Week 7 Preview: Rouse FB

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The Skinny

Rouse (4-2, 3-1) @ Connally (6-0, 4-0), Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Last Week

Rouse stunned undefeated Georgetown (6-1, 4-1), 60-27, in the most surprising outcome of any Austin area game last week. The Raiders bolted to a 34-0 halftime lead behind an offense that outgained the once-mighty Georgetown attack 306-35 over the first two quarters. The Eagles entered the evening averaging 47 points per game, but didn’t score on Rouse until the third quarter, after the Raiders had already built a 41-0 lead. With Rouse upending Georgetown, only two teams with undefeated records in District 19-5A remain: Cedar Park (the top-ranked team in 5A) and Connally. 

Connally stayed undefeated by knocking off East View (2-5, 1-4) 45-25. Connally trailed by a point entering the fourth quarter before scoring 21 straight to secure the win. Connally quarterback Robert Patterson

accounted for 256 yards and four total touchdowns (three on the ground, one through the air). East View running back Torrie Davis ran for 205 yards on 16 carries, but was forced to exit the game late in the third with an ankle injury. It was Connally’s second straight game with 40 or more points. 

The Robert Patterson Show

Quarterback Robert Patterson has meant everything to the Connally offense in 2016. Through six games, he’s completed 57 passes for 888 yards, 10 touchdowns, and just three interceptions. He’s been equally productive on the ground, rushing for 405 yards and eight touchdowns. The Cougars chances at staying undefeated against Rouse will likely rest on his shoulders, especially if they end up in a shoot-out with a Rouse offense that has shown it can put up some major points. 

Rouse rolling

Rouse will enter this game riding higher than perhaps any team in the state after defeating powerful Georgetown last week. The trick for the Raiders will be to keep themselves grounded and humbled as they head into another difficult game against Connally. Much is at stake for the Raiders in this one: a win would double down on the idea that they are truly a top-tier team in District 19-5A, while a loss -- especially a big one -- will raise the following question: Was last week’s upset was the real deal or just a fluke?

All-time series

Rouse and Connally haven’t face one another in recent UIL history.

Looking ahead

Rouse will host a tough Hutto team next week before rounding out the season with winnable games at Elgin and against Bastrop. 

Connally will travel to Cedar Park, the top-ranked team in 5A, next week before hosting Cedar Creek on Oct. 28 and finishing the regular season with a trip to Georgetown on Nov. 4.

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