AUSTIN (KXAN) — Westlake didn’t allow Round Rock to score a touchdown and rolled to a 35-3 bi-district win in the opening round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs Friday at Chaparral Stadium.
Round Rock took an early 3-0 lead on a 30-yard field goal by Kai Haruki, but after that, the Chaps defense stood strong and kept Round Rock quarterback Mason Cochran under wraps.
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“That was a complete game right there,” Westlake head coach Tony Salazar said. “We did a good job running the football and a great job playing defense.”
Jack Kayser scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground and quarterback Rees Wise added another as Westlake controlled the game. Wise, a sophomore, also threw two touchdown passes to Grady Bartlett.
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Round Rock played tough and kept it close for a long time, but eventually, Westlake just outlasted them and pulled away. Haruki’s field goal came with 5:32 left in the first quarter after Cochran converted a fourth-and-2 to keep the 14-play drive alive.
From there, Westlake said no more. Bartlett’s first receiving touchdown, a 24-yard grab wide open over the middle of the field, gave the Chaps the lead with 3:03 left in the opening period. Bartlett scored again on a 4-yard pass from Wise on the first play of the second quarter.
Westlake led 21-3 at halftime.
The Chaps tacked on two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Kayser to put the exclamation point on the win.
Westlake (11-0) takes on San Antonio Reagan in the area round next week. The Rattlers (11-0) topped San Antonio East Central 55-21.
Final: Westlake 35, Round Rock 3. The Dragons put up a good fight but the Chaps just overwhelmed them with their rushing attack and tough defense. The Chaps will play San Antonio Reagan in the area round next week.
6:40 4Q: TOUCHDOWN CHAPS: Kayser scores from 4 yards out. PAT good. Chaps 35, Dragons 3
10:37 4Q: TOUCHDOWN CHAPS: Jack Kayser barrels into the end zone from 5 yards out. PAT good. Chaps 28, Dragons 3
End 3Q: Westlake 21, Round Rock 3. The teams played to a stalemate in the third quarter and the Chaps have the ball on the Dragons’ 16-yard line with a fresh set of downs
9:02 3Q: Round Rock tries to get into its bag of tricks and the double reverse flea-flicker ends up being an interception by Westlake’s Denim Collins. The Chaps take over on their 12-yard line
11:08 3Q: Westlake goes 3-and-out on its first drive of the second half and has to punt. Round Rock will get the ball for its first drive of the second half at their own 40
12:00 3Q: Westlake receives the second-half kickoff and they’ll get the ball on its own 25-yard line.
Halftime: Westlake 21, Round Rock 3. The Chaps get a big play to stop the Dragons from perhaps a field goal attempt and they’ll get the ball to start the second half
0:05 2Q: Peyton Luther picks off Cochran to stop the Dragons drive and the Chaps take over on the Westlake 3-yard line
0:25 2Q: Round Rock is the beneficiary of 45 yards in penalties on the drive and they’ve got it on the Westlake 18-yard line. Round Rock quarterback Mason Cochran took a shot on the incomplete pass and appeared to come out of the game, but a timeout helped keep him on the field for the next play
3:03 2Q: On 2nd-and-goal from and 1-yard line, Wise keeps it on the read option and he scores from a yard out. PAT good. Chaps 21, Dragons 3
6:01 2Q: Round Rock can’t move the ball after the big play on defense but a nice punt plus a penalty on the return backs Westlake up to its 39-yard line
7:01 2Q: Round Rock defensive back Hank Appl leaps and picks off a Rees Wise pass to get the Dragons the ball. Round Rock takes over on its own 6-yard line
11:55 2Q: TOUCHDOWN CHAPS: On the first play of the second quarter, Wise tosses a playaction pass to Bartlett for a 4-yard TD. Really nice fake to Kayser by Wise froze the linebackers and allowed Bartlett to get a free release into his pattern. PAT good. Chaps 14, Dragons 3
End 1Q: Westlake 7, Round Rock 3. The Chaps have the ball inside the 5-yard line on third-and-goal to start the 2Q
3:03 1Q: TOUCHDOWN CHAPS: Rees Wise finds Grady Bartlett out of the backfield for a 24-yard TD pass. PAT good. Chaps 7, Dragons 3
5:23 1Q: FIELD GOAL DRAGONS: Kai Haruki boots a line drive through the uprights from 30 yards and the Dragons cash in a 12-play drive. Dragons 3, Chaps 0
6:32 1Q: Round Rock goes for it on 4th-and-2 with an option keeper by Cochran … the spot is just beyond the chains and the Dragons keep the drive alive
9:24 1Q: Westlake’s first drive is also a 3-and-out and they punt it away. Dragons get good field position at their own 40-yard line
10:06 1Q: Round Rock goes 3-and-out on its first drive and Westlake will take over for its first possession on its own 27-yard line
12:00 1Q: Round Rock will get the ball first and the Westlake kick sails through the end zone. The Dragons take over at the 25-yard line