Head coach Carl Abseck wants his Cedar Park team to treat every outing like the biggest game of the season. The Timberwolves offense certainly lived up to his hopes on Friday night.
Cedar Park knocked off Georgetown 38-15 at Birkelbach Field to win its sixth straight game and improve to 6-1 on the season, with a 3-0 record in District 11-5A, DI play.
"Our offense played extremely well. We threw the ball with confidence and efficiency," Abseck said. "Every game is a big game, it doesn't matter who we're playing, and our guys rose to the occasion tonight."
Junior quarterback Ryder Hernandez finished with 330 yards and four touchdowns on 23-for-29 passing, leading an offense that has now scored at least 38 points in five consecutive games.
"We brought the energy from the first play on," Hernandez said. "The O-line did a great job to open up our run game, and our receivers were out there making plays all night long. Our offense was clicking all night long."
Cedar Park has now beat Georgetown in seven straight meetings. The Timberwolves improved to 11-2 in the all-time series and have not lost to the Eagles since 2008.
Josh Cameron led all Cedar Park receivers with 155 yards on nine catches. Kevin Adams paced the rushing attack, running for 73 yards on 10 carries in the win.
Georgetown running back R.J. Moreno was the star of the home team, rushing for 74 yards and a pair of short touchdowns in the defeat. Isaac Wienan hit a field goal in the second quarter for the Eagles, who dropped to 3-3 after Friday.
The Timberwolves offense started the game slowly but got out to a lead in the first quarter. Capping off an 11-play drive that lasted almost five minutes, junior kicker Justin Bohrer nailed a 30-yard field goal to give Cedar Park an early 3-0 lead.
Hernandez and the offense would heat up in the second quarter. After the junior quarterback hit Cameron with a 43-yard pass to set the T'Wolves offense up inside the Georgetown 10-yard-line, running back/tight end Brock Johnson would flip his way into the endzone from seven yards out.
Though Georgetown responded with a 26-yard field goal kick by Isaac Wienan later in the second quarter, the Cedar Park offense was not done. With just 13 seconds remaining in the first half, Hernandez rolled out to his right and side-arm threw a 26-yard touchdown strike to Preston Scott to double Cedar Park's lead before the halftime break.
Junior wideout Gunnar Abseck caught a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter, one on each side of Moreno's first of two rushing touchdowns for Georgetown.
"My receivers were making great plays and my running backs were helping to open up the passing game, so it was just awesome all around tonight," Hernandez said.
Following Moreno's second touchdown, Hernandez and the Cedar Park offense put an exclamation point on the contest with another touchdown drive. Cameron came down with a 16-yard reception score from Hernandez in the fourth quarter to finish off another game of high-octane offense from the Timberwolves.
"We have to prepare Monday through Friday to be our best week in and week out, and our kids have done that," Abseck said. "We want to win the district title and feel you have to go undefeated through the district schedule to do that, so we're on the right path."
Cedar Park returns to Gupton Stadium next Friday for a game with major district implications when the Timberwolves host reigning District 11-5A, DI champion Hutto.
"We're just going to keep the energy rolling into next week and try to do what we have been doing all year," Hernandez said. "We have what it takes as a team to do big things."
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