Week 2 Central Texas District Insider: 13-5A

This week's action in 13-5A is highlighted with huge games between Ellison and Pflugerville Connally while Bryan takes on Leander.

DISTRICT 13-5A INSIDER: Week 2

OVERVIEW
This is a huge week for several teams in the league that are looking to avoid falling a game below .500 and one in particular that is looking to avoid an 0-3 start. After a tough loss to Leander, A&M Consolidated will try to avoid their third consecutive loss to start the season as they will hit the road to play Austin Westlake. Bryan (at home against Leander), Ellison (at Pflugerville Connally), Shoemaker (at home against Copperas Cove), and Temple (at Abilene Cooper), are all looking to improve on their 1-1 records while Belton, who is sitting atop the district with a 2-0 record will look to move to 3-0 against long-time rival Georgetown.

MATCHUPS & PICKS (ranking is TPI area rank)
A&M Consolidated (0-2) at No. 9 Austin Westlake (1-1)
It is hard to imagine the Tigers getting off to an 0-3 start, but it is possible because they face a Westlake riding the emotional high of a win over Lake Travis. Consol will have to get better against the run as they have given up over 300 yards on the ground in both of their losses. Dominic Preston carried the offense for the first half against Leander, but once the Lions stopped him the Tigers sputtered. Look for Westlake to run right at the Tigers until Consol stops them. JEFF'S PICK: Westlake by 13

Belton (2-0) at No. 8 Georgetown (1-1)
The Tigers are 2-0 after spoiling Ron Schroeder's Bastrop debut with a 28-10 victory. Look for Coach Rodney Southern to stick with their formula that has worked so far, which is relying on running backs Keith Daniels and Khiry Robinson to make plays. Georgetown lost a tough decision to a good San Antonio Reagan team last week, and the Eagles home field advantage will likely make the difference in a close game between these two I-35 rivals. JEFF'S PICK: Georgetown by 4

Leander (1-1) at No. 4 Bryan (1-1)
The Vikings lost a hard fought decision to Pflugerville last week despite displaying an outstanding defensive effort. Like with Pflugerville, Elton Holmes and the defense will need to be on their toes against a Leander team that rushed for 350 yards against Consol last week. Look for this one to go down to the wire, but Leander might have too much firepower in the running game for the Vikings to handle. JEFF'S PICK: Leander by 3

No. 3 Killeen Ellison (1-1) at 4A No. 5 Pflugerville Connally (1-0)
The Eagles got a huge lift last week as Ivan Delgado returned to the lineup and guided Ellison to a 43-0 pasting of Pflugerville Hendrickson. The Eagles might be at full strength this week if receiver Jaron Turner and running back Michael Holloway return from injury. They will need all the help they can get against a stout Connally defense, but Delgado should make the difference. JEFF'S PICK: Ellison by 6

Harker Heights (0-1) at 4A No. 6 Killeen (2-0)
The "Nolan Creek Shootout' is usually a thriller and adding to the flavor of this year's contest is the Roos trying to make it 3-0 against their K.I.S.D. brethren. The Knights were blanked 34-0 by a good Cedar Park team and the Knights did not do much on either side of the ball against the Timberwolves. JEFF'S PICK: Killeen by 17

4A No. 2 Copperas Cove (2-0) at Killeen Shoemaker (1-1)
The Grey Wolves dropped a close one to Killeen last week despite being almost dead even with the Roos in every statistical category. Shoemaker quarterback Andre Smith and the offense has their work cut out for them against a Cove defense that has given up only 264 total yards in two games. JEFF'S PICK: Cove by 19

Temple (1-1) at Abilene Cooper (1-0)
The Wildcats rushed for 376 yards against Round Rock McNeil last week but three fumbles helped spell their demise. Lache Seastruck and Adrian Reeves-Brown make a great one-two punch in the backfield, but ball security is a must against a Cooper squad that defeated Weatherford two weeks ago. JEFF'S PICK: Cooper by 8

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ivan Delgado, QB, Ellison
The Eagles senior signal caller came back from an elbow injury he sustained in the preseason to lead the Eagles to a 43-0 rout of Pflugerville Hendrickson. Delgado ran for 85 yards, threw for 219 more and accounted for three touchdowns.

DISTRICT MVP CANDIDATES:
1. Leche Seastruck, RB, Temple – had 225 yards against McNeil
2. Ivan Delgado, QB, Ellison – big game in return from injury
3. Keith Daniels, RB, Belton - a big reason why the Tigers are 2-0

KEY INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP THIS WEEK
Elton Holmes vs. Reggie Hodges – the Bryan linebacker has been the Vikings defensive leader in the first two games and he will need to be at his best against Hodges as the Leander senior running back has gone over 100 yards rushing in each of his first two games.

DISTRICT TEAMS IN AREA RANKINGS:
No. 3 Ellison No. 4 Bryan LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Leander 30, A&M Consolidated 12
Belton 28, Bastrop 10
Pflugerville 23, Bryan 16
Ellison 43, Pflugerville Hendrickson 0
Cedar Park 34, Harker Heights 0
Killeen 17, Shoemaker 14
Round Rock McNeil 38, Temple 28

PROJECTED PLAYOFF SEEDINGS:
Division I No. 1 Seed: Bryan
Division I No. 2 Seed: A&M Consolidated
Division II No. 1 Seed: Killeen Ellison
Division II No. 2 Seed: Temple

PROJECTED PLAYOFF MATCHUPS (vs. District 14-5A):
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: Belton & Temple
The two teams combined for just two wins and have made vast improvements already this season combining for a 3-1 record.

Stock Down: Harker Heights
The Knights were dominated by Cedar Park in Coach Todd McVey's debut. They however do have some time to get things together before district play.


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