AUSTIN (KXAN) — After a week off the schedule due to positive COVID-19 cases within the program, Westlake football continued its dominance through the first half of the season with a 59-6 win over Hays on Friday night at Chaparral Stadium.
The Hays defense held strong on Westlake’s first drive, stopping the Chaparrals at the goal line on three straight plays to force a turnover on downs.
After Hays punted on the next possession, Westlake was able to break the goal line on its next drive. Grey Nakfoor punched it in from a yard out for a 7-0 lead.
On Hays’ next possession, quarterback Durand Hill connected deep with Bryant Lewis for a 74-yard gain down to the Westlake six-yard line. Set up to tie the game, Hays made a costly mistake on the next play, throwing an interception to Westlake’s Jax Crockett at the two-yard line.
The Chaps pulled out an explosive play of its own backed up in its own territory. Quarterback Cade Klubnik hit Jaden Greathouse for an 89-yard gain, taking Westlake to the Hays 6-yard line. From there, Klubnik called his own number for a rushing touchdown and the 14-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Westlake only needed one play to push its lead to 21-0. Klubnik threw his first touchdown pass of the night to Luke Nicklos with 11 minutes remaining in the half. Klubnik has 10 touchdown passes in five games this season.
Trailing 28-0 late in the second quarter, Hays got on the board with Hill’s seventh rushing touchdown of the season. Hays decided to attempt a two-point conversion, but Hill’s pass fell incomplete.
Westlake kicker Charlie Barnett hit a 45-yard field goal as time expired in the half for a 31-6 Chaparrals lead.
In the second half, Westlake kept its foot on the gas, getting out to a 59-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Chaparrals have outscored opponents 282-13 during the 2020 season. Westlake has held 15 of the last 17 regular season opponents to a touchdown or less, dating back to the 2018 regular season.
The Eanes Independent School District suspended practice at all levels of the Westlake football program during the week of Oct. 18, due to four positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students. The positive cases were within the entire Westlake football program, not just varsity, a district spokesperson said at the time.
As a result, Westlake’s varsity game against Bowie was rescheduled from Oct. 23 to Nov. 12.