HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Sexton, Cedar Park shut out Rouse

The Timberwolves are 8-0 all-time against the Raiders

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Mak Sexton has played about four quarters over the last two games, but the Cedar Park offense is looking better than ever. 

Sexton only played the first half on Friday night, finishing 15-of-16 for 188 yards and five touchdowns to help the Timberwolves shutout Rouse 41-0 to notch their eighth straight victory in the LISD rivalry. 

“He’s pretty good,” Cedar Park head coach Carl Abseck said. “He’s deadly accurate and we’ve got a bunch of receivers running around doing what they need to do and then the offensive line has done a fantastic job.”

He threw for 269 yards and five touchdowns in Cedar Park’s 56-3 win last season, bringing his two-game total to 457 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s completing passes at a 70 percent clip in that span. 

“He’s good,” Rouse head coach Josh Mann said. “He’s really good. When you’re disciplined up front and have talented receivers, it’s easy to sit back and throw the ball.”

Nine different Timberwolves caught a pass on Friday night, led by Payden Sawicki with six catches for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Will Lipscomb, Dalton Hayek, and Brandon Breed all caught touchdowns for the Timberwolves. 

The Rouse offense was led by quarterback Ethan Moore, who ran for 82 yards on 11 carries and there for 140 yards with one interception. Mylan Mitchell carried the ball 20 times for 39 yards and Tavian Tate had 38 rushing yards. 

“We moved the ball,” Mann said. “When we had drives where we didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot, we moved the ball as well as anyone except maybe Midway against them. We made self-inflicted mistakes and they pounced on them.”

The Cedar Park defense scored the game’s first points when Ethan Shine jumped Moore’s first pass of the game and returned for a 31-yard pick six. Sexton was surgical on the first offensive drive of the game going 4-of-4 for 72 yards on the drive that ended with Sawicki catching a 33-yard touchdown.

Hayek and Breed caught touchdown passes for Cedar Park on its next two drives. The Raiders got a first down on each of their drives in the first quarter, but couldn’t get any further. 

Breed caught a touchdown on Cedar Park’s first drive of the second half, but the Timberwolves punted for the first time in the game on the next drive. A pair of Rouse special team’s mistakes gave Cedar Park shot field on the final two drives of the half, and it took advantage scoring on both opportunities. 

“We made lots of mistakes,” Mann said. “They’re a great football team and when you aid them by penalties and bad special teams plays, you’re going to get beat like that.”

Rouse hosts Cedar Creek, which beat East View 21-17 on Friday night, next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Gupton Stadium. Cedar Park has a bye next week and returns to action on the road against Cedar Creek on Oct. 13. 

“We gave up three last week against teams that pride themselves on establishing the run,” Abseck said. “Our kids have done a great job the last two weeks trying to take away what they do best. We can play physical too.”

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