Upcoming Game of the Week: Belton v. Temple
Before this season started, Belton had only won 6 games over the past three seasons (2006, 2007 & 2008). This season Belton has already easily topped that with 7-1 record. Their lone setback was a 10-0 loss to perennial power Copperas Cove.
Temple is currently 2-3 in the District 12-5A race but only 1 game out for the fourth playoff spot. Temple entered the season with lofty expectations boasting one of the nations highest rated college recruits in RB Lache Seastrunk. Unfortunately for Seastrunk and Temple, I think all the publicity has worked against them as each week they face a team with a defense designed to take away Temple's number one weapon.
However, Temple has been playing better and come up a big win over Bryan (17-14) and I expect them to come out fighting for the playoff lives and give Belton all they can handle. Should be an exciting Central Texas shoot out.
Team of the Week: Cedar Park
By way of full disclosure, my son Zac is a sophomore backup RB on this team. I am a homer for CenTex football, not Cedar Park football, but this week Cedar Park pulled off a huge win by knocking off State-Ranked and Nationally-Ranked Stony Point.
If you don't know, Stony Point was probably within one bad call of winning a State Title last season, and they also won the State 7-on-7 Title in College Station over the summer. They have been a powerhouse over the past 2-3 seasons when Coach Chesser finally got things turned around.
This was a huge game and a few folks realized that Cedar Park matched up well against Stony Point with their huge O-line (6'6" 280, 6'2" 290, 6'4" 295, 5'11" 265, 6'7" 305) with Dom Espinosa committed to Texas and juniors Spencer Drango and Matt Wofford already having D1 offers on the table. In the end, Cedar Park put up 28 points, 50 rushing attempts, 200 rushing yards and 127 passing yards against one of the top defenses in the state that is still holding opponents to less than 10 points per game.
Best Coaching performance for Week 8: Head Coach Chris Ross and QB Coach Tim Smith
Cedar Park HS. Leading up to the big game of the season for Cedar Park, starting senior QB Nathan Thornhill had been unable to practice while nursing a bad ankle. The Cedar Park offense revolves around the QB and his ability to make reads at the snap even in their run oriented Offense.
So what does CP do – run a sophomore QB out for his first varsity start against one of the top defenses in the state and then mix in a junior QB with almost no varsity experience. Sophomore QB Brian Hogan and Junior QB Matt Posey combined to put together a complete QB performance as they made big play after big play for the top upsets in Central Texas football this season. The two QBs ran the Offense exactly as planned and showed great maturity and confidence which is a testament to their coaching staff in having them completed prepared for the huge game.
Best Player performance for Week 8: Conner Wehr Senior QB - Giddings HS.
Down 26-7 in the second half, the new kid on the block Wehr saved Giddings season spearheading a huge come from behind victory against La Grange by a score of 36-32. Wehr finished with over 220 yards total offense and 4 TDs. Wehr played last season at Magnolia High but moved to Giddings over the summer and gets to finish his high career by playing with his cousin Colby Wollin who is a senior DE on the team.
Game Film Observations:
1. Dripping Springs v. Hendrickson Dripping Springs is having a tough season at just 2-7 but I give them credit. The DSHS kids still battle and play hard. Kaleb Syring (#32 RB/LB – JR) is a big strong RB that runs with power and gets to take some direct snaps in their Wildcat package. Quinton Poe (# 10 WR – SR) is listed as a WR, but played QB for DSHS (when not in the Wildcat) and looked confident while making some tough throws in the first quarter while under pressure. While DSHS ending up being shut out by Hendrickson 49-0, Poe and the offense did have a great opportunity to score in the first quarter moving into the red zone with a nice drive but a botched FG attempt ended the series. Aaron Kelly (#77 OL – SR) also did a nice job for an over whelmed offense.
The star of the game once again for Hendrickson was super stud RB Kenny Williams (#34 RB – JR). While only rushing for 200 yards does seem small considering the troubles DSHS is having this year, Williams got those 200 yards on just 8 carries. Not a bad day at the office. Opening a lot of those holes was Jeff Travillion (#68 OL/DL –JR) who is a massive O-lineman with great leverage and footwork. Getting the party started for Hendrickson was 3 year starter Juan Asencio (#48 LB – SR) who normally is just one of the area outstanding linebackers but has seen some spot duty at RB this year. Asencio went 75 yards untouched for Hendrickson's first TD. On defense, the front four of Victor Irokansi (#88 DE – Soph), Reid Mitchell (#82 DE – Soph), Terrence Simmons (#61 DT – SR) and big #77 who I don't have listed on my roster (sorry big ‘un).
2. Stony Point v. Cedar Park
Stony Point's reputation for being a big-time program is well deserved. They field a very impressive team of athletes and play makers. Unfortunately for them, they had to play their second game without QB Aaryn Sharp (#17 QB – JR) who is basically a co-started with QB Gus Barrera (#15 QB – JR). Barrera is quick on his feet and finished with around 50 yards rushing on option runs. The real star of the game for Stony Point was Sam Kelley (#11 RB – JR) who reeled off several electric runs and finished with around 140 yards rushing and three TDs. Gerad Shillow (#5 TE – SR) was also very impressive when given opportunities to make plays as I don't know of any school that has a defender that can match up with his physical size and speed. Shillow know how to use his body to shield away defenders but without pushing and then has the talent and strength to pull the ball away from anyone. He should be a big time college player. On Defense, the play of Kevin White (#2 DB – SR) was huge as he pulled down a tough INT to save a TD for Stony Point.
On the Cedar Park side, their defense rose to the occasion thanks in part to the return of team leader and inside linebacker Joey Nichol (#47 LB – SR) who has missed several games this season due to a nagging ankle injury. This turned out to be a big week for Nichol as he also committed to Air Force next season. Nichol turned in huge plays for CP including a near sack of Barrera that forced him to throw the ball away. Unfortunately for Stony Point, Nichol got enough of Barrera that his throw went out of bounds several yards shy of the LOS and resulted in a intentional grounding penalty which was a drive killer for SPHS. Ryan Roberts (#6 DB – JR) and Andy Springen (#31 DB – SR) also came up big for CP with several pass breakups, solid coverage and Springen did a great job in defending against WR screens. Collin Middleton (#57 DE/LB – JR) and Jeff Peden (#99 NT – JR) also continue their great play against the run in helping limit SPHS to probably their lowest rushing game of the season. Perhaps the play of the game was a late in the game 46 yard pass from Posey to a wide open Michael Darby (#84 WR – SR) where he was tackled on the 7. The resulting short TD dive by Hogan turned out to be the winning score. The story of the game (and season) still belongs to the O-line which just totally dominated in the trenches and opened huge lanes for Hogan and Brad Willard (#26 FB – SR). At this point, both Cedar Park and Stony Point should represent Central Texas well in the playoffs this year.
Sorry folks for only having two games this week. This is the time of year when I get real busy building recruiting videos for Seniors and Juniors.
Send me your comments and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my website (www.hhorne.com) for more video recruiting info. 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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