A cave, a cafe and a couple of quarterbacks in Georgetown


THE DRIVE: THIS WEEK’S RECOMMENDED ROAD TRIP

Friday nights in the fall have always been about more than football.

At the end of the workweek, Friday means hopping in the truck — or maybe a minivan — and following your team, no matter the distance or the traffic. It means a good meal before and sometimes during the game. It means a bit of sightseeing, too, while you proudly show off your school’s colors.

Each week this season, we’ll tell you why you should go, where you could eat and what to do if you have time to kill before kickoff. This week, we make the drive to Georgetown.

So gas up and go.

WEEK SEVEN: ROUSE VS. GEORGETOWN, 7:30 P.M., BIRKELBACH FIELD

What to see: Beat the traffic and arrive in Georgetown early so you can stop at Inner Space Cavern, a living cave resplendent with stalactites and stalagmites that wasn’t discovered until 1963. Closer to downtown, Blue Hole Park offers a nice spot to cool off in the south fork of the San Gabriel River, and Georgetown’s historic square features an array of restaurants and boutiques in the shadow of the majestic Williamson County Courthouse.

Where to eat: If you arrive early, stop at Monument Cafe for a chicken fried steak or a cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee before closing time hits at 3 p.m. Burger University is a casual spot popular with students at Southwestern University and offers a superb selection of sandwiches. There’s also 600 Degrees Pizzeria and Drafthouse, which boasts a creative mix of slices and snacks.

Why to watch the game: Like quarterback play? You’ll love watching both of these signal-callers. Georgetown’s Cooper Bell has thrown for 1,495 yards and 24 touchdowns while helping the Eagles to a 5-1 record. His counterpart, Ethan Moore, is a run-pass threat who’s totaled more than 900 yards of offense for a 2-3 Rouse team desperate to stay in the playoff chase.

Previous road trips: Sept. 1, Connally at Lockhart; Sept. 8, Giddings at Wimberley; Sept. 15, A&M Consolidated at Austin High; Sept. 22, Kerrville Tivy at Dripping Springs; Sept. 29, Stony Point at Round Rock; Oct. 6, Crockett vs. Travis.



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