Preview: Westlake vs. Mansfield Summit
Westlake may be the defending 6A state champion, but Mansfield Summit is not to be overlooked as the Jaguars return 12 starters from a team that went to the 5A Division I state semifinals a year ago.
Westlake Chaparrals (2-0)
Fri 8/27: W 54-13 @Temple
Fri 9/3: W 34-14 vs. Euless Trinity
Head Coach: Todd Dodge (8th season)
Clemson commit quarterback Cade Klubnik (548 yards, 4 TDs) has the keys to the Chaparral offense and delivered another impressive performance with 322 yards passing and a touchdown against Euless Trinity.
He has sturdy protection upfront too with Texas commit Connor Robertson, Indiana commit Bray Lynch, and highly touted junior TJ Shanahan all blocking for him on the offensive line.
Those big men up front have also paved the way for the run game led by Hunter Henault (258 yards, 3 TDs). When Klubnik goes through the air, he has two tall, talented juniors to target in Jaden Greathouse (174 receiving yards, 1 TD) and Keaton Kubecka (134 receiving yards, 1 TD).
With this many weapons, the Chaparral offense is going to prove hard to stop on Friday night.
On the other side of the ball, defensive back Will Courtney had a breakout game last time out with 13 tackles against Trinity, while fellow defensive back Carter Barksdale (19 tackles) leads the team in tackles through the first two games.
Upfront, Ethan Burke has recorded a sack in each of the first two games this season. Behind him at linebacker, Jacob Leopold brings plenty of experience as one of the two returning defensive starters from last year’s state title team.
Mansfield Summit Jaguars (1-1)
8/27: L 20-14 (OT) vs. Jenks (OK)
9/3: W 34-14 @Mansfield
Head Coach: Channon Hall (6th season)
The Jaguars have a talented backfield led by a returning starter at quarterback in David Hopkins (329 yards, 4 TDs) and a duo of running backs in senior Orlando Scales, who had a remarkable 193-yard performance on just eight carries against Mansfield, and Keon Hobbs (101 rushing yards).
When the Jaguars go through the air, keep an eye on talented receiver Kerya Powell (178 receiving yards, 2 TDs), who has been Hopkins’ favorite target so far this year.
Defensively, the Jaguars have some talent, and they’ll need every bit of it against a high-powered Westlake offense.
TCU commit defensive lineman Joseph Adedire (10 tackles) will look to make Klubnik’s life miserable, while Tulane commit safety Ahmaad Moses (19 total tackles) has led the Jaguars in tackles through the first two weeks.
Johnny Everitt has made plays from his linebacker position so far (13 tackles, 1 interception), while defensive linemen sophomore Legend Journey and senior Andrew Billings will join Adedire to battle in the trenches against Westlake’s talented offensive line.
It will take a nearly perfect performance from Summit to have a chance to knock off Westlake, which has arguably looked like the best team in the state the first two weeks of the season. However, after a state semifinal run a year ago, don’t count these Jaguars out in this neutral-site battle in Belton.
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