Just in: Shuan shines! S/O Lake Travis RB Varshaun Nixon ('14) on committing to play for Texas A&M. With 3700 total yards and 31 TDs in two seasons, we salute this Cavs living legend. Congrats, #3. He'll be back in 2013, hosting Judson (8.30.13)
In the video below, Shaun shows that he has skills beyond the playing field. Including a nod to his spiritual side at the end. A candid moment you may not see #3 show any where else.
If in Wimberley on Sunday 12/16 at 3:00 then stop by Texan Stadium. It's the 1-year anniversary of the 2011 state championship game against Argyle, and the team will have a reunion for the dedication of a monument that was built in their honor. Go Texans!
2012 was undoubtedly a step forward for District 26-4A. Most notably, the passing efficiency thoughout Cen-Tex East received a bump. With a great deal of this year's honorees returning in 2013, this group is headed in the right direction. As voted on by the head coaches of McCallum, Travis, LBJ, Crockett, Reagan and Lanier...here are the official all-district selections for 2012.
After a ton of research, re-shuffling and 100 phone calls - we finally have a perfect breakdown of this weekend's game. Stuff yourself on Turkey Day, and go support an Austin-area team on Friday and Saturday!
Playoffs re-up on Black Friday! Here's where Fanstand will be:
For live updates, scorecast, i-reporter check in's and more, follow us on Twitter and Facebok! We cover Austin-area high school football like no one else! Nextcare Urgent Care's 'Friday Night Fanstand'!
Bi-district always arrives with mixed feelings from Fanstand. 16-5A vs. 25-4A vs. 26-4A. Four of our Austin-area districts will eliminate half of its own. We'll root on our Cen-Tex Private schools (Hyde Park, St. Michael's, Regents), plus 17-4A teams (Georgetown, Manor, Elgin, Connally). Here is a breakdown of this Thursday's action.
Westwood Warriors (7-3) vs. Del Valle Cardinals (4-6)
QUICK LOOK: When a 7-win season in considered a down year, Westwood Football is at an all-time high. Notable, those 3 losses came to Cedar Park, Lake Travis and Hendrickson. Outside of Del Valle's loss to Lake Travis/Westlake, all their other losses were by margins of one possession. This makes the Cardinals a big-time upset threat. This game will be played at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex (Parmer Palace).
KEY WARRIOR:DL Parker Hanusa ('13) Fanstand's pick for Most Improved Player in 16-5A. His district leading 10 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 interception means he's on the turf affecting the outcome of games.
3 W (#1910)
QB Bear Fenimore ('13) is up for the challenge, as he is well-rested for DV game.
WW FLASHBACK VIDEO: Fanstand Life with Bear Fenimore and the Warrior Line
KEY CARDINAL: RB Josh Cleveland ('13) The numbers are staggering. 1640 total yards, 22 total TDs. After a full season as the Cards top back, the Summer nay-sayers are asking 'Holman who'? The Josh Cleveland is the biggeset homerun hitter in Central Texas.
LB Kelly McBride ('13) notes that the team was not happy about last game vs. Bowie. They'll be focused for Westwood.
FLASHBACK VIDEO: DV District Road Win over Anderson (Week Five)
Rouse Raiders (6-4) vs. McCallum Knights (7-3)
QUICK LOOK: The dream season for Rouse Football continues. The Raiders' statement win over crosstown Vista Ridge, speaks volumes. McCallum claimed the 26-4A title despite year-long turmoil. Both teams are peaking as they enter bi-district, as we're expecting this game to come down to the 4th quarter. The game will take place on Thursday night at House Park Stadium.
KEY RAIDER: LB Tim LaPaglia ('13) The likely 25-4A Defensive MVP has notched 111 tackles (over 70 solo), 4 sacks, 3 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles. Tim tallied double digit tackles in 8 of 10 games. 'Nuff said.
1 W (#3280)
Raiders QB Justin Pelt ('13) has enjoyed his time after the VR game.
RAIDER FLASHBACK: Week 10 Highlights in win vs. Vista Ridge
KEY KNIGHT: QB Griffin Stuesser ('13) The one constant in McCallum Football over the past two years has been Griffin. With 1620 total yards and 20 total TDs in 2012, Stuesser has put a nice cap on a brilliant career as signal caller. The perfect transition from the 'Lusson Era'.
4 W (#1563)
Even the Knights' Twitter account is stoked for this week
McCallum will play Rouse next Thursday, 7:30 at House Park in the first round of the playoffs.
MAC FLASHBACK: Taco Shack Bowl XI victory over Anderson (2012 season opener)
Cedar Park Timberwolves (8-2) vs. Crockett Cougars (3-6)
QUICK LOOK: CPFB looks like the team the Associated Press felt they were in July. Coming into the year ranked 2nd statewide among 4A teams, the Timberwolves dropped their first two games. Since then, they've honed their new pieces into a machine. The Crockett Football program is on its best stretch of the year. With back-to-back wins, the Cougars have momentum headed into this contest. This will basically be a home game for Cedar Park, as the game is played at Gupton Stadium.
KEY CPFB: ATH Ethan Fry ('13) The playoffs are Ethan's time. Remember the first touchdown score of the 2012 season? The Fry/Grimm combo should play a huge role down the line.
One of the coldest practices I've ever had this morning <<<<
CEDAR PARK FLASHBACK: Week 10 Highlights from sixth district win of 2012
KEY COUGAR: LB Marcellus Henderson ('13) With 100 tackles, 2 interceptions on the season, this will be MH42's greatest challenge. If the Cougars want to compete, they will have to cleverly disguise Henderson, to make sure he's free of double teams.
Cougar WR Trevon Louis ('14) wants to pass the 1000 yard receiving mark in 2012. He still has a chance vs. Cedar Park
been doing work for HOURS ... im so tired, cant stop thoe i will play in tha playoffs .
The injury bug de-railed a promising 2012 season for our friends at Dripping Springs. Compound the 25-4A factor, and it was tough sledding for the Tigers. Players that we have been covering since '11 have played their final snaps. We take an emotional look at this year's top DSHS performers.
QB Kyle Johnson ('13) 2020 total yards, 19 total TDs
There's no denying that Stony Point had playoff worthy talent in 2012. So missing out on the postseason is a disappointment to our friends on Tiger Trail. That being said, sTp left it all on the field in a barn burner vs. Round Rock to close the year. And while a slew of youth returns in 2013, we bid a bitter farewell to some special seniors. Here are the biggest contributors to the Tigers' efforts this season.
Before the 2012 season began, we said there would be 3 disappointed teams from 25-4A come November 9th. Vandegrift qualifies as one, missing the postseason. Losing team anchors like Forrest Threadgill/Mason Hargraves won't be easy. But the returning talent makes fans optimistic about 2013. Here are some of the team's top contributors in '12.
Crockett head coach John Waugh has the magic touch. Another year, another postseason trip. 2011 is a distant memory, as the future is now for the Cougars. A cast of youngsters, anchored by stout seniors have equaled a quality season for Manchaca's best.
QB Nick Azurdia ('13) 1900 total yards, 14 TDs
RB Justin Miller ('15) 1350 total yards, 10 TDs
WR Trevon Louis ('14) 55 catches, 850 total yards, 7 TDs
Any way you spin it, finishing 9-1 in Texas 5A Football is an incredible feat. Doing it in the fashion that LT did this year - even if you loathe them, you must respect them. Here is a look at the key Cavaliers in 2012's district championship march.
QB Baker Mayfield ('13) 2480 total yards, 24 total TDs, 2 interceptions, 61% completion rate
RB Shuan Nixon ('14) 1100 total yards, 13 total TDs in 8 games. Avg. over 7 ypc
LB Luke Hutton ('14) 122 total tackles in 9 games, 6 pass deflections, 1 sack
WR Grant Foster ('15) 22 catches, 400 yards and 5 TDs in 7 games
DL Zach Davies ('14) 9 sacks, 56 tackles
DB Hunter Strueling ('13) 96 tackles,2 interceptions and 2 sacks in 9 games
DB Brock Kenyon ('13) 55 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 receptions
K Kevin Marcotte ('13) 9 FGs, 38 XPs
DL Brandon Quinterro ('13) 70 tackles, 7 sacks in 9 games
ATH Zach Joiner ('13) 30 receptions, 400 total yards, 3 TDs
WR Zach Austin ('13) 430 yards, 7 TDs in 3 games
FLASHBACK: Cavs win district 15-5A by beating Westlake
FLASHBACK: LT beats Westwood in the biggest non-district game of 2012
FLASHBACK: Shake and Shuan show off their multi-talents in our most popular Summer session
FLASHBACK: LT reaches State quarterfinals in College Station Summer 7 on 7
FLASHBACK: Cavs Cheer Swings By Fanstand Studio for swag session
First year McCallum head coach Jason Cecil has done a masterful job with the Knights. Winning a district title in year one shows that Cecil is perfect for this program. He didn't do it alone, as several seniors (and underclassmen) stepped up in 2012. As provided by Coach Cecil...here is a look at the Knights' numbers though regular season's end.
Twitter and Facebook are buzzing this weekend, as a controversial play is going viral. Vandegrift DL Kyle Gruber ('13) suffered an injury during the Vipers game vs. Rouse. A fan in the stands caught this circumstance, just before Gruber's injury.