If you aren’t interested in the Texas Longhorns’ road game against Iowa State, I suggest you check out Thursday night’s battle between Stony Point’s receiving corps and the Hendrickson secondary.
Stony Point junior Justin Gamble, a member of the All-Central Texas preseason football team who reportedly has scholarship offers from Texas Tech and Texas State, leads the Austin area in receptions (44) and receiving yards (639). Jeremy Carr, a Stony Point senior, has caught 29 passes and is coming off a four-touchdown performance against McNeil.
The Hawks will counter with a secondary that features Colorado-bound safety Chance Waz and Nebraska-bound cornerback Trai Mosley. Hendrickson, which also has received contributions from defensive backs Josh Wydermyer and P.J. Mbanasor, has allowed only 458 passing yards over its five games.
Hendrickson (5-0) and Stony Point (4-1) will play at 7 p.m. at Reeves Athletic Complex. Both teams won their District 16-5A openers last week.
Unblemished starts: With its 5-0 start, Bowie has become the first Austin ISD team since Anderson in 2010 to win its first five games of the season. Since the start of the 2000 season, only six teams in the Austin school district have opened 5-0, and Travis also could match that mark with a victory against Crockett on Friday.
Bowie has a tough road game against Lake Travis (3-1) this week, but if the Bulldogs can upend the Cavaliers on Friday night, they can start thinking about an undefeated regular season.
The last Austin ISD team to not lose a game during the regular season was Reagan. The Raiders went 10-0 during the 1990 regular season before losing to Corpus Christi Calallen 27-7 in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.
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 Travis senior wide receiver Keiman Reynolds.
The Travis Triplets — quarterback Jonathon Caldwell, running back Eric Strait and wide receiver Johnny Williams — have fueled an offense that is averaging 53.8 points per game, but don’t overlook Reynolds’ contributions.
Reynolds’ 21 receptions rank second on his team and among District 26-4A receivers, and he has averaged 12.3 yards per catch this season. Reynolds has caught two touchdown passes this fall, and he has scored twice on two-point conversion attempts.
Reynolds also acts as Travis’ punt returner and has averaged 20.2 yards per return.
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 email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Air Force junior linebacker Joey Nichol (Cedar Park, 2010) has played in five games this fall. He leads the Falcons with 53 tackles.
- Army sophomore defender Cameron Niccum (Lake Travis, 2011) has started all eight of the men’s soccer team’s matches. Army sophomore midfielder Brooke Hepfer (St. Stephen’s, 2012) has started in nine of the women’s soccer team’s 11 matches.
- Army senior defensive lineman Holt Zalneraitis (Round Rock, 2010) has recorded eight tackles and one sack this season. Army senior Richard Rainey (Vista Ridge, 2010) is a backup offensive lineman for the Black Knights.