AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sophomore quarterback Rees Wise entered the game in the second half to throw his first two touchdown passes of his career and he ran for another in a Westlake 47-0 blowout win Friday over Converse Judson.
It started out as a bit of a defensive struggle, but after the Chaparrals built a 17-0 halftime lead, the home team poured it on the second half to outscore the Rockets 30-0.
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Westlake head coach Tony Salazar said being able to get his younger players in the game and have them take varsity snaps was a goal even against a solid Judson program.
“We’ve got to build our depth and we hope it’s a long season,” Salazar said, “so the young guys will come in handy later on.”
Wise provided a bit of a spark in the second half with his first career touchdown toss. He fired a pass to Brody Wilhelm who hauled it in with one hand after a Judson defender tipped it for a 17-yard score in the middle of the third. Wise connected with Jack Kayser for a 16-yard touchdown with 3:00 left in the frame, and then capped his great debut with a 21-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Westlake had 333 yards of total offense while the Chaps held the Rockets to 160 yards.
It was a bad omen for the Rockets from the start. After Westlake won the opening coin toss and chose to defer, the Rockets fumbled the opening kick return and the Chaps pounced on it deep in Judson territory five seconds into the game. Starting quarterback Paxton Land hit Cal Livengood for a 4-yard touchdown three minutes later for the game’s first score.
However, both teams battled defensively after that and traded possessions for the rest of the quarter. Westlake didn’t get on the board again until Land hit Kayser with an 18-yard touchdown pass with 2:52 remaining in the second quarter. Kayser snuck out of the backfield and slid behind the Judson linebackers undetected, and Land floated a pass over the top for an easy score.
Spencer Barnett connected on a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give Westlake a 17-0 lead at halftime. He made two kicks, the other from 38 yards, after missing a 43-yard try earlier in the game.
Two other sophomores hit milestones for the Chaps. Thompson Bennett got his first interception of his Chaps career and Sebastian Henault scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard run with 3:53 left in the game.
Westlake (2-0) now turns to 6A-District 26 play in Week 3 hosting Akins and Judson (0-2) takes on Weiss in nondistrict play.
Ballgame: Westlake 47, Converse Judson 0. The Chaps pitch the shutout and sophomore quarterback Rees Wise comes in the game to throw two TDs and runs for another. The Chaps are 2-0 to start the season and Judson is 0-2.
3:53 4Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Sophmore running back Sebastian Henault gets his first varsity touchdown on a 1-yard run after the special teams unit made the big play on the punt. PAT no good. Chaps 47, Rockets 0
5:06 4Q: A bad snap on the Judson punt and Westlake smothers the Rockets’ punter. The Chaps take over on the Rockets’ 10-yard line.
6:02 4Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Wise adds to his great debut with a 21-yard rushing touchdown on a zone read play where he kept the ball and raced straight up the gut. PAT good. Chaps 41, Rockets 0
10:15 4Q: INTERCEPTION WESTLAKE: Thompson Bennett makes his first career interception on a great play stepping in front of the Judson pass down the sideline. Westlake takes over on their own 37-yard line.
10:52 4Q: FIELD GOAL WESTLAKE: Barnett nails another one from 38 yards. Chaps 34, Rockets 0
End 3Q: Westlake 31, Judson 0. Westlake has the ball with a 3rd and 7 situation at the Judson 39-yard line heading to the 4Q.
3:00 3Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Wise finds Kayser out of the backfield for a 16-yard score. It’s Kayser’s second receiving touchdown of the game and Wise’s second passing score. PAT good. Chaps 31, Rockets 0
3:07 3Q: Special teams comes up big again for Westlake. Barnett’s punt hits the Judson returner and the ball is like a greased pig on the turf. Westlake jumps on it and they’ll take over on the Judson 16-yard line with another short field. Judson then took their final timeout of the second half, so if Westlake scores here, that might be the final nail in the coffin for the Rockets.
5:29 3Q: Westlake’s defense is on another level tonight and is stonewalling Judson. The Chaps force another punt and they’ll take over at their own 35-yard line. Rees Wise jogs out for another series with the starting unit. Nothing seems to be wrong with Land from an injury standpoint, but Chaps head coach Tony Salazar is trying to get his sophomore quarterback some snaps.
7:36 3Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Brody Wilhelm shows off amazing concentration and hauls in a pass from Rees Wise for a 17-yard touchdown. It’s Wise’s first career passing touchdown for the Chaps and just an incredible effort by Wilhelm with one hand. PAT good. Chaps 24, Rockets 0
8:37 3Q: Westlake’s defense has been outstanding tonight and they stop the Rockets in their tracks. Judson has to punt from its own end zone and Westlake takes over at the Judson 18-yard line after a nice return by Kayser.
10:03 3Q: Westlake’s first drive fizzles but Spencer Barnett pulls double duty and punts it down inside the 10-yard line for Judson to take over.
Halftime: Westlake 17, Judson 0. Spencer Barnett connects from 37 yards out to end the half, and they’ll get the ball back to start the second half.
0:15 2Q: Judson gets nailed for defensive holding on the pass from Land, and that sets up the Chaps with a fresh set of downs on the Judson 22-yard line.
0:59 2Q: Westlake gets a quick stop and Kayser turns in a nice punt return to give the Chaps great field position to perhaps tack on another score before halftime. Westlake takes over on the Judson 25-yard line.
2:52 2Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Kayser sneaks in behind the Judson linebackers and Land sees him. Land lofted a pass to a wide-open Kayser for an 18-yard touchdown. PAT good. Chaps 14, Rockets 0
6:18 2Q: Westlake’s defense gets another turnover on downs after they force Favela to get rid of the ball earlier than he wanted to. The Chaps take over on their own 35-yard line in what is shaping out to be a defensive struggle.
9:17 2Q: WEIRD PLAY ALERT. The circus came to town and it’s at Westlake HS. After a low snap, Land tries to shovel it off to Kayser but it hits him in the helmet. The ball went up in the air and landed in the arms of Judson’s Jaiden Haygood for a brief interception, but Kayser reached in and took the ball away from Haygood so the Chaps kept possession. It goes down as a catch for Kayser but a loss of yards. Whoa. Have another look at it below …
10:14 2Q: Westlake converts on a 4th and short play after it appeared the Chaps had the first down the play before. Officials marked Jack Kayser out about a half-yard short. Nevertheless, Westlake got the first down and the drive stays alive.
11:25 2Q: Judson has to punt and the kick rolls out of bounds at the Westlake 20-yard line. The Chaps will take over from there.
End 1Q: Westlake 7, Judson 0. It went by pretty quickly. The Chaps got the bonus possession after the fumble on the opening kick return and converted it.
2:02 1Q: Westlake PK Spencer Barnett tries a 43-yard field goal and he just hooks it left. It didn’t miss by much. Judson gets the stop and takes over on their own 26-yard line.
5:37 1Q: Judson QB Elijah Favela has to scramble out of trouble on 4th-and-12, and he gained about 11.5 yards. Westlake’s defense makes the stop and the Chaps take over on their own 13-yard line.
9:02 1Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Chaps QB Paxton Land hits Cal Livengood for a 4-yard score to take advantage of the possession they didn’t know they’d get to start the game. PAT good. Chaps 7, Rockets 0
11:55 1Q: Wow! Judson KR Cole Walker fumbles the opening kickoff return and Westlake recovers to take over at the Rockets’ 23-yard line. What a start for the Chaps.
Game start: Judson will receive the opening kick. Westlake won the coin toss and deferred their decision to the second half