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Welcome back to another ATX/SATX edition of Team of the Week. Each week we take a look at a team from across the San Antonio/Austin area and surrounding areas that impressed us for one reason or another.
I am going to cheat a little this week. While this is supposed to be contained to 1 team when I started to think of who I wanted to pick this week Davenport came to mind. When I started looking at both the Football and Volleyball teams it became clear just how good these 2 squads have been to start the season.
First let's start with the Volleyball team. Currently sitting at 26-4, after their sweep of Canyon Lake yesterday, Davenport looks poised to build on their first round playoff exit last season. Through 4 district games they have only dropped 1 set and look to continue that dominant district performance in the second half of the season. Talan Dodson (3.7 kills per set), Logan Strong (4.2 digs per set, 42 aces and 307 digs) and Lexi Dahl (43 aces, 322 assists and 157 digs) have been great for the Wolves helping lead them to this point this season. One of their key games coming up will be next week when they take on one of the best teams in the nation in Cornerstone Christian. A win their could go a long way for this team in hopes of a long playoff push.
Then there is the Davenport football team. In their first year of UIL play they currently sit at 4-0 with wins over Victoria West, Kerrville Tivy, Pieper and Lockhart. Part of that reason has to be because of the play of Running Back Shastin Golden. Golden is averaging 213.8 yards a game on the ground and sits at 13 touchdowns on the year including 7 last week! To compliment Golden is Triston Hamlin. He is averaging 254 yards through the air completing 64% of his passes with 9 touchdowns of his own. Then on the defensive side you have Zahir Livingston, Judge Erickson and CJ Tanner leading the defense and their bend but don't break squad. Their biggest test to date will come after their bye-week when they take on their last non-district opponent Devine.
It's always uncertain how things will finish up. Davenport Volleyball and Football have lofty goals for sure, but one thing is for certain, at least this week Davenport Athletics has come to play in their 3rd year of playing high school sports.
Welcome back to another edition of VYPE Austin/San Antonio Helmet Stickers for the 2022 Texas High School Football season.
There were tons of amazing performances last week across the Central Texas. We compiled all of those top performances in the VYPE Austin/San Antonio Football Player of the Week Fan Poll - CLICK HERE TO VOTE - but then we boiled that down to what we felt were personally the Top 7 performances of the week
These are Week 4's Helmet Sticker selections (in no particular order).
AUSTIN NOVOSAD-DRIPPING SPRINGSThe first game for Dripping Springs in District 26-6A is in the books and Dripping Springs looks like they will fit right into class 6A. The Tigers came out and dominated Austin High 77-0. Quarterback and Baylor commit Austin Novosad was effective and efficint in the win completing 80% of his passes for 253 yards and 4 Touchdowns. Next up for Novosad and the Tigers? Austin Bowie, probably their toughest test since Week 1.
DAVID HOUSTON-MCCALLUMHouston was instrumental to the Knights 49-28 victory in their first district game versus Crockett. In the game Houston did it all throwing for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for another 137 yards and 5 touchdowns. The win brings McCallum to 2-2 on the year and a much needed bye-week before a big time game versus LBJ
JAYCE KRAUSKOPF-PLEASANTONOffense and defense came into play for Jayce and the Eagles in their 37-14 victory over Gonzales. Krauskopf had 5 receptions for 45 yards on offense and followed that up with 12 tackles and 2 interceptions on defense.
JAYDON BAILEY-STEELEWinning when traveling to play a tough opponent is never easy. Doing so when traveling nearly 6 hours is even tougher. But Steele did just that in their 35-28 win over Midland Legacy. Steele leaned on Jaydon Bailey for this one. Bailey had 28 carries for 165 yards and 4 touchdowns to help keep Steele perfect on the season
MATTHEW TRYON JR-PFLUGERVILLETryon Jr was the key offensive weapon in the Panthers win versus Bastrop this past Friday. Tryon Jr had 27 carries for 240 yards and 4 touchdowns. The win gave Pflugerville its first win on the season and if Tryon continues to have games like that it won't be the last.
SHASTIN GOLDEN-DAVENPORTWhat could be more impressive for Davenport's first UIL season than a 4-0 start? How about Shastin Golden's performance in their win Friday over Lockhart. Golden was downright unstoppable, carrying the ball 30 times for 372 yards and 7 touchdowns. Golden has arguably been one of the best backs in the state already nearing 1,000 yards rushing heading into their last non-district matchup against a really good Devine team.
TORY SIMMONS JR-WEISSAfter tough losses to Round Rock and LBJ to start the season, Weiss has rebounded with back to back wins over Judson and New Braunfels to finish up non district play. One of the keys to their victory over the Unicorns Friday was Tory Simmons Jr who caught 8 passes for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns on offense and 2 pass break ups and 1 interception. Weiss could be finding their rhythm at the right time.