Cedar Park holds off late San Angelo Central push to pick up first win of 2018

The Timberwolves held the Bobcats to 55 total yards and racked up four sacks


Cedar Park looked like Cedar Park again on Friday night.

The Timberwolves dominated on both sides of the ball as they picked up their first win of the season, dismantling San Angelo Central 37-22.

A potent passing attack and a suffocating defense has long been Cedar Park's identity, and they stayed true to form on Friday.

The defense held the Bobcats' offense to 55 total yards and compiled four sacks even after a second-half surge from the visitors while starting quarterback Ryder Hernandez went 29 of 39 for 342 yards and two touchdowns and senior wideout Carson Neel caught 11 passes for 209 and a score.

"(Passing) is a big part of what we do. Ryder did a great job tonight of stepping into the pocket and into his throws," Cedar Park head coach Carl Abseck said. "That played a big part in the outcome of the game and I'm proud of him. It's all about execution on a play-by-play basis and we did a much better job about that on offense and defense tonight."

After turning the ball over on downs in their first offensive possession, Cedar Park came back with a vengeance the next time around as Hernandez and Neel hooked up for a 76-yard touchdown. 

Their big first quarter didn't end there, as Jonathan Stockwell (17 carries, 46 yards) powered his way into the end zone with a 7-yard rushing touchdown. 

Cedar Park continued its offensive excellence with a second-quarter rushing score from Daniel Hernandez (11 carries, 16 yards), his first of the night.

"Since we had not had much early success the past two weeks, getting out to a fast start was a big deal," Abseck said. "It was huge for the confidence of the defense and the offense."

The Timberwolves bounced back after a San Angelo Central pick-6 by marching downfield at the end of the half and scoring again with just six seconds left, as Will Udoye hauled in a Hernandez feed for the 15-yard score.

Cedar Park went up 35-6 on Hernandez' second rushing touchdown of the game, but the Bobcats answered with 16 straight points on two touchdowns and a field goal. 

San Angelo Central quarterback Malachi Brown threw an unbalanced pass that ended up resulting in a safety as intentional grounding was called in the fourth quarter.

The Timberwolves go on the road next weekend, battling Katy Cinco Ranch on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in their final matchup before district play. 

"It's the same thing we look forward to every week, we want to see our team get better," Abseck said. "We've played as tough of a schedule as any team in the state of Texas, but we're challenging ourselves now so that when we start district, we're going to be ready to play."

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