You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Dragons’ duo hope to slow down Eric Schmid and The Woodlands

Round Rock’s motto since day one of this football season has been “Think December.”

All that thinking must have paid off.

This Saturday, the Dragons (10-3) will head to Baylor’s McLane Stadium to take on The Woodlands (13-0) in a Class 6A, Division I state quarterfinal. Round Rock is one of just three Austin-area teams still alive in the Class 6A playoffs, joining Lake Travis and Westlake.

“We have been put through the ringer,” said Brian Bolger, a senior defensive back for the Dragons. “We truly understand how much this game means to us.”

In Waco, Bolger and the rest of the Round Rock secondary, including fellow senior Brandon Pflueger, will be tested by a potent Highlanders offense. Led by senior quarterback Eric Schmid, a Sam Houston State pledge, The Woodlands has scored 40 or more points in 10 straight games. Last week, Schmid racked up 397 total yards and five touchdowns in a 52-31 victory over Bowie.

Overall, the Highlanders have outscored their opponents by a combined 608-204.

With that telling stat in mind, Pflueger has been putting in extra hours in the film room, making sure he’s prepared for an offense he believes is the most dangerous the Dragons’ have faced since Cedar Ridge on Oct. 14. Like The Woodlands, Cedar Ridge was led by a dynamic quarterback in Garrett Sharp.

Pflueger thinks the 51-43 loss to Cedar Ridge in the regular season has helped the Dragons “learn from their mistakes.”

“I have been doing a lot of extra studying on Eric Schmid,” he said. “We’ve put together a solid game plan that comes from noticing tendencies. We also want to take away things in their offense that they like to do, forcing them to be uncomfortable.”

Bolger agreed.

“We respect Schmid as an all-around player, and the Woodlands as a whole,” he said.

But Bolger pointed out that the Dragons are pretty good, too.

“We feel we just have to be who we are,” he said. “We believe in the system that has gotten us this far and don’t think we really have to change too much.”

Pflueger, Bolger and the rest of the Dragons’ secondary will undoubtedly have their hands full trying to slow down a Highlanders’ offense that is averaging 47 points a game.

Pflueger and Bolger — the leaders of Round Rock’s passing defense — have combined for 10 interceptions, with Bolger returning three of those for touchdowns. Pflueger has tallied 147 tackles to lead Round Rock.

It’s an unmatched chemistry, according to Bolger, that has been developed since the two were freshmen.

“We both take our roles as team and unit leaders very seriously,” said Bolger. “We see it as an opportunity that is not given but rather earned by the rest of our teammates.”

Should the Dragons defeat The Woodlands on Saturday, Pflueger and Bolger will lead Round Rock into the Class 6A, Division I semifinals and one game away from playing for a state championship.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in High School Sports

Texas Stars end season series against Stockton with a loss

Matej Stransky scored his 23rd goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Texas Stars closed out the season series against the Stockton Heat with a 4-1 loss at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Hunter Shinkaruk led the Heat with a goal and two assists in the Heat’s second win out of three straight games against the Stars (30-32-1-4)...
Golden: He’s an NFL long shot, but David Ash is back and giving football one last shot
Golden: He’s an NFL long shot, but David Ash is back and giving football one last shot

A friend recently approached David Ash after hearing the former Texas quarterback had decided to resume his football career. “You’re going to die,” his friend said. So are you, Ash thought. I get it. You only live once. Ash won’t be young forever and the chance to play pro football has been a lifelong dream that he’s completely...
Hoying, Middlebrooks, Guzman highlight early Express roster
Hoying, Middlebrooks, Guzman highlight early Express roster

Might as well call him Captain Express. Center fielder Jared Hoying will be back in Round Rock for a fifth consecutive season, the Express learned Tuesday when the Texas Rangers set the majority of the rosters for their minor league clubs. Hoying, 27, who earned his first major league playing time in 2016, has swatted 73 home runs in an Express uniform...
Did D’Onta Foreman make some money at Texas’ pro day on Tuesday? ‘I definitely do. Yes sir’
Did D’Onta Foreman make some money at Texas’ pro day on Tuesday? ‘I definitely do. Yes sir’

Pro timing day every spring is that rare occasion where college athletes, long accustomed to scraping by on measly scholarship checks, know they can make millions before lunch. “It’s unexplainable,” said Texas lineman Kent Perkins, who started 34 of 39 games the last four seasons. “When I woke up, I wasn’t nervous. When...
Bohls: Texas Relays track stars going the extra mile
Bohls: Texas Relays track stars going the extra mile

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. If you’re a track and field afficionado, Myers Stadium is the place to be this week. You might even see some history. More than 7,700 athletes representing 17 countries and 37 states will descend upon Austin to compete at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. On Saturday afternoon...
More Stories