ROUND ROCK, TX – Scheduling the top-ranked Class 5A team in the state of Texas for homecoming probably isn’t the best idea and Westwood learned that Thursday night against Cedar Park. The Timberwolves moved to 3-0 on the season with a 56-6 win in the final non-district game for both teams.Westwood had no answer for a Cedar Park rushing attack that put up 473 yards and seven touchdowns on 57 carries. The Timberwolves scored on every possession of the game except three – one ended by the half, one punt and one turnover on downs late in the game with backups in the game. The Warrior offense was held in check all night. Westwood punted the ball 10 times against Cedar Park, didn’t reach Timberwolves territory until the second quarter, and never had any rhythm. Westwood ran 46 plays in the entire game.
It didn’t take long for Cedar Park to exert its dominance. After forcing a three-and-out and a punt, the offense went on a three-play, 47-yard drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown run by Tyler Lavine. Cedar Park forced its second three-and-out in as many drives on the next possession when defensive end Brenden Solete sacked Westwood quarterback Jack Swensen on third down.
Again, Cedar Park marched down the field and scored. This time it was through the air when Mac Sexton found Jack Grimm for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The Timberwolves went on to add touchdown runs of 16, 51 and 52 yards to score 35 points in the first half.
Westwood finally reached Cedar Park’s side of the field in its sixth possession of the first half. The Warriors took advantage of a pass interference call on third-and-10 and scored on the next play when running back Prince Ugwu raced 11 yards for the lone Westwood touchdown of the first half. The point after attempt failed to cut the Cedar Park lead to 28-6, but it took just one play for Cedar Park to bounce back. Jav Guidry raced 52 yards on the first play of the possession.
It was a lopsided affair in the first half. Cedar Park had 379 yards in the opening two quarters, including 287 yards rushing on 23 carries. Sexton was 8-for-11 for 92 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Lavine had 99 carries on nine carries in the first half. Cedar Park had four different rushers score in the first half and six different receivers with a catch.
On the flip side, Westwood only amounted just 102 yards of offense and six first downs in the first half. Ugwu had 31 yards and a touchdown on six carries and Swensen was 7-of-13 for 52 yards. The Cedar Park defense was led by sacks from Solete and linebacker Augustine Tambe, who led all tacklers in the first half and shut down the middle of the field against Westwood.
The second half was much of the same. Cedar Park took the opening kickoff and needed only five plays to go 75 yards. The drive was capped off by a 16-yard touchdown run by Lavine, who finished the game with 139 yards and two touchdowns on14 carries. He also added two catches for 16 yards.
Westwood went three-and-out in its only two possessions of the third quarter and the Timberwolves added a touchdown with 7:01 left in the third quarter when Hayden Craig scored from 1-yard out. It was his second rushing touchdown of the game. He had 60 yards rushing on seven carries.