Cam Cook, Stony Point run over Austin High in season opener

Posted Thursday, August 25, 2022 11:00pm

By Zach Smith, HCN Sports Editor — Hill Country News

Cam Cook wasted no time showing just how dominant the Stony Point offense can be this season. 

The Stony Point senior took a screen pass 50 yards for a touchdown on the Tigers’ first offensive snap of the season, scoring four total touchdowns as Stony Point opened the season with a 53-0 win over Austin High on Thursday night.

“This is the last ride for us seniors, so coming out and showing like this was crazy,” Cook said. “Our defense having a shutout and our offense firing up like that, it was great. I’m really happy with how we started this season.”

The TCU commit finished with seven carries for 165 yards and three rushing touchdowns and caught two passes for 59 yards, including the game-opening score.

He was one of four Tigers to find the end zone, including Notre Dame commit Braylon James (three catches, 80 yards, one touchdown), Kory Thomas (7 rushes, 56 yards, one touchdown) and Hayden Cartwright-Shirey (12 carries, 120 yards, two touchdowns).

Senior quarterback Ivan Villegas completed nine of 15 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns.

“Cam is a dynamic player,” head coach Craig Chessher said. “He’s fast, and I know other teams see that.”

Chima Onyejiaka led the Stony Point defense with six tackles, one sack and three tackles for loss. Linebacker Jamal Baker also had six tackles, while defensive back Shane Werner had four tackles.

“Anytime you throw a shutout, it feels good,” Chessher said. “I thought our defense played pretty good. They hit us for one pass, and we corrected that. It all feels good when you win, but we’ll still look at the film.”

After opening fireworks, James caught his first touchdown pass as a Stony Point Tiger with a 31-yard reception at the end of the first quarter.

Cook took over to end the half, scoring a short-yard touchdown early in the second before breaking out for a 75-yard burst just before halftime. He continued the sprinting lesson on the first drive of the second half with a 41-yard sprint.

“I don’t make those plays by myself, and if we’re doing that right from the get-go, that means everybody’s on the same page,” Cook said.

Cartwright-Shirey got in on the fun with a couple of touchdowns in the second half, including a 64-yard sprint to start the fourth quarter.

“I thought we kept our focus,” Chessher said. “Our offense really came through. (Austin) did a really good job against the run in the first half. It feels good, no doubt.”

Stony Point closes out non-district play with games at Killeen High next Friday and at Pflugerville on Sept. 8 before beginning district play at Vandegrift on Sept. 16.

“I want to see our defense tighten down a little bit and get in there and challenge some receivers,” Chessher said. “Offensively, we’ve got to make sure we can run the ball. It’s just stuff we’ve got to look at and see if we can get better.”

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