AMERICAN STATESMAN: DistrIct 13-6A football roundup: Hendrickson, Vandegrift set for clash

AMERICAN STATESMAN: DistrIct 13-6A football roundup: Hendrickson, Vandegrift set for clash

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Team of the Week: Hendrickson

The Hawks (2-0, 1-0) were absolutely dominant in a 64-14 blowout of Westwood (2-1, 0-1). They led 51-0 at halftime and scored on each of their first eight possessions. The Hendrickson defense completely shut down what had been a potent Warriors attack the first two weeks. The Hawks allowed only 13 total yards and two first downs in the first half, forcing a pair of interceptions and stuffing a fake punt. Quarterback Blaine Barker accounted for three touchdowns, rushing for 101 yards and passing for another 81.

Player of the Week: Tyler Cleveland, Stony Point

The running back rushed for 218 yards on 18 carries to lead the Tigers (3-0, 1-0) past Leander (1-2, 0-1). Cleveland scored a pair of touchdowns, and both came on long runs. He opened the scoring with a 61-yard burst in the first quarter, and gave Stony Point some separation in the third quarter with a 63-yard jaunt that made it 26-6. As a team, the Tigers rushed for 346 yards on 40 carries.

The rest of the district

Vandegrift (3-0, 1-0) announced its arrival to the district in a big way, as a 33-yard field goal in overtime by Tim Barney completed a 17-14 comeback victory over Cedar Ridge (1-2, 0-1). The two-time defending district champion Raiders led 14-0 in the fourth quarter before a pair of drives capped by touchdown runs from Isaiah Smallwood. … McNeil (2-1, 1-0) earned its first league win since 2016, jumping all over Vista Ridge (0-3, 0-1) in a 49-21 victory. The Mavericks forced seven turnovers and running back Winston Hutchison rushed for 156 yards.

THE WEEK IN PREVIEW

Game of the Week: Vandegrift at Hendrickson

The two biggest winners of the opening slate of district games meet in Week 4. Vandegrift could take a huge step toward the district title if it’s able to take down Hendrickson, but the Hawks looked every bit the class of the league in dismantling Westwood. It could be another defensive showdown, as both teams thrive off getting stops. Which offense can find its way Friday night at The Pfield?

Other games

Round Rock, which had a bye last week, hosts a McNeil team hungry for its first win over the Dragons since 2009. … Vista Ridge, still searching for its first win of the season, hosts a Westwood team trying to get back on track. … Cedar Ridge looks to rebound at home against Leander.

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