More shakeup in the 6A Big Ten this week, brought to you by Mother’s Window Tint.
1. LAKE TRAVIS (1-1) Back to #1 you go, LT. A double overtime road victory over Steele shows the resiliency of this team. QB Charlie Brewer notched 400+ yards and 5 TDs in the effort. This is the area’s most athletically gifted team, and expect to see them hold the top spot for a while. Dallas Jesuit awaits, Week Three.
2. CEDAR RIDGE (2-0) Let the controversy begin. The Raiders have outscored their opponents 87-3, dominating every phase of the game. Head coach Shawn Bell has taken the Ford-baton and run with it. Senior signal caller Garrett Sharp is at his best with CJ Rittenhouse/Simi Bakare balancing the attack. Add Colby Peterson on BOTH sides of the ball, Grant McCartney’s continued emergence and breakout players like Jaylen Ellis/Warren Horne, look out for CR.
3. WESTLAKE (1-1) Granted, they lost to a Nevada-ranked team that recruits players (21-14)…and they played without Elite 11 QB Sam Ehlinger and their outstanding WR/DB Connor Howard in the contest. Coach Todd Dodge and his staff will undoubtedly have a plan to re-right the Chaps ship come Week Three vs. Pflugerville. A loss may be just what the Westlake players needed to move forward sans-Ehlinger.
4. BOWIE (2-0) Dawg Pack’s defense allowed only 7 points through the first 6 quarters of 2016. A 28-16 road win over a quality LBJ team last week shows Bowie can match up with the speedier teams. Breakout Aizayah Santiago has been the perfect replacement for Wainwright in the offense. A new look defensive backfield featuring Quin Buckner, Pierce Withers (son of the new Texas State head football coach) has the Bulldogs looking balanced. A road trip vs Vista Ridge awaits.
5. ROUND ROCK (1-1) The Dragons defense has given up 35 and 39 through the 1st two games. However, the offense was not able to help them overcome Temple in Week Two. QB Marc Reed continues to be better than advertised, rushing over 100 vs. the Wildcats. DB Brian Bolger’s pick six help keep the Dragons competitive – but with talent like James Lynch and Grant Miller on defense, the Dragons must right the ship on that side of the ball.
6. BELTON (1-1) If you can forgive the season opening loss to Temple, you can praise the Tigers’ 55-27 road win against Hendrickson. With RB DaeDae Peoples back, Iowa-commit Peyton Mansell has all the tools to succeed on offense. Garrison Vaughn and the defense still have kinks to work out, but this Tigers team will be very good in 2016.
7. WESTWOOD (2-0) The Will Jennings Era is here. The junior signal caller’s 450 yards/5 TD performance in a 52-38 win over Rouse last week was monsterous. WR Aidan Asal looks to be having a breakout senior year, while RB Prince Ugwu’s 200+ yard rushing performance gives coach Anthony Wood’s team balance. Toss in Trevor Smith and Dylan Frazier at wideout, and you have (at least) 3 receivers who are threats to go for 10+ catches/100+ yards every game. This Warriors team is on the rise.
8. VANDEGRIFT (0-2) Look at it this way. The Vipers ONLY lost to reigning state champ Cedar Park, 13-0…and that was WITHOUT starting QB, UTEP commit Alex Fernandes. We’ve seen the footage, and know the roster – coach Drew Sanders has a squad full of talent. We do see a need for the run game to pick up – but that’s to be expected when you lose a back-to-back 2K yard rusher (Travis Brannan). To be continued…
9. VISTA RIDGE (1-1) Not 100% sure what to make of the Rangers lopsided loss at Dripping Springs. Totally unexpected after their 32-7 win over Flour Bluff to open the year, we know coach Rodney Vincent has a talented squad. All (or most) hope can be restored with a win or more competitive showing versus Bowie at Gupton, Week Three.
10. MCNEIL (1-1) Losing Justin Ward in 2nd half left the Mavericks with one less weapon to compete with Harker Heights, falling 28-7 last week. We foresee coach Howard McMahan’s team refocusing for their 1st road game of the season at Del Valle for Week Three.