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Hosting the Trojans
THE WINNING SEASON
Daniel Hunter | Statesman.com
Anderson heads to Chaparral Stadium boasting a record of 6-2 with a firm grip on the fourth playoff spot out of District 25-6A. Last year, Daniel Hunter was a first year head coach and the former Westlake and West Ridge football coach guided Anderson to a 5-5 record. One season later and Hunter will accomplish what the last two Anderson head coaches could not. No matter the outcome of tonight's game with Westlake and next week's regular season finale with Lake Travis, the Trojans will finish with a winning regular season record for the first time since 2011.
Carsten Groos | Statesman.com
2019 introduced new and young faces to the Trojan offense. Armed with a handful of seniors, Hunter now has the personnel to run an offense that's more suitable to establishing a winning culture at Anderson. Getting away from the Slot-T run heavy offensive attack has lead to a very balanced Anderson squad. As a team, the Trojans average right at 189 yards passing per game along with 188 yards rushing and they are armed to the teeth with athleticism and it all starts with senior quarterback, Carsten Groos. By this time last year, Groos had only completed 25 passes as he was asked to manage the ground game and mix in a pass on occasion. Through eight games, the senior has completed 99 passes for 424 yards. Groos has tossed 10 touchdowns and five interceptions while performing well in a role that's designed for him to be the focal point of Trojan rushing attack, especially in short yardage situations. While his passing numbers don't leap off the stat page, his ability to run the football is impressive. With 424 yards rushing on 97 carries, Groos has found the end zone 11 times in 2019 and will be a big key to extending drives against Westlake.
Joey Baran | Statesman.com
Carsten Groos may be Anderson's third leading rusher and a big part of how the Trojans put points on the board, but it's junior running back Joey Baran that provides steady play. Averaging over seven yards per carry, Baran has rushed for 566 yards and four touchdowns. In addition to his explosive play out of the backfield, Baran provides Groos another option in the passing game. Baran has a remarkable 12 yards per catch average as he's secured 15 receptions and found the end zone twice on explosive passing plays.
Colin Page | Statesman.com
Joey Baran might have been the most experienced running back returning for the Trojans in 2019, but the youth movement is alive and well for Daniel Hunter's program. A number of underclassmen dot the roster on both sides of the ball and Colin Page has been a pleasant surprise with his ability to perform in both the run game and on special teams. Page is the second leading rusher, but considering he has 31 less carries than Groos and 14 less carries than Baran, one could argue that Page is Anderson's most efficient runner. He's one yard shy of 500 rushing yards and is second only to Groos is rushing touchdowns as the sophomore has scored five times as the alternative to Baran in the backfield. Page has the added threat as Anderson's kick-off return specialist and it rewarded the Trojans in the loss to Bowie as Page followed Josh McCormick's field goal on the game's opening drive with a 99 yard "kick 6" to put Anderson ahead of Bowie in the first quarter.
Kameron Langford | Twitter.com
Todd Dodge has come to a point in his career where evaluations can be made by simply watching opponent film and looking for players that he knows any coach in the state of Texas would love to have on their roster. Those are Coach Dodge's sentiments when it comes to Anderson's Kameron Langford. The Trojan safety comes off a 2018 campaign that saw him earn 2nd Team All-District in a conference loaded with defensive back talent. Langford trails teammate Nathan Collins (67 total tackles) in total tackles for the team lead. With 63 tackles and a sack to his credit, Langford provides great skill in run support and tackling wide receivers in space. Langford also has one of the team's five interceptions and has forced two fumbles and recovered another. Running mate Jordan Hood returns at corner and he got personal when McCallum and Rouse threw to his side of the field. Hood repaid them with three interceptions in non-district play. Hood and Langford have four of the team's five picks, however, the Anderson defense has not intercepted an opposing quarterback in district play.
Tight games are in Anderson's DNA. Four final scores have point differentials of five or less. In those tight games, the Trojans have been slow starters. That said, Anderson has owned the third quarter outscoring opponents 62-29. Anderson won't be able to wait around for the third quarter for Westlake. The Trojans will have to strike first and control the ground game and finish with touchdowns if they want to hang with the Chaps.
GAME BALLS: WESTLAKE VS. HAYS
Stopping the run was a tall task for most Hays opponents, but Westlake was able to deliver yet again as the Chaps held Hays to just 107 total yards. Keep in mind that the Rebels entered the game averaging just over 390 rushing yards per game and Westlake allowed just 75 yards rushing. For the first time since arriving in 2014, Tony Salazar tried life with only four defensive backs. He moved Leo Lowin down to linebacker and kept three safeties and one corner on the back end. While Lucas Mireur held the lone corner spot down, it was Brady Lamme who shined as the Most Productive Defensive Player of the Game. Lamme recorded nine tackles and two tackles for loss against Hays.
Brady Lamme | Westlake Nation
There was nothing stopping Ryan Lindley as the senior wide receiver continues his dominant play in 2019. Lindley caught nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown as he cruised to another Most Productive Offensive Player of the Game. Although Lindley came away with more points, senior quarterback Kirkland Michaux came back after a week off due to injury and lit up Hays in the first half. Michaux completed 12 of 17 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for another score giving him five total touchdowns before halftime.
Ryan Lindley | Westlake Nation
Kirkland Michaux | Westlake Nation
ATTACK TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Tyler Brown and Shaz Momin earned Attack Team Players of the Week honors. Both will serve as captains and will carry the American and Texas Flags to the field on Friday night against Anderson.
HONORING THE SENIORS
This year's senior class is the first full circle class in the Todd Dodge era. The coaching staff first met these talented young men when they were in 7th grade and now, after six seasons of football, Westlake will honor their commitment to their team, their school, and to each other with a ceremony prior to tonight's game. Be in your seats by 7pm to show your support of the class that represents 50 years of Westlake Football.
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VAQUERO'S CAFE & CANTINA | OFFICIAL HOME OF WESTLAKE'S 5TH QUARTER
After the game, head to Chap Central at Vaquero's for the Westlake 5th Quarter presented by the Chap Club and Westlake Football. The entire community is invited to celebrate the 2019 senior class. See you at Vaquero's after the game.