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Westlake (10-4) vs. Cedar Hill (10-4)

The Chaps are close enough to knock on the door now, and the team is waiting for an answer so it can enter its second state championship game in four seasons.

Westlake last made it this deep in the playoffs in 2009, when Coach Darren Allman took the team to the state title game in his first year overseeing the Westlake football program.

There’s one more step for the Chaps to take to enter the doors of the state title game once again, with Cedar Hill awaiting in the state semifinals 2 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.

The Chaps are not surprised to be here.

“We’ve been thinking about that all week, so this is where we expected to be,” Allman said. “We came and did what we envisioned doing. We’re going to put all we have into this one and try to do it again against another great football team. But I think we’re one of those, too.”

Similar to Westlake, Cedar Hill started the season off slowly with a tough nondistrict slate of games.

The Longhorns won their first game of the season but then lost three straight to begin 2012 with a 1-3 record. Cedar Hill lost a close district game to Mansfield, 27-20, in the second to last game of the regular season, and the squad has been involved in numerous high-scoring affairs, just like the Chaps’ last opponent, Plano West.

“I’m excited to get on the practice field; all of us are pretty fired up,” senior defensive back John Dodd said. “They’re going to be tough, but we’ve just got to practice hard and take care of business.”

Cedar Hill went 5-2 in District 7-5A, finishing second to DeSoto. The Longhorns then squeaked past Copperas Cove in the first round, 35-28, and topped Denton Ryan 48-35 in round two. The Longhorns finally had an easy one with a 49-14 win over Arlington, but last week’s Division II Region I championship against Waco Midway came down to the fourth quarter.

It was Waco Midway’s first loss of the season, and it was a one-score game until Cedar Hill’s Larry Hill ran 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 left in the game for the final score.

Quarterback Damion Hobbs is a legit dual threat, as the Arkansas State-commit has 2,443 passing yards with 26 touchdowns to just seven interceptions this season, and he has added 668 yards rushing with 11 scores on the ground. Texas A&M-commit Quincy Adeboyejo has been on the receiving end of many of those passes from Hobbs, with 81 catches, 1,145 yards and 16 touchdowns. Travis Wilson has 28 grabs for 463 yards, Brandon Harris has 30 for 377, and Laquivonte Gonzalez has 31 catches and 316 yards.

The Longhorn rushing attack is led by Gonzalez, who has 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Hill has 860 yards on the ground with 10 scores, and seldom-used Tarik Crear has 226 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

“They’re probably the most talented skill group we’ve seen all year,” Allman said. “They beat a great Waco Midway team that was really on a roll, 13-0. We’ll have another battle on our hands, but you expect that in December. We’re glad to be there, but we’re not going to show up just glad to be there.”

The Longhorns showed they are willing to take risks, too, as they went for it on fourth down three different times in the fourth quarter, with just a one-score lead no less, and each time Hobbs converted the first down.

Adeboyejo had 11 receptions, 129 yards and two scores against Waco Midway, while Hobbs was 17-for-20 with 188 yards passing.

“Cedar Hill is real fast, real athletic, but you know what? We’ll find a way to win because we want this, we want it bad,” senior nose guard Jacob Mansour said. “It’s something that hasn’t happened since our freshman year. I know everyone on this team is as committed as they can be.”

With Cedar Hill and Westlake playing on one half of the bracket in the state semifinals, Katy is playing Cibolo Steele on the other side.

In the final regular season AP Texas High School Football Poll, Katy (14-0) was ranked No. 1 and Cibolo Steele (14-0) came in at No. 3. Neither Westlake nor Cedar Hill received a vote in the final poll.

“I love our chances,” senior linebacker Alec Cohen said. “I’m pretty confident going in, but we don’t want to be overconfident. We’ll stick to the game plan and keep winning and working hard.”

The Longhorns were the Class 5A Division II state champ in 2006, when they beat Cypress Falls 51-17.

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Westlake 42, Plano West 35

Class 5A Region II Championship

1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F

WL 14 14 7 7 42

PW 7 14 0 14 35

FIRST QUARTER

WL – Keith Carter 3 run (Michael Barden kick)

PW – Auston Anderson 25 run (Zakk Myer kick)

WL – Carter 1 run (Barden kick)

SECOND QUARTER

WL – Patrick Elliott 16 pass from Jordan Severt (Barden kick)

PW – Travis Korry 8 run (Myer kick)

WL – Alex Chavez 4 run (Barden kick)

PW – Korry 6 run (Myer kick)

THIRD QUARTER

WL – Carter 2 run (Barden kick)

FOURTH QUARTER

PW – Korry 9 run (Myer kick)

WL – Chavez 4 run (Barden kick)

PW – Korry 25 run (Myer kick)

TEAM STATS

RUSHING: Plano West 51-334; Westlake 41-189

PASSING: Plano West 7-21-125 0-4; Westlake 16-19-227 1-0

FIRST DOWNS: Plano West 25; Westlake 23

PENALTIES: Plano West 4-40; Westlake 8-62

FUMBLES/LOST: Plano West 1/0; Westlake 2/1

PUNTS: Plano West 2-40.5; 2-41

Individual Stats

RUSHING: Plano West: Auston Anderson 18-169, Sotonye Jamabo 13-67, Travis Korry 18-93, Nick Casten 1-11, Austin Copeland 1-5; Westlake: Keith Carter 14-41, Alex Chavez 9-45, Chris Canter 3-49, Sean Rollings 7-39, Jordan Severt 8-19

PASSING: Plano West: Travis Korry 7-21-125 0-4; Westlake: Jordan Severt 17-20-249 1-0

RECEIVING: Plano West: Connor Doyle 4-94, Austin Copeland 1-10, Zac Gideo 1-10, Sotonye Jamabo 1-11; Westlake: Brandon Box 6-97, Patrick Elliott 5-51, Chris Canter 3-57, Sean Rollings 2-33, Josh Latham 1-11

Defensive

TOTAL TACKLES: Jack Meredith 8, Carsten Hood 8, Alec Cohen 8, Michael Edwards 8, Derek Cohen 5, Brandon Irick 5, Hudson Hall 5, John Dodd 4, Breckyn Hager 4, Luke Womack 4, Jacob Mansour 3, Tate Shaw 3, Gabe Duran 2, Justin Miller 2, Anthony Patino 2, Bennett Huddleston 1

PRESSURES: Brandon Irick 2, Anthony Patino 2, Luke Womack 2, Jacob Mansour 1, Carsten Hood 1

SACKS: Alec Cohen 1, Brandon Irick 0.5, Michael Edwards 0.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Derek Cohen 2, John Dodd 1, Tate Shaw 1

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Comments

  1. keith says:

    The Chap defense got gashed by the PW running game last week and I expect Cedar Hill to try to do the same. The Plano West offense was making the majority of the yards rushing over the left side of the Westlake defense so I hope Allman & Co. can shore up this weak spot this week. In my opinion, the main reason for this drastic improvement of this team has been the fact that the play calling is much more wide open with passing plays on first and second down, whereas earlier in the season it was run,run and pass if 3rd and long. Now the opponents can’t just load the box as Severt might be passing deep on any down. The defensive coaching has been stout all year except for the 2nd half of the Cibolo Steele debacle and perhaps the Chaps can face them again in the State Championship game next weekend in Dallas and prove that like the A&M Consolidated rematch, that this team is now much better.

  2. VOR says:

    Keith, you said 5-6 weeks ago you were done with WL football and not spending any more money on them….wished you would have lived by that and went away – WL nation is tired of you trying to put down the program. It must pain you to try and back track now (even though we know with your analysis above you are just trying to set it up to where you can blast the coaches if WL loses Saturday). Whatever happens Saturday it has been a great! season for the kids, 9 -1 since the Steele loss and this team has advanced further than any other WL team in 5A Region 2. Allman has done a great job and is the most successful WL coach going through the tough 5A region 2 at 5-2 over the last four years, Long was 0-2 during his time, and Schroeder was able to journey through region 4 during his career to get to the final four. This young team has been growing up before our eyes; coaches have done a great job – time to enjoy!!

  3. ChapFan says:

    Let’s focus on the team for now. Keith is pat of the community and has a voice and opinion just as VOR does. We may not all agree, but now is not the time. We need all the positive vibes we can summon for the game at hand. The boys are playing awesome and the coaching the past three weeks has been nothing short of outstanding. The team doesn’t need any distractions. They need to play well in all three phases this week led by that nasty hitting defense pounding opponents into submission. The coaches need 100% of oars going in the same direction. This is where we all are, together, so let’s go take it! Players, Coaches, Parents, Community must be ONE to win the big prize! Go Chaps!

  4. State baby says:

    Ironic chap fan is now supportive…

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