CPFB Defeats Manor, Clinches Home Playoff Game


Mia Benge

Senior DB Cole Hollen catches a pass from junior Safety/Punter Tammer Alzer midway through the second quarter of the Manor game. The pass came from a fake punt. "[We called the fake punt] because we needed a big play to spark the offense and spark the game and to get everyone pumped up," Hollen said. "Tammer [and I] made a play."

Justin Ballou, Reporter

The Timberwolves took on the Manor Mustangs in a road game on Nov. 11, and came away with a 34-21 victory. With the win, Cedar Park clinched a home game against the LBJ Austin Jaguars for the bi-district championship Friday, and runner-up for the district title.

Sophomore QB Ryder Hernandez said he believes the team played hard and found a way to fight through the obstacles that were presented.

“We had a sloppy game and most definitely did not play to our full potential,” Hernandez said. “We are going to have a great week of preparation and practice and [we will] be ready to defend ‘The Gup’ Friday.”

When the offense was in need of a boost during the second quarter, the coaches called a fake punt, where junior Punter Tammer Alzer threw the ball to senior Cole Hollen, resulting in a CP TD.

“The special teams coordinator decided to make the call,” Alzer said. “Coach would always tell me he trusts the decisions I make and how effective I could be with the ball in my hands.”

Hollen said he feels that this play changed the momentum of the game and got the team hyped.

“[We called the fake punt] because we needed a big play to spark the offense and spark the game and to get everyone pumped up,” Hollen said. “Tammer [and I] made a play.”

Senior DE Jacob Muñoz, who said he forced a fumble in the Manor game, also said that the team had a lot of stupid penalties against Manor, and that they need to clean those up going into the playoffs. Muñoz said that playing in a playoff game at Gupton will be a great experience for the team, and especially for the seniors.

“We get to show to our stomping ground one last time to start the playoffs,” Muñoz said. “Getting to walk into the stadium once more and just experience the atmosphere in a playoff setting is a dream come true to all of us and we are very excited for what’s to come.”

Senior DE Jesiah Whittington said that he believes that there are challenges in playing a team like LBJ that is not in CP’s division.

“We prepare like it’s another game,” Whittington said. “But not having an idea of what their players are like and how the flow of their game is [will] be an adjustment.”

Whittington said the team needs a huge turnout when they play LBJ, and wants the fans to be loud and rocking all game long.

“For some of us, this is the last time we will ever play at home,” Whittington said. “There isn’t a better place in the world to play.”

“For some of us this is the last time we will ever play at home. There isn’t a better place in the world to play.””

— Jesiah Whittington