AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin High Maroons scored the first and last touchdowns Friday at House Park against the No. 4 Westlake Chaparrals. But unfortunately for the home team, the Chaps scored 65 points between them.
Westlake running back Grady Bartlett rushed for three touchdowns and the Chaps’ defense turned in two touchdowns on interception returns to run away with another 6A-District 26 victory 65-14. It’s Westlake’s 40th consecutive regular season win.
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“It was an all-around good effort and everybody got to play,” Westlake head coach Tony Salazar said. “We got some big turnovers and some big-time plays from the run game.”
Bartlett ended the game with 150 rushing yards on 15 carries, scoring on runs of 19, 33 and 45 yards. The longest of the three came almost immediately after Austin scored the first touchdown of the game.
The Maroons struck first after technically going three-and-out on their first drive. Austin High punted and when the ball hit the turf, it checked up and took a big bounce backward, clipping the leg of a Westlake player. The Maroons alertly jumped on the ball at midfield and scored on the next offensive play via a 50-yard pass from Wilder Davenport to Bryson Batts.
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The lead for the Maroons was short-lived after Bartlett ripped off the big run for a score, and following a penalty on the point after attempt, Westlake went for two and converted it to take an 8-7 lead with 9:41 left in the first quarter. Austin had the lead for 0:49.
Westlake’s Payton Luther and Stephen Fuqua returned interceptions for touchdowns. Luther’s came near the end of the second quarter and Fuqua’s was in the fourth quarter. Westlake led 42-7 at halftime.
Westlake (8-0, 6-0) takes on Bowie next week at Chaparral Stadium and the Maroons (2-6, 2-4) play Lake Travis at Cavalier Stadium.
Final: Westlake 65, Austin High 14
2:05 4Q: TOUCHDOWN AUSTIN: Wilder Davenport takes it 5 yards for a score and snaps Westlake’s streak of 65 unanswered points. PAT good. Chaps 65, Maroons 14
8:01 4Q: PICK-6 WESTLAKE: Stephen Fuqua intercepts a pass and pulls off a nifty 38-yard return for a touchdown. PAT good. Chaps 65, Maroons 7
End 3Q: Westlake 58, Austin High 7. This one is just about in the book.
3:58 3Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Justice Johnson scores his first-career touchdown with a nice 6-yard run after shedding a couple of tackles. It was Johnson’s 14th carry of the season. PAT good. Chaps 58, Maroons 7
6:58 3Q: Austin fumbles the ball and Westlake jumps on to take over at the Maroons’ 19-yard line
8:14 3Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Bartlett gets his third touchdown of the game as he breaks a couple of tackles for a 19-yard score. PAT good. Chaps 51, Maroons 7
9:10 3Q: SAFETY WESTLAKE: Austin’s snap on 4th-and-25 goes just a bit high and sails out of the back of the end zone. The Maroons will now have to kick to the Chaps from their 20-yard line. Chaps 44, Maroons 7
10:48 3Q: Westlake goes 3-and-out and has to punt on its first possession of the second half. Austin takes over on its own 17-yard line
Paxton Land is in the game at quarterback for the Chaps to start the second half
12:00 3Q: Westlake gets the ball to start the second half
Halftime: Westlake 42, Austin High 7. The Chaps scored three times late in the 2Q to really open it up. The Austin High defense was holding its own for a while but Westlake is just too much
1:16 2Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Following a fumble recovery, Wise throws it to a wide-open Acosta for a 19-yard touchdown. 2-point try no good. Chaps 42, Maroons 7
1:46 2Q: PICK-6 WESTLAKE: Payton Luther grabs a Wilder Davenport pass and returns it 45 yards for a touchdown. 2-point try no good. Chaps 36, Maroons 7
3:05 2Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: On 4th-and-7, Wise hits Brody Wilhelm with a 22-yard pass and the Chaps are rolling now. 2-point conversion is good. Chaps 30, Maroons 7
6:40 2Q: Austin can’t turn the fumble recovery into points and a nice punt sets the Chaps back inside their own 40-yard line to start the drive
9:38 2Q: Westlake fumbles near the goal line … it looked like a bad handoff between Wise and Nate Acosta, and the Chaps lose their first fumble of the season. Austin takes over on its own 5-yard line
11:08 2Q: Westlake converts on 4th-and-5 with a 6-yard pass from Wise to Reagan Street down to the Maroons’ 16-yard line
End 1Q: Westlake 22, Austin 7. The Chaps have the ball on third down deep in Austin territory to start the 2Q
0:22 1Q: Westlake’s Judson Crockett blocks another punt, his third in the last two games, and the Chaps take over on the Austin 30-yard line
4:13 1Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Bartlett goes straight up the gut of the Austin defense and scores his second touchdown of the night, this one from 33 yards out. 2-point try no good. Chaps 22, Maroons 7
6:09 1Q: Austin has to punt it away and Westlake will take over on their own 47-yard line
7:08 1Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Quarterback Rees Wise makes a nice cutback on a quarterback sweep and finds the end zone from 14 yards out. 2-point conversion good. Chaps 16, Maroons 7
9:41 1Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: It didn’t take long for the Chaps to answer with a Grady Bartlett 45-yard run to hit pay dirt. 2-point conversion good. Chaps 8, Maroons 7
10:08 1Q: TOUCHDOWN AUSTIN: On the next play, Wilder Davenport hits Bryson Batts for a 50-yard touchdown pass. Talk about taking advantage of the extra possession. PAT good. Maroons 7, Chaps 0
10:17 1Q: Austin technically goes three-and-out on its first drive but the punt checked up and rolled into a Westlake player before touching anyone else and the Maroons jumped on it at midfield. What a break for the Maroons.
12:00 1Q: Austin’s offense will get the ball first as Westlake’s Spencer Barnett blasts the opening kick through the end zone