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Game of the Week: Connally (7-0) at Cedar Park (7-0)


GAME OF THE WEEK

Connally (7-0) at Cedar Park (7-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday (Gupton Stadium)

Quarterbacks: Connally’s Robert Patterson has accounted for 23 of his team’s 28 touchdowns this season while averaging 177 yards passing and 77 yards rushing per game. Mak Sexton has been a steady offensive force for Cedar Park, throwing for 205 yards per game while tossing nine TD passes. Edge: Connally

Other offense: Five different receivers have caught at least 10 passes for Connally this season, and Ryan Walton complements Patterson in the backfield, averaging 56 yards rushing per game. Cedar Park’s balanced offense has accounted for 214 yards passing and 204 rushing per game. Timberwolves RB Tyler Lavine has run for 13 TDs this fall. Edge: Cedar Park

Defense: Connally has a bend-but-don’t-break defense that allows 23 PPG. The Cougars, though, have piled up 22 sacks this season. Cedar Park has held opponents to 7.5 PPG while recording 16 sacks and shutting out four of their seven opponents. Edge: Cedar Park

Special teams: Connally’s Dereon Kizzee has blocked a pair of field-goal attempts and teammate Edward McDonald has blocked a punt. Cedar Park kicker Storm Jensen is among the best in the area, having converted six of his seven field-goal attempts in 2016. Edge: Connally

Intangibles: Connally has helped itself by gathering up 19 takeaways — 10 fumble recoveries, nine interceptions — in its seven contests. Cedar Park has not lost since falling to Ennis 38-35 in the Class 5A, Division II championship matchup in 2014, a span of 23 games. Edge: Cedar Park


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