Cedar Park Tops Friendswood, Advances to Round Three of Playoffs


Photo by Amelia Tapia

The Timberwolves hold up the "Area Champs' banner after defeating Friendswood, 31-14. Next up for Cedar Park is a regional matchup with Manor. "The goal is to keep playing with an edge and keep our hunger to get better," senior DE Ben Bell said. "[We're] not satisfied with the success we've had so far."

Justin Ballou, Reporter

The T-Wolves got to play under the lights of an NFL stadium as they took on Friendswood High School at NRG Stadium in Houston. Cedar Park came away with a 31-14 victory, securing them a spot in the third round of the playoffs.

Junior QB Ryder Hernandez connected with junior WR Josh Cameron for a couple long pass plays in the first half. He also found junior WR Tristan Hervey for a 55-yard TD in the second quarter. Hernandez finished with 2 passing TDs and a rushing TD, according to MaxPreps.

“[The] offensive line protected well all night and gave me a lot of time to get it into our play-makers’ hands,” Hernandez said.

The junior-class receiving core, specifically Hervey, Gunnar Abseck and Josh Cameron have been a deadly trio for opposing defenses all season. Abseck said the receivers work on key details that go along with the game plan.

“We fit where the defense isn’t and take advantage of their mistakes,” Abseck said. “[We] executed at a high rate and played our game.”

The defense came up with another turnover, this time it being senior S Tammer Alzer grabbing an interception. The defense has kept the team in games all season long when the offense has struggled and has been a huge strength of the team as a unit. Senior DE Ben Bell said everyone is focused when the ball is snapped and executes their jobs.

“The goal is to keep playing with an edge and keep our hunger to get better,” Bell said. “[We’re] not satisfied with the success we’ve had so far.”

The win puts the Timberwolves into the regional round of the playoffs and sets up a rematch with Manor, whom Cedar Park easily defeated 49-24 on senior night. The game will take place on Friday Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. on the Pfield in Pflugerville.

“We just need to come out with the same intensity and keep rolling offensively and defensively,” Hernandez said.