CP Takes Down McCallum in Round One of Playoffs


Aja Steiner

Junior QB Ryder Hernandez celebrates scoring a TD with junior WR Tristan Hervey on Nov. 14 vs. McCallum. The T-Wolves won the game 49-10. "We stayed focused and stuck to the game plan," Hernandez said. "The O-line did a fantastic job tonight and the receivers keep making plays. [It was a] great team win."

Justin Ballou, Reporter

The Wolves won their 10th straight game on Thursday night and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The Wolves started off slow, with the score tied 7-7 after a 29-yard TD run by McCallum with two minutes left in the first quarter, but then dominated the rest of the way and won 49-10.

Junior QB Ryder Hernandez connected with junior WR Josh Cameron for two TDs in the first half. Hernandez also put his agility on display as he scrambled for a couple first downs as well. Hernandez said he broke the previous record, set by former Cedar Park QB Mak Sexton, for completions and TDs in a single season.

“We stayed focused and stuck to the game plan,” Hernandez said. “The O-line did a fantastic job tonight and the receivers keep making plays. [It was a] great team win.”

All season long, the Wolves have employed a four man backfield, including senior RB Jonathan Stockwell, who rushed for a TD against McCallum. The four RBs have spread the love around, with each getting multiple opportunities each game. All four RBs, Stockwell, senior Brock Johnson, junior Cade Haught and sophomore Kevin Adams, all scored a TD in the game.

“Never knowing when we will get in, we make sure to make use of our opportunities,” Stockwell said. “We all run hard, block if needed, run our routes hard and do our assignments.

The Black Rain defense came up clutch once again, stopping the Knights on fourth down on multiple occasions. Junior LB Javion Mays recovered a fumble in the first quarter, resulting in yet another forced turnover.

“We saw all week that they love taking shots on fourth down,” Mays said. “Coach Battles put us in the right position to get the job done and we took advantage of it.”

The defense was banged up injury-wise in this game, but they still got the job done. Senior S Tammer Alzer said the team knew coming into the playoffs it’s win or go home every game and that the team’s mindset was set on their team alone.

“We’re not ready for the season to end,” Alzer said. “Yes, we took back being district champs, but that’s not all we want. Our offense, defense and special teams need to keep executing the game plan and keep taking it one game at a time, because in reality, that’s all we’ve got.”

Saturday, the Wolves will head to NRG Stadium in Houston to take on Friendswood at 6 p.m.

“If we keep playing the way we are capable of, our season is far from over,” Mays said.