Week 8 preview: Cedar Park FB


The Skinny

Connally (7-0, 5-0) @ Cedar Park (7-0, 5-0), Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Last week

The Cougars (7-0, 5-0) stayed undefeated and kept their District 19-5A title hopes alive with a stunning 20-19 home victory over Rouse (4-3, 3-2). Connally trailed 19-0 at the half but stormed back on the strength of quarterback Robert Patterson’s arms and legs. Patterson tossed a 55-yard score to Reggie Martin in the third quarter and ran for two more in the fourth -- including a one-yard, goal line dive with 1:28 remaining -- to complete the dramatic comeback. The win set the stage for the Game of the Week -- and possibly the Game of the Year -- in District 19-5A.

Cedar Park defeated Georgetown (6-2, 4-2) 41-20 to hand the Eagles their second straight loss. Cedar Park running back Tyler Lavine had three rushing touchdowns and added a fourth score on a 14-yard reception. The Timberwolves led 27-20 early in the third quarter but pulled away on a 2-yard run by Lavine and a 23-yard fourth quarter score by Hayden Craig. 

District Game of the Year

It’s no surprise that Cedar Park, winners of 23 straight, enters this game with an undefeated record. For Connally, however, it’s a bit more surprising. The Cougars were 4-6 last season, but have experienced a renaissance of sorts, thanks in part to a quarterback, Robert Patterson, who can get the job done on the ground or through the air. They will enter as the clear-cut underdog in a game that is essentially an unofficial District 19-5A championship. If the Cougars are to hand the Timberwolves their first loss since 2014, they’ll have to find a way to penetrate a defense that has recorded four shutouts in seven games.  

The Robert Patterson Effect

Connally head coach Jason Cecil had high praise for Patterson after last week’s last-minute, comeback win over Rouse. Cecil called Patterson a “winner” who “gets the job done.” Patterson will need to be at the top of his game against the vaunted T’wolves, and if the going gets tough -- which it very well may -- he’ll have to find a way to produce some of the magic he pulled out of a hat last Friday against the Raiders. If the Cougars’ quarterback can find a way to rally the rest of the offense and keep the Cedar Park defense on its toes, Connally may be in line for an upset. 

All-time series

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

Looking ahead

Cedar Park travels to Hutto (5-2, 3-2) next week. Connally will host last place Cedar Creek (1-6, 0-5).