Upcoming Game of the Week: Lake Travis v. Cedar Park
Frankly I can’t remember the last time Lake Travis lost a game. Seems like it was a few years ago. Actually it was a few years ago in early 2007 before getting red hot and winning two Texas 4A Championships. Now they face a big, physical team in Cedar Park that played them super close in 2008. Football 101 says the way to beat a high octane Offense is to keep them off the field with a time chomping power running game which Cedar Park is capable of doing. If Cedar Park can’t end the “Steak”, then it will mostly likely stay in place until the playoffs roll around. The edge goes to Lake Travis and their highflying O.
Team of the Week: Austin Anderson
My team of the week was 2-8 last season. Now Austin Anderson has a great shot at entering district play at 3-0 and maybe even 4-0 after getting a struggling Georgetown team this week and then Austin Akins next week as their first district opponent. Coach Reiland is really starting to rebuild the tradition of Trojan Football back at the Northwest Austin school.
Best Individual performance I saw for Week 1:
Nehemiah Hicks TE/DE Hutto HS. I could probably nominate Hicks each week for performance of the Week. As a TE, he is a devastating blocker as Travis HS found out last Thursday. At DE, Hicks in virtually unblockable unless you want to use your entire O-line. Plus Hicks plays with pure passion and intensity that makes him a truly great player.
Game Film Observations:
1. Cedar Park v. Temple
Cedar Park was totally dominating in this game played up at Temple’s Stadium last Friday. Most of the pregame excitement centered on Lache Seastrunk (#15 RB – SR) and he wasted no time dazzling the crowd – home and visitor – with his first carry of the game. Running out of the Slot T, Seastrunk took the ball from the Temple QB and then proceeded to zig and zag his way ala Gale Sayers for a 49 yard TD run. After that long run that gave him the school rushing record, Cedar Park regrouped and effectively ended the Lacke Seastrunk show holding him to around 30 yards for the rest of the contest. Of course the great field position that set up the Seastrunk run came from a great opening kickoff return by Stedman Moore (#47 LB/WB – SR). The running game for Temple did still churn out some yardage but mostly from massive Fullback Derrick Davis (#23 FB/LB – SR) who managed to top the 100 yard mark against a pretty stout Cedar Park defense. Also impressive for Temple was Steven Boggess (#33 LB/FB – SR) who managed 7 tackles and a 35 yard TD run to help Temple take a one point lead to the half. The surprise player for Temple was Donovan Shumpert (#21 S – SR) who secured well over 15 tackles on the night.
Cedar Park’s defense was led by Linebackers Chet Moss (#13 LB – JR) and Garrett Quick (#22 LB – SR) who both made several impressive open field tackles on the elusive Seastrunk. The surprise player for Cedar Park’s D was Will Rollo (#50 LB – SR) who stepped in for an injured Joey Nichol and came up with several key tackles. Big fire plug noseguard Jeff Peden (#99 NG – JR) also wreaked havoc all night with his penetration into the Temple backfield. Finally, Brandon Allen (#11 S – JR) closed out the night with 2 INTs and a couple of batted down passed. The Cedar Park Offense was paced with the outstanding play of the Thornhill boys, Nathan (#17 QB – SR) and Darren (#24 RB – SR). Darren rushed for a tough 100 yards behind his massive O-Line and Nathan rushed for 2 TDs while also throwing a perfect 3rd and long fade pass to Michael Darby (#84 WR – SR) to set up Nathan’s first TD run.
2. Austin Travis v. Hutto
Hutto controlled this game from start to finish as they have with just about every AISD School that has made the mistake of putting Hutto on their schedule. I have already mentioned Hicks and his great night but Xaiver Wynn (#21 RB/DB – JR) also had an outstanding evening as well with a couple of blitzing tackles on D and then a nifty tackle-breaking 40 yard TD run while on O. Also looking to continue momentum for himself after last week was Joel Rothrock (#25 FB – SR) who was more than solid pounding away nice runs between the tackles. Demetrius Wilson (#7 DB – JR) also made some noise with a perfect punt block and then textbook decleating block during the ensuing return of the blocked punt by a teammate for a TD. Darrin Allen (#28 RB – JR) also controlled the running game for Hutto with several long runs that just took the air out of the Travis D. For Austin Travis, Jonathon Sterling (#2 QB – JR) is an elusive QB that will give defenses fits this season with his scrambling ability and strong arm. Sterling’s main target was Tevin Nealy (#9 WR – SR) a very athletic and tall WR that came up with several big catches against Hutto. Finally, Sidney Williams (#74 DE – SR) was Travis’ big man as he exploded off the ball several times and recorded a very impressive QB sack in the 2nd quarter. Travis put up a good effort but just didn’t have the depth to keep pace with Hutto.
3. Hays v. Austin Anderson
Austin Anderson finally shook off a slow start to take the lead in the 3rd Quarter before cruising to an easy win. Andre Wheeler (#9 RB – SR) rushed for well over 100 yards with less than a dozen carries. The Anderson Offense finally got on track when Anderson QB Sam Wehmeyer (#3 QB – JR) found huge TE Stanley Kurunwune (#82 TE/DE – SR) streaking down the middle of the field and lofted him a pass that Kurunwune turned into a 68 TD streak. Taylor George (#40 LB – SR) essentially took all the drama out of the game after intercepting a Hays pass as Hays was marching down the field to possibly tie the game in the late fourth quarter.
This turned out to be somewhat a light video week for myself due to the Labor Day Holiday and two of my regular teams had their games cancelled due to weather last Friday. I look to return next week with reviews of at least 4 Centex Football games.
Each week I visit several coaches around Central Texas and collect game video as a Football Recruiting Producer (H. Horne Sports Video). I also get a chance to talk to football dads and moms, area sports writers, high school athletes and other folks in the know. My weekly report to TPI is the perfect forum to share these observations and inside info with other Texas HS Football lovers.