No. 10 Cedar Park grinds it out against No. 6 Hutto
Last year, Hutto ended Cedar Park’s six-year reign as district champions with a dominating 65-21 win. Although Cedar Park head coach Carl Abseck downplayed the idea of a revenge game this time around, that loss still had to be in the back of the Timberwolves’ mind.
This season’s edition of the game resulted in one of the sloppiest and defensive games between two top-tier teams of 2019. Points were at a premium and just because a team broke inside the 10-yard line, it didn't guarantee a touchdown.
By the end of the third quarter, there had been over 20 penalties and both teams were knotted at 13-13 on the backs of two defenses neutralizing the others’ attack.
Hutto was in position to take a seemingly-commanding one-touchdown lead during the third quarter following a 40-yard strike from Grayson Doggett that put the ball inside the Cedar Park five. The Black Rain defense came up with perhaps the biggest play of the night getting pressure on Doggett and forcing a fumble that Murray Robinson returned to around midfield.
Prior to the fourth quarter, Cedar Park’s only touchdown on the day was on a 62-yard pass from Ryder Hernandez to Preston Scott just before halftime, a seemingly out-of-nowhere play that contrasted a dismal offensive half that gave the Timberwolves a much-needed spark heading into the locker room.
Facing a three-point deficit late in the fourth quarter, Hernandez put together his most impressive drive of the night shaking off a rough game to drive the Timberwolves down the field and score the game-winning 14-yard touchdown with 1:38 left to play. Cedar Park’s defense held on for the 20-16 win. With the win, Cedar Park is now in prime position to take District 11-5A.
Top-ranked Frisco Lone Star holds on, Denison upsets No. 10 Frisco
We almost had the biggest upset in the state happen over in The Colony after the Cougars nearly stunned Lone Star for a second consecutive season. This year, Jeff Rayburn’s team had to overcome five lead changes, including one with just over five minutes to play following a 71-yard score from The Colony's Christian Gonzalez.
Jake Bogdon’s 55-yard run on the ensuing possession was the difference and the Rangers’ unbeaten season is still intact despite an impressive game from Gonzalez who was The Colony’s big-play target hurling in two scores of over 60 yards Friday night.
Staying with Frisco ISD, Denison pulled a big upset inside Toyota Stadium by handing the Raccoons their first loss under head coach Jeff Harbert. What looked like a relatively easy path to a District 7-5A title after Frisco’s big win over Reedy a few weeks back, now gets more complicated with four teams sitting with one district loss.
No. 3 Wall edges out Jim Ned in a slow-cooker
We knew that Wall and Jim Ned was going to be a physical, methodical clash and that’s exactly what we got between two of the best defensive units in the state. Both teams lived up to the billing with the Hawk offense just narrowly getting the upper hand against an Indian defense that has still only surrendered points in just three of its seven games this season. While for Wall, it means it'll keep its spot in the DCTF rankings, but for Jim Ned, this performance means that the Indians are a team to watch in 3A-DI Region I.
No. 2 Shiner routing Weimar
This was…not expected. Shiner winning? Yeah that's not surprising, but how it won? There's the shocker.
We knew that Shiner was a team we were going to be talking about along with Refugio and Mason in that traditionally tough three-way dance in Region IV of 2A-DI, but routing a very good Weimar team at Weimar Stadium is something that should make waves throughout the rest of the classification that the Comanches a force this season. If that seemingly inevitable playoff clash between them and Refugio is destined to happen again, look for a battle.
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Arlington Martin donned special jerseys Friday night honoring fallen Grand Prairie A.J. Castaneda, who was killed this summer in a car accident. Martin knocked off rival Arlington with Castaneda’s son watching on the Warrior sideline.
This one’s from Thursday night, but we’re going to show love to Fort Bend Hightower’s Ro’derrick Johnson anyway for this big-time run against Galveston Ball.
And to close it out, this incredible focus-catch from Childress’ Devron Smith against Canadian early in the first quarter!