Big Plays From Cedar Park Doom Georgetown
Updated: October 16, 2016
photo: Steve Thomas
Timberwolves use fast start and late push to remain unbeaten
Over the last two seasons, the Cedar Park Timberwolves have put together an impressive winning streak. The team has not a game lost since their heartbreaking loss to Ennis in the 2014 UIL 5A Division II Championship game. On Friday night, the Timberwolves travelled to Birkelbach Field in Georgetown looking to extend that winning streak against the Georgetown Eagles. The Eagles, meanwhile, were looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, a 60-27 drubbing at the hands of Leander Rouse.
To begin the game, the Timberwolves wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Junior quarterback Makenzie Sexton found senior running back Hayden Craig for a 72-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage.
Georgetown, on the other hand, struggled early. On their opening drive, senior quarterback Chandler Herman fumbled the ball which Cedar Park returned to the Eagles’ 23-yard line. Three plays later, senior running back Tyler Lavine scored his first of four touchdowns; but the Timberwolves failed on the two-point conversion.
The Eagles’ woes continued on their next offensive possession as well. After driving the ball to the Cedar Park five-yard line Cedar Park senior defensive back Obinna Udoye intercepted Herman’s pass at the goal line. Two plays later, however, Georgetown caught a break when they recovered Cedar Park senior Mauricio De La Garza’s fumble at the Timberwolves’ 15-yard line. The Eagles turned the fumble into points with a 33-yard field goal by senior kicker Luis Diaz.
On the ensuing drive, Georgetown’s defense stepped up and forced Cedar Park to turn the ball over on downs deep in their own territory. Five plays later, the Eagles narrowed the gap to 13-10 on sophomore wide receiver Cole Posey’s nine-yard touchdown run. Cedar Park, however, responded on their next possession when Tyler Lavine broke free for a 53-yard touchdown run to put the Timberwolves ahead 20-10. Georgetown then narrowed the gap to 20-13 on Diaz’s second field goal of 26 yards. Both teams traded three-and-out possessions before Sexton connected with Lavine on a 37-yard pass for Lavine’s third touchdown of the game.
After struggling for much of the first half, the Eagles came out swinging to open the second half. Georgetown junior defensive back Caden Legett pulled the Eagles to within seven points capping off an 87-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown catch. Following the touchdown, the Eagles’ defense stepped up and stopped Lavine short of the marker on fourth down near midfield. Penalties, however, stymied the Eagles’ offense forcing them to punt. Tyler Lavine then capped off a nine-play 86-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to put the Timberwolves up 34-20. Hayden Craig added a 23-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to seal the game at 41-20 for the Timberwolves.
With the win, Cedar Park improves to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in district. The Timberwolves have 22 consecutive games including last year’s UIL 5A Division 2 championship. Head coach Carl Asbeck, however, keeps his players grounded by having focus on one game at a time. After the game, he said that the team looks to go 1-0 each week.
Next week, the Timberwolves return home to Gupton Stadium to host Pflugerville Connally. The Cougars are also 7-0 overall and 5-0 in district following a 20-19 win over Leander Rouse.
Georgetown, meanwhile, falls to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in district. The Eagles travel to Bastrop next week to take on Bastrop Cedar Creek. The Cedar Creek Eagles are 1-6 overall and 0-5 in district coming off a bye week.
by Steve Thomas