Reagan rips Crockett, secures second in 26-5A

Article originally appeared in the Nov. 7 edition of the Austin American-Statesman

The Raiders (7-3, 6-1 26-5A) wrapped up their most successful season in more than a decade with a dominant 42-6 win over the Cougars (1-9, 1-6 26-5A) on Friday night.

Reagan, which had already secured the runner-up spot in 26-5A and a second straight playoff berth, now has six or more wins in a season for the first time since 2003.

Their final regular season win was accomplished in much the same way the others were – by pounding the football and the opposing offense.

Car, the AISD all-time leading rusher and University of Houston commit recently made the switch from No. 2 to No. 34 and looked every bit like Earl Campbell running through and, at times, over the Crockett defense for four touchdowns and 120 yards.

His first touchdown was a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter to give Reagan a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, following a 39-yard touchdown pass from Amado Aguilera to Devonte Scott, Car scored on a 35-yard run in which he hurdled a Crockett defender along the way. He also added scoring runs of 12 yards in the third quarter and 15 yards in the fourth quarter to push Reagan’s lead to 35-0.

That was more than enough for the Reagan defense, which allowed just 16 yards of total offense in the first half and 134 total in the game. Crockett managed only 24 total rushing yards as almost half (12 of 25) of their rushing attempts resulted in no gain or a loss.

The defense also forced three fumbles and held Crockett scoreless until Zach Ochoa found Jeremy Barrera for a 13-yard score with 2:41 left to prevent a shutout.

But Reagan quickly responded with a 60-yard touchdown run from Adrien Benn to push the lead to 42-6.

Aguilera led the Raiders with 159 yards rushing while Benn added 97 yards – all in the second half.

Travis upsets Lanier, snaps streak

Article originally appeared in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 24, 2015

Defense delivered at the right moments as the host Rebels (1-7, 1-4) snapped a nine-game losing streak, grabbing their first win of 2015 by downing the Vikings (4-4, 1-4).

Travis’ victory came almost one year to the date of its last win, 62-16 over Lanier. This one was much more hard-fought.

Lanier took a quick 7-0 lead just over two minutes into the game when Juanye Johnson ran it in from 4 yards out.

Travis responded with an Elias Millet 16-yard TD run early in the second quarter to make it 7-6.

The Vikings outgained the Rebels 368-229, but the Travis defense provided two important red-zone stops that made the difference. They held the Vikings on first and goal at the end of the first half and forced a turnover in the end zone on Lanier’s first possession of the third quarter.

Those stops provided the window Breonn Watson needed. The Travis quarterback ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Watson’s first score was a 24-yard run that put Travis up 12-7. Then, following a Rebel fourth-down stop with less than two minutes to play in the game, Watson sprinted 46 yards to push the lead to 19-7 and seal the win.

Johnson (177 yards) and quarterback Josh Torres (80 yards, one TD) carried the Lanier offense. Torres’ score came on a 40-yard run with 4 seconds left in the game. The Vikings attempted an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Rebels.

Watson (102 yards), Jaaylom Vasquez (64 yards) and Millet (56 yards) accounted for 222 of the Rebels’ 227 total yards.

Bowie rebounds, blasts Akins

Article first appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 17, 2015

Two weeks after suffering their first loss of the season the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 14-6A) rebounded in dominant fashion with a 48-7 win over the Eagles (4-4, 2-4 14-6A).

Thanks to a bye week the bad taste of a 24-9 loss to Westlake on Oct. 2 hung around longer than normal. But it took less than two minutes for the Bulldogs to cleanse their palate.

Brandon Ramos connected with Josh Wainwright for a 62 yard touchdown just 92 seconds into the game to open the scoring and the Bulldogs poured it on from there.

Matthew Wheeler hit Reagan Shaw for a 14-yard touchdown the Ramos found Wainwright again with a 7-yard touchdown. After Dalynn Threadgill scored on a one-yard run, Ramos found Shaw for a 7-yard touchdown to push Bowie out to a 34-0 halftime lead.

Ramos and Wheeler platooned throughout the night and were productive in different ways. Ramos threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns while Wheeler had 74 yards on the ground.

Wainwright had 113 yards receiving and two scores while Shaw finished with 68 yards on four catches with two touchdowns on his own.

They were just part of a Bowie offense that rolled up more than 500 yards of offense on the night, averaged more than 18 yards per completion and led 41-0 after three quarters.

The Eagles, also coming off a loss to Westlake, found their offensive stride and got on the scoreboard when quarterback Mike Gonzales raced 58 yards for their only score. Gonzales (68 yards) and Kenan Lockhart (87 yards) accounted for all of the Eagles ground game on the night.

Jags drop Raiders in rivalry tilt

Article originally appeared in the Sept. 27 edition of the Austin American-Statesman

The Jaguars (3-2, 2-0 District 26-5A) used the playmaking of Deandre Wytaske and the legs of Khalil Thomas to take down the Raiders (2-3, 1-1) in their long-time neighborhood rivalry at Nelson Field.

Thomas opened the scoring with a 66-yard first-quarter scoring run before Reagan standout Mulbah Car tied the game with a 7-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

LBJ took control with a 22-yard score by Wytaske and a 27-yard run by Thomas to open a 20-7 lead after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Wytaske connected with Kenice Justice for a 48-yard touchdown pass and then punched in a 5-yard run to close the scoring.

Thomas racked up 160 yards on seven carries.

Car, a University of Houston pledge, ran for 137 yards. He needs 400 more to break the Austin school district career rushing record.


LBJ 32, Reagan 7 – Final

LBJ Overall: 3-2 Conference: 0-0
Reagan Overall: 2-3 Conference: 0-0


Friday September 25, 2015 7:30pm

1 2 3 4 OT Total
LBJ 7 6 7 12 0 32
Reagan 0 7 0 0 0 7


Scoring summary

LBJ — Kahlil Thomas 66-yard run. PAT Kick (Jesse Martinez), 1st.
REA — Mulbah Car 7-yard run. PAT Kick (Jose Jaimes), 2nd.
LBJ — Deandre Wytaske 22-yard run. PAT Kick (Jesse Martinez), 2nd.
LBJ — Kahlil Thomas 27-yard run. PAT Kick (Jesse Martinez), 3rd.
LBJ — Kennis Justice 48-yard pass from Deandre Wytaske. PAT Failed 2 Pt Run (), 4th.
LBJ — Deandre Wytaske 5-yard run. PAT Failed kick (), 4th.


Team Stats

LBJ Reagan
Total yards 309 242
First downs 9 14
Rushes/Yds 29/253 53/206
Average rush 8.72 3.89
Comp/Atts 6/9 3/8
Pass yards 56 36
Comp pct 66.67 37.5
Punts 4 2
Punting Yards 0 0
Punting Average 29 33
Fumbles/Lost 1/0 1/1



Name Comp Att Pct Yds TD INT
Deandre Wytaske 6 9 66.67 59 1 1
Name Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Deandre Wytaske 17 67 3.94 0 2
Kahlil Thomas 7 160 22.86 0 2
Deon Collins 1 -6 -6 0 0
Treylan Thomas 1 3 3 0 0
Isaiah Feaster 2 23 11.5 0 0
Charles Brown 1 6 6 0 0


Name Rec Yds Yds/Catch Long TD
Kennis Justice 4 64 16 0 1
Kahlil Thomas 1 -5 -5 0 0
Deon Collins 1 -3 -3 0 0


Name Comp Att Pct Yds TD INT
Amado Aguilera 3 8 37.5 36 0 1
Name Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Amado Aguilera 15 46 3.07 0 0
Mulbah Car 29 137 4.72 0 1
Adrian Benn 6 23 3.83 0 0
Aaron McDonald 1 -4 -4 0 0
Devonte Scott 2 4 2 0 0


Name Rec Yds Yds/Catch Long TD
Jose Jaimes 1 20 20 0 0
Tyshawn Cantrell 1 4 4 0 0
Devonte Scott 2 13 6.5 0 0

Simmons races Raiders past Lions

Rouse 38, Leander 24: Marquis Simmons ran for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone to power the Raiders (1-2) over the Lions (1-2) in their neighborhood rivalry at Bible Stadium.

Rouse jumped to a 31-3 halftime lead. He scored on runs of 7 and 56 yards in the first quarter and added 3-yarder in the second quarter.

On the night, Simmons carried 32 times for 264 yards. He also completed two passes and caught another.

Rouse opened its biggest lead near the end of the third quarter when Michael Forster sprinted 18 yards to give the Raiders a 38-9 lead. Forster also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Glenn.

In the second half, the Lions offense came alive, thanks to Parker McNeil and Gabriel Sanchez. The pair hooked up 14 times in the game, including 10 in the second half. Early in the fourth, McNeil found Sanchez wide open over the middle and the senior galloped 97 yards for a touchdown.

Less than four minutes later, McNeil connected with Michael Berry for a 49-yard score to cut the lead to 38-24 before the rally stalled.

After throwing for just 48 yards in the first half, McNeil finished with 315 yards on the night. Sanchez accumulated 226 yards receiving.

Fredericksburg starts fast, cruises past Travis

Article originally appeared in the September 5 edition of the Austin American-Statesman

The Billies (2-0) sprinted to a 29-0 lead in the first quarter and then held off a late burst by the Rebels (0-2) at House Park.

Mitchell Edwards scored early for Fredericksburg from two yards out, then the Billies tacked on three touchdowns in the final four minutes of the quarter. Quarterback Kyle Reeh rushed for a score and threw for another before Josh Stafford returned a Travis fumble six yards for six points.

Reeh averaged more than 20 yards per completion for the night, hitting passes of 35, 44, and 50 yards. He finished with two TD strikes in three quarters of work.

Travis found the scoreboard in the second quarter when Breonn Watson connected with Michael Murray for a 67-yard play. Watson threw for 214 yards, with 130 coming in the first half.

But Fredericksburg answered with a touchdown pass from Reeh to Jonathan Cleland, then Wade Davis returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a score to make it 43-7. Jacob Eckhardt drilled a 43 yard field goal in the third quarter to give Fredericksburg its largest lead at 46-7.

In the fourth quarter, Travis tried to mount a rally, starting with Watson’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Mykal Jones. Watson then scored on an 8-yard run, and Elias Millet returned a fumble 34 yards to close the scoring. Millet led the Rebels in rushing with 30 yards.

Cedar Park back in the hunt

Article originally appeared in the April 14, 2010 edition of the Cedar Park-Leander Statesman

If the game were a fight, Stephanie Raesz would have landed the knockout blow in the first inning.

The Cedar Park Lady Timberwolves jumped right back into the thick of the District 16-5A playoff chase Friday night with an 11-1 run-rule knockout of the Round Rock Lady Dragons.

The junior crushed the first pitch she saw over the left-centerfield wall to stake the Lady Wolves to a 3-0 lead in a game that was over by the top of the second inning.

“(The coaches) tell us we have the domino effect. If one person starts hitting then we all start hitting,” junior Stephanie Raesz said. “We’ve just been working really hard. We were prepared.”

Prepared was an understatement as the Lady Timberwolves unloaded on Friday night. Every starter reached base at least once and eight had at least one hit. Megan Schade was 3-4 and scored three runs while Abigail Schade was 2-2 with three runs scored of her own.

“If they start out well, we hit well all night. If we struggle early then we feel like we’re going to struggle to even score one run,” head coach Cami Jenschke said.

In the top of the first against Round Rock, Cedar Park sent 11 batters to the plate and nine scored. The first time through the lineup, every Lady T’Wolf player reached base.

After Raesz homered, Schade and Mackenzi Loftin ripped consecutive doubles and later scored to make it 5-0. After Janelle Lopez and Kaeli Tiefel each walked, and Jessie Garrett drove them both in with another double. The final run of the inning came on a sacrifice fly from Abigail Schade.

“These girls are really mental. They were confident because we hit hard against Round Rock last time (a 4-1 win),” Jenschke said.

Cedar Park starter Katherine Mayfield was outstanding again, allowing just four hits and only one unearned run. She gave up a single in the first inning, another in the fourth and two in the fifth.

The only Round Rock run scored in the top of the third after a walk and an error made it 9-1.

The Lady Wolves pitching staff has been nearly flawless in its last four games, allowing just two runs with a pair of shutouts. Cedar Park beat McNeil 2-0 prior to the Round Rock game.

“We played really well defensively (against McNeil),” Jenschke said. “We didn’t score a lot of runs but we had a lot of hits.”

The wins over Round Rock and McNeil moved Cedar Park to 5-5 in district play with games left against Vista Ridge, Stony Point, Round Rock Westwood and Leander. After a 1-4 district start, the Lady Wolves have lost just once – a 1-0 setback against Georgetown.

“We were kind of on a roll, we thought and then we played Georgetown,” Jenschke said. “We’ve probably – no exaggeration – in the last six games we’ve played Georgetown, it’s been a one-run game.”

That slow start to district play seems to be a distant memory.

“We were still trying to figure out exactly what was going to happen this year. I think we’ve found out what’s going to happen,” Raesz said