Westlake (5-2, 3-1) @ Leander (2-7, 1-3), Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Westlake (6-2, 3-1) relied on two sophomore quarterbacks, Taylor Anderson and Sam Saxton, to defeat Lehman (2-7, 0-5), 45-6. Anderson and Saxton were forced under center after UT-bound starter Sam Ehlinger was lost for the season with a thumb injury against Lake Travis on Oct. 7. The duo combined to go 11-for-15 for 139 yards and three touchdowns. The Chaps honored the 20th anniversary of the 1996 state championship team at midfield after the first quarter.
Leander was the most recent team to fall to juggernaut Lake Travis (7-1, 4-0). The Cavaliers jumped out to a 36-0 first quarter lead behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Charlie Brewer and a 36-yard interception return by Will Lisenby. Brewer completed 10-of-12 passes for 169 yards and four touchdowns before being pulled in the second quarter. The defense did its job, too, allowing just 161 yards of total offense. The Cavaliers have won all four of their district games this season - against Hays, Westlake, Lehman and Leander - by a cumulative score of 228-21. Leander managed just 183 yards of offense. Lions running back Jake Egelsee was one of the bright spots, rushing for 85 yards on 12 carries.
Sophomore Signal Callers
It will be interesting to see if Westlake head coach Todd Dodge continues the two-quarterback system he utilized last week or if he decides to stick with one guy. Anderson (8-of-12, 72 yards, TD) took the majority of the snaps a week ago, but Saxton (3-of-3, 67 yards, 2 TD) was technically more efficient when given opportunities. Leander’s defense has allowed 31 or more points in each of the last four games, so a big night for the sophomore duo just may be in the cards.
After an early-season injury to starting quarterback Kyle Irlbeck, Rashad Carter and Coltin Mitchell have each spent time under center for the Lions. Carter, the more athletic of the two (330 rushing yards, four TD), didn’t play at all in last week’s 61-0 loss to Lake Travis, forcing Mitchell into the fold. He completed 7-of-14 passes for 42 yards and an interception. Things won’t be much easier this week no matter who’s under center, considering the Westlake defense has been pretty stout for most of the season, minus a fluky 49-7 loss to Lake Travis on Oct. 7.
Westlake and Leander have not met in recent UIL history.
Leander’s final regular season game will be at Lehman (2-7, 0-5) on Nov. 4.
Westlake will wrap up its season by hosting Vista Ridge (3-5, 2-2) on Nov. 4.