Hutto (5-2, 3-2) @ Rouse (4-3, 3-2) , Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Rouse (4-3, 3-2) lost to undefeated Connally (7-0, 5-0) despite leading by a three-touchdown margin at halftime. Down 19-0 at the break, Connally 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. Rouse quarterback Michael Forster threw three touchdown passes, all in the first half.
Hutto running back Deary’on Milligan scored on a 51-yard touchdown run with 4:32 remaining to break a 29-29 tie with East View (2-6, 1-5) and give the Hippos their third consecutive victory. Milligan finished the night with 219 rushing yards -- 195 of which came in the second half -- and three touchdowns. The Hippos overcame a 14-0 first half deficit behind 482 yards of offense.
Rouse searching for consistency
When it’s on, Rouse has proven to be one of the best teams in District 19-5A. The problem this season has been repeating those good nights on a week-by-week basis. The Raiders lost to defending 5A Division II state champion Cedar Park, 31-0, on Sept. 23, but blew out powerful Georgetown (6-2, 4-2), 60-27, two weeks ago. Last week, Rouse built a 19-0 lead over undefeated Connally, only to allow Patterson and the Cougars offense to complete a stunning 20-19 comeback victory over the final two quarters. Which Rouse team will show up against Hutto?
Hutto is in a similar position as Rouse: competitive with the top tier teams in District 19-5A, but not quite to that top tier itself. The Hippos took Georgetown to overtime on Sept. 9, but lost 35-32. The following week, the Hippos nearly knocked off undefeated Connally before falling, 35-30. Since that loss, however, Hutto has won three straight -- over Elgin, Bastrop, and East View -- and a win against Rouse would give the Hippos their most impressive win of the season, not to mention a sense of confidence heading into next week’s home match-up with juggernaut Cedar Park.
Cedar Park and Hutto have not met in recent UIL history.
Hutto will host Cedar Park (7-0, 5-0), winners of 23 straight games, next week.
Rouse will travel to Elgin (2-5, 2-3).