One of the most highly anticipated season openers across the state of Texas was going to be Austin Westlake at Katy, but the impact of Hurricane Harvey has done away with this matchup. TexasHSFootball had been gathering information on game cancellations and rescheduling and per coach Todd Dodge, Westlake was looking for a replacement game. The Chaps did find a replacement quickly and were able to set up a game with the College Station Cougars.
College Station is entering the 2017 football season on a high note. Last season the Cougars went 14-1 and made it to the semifinals, before coming up short to Corpus Christi Calallen 31-30 at the Alamodome. The Cougars are entering their seventth season as a program and have improved every season. College Station is ranked #8 in Class 5A and #2 in district behind Temple.
The Cougars are by QB/WR Marquez Perez, who was named the preseason offensive MVP for District 18-5A. Coach Huff expects Perez to see more time at wide receiver this season to help utilize his big-play ability. The Cougars are returning 5 starters on each side of the ball including DT Marquis Conchola, RB/DB Quandree White, OL Jeremiah Williams, WR Jaelin Campbell, and DB Brandon Joseph. Junior QB Brandon Williams will likely see most of the snaps this season and will have plenty of playmakers to help him out.
Austin Westlake is coming off a 11-3 season, where they made it to the quarterfinals, before falling to their nemesis Lake Travis 51-3. The Chaps are ranked #7 in class 6A and #2 in district 25-6A behind, you guessed it Lake Travis.
Westlake will have to replace star QB Sam Ehlinger (Texas) and will look to RB Nakia Watson to carry the load this season. Watson is the preseason Offensive MVP for District 25-6A and last season he accumulated 1,648 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Westlake has 2 guys that they look at for quarterback in junior Taylor Anderson and sophomore Kirkland Michauex.
Anderson will likely be the starter Week 1, after a stellar performance in last week’s scrimmage against Cedar Park. The Westlake defense will be dominant up front lead by linemen Braden Cassity (56 tackles, 8TFL’s, and 4 sacks) and David Neil (62 tackles, 6TFL’s, and 4.5 sacks).
What To Expect
This game will be a must-see week one and should provide plenty of fireworks. The matchup with College Station’s backfield vs Westlake’s defensive line will be very exciting all night long. The Cougars defense will get the opportunity to see where they are at while trying to slow down Watson throughout the ballgame. The quarterbacks for Westlake will also get to see what they can do against a powerful defense right out of the gate.
The game will be played in College Station at 2pm Saturday afternoon, so if you’re looking for an exciting ballgame in the Brazos Valley, be sure to check this game out.
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