Wolves Roll Over Raiders in Home Opener


photo by Megan Bonsall

QB Ryder Hernandez runs a run-pass option with RB Jonathan Stockwell on Sept. 9. This game, the offensive line gave Hernandez time to sit in the pocket and thow, leading to highlight-reel plays. “We needed to get the bad taste of last week out of our mouths and we came out and did what we were supposed to do,” Hernandez said.

Justin Ballou, Reporter

The Timberwolves took on the Cedar Ridge Raiders on Friday, Sept. 6 at Gupton Stadium. The team started slow but turned it on in the second half to take home their first win, 26-14.

It’s no secret that this team had some things to clean up after last week. The offensive line put up a much better performance than the previous week, as QB Ryder Hernandez had more time in the pocket and was able to deliver the big-time throws.

“We worked hard over the week and came out with a lot of energy,” Hernandez said. “We needed to get the bad taste of last week out of our mouths and we came out and did what we were supposed to do.”

For the third week in a row dating back to last year, Cedar Park ran a successful fake-punt. This time, it was Senior P Tammer Alzer running for a first down that swung the momentum back to Cedar Park.

“I knew the play-call was a risky one,” Alzer said. “The routes that we ran were all covered. I tried to find a running lane and make a play.”

Just like last week, the Black Rain defense played lights out and again busted out their turnover belt after an interception. But this week, the defense was rewarded for its performance with a win.

“We played as a team and we won,” Senior LB Will Lovell said. “We will use this win to help fuel our fire and win more games. 1-0 is the goal every week. The next week, next game, next practice, next play is always the most important one because it is the next one.”

Looking ahead, the Wolves will travel to San Angelo Central on Sept. 13 and then host Katy Cinco Ranch on Sept. 20, two teams that Cedar Park beat last year.

“We will continue to show effort and continue to improve,” Lovell said.