheet.

BIGGEST UNKNOWN: McNeil
It is tough to figure out if the Mavericks are for real or not, but one would have to think they are since they are 3-0 with wins over Temple, Belton, and Bowie, all of which feature the Mavericks rallying from behind in the fourth quarter. If the Mavericks can keep their winning ways going, then that will further complicate the playoff picture.

PROJECTED DISTRICT CHAMPION: Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville
This season is starting to shape up much like 2003 when Leander, McNeil, and Pflugerville all knocked off each other and shared the district championship. Cedar Park is rolling people and Pflugerville has been equally as impressive this season. Leander's lone loss was a heartbreaker in the season opener to Converse Judson.

BEST TEAM TO MISS THE POSTSEASON: Georgetown
It is so tough to say who the best team to not make it will be, but if Georgetown was in either of the other two Central Texas Class 5A districts, they would be a title contender. The reigning 7-on-7 state champions suffered their lone loss on the road to San Antonio Reagan in a game that they led most of the way.

DISTRICT MVP: Marcus Jackson, RB, Round Rock
Take the word "valuble" and that alone makes Jackson the frontrunner. Without him, the Dragons suffered their first defeat of the season last week and with him they are 2-0, with wins over Bowie and Bastrop. Leander's Blake Gideon and McNeil quarterback Jake Fenske are also in the mix with great showings this season.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Ross, Cedar Park
The Timberwolves are 3-0 and cracked the Statewide Top 20 recently after their 36-7 win over Killeen Shoemaker last week. The Timberwolves are outscoring their opponents 105-14 in their three wins.

GAME OF THE YEAR: Pflugerville 23, Bryan 16 (Week 1)
McNeil's comeback victories over Bowie and Belton could have been chosen here as well as Georgetown's victory over defending Class 4A, Division II state champion Alamo Heights. But the Panthers battled back and won the game late on the heels of an 80-yard touchdown run by Greg Nwoko.

JEFF'S THOUGHTS:
I might be over-estimating Cedar Park, but the Timberwolves have looked so good this season. I do not care what level you play at, when your defense is giving up less that five points per game you are going to be a very good football team. Their running game figured to drop with the loss of Tyler Smith, but Hunter Dixon and Dedrick McKnight have been a great one-two punch. I really think they, along with Pflugerville, and Leander will all finish with one district loss. As for the rest of the league, it is going to be a free for all, but I look for whoever wins the game between Westwood and Georgetown ton nab the fourth playoff spot.

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