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It was a wild Week 1 of Texas High School Football and it's time to look back and recap the games we previewed this past Thursday. We had some dominating performances and what some would consider an upset. Let's take a look at the recaps below:
Game 1: San Marcos vs New Braunfels.
Recap: The quest to end the drought continues for San Marcos. The last time they beat New Braunfels was in 1982 and on Friday they looked to end that drought. However it was not meant to be as the Unicorns were able to capitalize on the Rattlers mistakes for a 49-30 victory. First half penalties hurt the Rattlers in the first half, twice being on the 2-yard line and not coming away with Touchdowns. New Braunfels for its own merit had a strong offensive showing, especially in the second half scoring on 4 consecutive drives to end the game. San Marcos looks to rebound this week versus San Antonio Holmes while New Braunfels travels to Seguin to take on the Matadors
Game 2: Westlake vs Temple
Recap: Westlake started its quest for a three-peat with a dominate win over Temple 54-13. Clemson commit Cade Klubnik threw 3 touchdowns in the first half to spark the Chaparrals while the Westlake defense held the Wildcats to only a field goal in the first half. Going into the season, the defense was the biggest question but if this game is any indication, Westlake is well on its way to being in the hunt for that rare 3-peat. Next up for Westlake will be a good early season test in Euless Trinity.
Game 3: Reagan vs Brennan
Recap: Reagan looked to do something it hadn't done in the pervious 2 seasons against Brennan; win. Unfortunately for Reagan the Brennan defense had other ideas. What was a a close contest between these 2 programs became a 21 point win thanks in larger part to 2 huge 4th quarter turnovers by the Bears defense which helped them put up 21 fourth quarter points. Reagan next takes on Steele while Brennan will have its eyes set on Schertz Clemens.
Game 4: Vandegrift vs Cedar Park
Recap: The QB combination of Brayden Buchanan and Reece Beauchamp was the right one for the Vandegrift as they handled business against rival Cedar Park 42-7. Buchanan threw for 3 and Beauchamp combined for 4 touchdowns (1 passing, 3 receiving). The game swung in the Vipers favor early with 2 Cedar Park first quarter turnovers and the Viper offense took care of the rest. The Timberwolves will look to continue the rebuild with a home game versus Cedar Ridge while Vandegrift will look to continue the winning streak with a home game against Killeen Ellison who upset Liberty Hill this past Friday.
Game 5: Judson vs DeSoto
Recap: Judson put San Antonio and the state of Texas on notice this past Friday with an impressive 35-28 victory over DeSoto. The Rockets scored 35 points first half, including 22 in the second, to build a lead and used their defense to hang on late in the game. DeSoto would claw back into the game getting to within 7 and had a chance to drive to tie after a late missed field goal by Judson. However, Judson would intercept a DeSoto pass to secure the victory. It doesn't get any easier for Judson as they next play Lake Travis while DeSoto will play Arlington Bowie
Every Thursday we take a look at some of the top games in the Austin/San Antonio area you should be checking out.
Let's take a look at this weeks must watch games!
Game 1: San Marcos vs New Braunfels
Time: Fri, 8/27 7:00 PM
Location: Unicorn Stadium (2551 TX-337 Loop, New Braunfels TX 78130)
Preview: Coach John Walsh enters his second year as Head Coach of the San Marcos Rattlers and looks to start of with a win this Friday after a full offseason under his belt. After coming up just short last year, QB Isiah DeLeon will look to take the next step his Junior Year. New Braunfels looks to get on a winning track as well after a 4-4 record las season. The big question? Can San Marcos get a win over New Braunfels, something they haven't done since 1982.
Location: Wildcat Stadium (415 N 31st St., Temple, TX 76504)
Preview: The quest for the 3-peat and the chance to "ride off into the sunset" begins for Head Coach Riley Dodge. Westlake returns Clemson commit Cade Klubnik who threw for 3,495 yards and 35 touchdowns last season as well as he top target Junior WR Jaden Greathouse. The biggest question mark will be how the defense will look, having to replace 9 starters from last years squad. While most people may be looking ahead for Westlake, and rightfully so on paper, Temple also returns a loaded team from last that went 10-2 before losing 2 Rockwall-Heath in the second round of the playoffs. Four Star WR Mikal Harrison-Pilot and RB Samari Howard will be key if Temple hopes to get the upset win in Week 1.
Location: Farris Stadium (8400 N Loop 1604 W., San Antonio, TX 78249)
Preview: This is the big game to watch in San Antonio this week. Both teams are ranked in our Top 10 in our ATX/SATX Football rankings, and both have high expectations for this year. Brennan returns dual threat QB Ashton Dubose who had a great 2020 campaign. Dubose threw for more than 2,000 yards and ran for more than 800 last season all while racking up an impressive 41 touchdowns. Not only will the Bears return Dubose but 13 other starters as well, making them the favorites in District 29-6A. But Reagan also return 14 starters including QB and RB duo Britton Moore and Carson Green. The Rattlers also seem poised to win District 28-6A. Both teams look ready to rule San Antonio Football this year so the Week 1 matchup will be bragging rights for the rest of the season.
Location: Monroe Memorial Stadium (9500 McNeil Dr., Austin, TX 78750)
Preview: What is the biggest rivalry matchup Week 1 in the Austin area Cedar Park travels to Vandegrift to take on the Vipers. Former District rivals, the Timberwolves and Vipers have kept this rivalry going when Vandegrift moved to 6A. Cedar Park loses its star QB in Rider Hernandez with QB Josh Pell taking the reigns. They are also under first year Head Coach Michael Quintero who take over the reigns from Carl Abseck, the new Barbers Hill Head Coach. The Vipers must also replace their QB from last season and may have to lean on their defense early on in the season.
Location: Rutledge Stadium (900 S Seguin Rd., Converse, TX 78109)
Preview: This is the second meeting between the 2 clubs all time with DeSoto getting the best of Judson last season 37-0. Each team is in rebuilds with DeSoto graduating some major talent from last seasons team while Judson starts the season with some inexperience on the offensive line. Judson will look to utilize Michael Burroughs and Anthony Evans on offense and lean on their defense to try and beat a still talented DeSoto squad.
Check back tomorrow for our Picks for these games!