AUSTIN (KXAN) — No. 3 Westlake takes on Laredo United in the 6A Division I regional semifinals Saturday at the Alamodome, and a win will set up another Battle of the Lakes in the regional final next week against Lake Travis.
The Chaparrals (12-0) will have to slow down the Longhorns’ prolific passing attack in order to advance in the playoffs. The Longhorns (10-2) have two receivers with more than 1,000 receiving yards, senior Christian Saldana and junior Alek Leven, and a quarterback that slings it around the yard like one of the best in Texas. Atzel Chavez Jr. is No. 5 in Texas with 3,638 yards and 38 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.
Westlake counters with one of the best running backs in the state, senior Jack Kayser. He rushed for 165 yards on 34 carries with three touchdowns in last week’s win over San Antonio Reagan and needs nine yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the third consecutive season.
Lake Travis beat SA Brennan on Friday to punch its ticket to the regional final. If Westlake can slow down the Longhorns, it’ll be an all-Austin battle for the Region IV title and a spot in the 6A Division I semifinals.
The game kicks off at 3 p.m. from the Alamodome in San Antonio and will be broadcast on KBVO.
8:56 1Q: Westlake picks off Chavez again on a tipped pass, this time Ty Ingram-Eiser makes the big play and the Chaps have the ball on the Longhorns 31-yard line
9:04 1Q: TOUCHDOWN WESTLAKE: Jack Kayser barrels into the end zone from a yard out and the Chaps turn the interception into points. PAT good. Chaps 7, Longhorns 0
10:21 1Q: Chavez’s pass bounces off his receiver’s helmet and falls into the waiting arms of Mason Lastor for an interception. Lastor returns it to the United 15-yard line and the Chaps start their first drive deep in Longhorns territory.
12:00 1Q: Westlake kicks to the Longhorns to start the game and Atzel Chavez trots out onto the field to start the first drive of the game