Cedar Park @ Hutto

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The Skinny

Cedar Park (8-0, 6-0) @ Hutto (6-2, 4-2), Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Last Week

Cedar Park won its 24th consecutive game by shredding Connally (7-1, 5-1), 49-0, in what was an informal District 19-5A title game. Connally entered as the only other undefeated team in the district, but encountered a rude T’wolves crew that pitched its fifth shutout in eight games. Quarterback Mak Sexton threw four first-half touchdown passes to give Cedar Park a 35-0 halftime advantage. The T’wolves wouldn’t look back as the famed “Black Rain” defense held the Robert Patterson-led Connally offense to just 78 total yards.

Hutto proved its resolve and kept itself in playoff contention by defeating a tough Rouse team (4-4, 3-3) 42-32 on the road. The Hippos got 285 yards on the ground from Deary’on Milligan - 200 in the first half - to win their fourth consecutive game after starting 0-2 in District 19-5A play.  The Hippos defense was brilliant in the second half, pitching a shutout over the final two quarters to secure the victory and keep the Hippos in control of their own playoff destiny.

Black Rain, Black Rain

The Cedar Park defense has been the story of the year in 5A football. The T’wolves defense has been close to impenetrable, shutting out five opponents - Vandegrift, Bastrop, Rouse, Cedar Creek and Connally - while allowing just 53 points all season. That’s an average of 6.6 points per game. If the T’wolves want to pitch their sixth shutout, they’ll have to focus on stopping Hutto running back Deary’on Milligan, who has been at the center of the Hippos attack for much of the season. Milligan is one of the biggest catalysts behind Hutto’s current four-game win streak.

24 going on 25

Hutto will look to end the mighty Timberwolves’ 24-game win streak this Friday. On paper, the Hippos present as big of a challenge to Cedar Park’s run as any team on Cedar Park’s schedule this season. They hung close with Georgetown and Connally - two of the top-tier teams in the district - and have been powered by a strong rushing attack from Milligan (202 carries, 1,216 yards, 19 TD) in wins over Elgin, Bastrop, East View and Rouse over the last four weeks. Cedar Park’s district title is all but secured, but the prospect of extending that two-dozen game unbeaten streak will likely keep the T’wolves from peering over the Hippos at the playoff horizon.

All-time series

Hutto and Cedar Park have not met in recent UIL history.

Looking ahead

Hutto will round out the regular season at last place Cedar Creek (1-7, 0-6) on Nov. 4.

Cedar Park’s regular season finale will be at home against Elgin (3-5, 3-3) on Nov. 4.

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