Upcoming Game of the Week: Westlake v. Pflugerville
This game may turn out to be pivotal game for both schools. Westlake is coming off an impressive victory over Austin Bowie but lost perhaps their biggest playmaker in Louie Swope to bad knee injury. Pflugerville is coming off a bad loss (is there such a thing as a good loss?) to Bastrop – see below. Pflugerville has to regroup in a hurry if they still want to stay in the District Championship race.
Team of the Week: Bastrop
Bastrop shocked Central Texas last week not just by beating Pflugerville, but by beating them badly. Pflugerville couldn't get anything going early and Bastrop could do no wrong in jumping out to a huge 31-0 halftime lead before coasting home. Bastrop served notice to the rest of the District 25-5A that they will have something to say about who will be crowned District Champs.
Best Individual performance I saw for Week 4:
Kenny Williams RB Pflugerville Hendrickson HS. Basically you can just look at what I wrote about Williams last week because he put on an equal performance this past Friday at Hutto's expense. I said it before and I'll say it again – Williams is the second coming of Bo Jackson – just a few inches shorter than Bo but every bit as fast and powerful. Williams finished with 280 yards and another 5 TD's.
Game Film Observations:
1. Pflugerville Hendrickson v. Hutto
Overall this was a pretty odd game and actually a pretty tight ball game until the wheels came off for Hutto in the 4th Quarter. This game had a little bit of everything: pick 6 INT, Wildcat formation that ended in a safety, huge kickoff returns, a punter return TD, and a blocked punt. I already mentioned Kenny Williams (#34 RB-SR) and the incredible night he had - again. Also contributing to the Hawks ground game was Brandon Bedford (#21 RB-SR) whose slashing, elusive style is a great change up from the power of backfield mate Williams. Tommie Robbins (#10 DB-JR) helped his team with a great break on a pass over the middle and returned it 53 yards for a pick-6 TD. Jeremy Spence (#53 DE-SR) also turned in a good night with his speed of ball and tackles in the backfield. Spence also played Guard and was a major force in opening holes for Williams. Finally, Damarion Jackson (#12 LB-JR) scored one last TD for the Hendrickson D with a 35 yard fumble recovery and return for a TD.
Hutto got most of its Offense from emerging QB Alondre Thorn (#2 QB/DB-JR) who made big plays with his arm and legs – mostly legs but Thorn's throwing has improved steadily throughout the season. Hutto also opened the playbook up by letting their stud TE/DE and Texas A&M bound Nehemiah Hicks (#81 SR) throw a 32 yard pass to Alex Aday (#14 WR/DB-JR). Hicks was his usual dominant self and seemed to be the only Hutto player who could bring down Williams by himself. Aday also scored on a 75 yard punt return. WR Trevor Hayes (#5 WR-SR) also did his part to keep Hutto in the game for 3 quarters with his quickness and nice hands. Jabari Prewitt (#26 S/RB-JR) also stepped up with a blocked punt, several tackles and a nice 65 yard TD run up the middle. This was a very physical games and Hutto lost some key players to injury during the game (sorry – top secret injury report that I can't share) so will need some younger players to step up next week when Hutto travels out to Lake Travis.
2. Pflugerville v. Bastrop
The new attitude of Bastrop football starts with the play of their field general Josiah Monroe (#8 QB-JR). Monroe reminds me a lot of former Hutto QB and current TCU WR Jeremy Kerley. To call Monroe elusive would be a huge understatement. On top of that Monroe makes good reads and has a nice touch on the ball as he demonstrated many times last Friday against Pflugerville. The recipient of many of those throws was Adam Mack (#3 RB-SR) who runs excellent routes out of the backfield and showed off a great pair of hands. On Defense, a blitzing Cade Staton (#32 LB-SR) come up with several big tackles for losses and kept the Pflugerville Offense off balance. Colton Tucker (#40 DB-SR) also contributed several key tackles to Bastrop's cause and showed great instincts for finding the ball.
It took Pflugerville's Offense a while to get started but Drew Travis (#6 WR-SR) stepped up with a nice TD run off a reverse and a late 4th Quarter TD catch after slipping coming off the line. Alex Dean (#10 QB-JR) also got the home crowd worried a bit after an electric 85 yard scamper dodging several Bastrop defenders along the way. Running back Julian Ward (#28 RB-JR) also contributed with several bursts off trap plays. Big Ty Turner (#73 DT-SR) showed good quickness for a big man by chasing down Monroe and stripping the ball from the QB. Quintin Davis (#78 DT-JR) also showed skills and explosiveness while trying to track down the elusive Monroe.
3. Cedar Park v. Georgetown
Cedar Park's Offensive unit set the tone for the rest of the game when Left Tackle Spencer Drango (#58 OL-JR) pulled down the line and opened a huge hole for QB Nathan Thornhill (#17 QB-SR) to sprint untouched for an 83 yard TD romp. Cedar Park spent the rest of the night pounding away at the middle of Georgetown's defensive line behind Dominic Espinosa (#55 C-SR), Nickolas Russo (#54 OL-JR) and Tyler Chauvin (#65 OL-JR). Fullback Brad Willard shook off a high fever to rush for 2 TDs on a night when Cedar Park had 10 ball carriers rush for over 400 yards. On Defense, Cedar Park got a huge effort from Alex Damron (#33 LB-JR) with a nice INT in the second half. D linemen Taylor Chew (#42 DE-SR) put constant pressure on both Georgetown QBs all night highlighted by an impressive bull rush and sack by Chew in the second half. Holmes Onwukaife (#90 LB/DE-SR) also wowed the crowd with 2 QB sacks in a row early in the 1st Quarter.
Even though Georgetown is still winless, they had some big plays from QB Ian McCoig (#7 QB-SR) including a spectacular throw to a wide open Taylor Sachs (#23 RB-JR) for an 85 yard TD connection. Sachs had a huge night catching the ball as he constantly found soft spots in the Cedar Park zone defenses and finished with 156 yards receiving. On the Defensive side of the ball, Georgetown has plenty of woos trying to stop the run but Landon Crooks (#10 LB-SR) is a tackling machine. Cedar Park might have put up 600 yards rushing if not for Crooks who at times appeared to be the only Georgetown defender making any tackles.
Video Highlights from this past week can also be found on my website – www.hhorne.com. Send me your comments and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great weekend of Football!
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.
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