High school football previews: Games of the day


GAMES OF THE DAY

Lake Travis vs. Bowie

7:30 p.m. Friday, Burger Stadium

Quarterbacks: Cavalier junior Hudson Card completed 70 percent of his passes in a 35-14 victory over Arlington Martin. … Bowie’s Trinidad Sanders is a dual threat who has accounted for 441 total yards. EDGE: Lake Travis

Other offense: Senior Garrett Wilson is ranked as the No. 1 player in the state in the American-Statesman’s Fab 55. LT RB Sean Brown-Nixon rushed for 103 yards in the opener but may miss the game with injury. … Bowie WR Elijah Higgins will miss his third game with a hand/wrist an injury. RB Kyle Carter averages 96 yards rushing. EDGE: Lake Travis

Defense: The Cavaliers held the Warriors to 170 yards. They were blanking Mansfield Summitt last week before the game was called off because of lightning. … Bowie limited Pflugerville to 240 total yards and was the dominant unit in a 49-22 victory over San Antonio Madison. EDGE: Bowie

Special teams: Card averages 40 yards a punt. Junior Hays McCannon has been consistent as the probable successor to current Texas Longhorn Cameron DickerPeyton Janecek and Nathan Ellisor have shown promise as return specialists. … Bowie PK Josh McCormick kicked a FG against Pflugerville and has converted all 13 of his PAT attempts. EDGE: Lake Travis

Intangibles: Lake Travis defeated Bowie 44-27 in 2015 and 64-7 in 2014. … Bowie has the benefit of playing two games while Lake Travis had its second game postponed in the second quarter last week. EDGE: Lake Travis

— Rick Cantu

Cedar Ridge (1-1) vs. Vandegrift (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday, Monroe Stadium

Quarterbacks: New Cedar Ridge QB Jalen Brown has thrown for 299 yards and run for another 82 yards but has shown his inexperience with three INTs. … Vandegrift’s Dru Dawson has thrown for 283 yards with six touchdowns and no INTs. Edge: Vandegrift

Other offense: RB Deuce Vaughn has 294 yards rushing for Cedar Ridge, and WR Jaylen Ellis returns after missing last week’s rescheduled game with Cedar Park for a recruiting trip to Michigan. … Workhorse RB Isaiah Smallwood has 204 yards rushing for an offense that likes to establish a power running game. Edge: Cedar Ridge

Defense: Cedar Ridge has allowed 73 points in two games, but DE Edge Dillard-Williams (18 tackles, five tackles for loss) keyed a pair of fourth-quarter, goal-line stands in last week’s win . … Ball-hawking MLB Jax McCauley has a team-high 26 tackles for a unit that has allowed a total of 25 points. Edge: Vandegrift

Special teams: Cedar Ridge’s Ethan Moron has excelled as a WR (8 catches, 115 yards) as well as a punter. … PK Tim Barney has converted all seven of his PATs, and Lukas Jasinski averages 38.6 a punt. Edge: Even

Intangibles: Cedar Ridge has won 15 consecutive district games entering this 13-6A opener, but the Raiders have never played Vandegrift. … Vandegrift, which moved into Class 6A prior to the 2016-17 school year, begins its first season aligned with Round Rock schools. … Vandegrift beat Cedar Park 29-13 in the opener, and Cedar Ridge topped Cedar Park 34-28 last week. Edge: Cedar Ridge

— Thomas Jones

Westwood vs. Hendrickson

7 p.m. Friday, Kelly Reeves Stadium

Quarterbacks: Westwood’s RJ Martinez has passed for 351 yards, rushing for 112 and combining for 8 TDs to help the Warriors start 2-0. … Hendrickson QB Blaine Barker averaged 25 yards a pass in a season-opening 56-7 victory over Texas High. EDGE: Westwood

Other offense: The Warriors passed for 250 yards and rushing for 236 yards against Austin High. RB Nate Anderson rushed for 118 yards on 17 carries. … The Hawks had a committee of running backs led by Xavier Lucido, who rushed for 67 yards on 4 carries. WR Timieone Jackson provided big plays, catching 3 passes for 112 yards. EDGE: Hendrickson.

Defense: Westwood yielded 416 yards to the Maroons. The Warriors have force 4 fumbles in 2 games. … Hendrickson’s Marquis Jackson scored a TD on a 16-yard INT return. Hawks limited Texas High to 33 yards rushing. EDGE: Hendrickson.

Special teams: Westwood’s Jack Elliot has kicked a FG and gone 12-for-12 on PATs. … Hendrickson PK Michael Skiles was 8-for-8 on PAT attempts and the Hawks averaged 40 yards per punt. EDGE: Hendrickson

Intangibles: Westwood seeks its first winning season since the 2012 team went 9-4. Last year’s team reached the playoffs with a 5-5 record. … Hendrickson won last year’s game 51-14 at The Pfield in Pflugerville. EDGE: Hendrickson

— Rick Cantu



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