A wild Saturday in playoff football leads to four Austin-area teams staying on the Road to State, headed to Arlington.
5A Division II – McCallum Knights 20, Calallen Wildcats 7: It was a battle of unbeatens to start off the triple-header at the Alamodome, and No. 4 Calallen got stuffed early and often in this one. The Knights defense held the Wildcats, who had been averaging 48 points a game, to just 155 yards and 7 points.
The Knights went up 20-0 at halftime on two touchdown runs from Alexander Julian and Max Perez and two field goals. The Wildcat defense stiffened in the second half and held the Knights to just 39 yards, but the first half damage was too much for Calallen to recover from.
Up next: The Knights are the first Austin ISD team since the 2001 Reagan Raiders to reach the state semifinals… McCallum will face College Station at NRG Stadium in Houston, Saturday night at 7pm.
6A Division I – Lake Travis Cavaliers 38, San Antonio O’Connor Panthers 17: Garrett Wilson hauled in two touchdowns and ran in a third, helping to lift Lake Travis into the state semifinals for the third straight year. Tied 10-10 in the second quarter, Wilson hauled in a 20-yard catch to put the Cavs up 17-10 before halftime – then hauled in a 31-yard pass early in the third to stretch the lead to 24-10. The backbreaker came late in the fourth quarter, with the Cavs up 31-17, as Brayden Roeder returned a Panthers fumble 25 yards for the final score of the game.
Up next: It’s a rematch of the 2015 state title game… Lake Travis faces unbeaten Katy next Saturday at 3pm in San Antonio at Alamo Stadium.
6A Division I – Cedar Ridge Raiders 30, Hendrickson Hawks 2: In a district rematch out of 13-6A, Cedar Ridge notched a resounding victory Saturday afternoon at The Pfield – shutting the Hawks down on offense completely while Ezekiel Coss thew for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hendrickson’s only points came off of a blocked extra point in the third quarter, returned for two points. Coss connected with Trey Williams for a 60-yard score in the first, while Jaylen Ellis hauled in a 40-yarder in the second quarter leading to a 24-0 halftime lead for the Raiders.
Up next: Cedar Ridge will face Allen next Saturday at 2pm at Baylor’s McLane Stadium in Waco.
6A Division II – Westlake Chaparrals 28, Cibolo Steele Knights 14: The Chaps’ unbeaten season continues, despite a few miscues Saturday. Nakia Watson continued to be the workhorse for the Chaps, scoring three touchdowns including a 50-yard run late to put the Knights away. Watson finished the night with 187 yards, 143 of which came in the second half.
Watson’s efforts lifted the Chaps above some costly mistakes, including four turnovers on the night. Steele was able to convert two Chap fumbles into touchdowns, tying the game at 14-14 heading into halftime.
Up next: Westlake will travel to Houston to face Cypress Fairbanks, next Saturday at 3pm at NRG Stadium in Houston.