CPFB Season Comes to Heartbreaking Close

Timberwolves fall to Manor, 17-14, in the third round of the playoffs, ending the 2019 campaign.


Photo by Shelby Lee

Junior QB Ryder Hernandez rushes for a first down in the game against Manor on Nov. 8. The second time around against Manor, the Mustangs got their revenge on the T-Wolves. “We couldn’t move the ball and finish drives,” junior QB Ryder Hernandez said.

Justin Ballou, Reporter

Three weeks after defeating Manor on senior night, the Timberwolves had to face a Mustangs team hungry for revenge. The Mustangs got their revenge in a 17-14 victory, advancing them to round four to play Shadow Creek, a squad who knocked Cedar Park out of the playoffs last season.

Offensively, the Wolves were only able to generate one scoring-drive, a rushing TD by junior WR Josh Cameron. The other TD was scored by the defense via scoop n’ score. Turnovers and penalties also killed numerous drives for the offense.

“We couldn’t move the ball and finish drives,” junior QB Ryder Hernandez said.

The defense played a great game; in the first half, the offense repeatedly put them in poor position by giving the Manor the ball near midfield, but the Black Rain held up nicely, and even generated a few turnover-on-downs. Senior DE Ben Bell had a scoop n’ score off a Manor fumble in the second half. All season long, the defense was the strength of the team and kept the T-Wolves in games when the offense struggled.

“[We] trust each other, execute the game plan and make plays when we need to,” senior S  Tammer Alzer said.

Fortunately for Cedar Park, they won’t have to wait long to have a shot at revenge against Manor; since Manor is an in-district opponent, the Wolves will see them next season.

“Obviously we gotta go grind this offseason so we don’t have this feeling again,” Hernandez said.

Though it was a heartbreaking finish, seeing Manor kick a chip-shot FG to clinch the game, it was not a season that will soon be forgotten. The Wolves took back the district title, which was one of the biggest goals coming into this season, and finished with an 11-2 record.

This was the last time the seniors took field, and though it was emotional at first, looking back on the season as a whole, it’s hard to hang their heads after seeing all the success.

“All our success this season as a team was unbelievable in how we came together and fought until the end,” senior RB Jonathan Stockwell said. “In every close game, we played as a team and lifted each other up. This year, we weren’t [just] teammates; we were a family. On and off the field we will always be a family.”

The 2019 campaign is one to remember forever, especially for class of 2020.