With district championships, playoff seeding, and more on the line the final week of the regular season was a big one for teams all across the state. Some of this years biggest contenders for the state championship come from Central Texas and a lot of players in the area already seem to be in peak playoff shape. Here are a few that stood out in the Central Texas region.
Cade Klubnik (22) QB, Westlake
Stat line: 11 completions on 18 attempts gaining 219 yards passing and 3 touchdowns and 31 yards on the ground with 2 touchdowns, totaling 5 touchdowns on the night.
Cade exploded this week finding his way into the end zone both through the air and on the ground after being held under 200 yards passing for the last 2 weeks. Westlake’s blowout win over Lake Travis has them firmly set as one of the best teams in the state of Texas going into the playoffs.
Braydan Buchanan (23) QB, Vandergrift
Stat line: 18 completions on 31 attempts gaining 261 yards in the air with 2 touchdowns.
Buchanan has been one of the best quarterbacks in the area in his junior season. After one of his less productive games in a blowout win against Hutto Buchanan bounced back with one of his best performances in Vandergrift’s loss to Round Rock ending the regular season on a decent note and ready for the playoffs.
Trayvian McCoy-Gay (22) RB, Round Rock
Stat line: 130 rushing yards on 24 carries.
McCoy-Gay had another great game leading Round Rock to the direct championship leading the team in both yards and carries even though he wasn’t able to find his way into the end zone. With the help from his fellow teammates who have now proved they can also run the ball McCoy-Gay and the Round Rock Dragons seemed poised for a deep run this fall.
Derrick Johnson (22) RB, Lake Travis
Stat line: 134 rushing yards on 19 carries averaging over 7 yards per carry.
Johnson rebounded after a month of not reaching the 100-yard mark for the Cavaliers on Friday night in a game they fell short in but looks to continue this pace moving forward in the playoffs.
TeShaun Singleton (22) RB, Steele
Stat line: 268 rushing yards on 28 carries averaging almost 10 yards per carry along with 2 touchdowns on the night.
Singleton not only had his personal best performances but one of the best in the Central Texas region. The newfound help for the Steele Knights will only help the undefeated district champs as they look to make a deep run in the coming weeks.
Cruz Kirwan (22) QB, Johnson
Stat line: 21 completions on 31 attempts totaling 327 yards passing with 3 touchdowns in the air.
Kirwan was the star of the show as the Jaguars secured their undefeated season Saturday night. He managed to spread the ball around to seven different receivers with notable names of junior receiver Alex Tavarez and senior receiver Canaan Fairley who each had over 100 yards receiving in this high-powered Johnson offense.
Trevion Butler (22) WR, Marshall
Stat line: 180 yards from 6 catches.
Butler proved how much of a deep threat he is in the final game of the regular season. He appears to be one of the Bears most critical weapons as he was one of two receivers targeted last week on a team that features several different running backs moving into the postseason.