Cedar Park dominates fourth in state

Kristen Smith

          This Friday the Cedar Park Timberwolves hosted the Stony Point Tigers. Cedar Park was looking to continue their district streak and improve to 5-0. Cedar Park had their hands full as Stony Point was 47th in the nation and 4th in state. Going into the Timberwolves and the Tigers were tied for first spot in district 16-5A play. A win for either team would boost them to the only remaining undefeated team in the standings.

            As Cedar Park took the field, everyone looked in the huddle to see if quarterback standout Nathan Thornhill would be there. Nobody found him. In the Vista Ridge game, Thornhill got injured and he wasn’t able to play in the Stony Point game. Due to Thornhill sticking to the sidelines the whole game, Sophomore Brian Hogan, and Junior Matt Posey took the snaps. For the both of them it was their first career start. Hogan led the team with 161 rushing yards, and nabbed three touchdowns. The sophomore also had Cedar Park’s game winning touchdown; a one yard drive with 1:31 left remaining in the 4th quarter. Cedar Park star, Holmes Onwukaife picked up a fumble in the third quarter to set up the Cedar Park offense inside the Tiger 15 yard line. To close out the first half, cornerback Ryan Roberts caught an interception. During the fourth quarter Onwukaife recovered a fumble near midfield. That fumble eventually led to Hogan’s game winning score.

            Cedar Park’s black rain defense completely denied Stony Point’s running backs, holding the tigers to just 166 yards on the ground. With leading passer Aaryn Sharp out for the Tigers, Gus Barrera had to take the reins. Barrera was pushed to his limits and out of his comfort zone throwing for only 120 yards.

 This 28-21 win was a huge momentum builder for Cedar Park. Going into the Cedar Park game, Stony Point was ranked 4th in state, and hadn’t lost a game since 2007. That loss ironically was given to them by Cedar Park as well. With this win Cedar Park is the only undefeated remaining in the district 16-5A standings, and moved up to the 17th spot in state. The Timberwolves also gained national recognition as USA today recognized their achievements with information on the game included on their website.

Cedar Park had a great game against the tigers but, they’re not out of the woods just yet. This Friday, Cedar Park will travel to the Palace and face the Westwood Warriors and their star running back, Princeton Collins. We wish the Timberwolves good luck as they continue their hunt for a district title. Go Cedar Park.