The playoffs might bring the easiest games Cedar Park faces this football season.
We already know Cedar Park plays in District 25-4A, which shapes up as one of the toughest districts in the state. And after looking at the non-district schedules of more than 50 other UIL-affiliated schools in the Austin area, I’ve concluded that the Timberwolves have the toughest pre-district slate.
Cedar Park’s non-district foes — Westlake, Abilene Cooper, Harker Heights and Westwood — all played in the Class 5A playoffs in 2012. Westlake, Cooper and Westwood also combined for seven postseason wins.
By my calculations, which are explained more in depth on the Statesman’s “Varsity News” blog, Jarrell has the easiest non-district schedule in the area, but the Cougars also are in the midst of a rebuilding project under coach Jeremy Beutler. Travis has less of an excuse for a non-district schedule that features three teams that missed the postseason in 2012 and a Class 3A Taylor program that was 5-7.
Did you know?
Lake Travis’ 25-19 loss to Converse Judson on Friday was the Cavaliers’ first season-opening defeat since they lost to Taylor 42-35 at the beginning of the 2004 season. But did you know that the Cavs’ season-opening winning streak was not the longest one that was snapped in Zero Week?
Before a 23-17 loss to LBJ on Friday, Hutto had opened the past 10 seasons with a victory. Hutto’s streak began when a freshman named Jeremy Kerley quarterbacked the Hippos to an overtime victory against Little River Academy in 2003.
So with Hutto and Lake Travis’ runs halted, who has the longest season-opening streak in the area? Stony Point, which beat Harker Heights 47-31 Friday, has now won its past eight season openers.
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 Cedar Ridge senior quarterback Michael McCann.
McCann missed three of Cedar Ridge’s six District 16-5A games in 2012 because of a separated shoulder, but he still was the top quarterback on the all-district team. Over his seven games in 2012, McCann threw for 1,755 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he turned his 65 rushing attempts into 315 yards and four touchdowns.
In Cedar Ridge’s season-opening 49-7 victory over Lehman on Friday, McCann passed for 276 yards and four TDs. The catcher on Cedar Ridge’s baseball team and an All-Central Texas second-team honoree in that sport, McCann has committed to the University of Texas baseball program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fresno State freshman Colin McGuire (Westwood, 2013) kicked seven extra points and a 47-yard field goal in Fresno State’s 52-51 overtime win over Rutgers last week.
- University of Montana freshman Claire McCown (Lake Travis, 2013) has started in two of Montana’s three volleyball matches this season. An outside hitter, she averaged 1.50 kills per set.
- Kansas sophomore Alex Matlock (Pflugerville, 2011) will open the 2013 football season as the back-up strong safety. He played in five games in 2012.
Chat about area high school football with Danny Davis and Rick Cantu, starting at 1 p.m. Thursday at statesman.com/hsfootball.