St. Dominic Savio will play Chilton on Friday in a game that was made possible by unexpected holes in both teams’ schedules.
St. Dominic Savio, a TAPPS independent, is 2-3 this season while Chilton has compiled a 5-1 record as a Class A, Division II program. But recent history suggests that Savio will soar to another victory this weekend.
Private-school football teams from the Austin area are 6-4 this season against University Interscholastic League-affiliated 11-man football programs. Those private schools have posted a winning record against UIL programs in four of the past five seasons, and they are 45-23 against UIL-member schools since 2008.
St. Michael’s and Hyde Park have had the most success against public schools since the start of the 2008 season. St. Michael’s has won 14 of its 19 matchups while Hyde Park boasts a six-game winning streak against UIL teams.
Nineteen of the area’s UIL-affiliated football teams — including all eight District 17-4A programs — had a bye last week.
I’ve always been curious about how helpful bye weeks are. Does the extra week of rest and preparation help? Or do teams develop some rust in that week off?
So far this season, Austin-area public schools are 7-8 in their post-bye games. Last season, the area’s public schools were 25-29 immediately after a bye week.
In 2012, six area teams had byes during the last week of the regular season. Crockett, Hendrickson, Lake Travis, LBJ, McCallum and Travis all lost their bi-district playoff games.
UNDER THE RADAR
Each week, we’ll introduce you to a player who is making big plays despite not having a big name. This week, we’re taking a look at Westwood senior running back Mason Bartek.
Playing in Westwood’s pass-heavy offense, Bartek has rushed for 319 yards, and with only 72 carries, he maintains an average of 4.4 yards per attempt. Bartek’s 28 receptions rank second among his teammates and among Austin-area running backs.
How versatile is Bartek, a third-year letterman who has scored five touchdowns this season? Westwood coach Anthony Wood said Bartek could line up at any of the skill positions on Westwood’s offense, including quarterback.
After winning its season opener, Westwood lost three straight games by the combined score of 142-57, but the Warriors have won their two district games, and on Friday, Westwood will play Hendrickson for the District 16-5A lead.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Every week, we will spotlight the collegiate accomplishments of a few of our area alums. If you know of someone who should be featured in this segment, drop me an e-mail at email@example.com.
- Rhodes College sophomore quarterback Blake Box (Westlake, 2012) has thrown for 777 yards and eight touchdowns. Box was named the Southern Athletic Association’s player of the week on Sept. 23.
- Texas A&M-Kingsville freshman Greg Pitre (Hutto, 2012) has rushed for two touchdowns and a team-high 230 yards. Pitre’s five receptions also rank second among the Javelinas.
- Stephen F. Austin sophomore wide receiver Aaron Thomas (Burnet, 2011) has 23 receptions and two touchdowns. Thomas had a school-record 242 receiving yards in a game against Prairie View A&M on Sept 28.