Varsity football’s focus pays off in play-offs

Savannah Burchfiel

The Timberwolf varsity football team continued their journey on the road to state in 36-7 a win over Alice. Despite the Coyote’s unfamiliar Slot-T offense, they were unable to hinder the T-wolves in the Region IV-4A Division II semifinals game on Friday, Nov. 30 at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio.

T-wolf offense depended on both running and passing the ball, and even an unexpected switch in quarterbacks could not hinder the team.

 “It was great stepping in,” senior quarterback Chiddy Udoye said. “The team didn’t miss a step and we just continued to click and put points on the board.”

Not only did the offense pull through in zipping past Coyote defense, but the defense dominated the line of scrimmage. Both Black Rain defense and special teams played their part in securing the win.

A 20-yard touchdown pass from starting quarterback Nate Grimm to junior Samuel Brock followed junior Lane Waller’s 30-yard punt return.

“We had a specific mindset going into the game,” Waller said. “We set ourselves on coming into the game more physical than our opponent could ever think about being.”

By the end of the game when the T-wolves had a superior technique and Alice had one lone touchdown, Cedar Park threw extra points on the board with a safety and field goal.

“We aren’t making many changes in preparation for this week,” Udoye said. “We’re going to continue to prepare like we have and stay focused on our goal.”

With Grimm back from his ankle injury, the T-wolves plan on ramping up the game even more.

“You can only come back stronger,” Grimm said.

The T-wolves will have their chance to prove their focus pays off in this week’s regional championship game against San Antonio Brennan, ranked 10th in the state, Friday, Dec. 7 at the Alamodome.