AUSTIN (KXAN) — The defending state champion Westlake Chaparrals are kicking off the season Friday night, and you can watch it from the comfort of your home. Every Westlake regular season football game will be available live exclusively on KXAN.com during the 2020 season.
Westlake was on the board first on their first offensive play from scrimmage against Schertz Clemens. Senior running back Zane Minors took it 76 yards for a season opening statement and a Westlake 7-0 lead early in the first quarter at Chaparral Stadium.
Westlake picked up a 9-0 lead after a Schertz Clemens miscue turned into an extra two points. Deep in their own territory, a backwards pass backfired on the Buffaloes, rolling out of the end zone for a safety.
In the second quarter, junior quarterback Cade Klubnik notched his first touchdown pass of the 2020 season on a 32-yard connection with senior receiver Luke Nicklos for a 16-0 lead.
Westlake blocked a punt and the ensuing drive resulted in another Klubnik touchdown pass as the Chaps went into the locker room up 26-0. It didn’t take long for Westlake to completely put this game out of reach in the third quarter.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Westlake sophomore Jaden Greathouse fumbled the return, but recovered and busted the game wide open with a 100-yard kick return for the score and a 32-0 Chaps lead.
Boosted by a 44-yard reception by Ben Salazar, Westlake made it 39-0 on a three-yard touchdown run by Minors for his second of the game. The Chaps scored three more touchdowns in the second half on their way to a 53-7 win and a season opening victory.
Originally, Westlake planned to face Southlake Carroll in a father versus son season opener at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. Westlake coach Todd Dodge’s son, Riley Dodge, is the head coach for the Dragons. However, the University Interscholastic League’s decision to delay the start of the football season for 6A and 5A schools scrubbed that planned contest.
Then, Westlake organized another highly-anticipated season opener against state-power Highland Park, but that game was canceled last week after an outbreak of COVID-19 within Highland Park’s football program.
Capacity at Chaparral Stadium was limited to 25%.
Westlake Football Schedule (all on KXAN.com)
- Sept. 25 Westlake vs. Schertz-Clemens (stream only)
- Oct. 2 Westlake vs. Waco Midway
- Oct. 9 Del Valle vs. Westlake
- Oct. 16 Westlake vs. San Marcos
- Oct. 23 Westlake vs. Bowie
- Oct. 30 Hays vs. Westlake
- Nov. 6 Westlake vs. Akins
- Nov. 20 Austin High vs. Westlake
- Nov. 27 Westlake vs. Lake Travis