AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Westlake Chaparrals defeated Katy 45-14 in the state semifinal to advance to the 6A Division II state championship game next Saturday.
It was a battle of unbeatens, but it was Westlake who showed why teams have struggled to hang an “L” on them for the last 39 games.
Jack Keyser, who has had an outstanding year at running back for Westlake, started the scoring off with a 48 yard touchdown run to put the Chaparrals on the board 7-0.
Cade Klubnik then took over, finding Pierce Turner for the touchdown to make it 14-0, then linking up with Jaden Greathouse to make it 24-0.
The scoring continued for Westlake thanks to another touchdown pass from Klubnik, finding Keaton Kubecka to put the Chaps up 31-0.
Westlake would add more, while keeping the Katy Tigers at bay to win the semifinal 45-14.
Head Coach Todd Dodge, who is retiring after the next week’s title game, touted his trust in his team after the game.
“I told them in our team meeting yesterday that our coaching staff was going to try to do the very best we could to put them in position to make plays, and that we [coaches] were going to get the hell out of the way, and let them go play, I trust this team,” Dodge said. “They’ve played their hearts out all year long and we did again today.”
Westlake has won two straight state championships, and they have the opportunity to earn a third if they beat Denton Guyer. Kickoff is set for next Saturday at 7pm.