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 Taylor.
So gas up and go.
WEEK 11: CANYON LAKE AT TAYLOR, 7:30 P.M., MEMORIAL FIELD
What to see: Taylor’s downtown has been praised for its revitalization, and the historic McCrory Timmerman Building anchors the area. Inside, Texas Beer Co. offers a place to unwind and play a board game with the family. (Don’t worry about your youngest football fans; there’s root beer on tap.) Trouvaille Antiques goes way beyond that rare Wedgewood pyrophorus vase, and the Moody Museum — the childhood home of former Texas Gov. Dan Moody — offers insight into the state’s youngest governor, who took office at 33, not long after his famed courtroom battles against the Ku Klux Klan as Williamson County district attorney.
Where to eat: Step into a “cathedral of smoke,” as dubbed by Texas Monthly magazine, at Louie Mueller Barbecue, one of the most revered dining shrines in the state. Heck, even Aaron Franklin said a piece of brisket here started him down the path toward smoky sainthood. If you crave something other than brisket and ribs — and I know there are about three of you out there — visit Ricoco’s Latin Grill, a Mexican food joint that goes beyond typical Tex-Mex.
Why to watch the game: Taylor’s venerable Memorial Field will be the site of what could be a memorable game in the stadium’s finale, excluding a postseason contest. Next year, the Taylor school district will open a new facility for the first time in almost 100 years. Canyon Lake and Taylor are both perfect in District 14-4A, Division I play, and the winner will claim both the district title and the top playoff seed. Canyon Lake leans on a slot-T ground game that averages 327 yards rushing per game, but Taylor has given up a total of 33 points in three district games.
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; Oct. 13, Rouse at Georgetown; Oct. 20, La Grange at Smithville; Oct. 27, Liberty Hill at Burnet; Nov. 3, Anderson at San Marcos.