WIMBERLEY — Most great athletes say they don’t feel pressure. Boerne senior quarterback Brooks Klutz feels all of it, albeit in a good way.
Every time the Wimberley defense got close to Klutz, the third-year starter was able to feel the pressure and spin, juke or dash away at the last second to create extra time to throw or gain yards with his feet.
He finished with five total touchdowns and 261 yards (226 passing, 35 rushing) to lead the Greyhounds past the Texans 41-28 Friday at Texans Stadium in Wimberley.
“That’s all coaching,” Boerne coach Mike Dormandy said with a ginormous hint of sarcasm. “He’s a great athlete. He’s a great quarterback. He’s (got) three years in the system so he understands where the ball should go. He understands he’s an athletic enough (player) to get himself out of trouble when things break down. He’s just making plays right now.”
Klutz’s intuitive ability to have his eyes downfield yet somehow avoid the pass rush was a big reason Boerne jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but senior wide receiver Connor Fisher was as well.
Fisher had a dazzling 24-yard touchdown catch on the game’s opening drive and found the end zone again early in the second quarter with a 39-yard reception. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound two-sport star had two-thirds of the team’s catches with eight grabs for 127 yards.
“Just backyard football, I guess. Just been practicing like that for years,” Klutz said of his elusiveness. “This is my third year starting so (I) have the experience. The game definitely goes a lot slower (now) so it’s easier… (Fisher) is my go-to guy. He’s been my go-to guy for three years. Just throw it anywhere in his general vicinity and he’s going to come down with it.”
The Texans got their first score with 4:44 left in the half when senior quarterback Jordan Weeks hit senior Thomas Mann for a 21-yard touchdown. Klutz came back with a 5-yard touchdown run, but Wimberley Senior Hayden Krebs took a short pass and ran away from the Boerne defense for a 58-yard score to make it 24-14 just before halftime.
When senior Cade Stoerver took a reverse down the right sideline for a 78-yard touchdown on the third play of the second half, the deficit was suddenly three and it looked like Wimberley was right back in the game. But before the home crowd could get behind their defense, senior Douglas Hodo III returned the ensuing kickoff to Wimberley’s 24-yard line and Klutz found junior Robert Sherwood open in the end zone on the next play to push the lead back to double-digits.
Hodo III caught a 13-yard scoring toss with 2:28 left in the third and senior kicker Wilson Herbst nailed a 36-yard field goal with 4:13 remaining to cap another 17-0 Boerne run that effectively put the game away.
Though Boerne’s running backs didn’t score, junior Colton Pool (12 carries, 160 yards) and senior Ryan Hart (seven carries, 60 yards) gave the offense some much-needed balance and played a vital role in the victory.
“Everything starts up front (with the offensive line) and those guys are really playing well right now. They’re physical. They’re communicating and we’re getting bodies covered up so the backs have the opportunity to make their one cut and they were able to get some explosive plays tonight from those one-cut plays that we had,” Dormandy said. “Defensively, we’ve played great all year and tonight we played another great, great game. Other than two explosives and a short field because of a turnover, we did an amazing job.”
Weeks finished with 284 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-42 passing. Krebs had six catches for 105 yards and Stoever added seven for 74. Outside of Stoever’s 78-yard reverse, Boerne held Wimberley to just 54 yard rushing on 22 attempts.
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