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Fast start propels Hendrickson football team past McNeil

Fast start propels Hendrickson football team past McNeil

Hendrickson started off the night with a bang and never stopped en route to a 47-13 blowout of McNeil Oct. 19 at Reeves Athletic Complex in the Round Rock school district. D.J. Jackson scored rushing touchdowns from a distance of 23 and 32 yards in the first quarter alone. McNeil was up 19-0 at the end of the first quarter, and ended the opening period with a Myles Brooks interception of McNeil quarterback...
Bowie tops Manor in overtime, remains unbeaten in 14-6A play

Bowie tops Manor in overtime, remains unbeaten in 14-6A play

In a battle for a share of the top spot in District 14-6A, Bowie’s rushing attack fueled a comeback as the Bulldogs topped visiting Manor 39-36 in overtime Thursday night. Quarterback Trinidad Sanders and running back Kyle Carter combined for 391 yards rushing for Bowie (6-1, 2-0), which trailed by three points with 2:09 to play in the fourth quarter. Sanders and Carter combined for 249 yards...
Eagles hold off Bears in emotional win

Eagles hold off Bears in emotional win

Emotions run high in the crosstown rivalry between Bastrop and Cedar Creek. But Cedar Creek had more incentive on Tuesday because it’s in the hunt for a playoff spot. Brooke Townsend, Cedar Creek’s 5-foot-11 outside hitter, cranked up her swing early, scoring kills on four of the first five points in the first set. That set the tone as the Eagles won the District 19-5A match 25-14, 25-14...
High school volleyball: Fab Fives and notes

High school volleyball: Fab Fives and notes

FAB FIVES • Class 6A 1. Westlake (25-15) 2. Vandegrift (37-6) 3. Westwood (28-14) 4. Bowie (20-19) 5. Stony Point (34-6) • Class 5A 1. Rouse (42-3) 2. Dripping Springs (30-12) 3. Austin High (22-13) 4. Cedar Park (28-16) 5. Cedar Creek (30-12) • Class 4A and below 1. St. Michael’s (21-2) 2. Liberty Hill (26-13) 3. St. Stephen’s (19-9) 4. Round Rock Christian (27-6-1) 5....
Vista Ridge plugs in duo of Taute, Pittman to charge offense

Vista Ridge plugs in duo of Taute, Pittman to charge offense

A year ago, Vista Ridge quarterback Jacob Taute and Rangers receiver Jamil Pittman just hoped to connect on a few practice repetitions while recovering from injuries. Now? Well, the seniors form one of the top passing combos in Central Texas for the high-scoring Rangers (4-2, 2-0), who will face rival Vandegrift (4-3, 2-1) on Friday in a pivotal District 25-6A contest at Monroe Stadium. “Any...
Former Hays coach Shelton chosen for high school football hall

Former Hays coach Shelton chosen for high school football hall

Bob Shelton, the first head football coach at Hays High and the only one for more than four decades, will be inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame next year. Officials with the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, which includes a separate high school football wing, announced the 2018 prep football inductees Thursday. Shelton will join Kingsville’s Bobby Cavasos (1950s and...
Before kickoff, take a hike and feast your eyes on a giant cookie

Before kickoff, take a hike and feast your eyes on a giant cookie

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...
Faces off the Field: Seth Satterwhite, senior linebacker, East View

Faces off the Field: Seth Satterwhite, senior linebacker, East View

What has been your favorite football memory at East View? Beating Rouse this season. We played hard and came out with a win. The locker room after the game was crazy. What are your goals for your team as we near the end of the regular season? We expect to have a winning record and make the playoffs. What are your post-graduation plans? To go into the military. I’ve already been sworn in. Which...
Beck Brydon has won at Regents while scoring academic successes, too

Beck Brydon has won at Regents while scoring academic successes, too

Beck Brydon thought he was being duped when administrators at Regents School of Austin suggested he coach the junior high’s budding football program in 1997. Brydon’s sport was golf. He had never coached a football team. And considering he also had never played a down of high school football, he still thinks it’s odd that Regents placed its faith in him. Regents, established in 1992...
Round Rock upsets Stony Point, keeps playoff hopes alive

Round Rock upsets Stony Point, keeps playoff hopes alive

Round Rock entered its home match Tuesday against district leader Stony Point needing a win in the worst way. Coach Diane Watson’s Dragons sat at 5-5 in District 13-6A entering the match, while Tara Hatfield’s Tigers came in 8-1, tied for first with Westwood. Watson’s crew was also missing three front-line players due to injury. And when the Tigers won the first set 25-22, it certainly...
Cedar Ridge beats Hendrickson, makes case for volleyball playoffs

Cedar Ridge beats Hendrickson, makes case for volleyball playoffs

Cedar Ridge vaulted back into the volleyball playoff picture with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 16-14 win over visiting Hendrickson in a District 13-6A thriller Oct. 17. Morgan Goodloe slammed three kills in the final set as the Raiders won the season finale and their second of five five-set matches this season. “It was senior night, so this was just an amazing way to finish on our home court...
Leander volleyball sweeps Lake Travis, keeps playoff hopes alive

Leander volleyball sweeps Lake Travis, keeps playoff hopes alive

Lake Travis had the opportunity to clinch a playoff Oct. 17 but failed to secure fourth place in District 25-6A, losing to host Leander in three sets 25-23, 28-26, 31-29. The loss drops leaves the Cavaliers (26–16 overall, 5–5 district) just a half-game game ahead of resurgent Leander for the No. 4 spot. The top four teams from District 25-6A will compete in the playoffs. “I don&rsquo...
Westlake volleyball team wins 5-set showdown with Lake Travis

Westlake volleyball team wins 5-set showdown with Lake Travis

Although Friday’s five-set thriller between Westlake and Lake Travis looked markedly different from the first meeting between the rivals, the results were still the same. Westlake retained its grip on first place in District 25-6A with a 19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 17-15 win over the visiting Cavaliers at Westlake High School. The win improved Westlake to 25-15 overall and 9-1 in District 25-6A...
Westlake defense difference in game against Lake Travis

Westlake defense difference in game against Lake Travis

A battle of offensive powerhouses turned into a defensive struggle, and Westlake’s defense stood taller in the end. The Chaps (who averaged 44.8 points per game coming in) held Lake Travis (50.2) without a second-half point and stopped Garrett Wilson inches short on a final fourth-down try in a 21-14 win Friday night. Westlake’s win snapped a number of Lake Travis streaks, most notably...
District 25-6A roundup: After Westlake win, playoff jockeying heats up

District 25-6A roundup: After Westlake win, playoff jockeying heats up

This week in District 25-6A Team of the Week: Westlake (7-0, 3-0) Westlake wrested control of the district race from Lake Travis, topping the Cavaliers 21-14 and vanquishing nine years worth of demons. The Chaps stopped Garrett Wilson inches short of a first down with less than a minute left to thwart Lake Travis’ comeback attempt. Westlake used a two-headed rushing attack featuring Nakia Watson...
High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Rustin Grimm, QB, Giddings A senior, Grimm passed for 185 yards and five touchdowns to rally Giddings to a 49-44 victory over previously unbeaten Smithville. He threw two touchdowns passes in the final minute, including a 42-yard, game-winning strike to Travis James with eight seconds to play. The victory, only the Buffaloes’ second in six games this season, gave Giddings...
Game of the Week: Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1)

Game of the Week: Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1)

GAME OF THE WEEK Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Gupton Stadium Quarterbacks: Senior Mak Sexton, a three-year starter who holds virtually all of Cedar Park’s passing records, has thrown for 1,443 yards, 24 touchdowns and just three interceptions while completing 75 percent of his passes. … In his first season as Georgetown’s starter, Cooper Bell has 1,719...
High school football: Our Fab Fives

High school football: Our Fab Fives

FOOTBALL FAB FIVES CLASS 6A Team;W-L;Pts. 1. Westlake;7-0;15 Chaparrals take well-deserved break after snapping losing streak against Lake Travis. 2. Cedar Ridge;6-1;12 Raiders have averaged 50.3 PPG in victories over Hendrickson, McNeil, Stony Point. 3. Lake Travis;4-2;7 Cavaliers last lost three games in a season in 2006, year before first state title. (tie) San Marcos;6-1;7 After 2-0 start in 14-6A...
Westwood volleyball moves into tie for 1st with win over Stony Point

Westwood volleyball moves into tie for 1st with win over Stony Point

Westwood (28-14, 9-1 District 13-6A) defended its home court with a resounding sweep of Stony Point 25-22, 25-14, 25-14 to move into a tie for first place with just three games left in the regular season. The loss marked the first district setback for Stony Point (34-5, 8-1). “This was really the perfect senior night, as the girls put it,” said Westwood coach Tara Nelson. “I think...
Top single-game performances in area high school football

Top single-game performances in area high school football

TOP PERFORMERS The top regular-season performances in area high school football this season. Submit additions or corrections to James Wangemann (jwangemann@statesman.com;512-445-3659). LONGEST TD PASS Yds.;Players (Team);Opponent 99;Ace Whitehead to Brandon Pierino (Lampasas);Lorena 94:Ryan Gardner to Andre Jones (Taylor);Robinson 88;Zach Rangel to Kendall Thomas (Stony Point);Pflugerville 85;Jared...
Faces Off the Field: Sammy Bray, senior, Westlake right-side hitter

Faces Off the Field: Sammy Bray, senior, Westlake right-side hitter

I’m guessing Sammy is not your given name. My coaches have always called me Sammy to make me laugh. To me, Samantha doesn’t match my personality. Do you feel pressure to win because Westlake’s volleyball program has a tradition of success? Westlake volleyball’s tradition of excellence inspires me more than it pressures me. I feel a drive to contribute to this tradition, but...
Pflugerville picks up rare volleyball win

Pflugerville picks up rare volleyball win

First-year coach Melissa Rich has put in the time and passion with Pflugerville this season, and that work paid off Friday against Incarnate Word. The Panthers fought for a 23-25, 26-24, 25-22, 9-25, 15-9 win over the strong TAPPS program from San Antonio, and Rich said the victory was a just reward for her team. “The girls have worked so hard, and practiced tirelessly,” she said. &ldquo...
District 13-6A roundup: Round Rock picks up first win

District 13-6A roundup: Round Rock picks up first win

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: Round Rock The Dragons (1-5, 1-1) have been knocking on the door of victory all year, but against rival Pflugerville (2-5, 1-2) they finally decided just to kick it down. The Dragons scored 21 fourth-quarter points to pull away from the Panthers in a 56-46 win. Marquis Brown led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 130 yards while quarterbacks Ryan O’Keefe...
District 19-5A roundup: East View makes case for playoffs

District 19-5A roundup: East View makes case for playoffs

THE WEEK IN REVIEW Team of the week: East View The Patriots (2-3, 3-4) bounced back in a big way and announced serious intentions on taking the district’s final playoff spot with an impressive 42-24 win over Connally (2-4, 1-3). Zion Hester rushed 26 times for 186 yards and a score while Torrie Davis added 14 carries for 100 yards in a dominant ground performance. The Patriots and Bastrop (2-5...
Water polo, basketball shot clock among topics at UIL council meeting

Water polo, basketball shot clock among topics at UIL council meeting

Water polo appears to be the next sport sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. Just not this year. The UIL listened to multiple speakers promote the sport at its council meetings on Sunday. The policy committee, though, called for another survey of state superintendents in the fall of 2018 to address the matter. Water polo was among many topics of discussion at the 77th annual UIL Legislative...
Dodge, Westlake put away 10-game losing streak against Lake Travis

Dodge, Westlake put away 10-game losing streak against Lake Travis

Long before Westlake suffered 10 straight losses to Lake Travis, Chaparrals head coach Todd Dodge was part of another inglorious football streak as a teenager. Dodge played quarterback at Port Arthur Jefferson before he became a gunslinger at the University of Texas. Despite all his success in high school, Dodge and the Yellow Jackets were stung by nine straight losses to Port Neches-Groves before...
High school football: How Our Fab Fives Fared

High school football: How Our Fab Fives Fared

HOW OUR FAB FIVES FARED • Class 6A 1. Westlake (7-0) def. Lake Travis (4-2), 21-14. 2. Lake Travis (4-2) lost to Westlake (7-0), 21-14. 3. Cedar Ridge (6-1) def. Stony Point (3-4), 42-21. 4. Bowie (5-1) def. Del Valle (4-3), 23-15. 5. San Marcos (6-1) def. Akins (1-5), 36-10. • Class 5A 1. Dripping Springs (6-0) def. Lockhart (2-4), 52-14. 2. Hutto (6-0) def. Bastrop (2-5), 55-13. 3. Cedar...
Notable numbers from this past week’s high school football action

Notable numbers from this past week’s high school football action

ADD IT UP Numbers of note from the latest action in area high school football: 6 — Rushing touchdowns against Stony Point for Cedar Ridge’s Simi Bakare, who set a school record. His TD runs ranged from 2 to 76 yards. 41 — In games, duration of Lake Travis’ winning streak in district play that came to halt with the Cavaliers’ loss to Westlake in a District 25-6A matchup...
Giddings topples unbeaten Smithville with two-last minute touchdowns

Giddings topples unbeaten Smithville with two-last minute touchdowns

Smithville took an unbeaten record into its District 10-4A opener Friday night, and the Tigers suffered an improbable, agonizing loss at Giddings. Smithville, leading 44-35 with just more than 30 seconds to play, surrendered a 6-yard touchdown pass from Rustin Grimm to Jaylon Joiner with 27 seconds left, capping a last-minute drive. The Buffaloes then recovered the onside kick, setting up a 42-yard...
Bakare’s six TDs help Cedar Ridge race past Stony Point 42-21

Bakare’s six TDs help Cedar Ridge race past Stony Point 42-21

When Sam Robinson was elevated from defensive coordinator to Cedar Ridge’s head football coach this past offseason, the hope was that the move would ensure some continuity for the Raiders. Months later that decision has bolstered hopes for a second consecutive District 13-6A championship, especially after Cedar Ridge dismantled Stony Point 42-21 Friday night at Dragon Stadium as Simi Bakare...
Defense helps Westlake bring down 10-game losing streak to Lake Travis

Defense helps Westlake bring down 10-game losing streak to Lake Travis

The streak is history. Westlake quarterback Taylor Anderson shook off the memory of two losses to Lake Travis last year by writing a different script Friday night. A junior, Anderson rushed for 120 yards and touchdown in a 21-14 victory at Chaparral Stadium. Fifth-ranked Westlake improved to 7-0, 3-0 in District 25-6A. No. 7 Lake Travis, which didn’t score a point after halftime, dropped to...
QB Will Jennings, Westwood light up McNeil in district win

QB Will Jennings, Westwood light up McNeil in district win

Westwood quarterback Will Jennings rushed for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth as the Warriors celebrated homecoming at Kelly Reeves Athletic Center with a 62-27 win over McNeil. Jennings, a senior quarterback, accounted for 381 yards of Westwood’s 653 yards total offense. He scored on runs of 19, 56 and 3 yards while finishing with 93 yards rushing on six carries. In the air, Jennings...
Early outburst lifts East View football team past Connally

Early outburst lifts East View football team past Connally

East View raced out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 42-24 victory over Connally in a District 19-5A contest at The Pfield. Aaron Garces tossed two touchdown passes and Isaac Ochoa returned a Connally fumble 62 yards for a touchdown, all in the first 6 minutes, 30 seconds of the game. Connally finally struck back in the second quarter on a 28-yard Ernest Musue pass to Reggie Martin...
In email, district urges coaches not to discuss protests with media

In email, district urges coaches not to discuss protests with media

Football coaches in the Austin school district have been told they should not speak to the media about any players or cheerleaders who kneel during the national anthem. An email was sent last week after three coaches in the district — Charles Taylor of McCallum, Joe Frank Martinez of Travis and Mike Rosenthal of Austin High — made comments to the American-Statesman about small groups of...
Round Rock football team outlasts Pflugerville for first win

Round Rock football team outlasts Pflugerville for first win

Round Rock’s first trip to The Pfield yielded an abundant harvest in the team’s first win of the season. The Dragons earned a 56-46 win at Pflugerville’s new stadium in a game that featured the highest combined score in Round Rock history. The Dragons (1-5, 1-1 District 13-6A) never trailed in the first half and took a two-point lead into halftime, but there were four lead changes...
Round Rock holds off Pflugerville, picks up first victory of season

Round Rock holds off Pflugerville, picks up first victory of season

Injury-riddled Round Rock rallied for its first victory of the high school football season Thursday night, when the Dragons used a fourth-quarter comeback to top Pflugerville 56-46 at The Pfield. Sophomore Jordan Smart accounted for six touchdowns for the Dragons (1-5, 1-5 District 13-6A), including two passing TDs in the fourth quarter after he was pressed into playing quarterback once Ryan O&rsquo...
Bears can’t quite topple Cedar Park

Bears can’t quite topple Cedar Park

Bastrop missed an opportunity to take advantage of Cedar Park’s recent slide. After competing in the first set, the Bears lost to the Timberwolves 25-23, 25-15, 25-14 in a District 19-5A match at home Tuesday. Cedar Park (9-3 in district) had lost three of four district matches recently to Rouse, Hutto and Cedar Creek. “We’ve been having a difficult time finding ourselves, but these...
A cave, a cafe and a couple of quarterbacks in Georgetown

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...
High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online. A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was...
Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Members of a Florida high school football team surprised their No. 1 fan with a Christmas gift. Andrew Hayne is a special needs student at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. The 18-year-old has been friends with Bulls quarterback Chris Faddoul since middle school, BayNews9 reported. Faddoul would let Hayne wear his No. 14 jersey on Fridays before Wesley Chapel games, and after...
Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

An Ohio high school senior with muscular dystrophy scored a touchdown for the varsity football team Friday night while remaining in his wheelchair. Connor Williams has been a special captain with the Valley View High School varsity football team in Germantown since his freshman year. Being confined to a wheelchair has never stopped his love of Spartans football. Williams has served in several capacities...
Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Brian Herrera attends Cottonwood High School in Murray, located in suburban Salt Lake City. He is a special needs student and has known senior Alex Hart since the pair attended junior high school.

Powerful Washington high school football team strikes fear in opponents

In the world of Friday night lights and high school football, is it possible for one team to be too good? In Everett, Washington, one powerhouse team outscored its opponents 170-0 in its first three football games this season. Now other conference opponents would rather forfeit than get pummeled by Archbishop Murphy High School’s team.  "There's still unknowns. … We don't know...
High school coach bloodied on sideline after headbutting player

High school coach bloodied on sideline after headbutting player

TV cameras captured some tense moments on the sidelines during the Georgia high school playoffs Friday night. In a game between Colquitt County and Mill Creek, Colquitt coach Rush Propst appears to headbutt one of his players on the sideline in the second quarter. Moments later, blood was seen pouring from Propst's forehead. Colquitt County is the defending AAAAAA state football champs. They beat...
High school football player suspended for 'praising God'

High school football player suspended for 'praising God'

A high school football player in Arizona could miss the school's first playoff game in 25 years after an official deemed a gesture to in praise of God as "excessive celebration." Pedro Banda, 17, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from a game last week after he pointed his index finger to the sky following a touchdown. The senior running back at Dysart High School in El...
Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

You may expect a coach to be suspended for losing too many games. But what about when his team wins one? That's exactly what happened to the head coach of a high school girls basketball team in California after they beat the other team 161-2.   That is not a typo.  The Arroyo Valley High School girl's basketball team beat Bloomington High School  by nearly 160 points the ...
3 deaths in 1 week: How risky is high school football?

3 deaths in 1 week: How risky is high school football?

A 16-year-old high school football player died Wednesday following an on-field collision. Tom Cutinella was a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School. He was pronounced dead after collapsing during the third quarter of a varsity football game.  But school officials say football is not to blame. STEVEN COHEN, Shoreham-Wading Superintendent WNBC: "It was the result of a typical...

Close-knit, competitive family helps Palm Beach Central’s Kc McDermott become one of the top football recruits in the country

The note on Kc McDermott’s bathroom mirror, typed in all caps and printed out on white paper, has two questions. “What are you going to be doing on Feb. 5th, 2014? And what are you doing today to ensure that?” This week, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound 16-year-old offensive tackle is visiting Notre Dame and Miami. By the end of this week, McDermott, one of the top recruits in the nation...
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