What to expect: Chaps look to open their playoff account with win over Clemens

It’s here. The playoffs are here. Riding a 8-game winning streak, Westlake will take on Clements High School (just northeast of San Antonio) at Ebbie Neptune field later tonight. It’s round one, and here are some things to watch for as the Chaps begin the road to State.

What to expect: A packed out crowd

This will be Westlake’s final home game of the season, regardless of whether the team wins or losses. The stadium is sure to be packed out with fans looking to see their last glimpse of football at Chaparral Stadium for the year. Expect the atmosphere to be fiery.

What not to expect: A lack of passing

Last week was an outlier. The lack of passing due to the cold weather meant Westlake got off to a slow start, running much more often than usual. With warmer temperatures, the pigskin will probably be flying again, and receivers such as senior Penny Baker and juniors Mason Mangum and Jackson Coker will be at the forefront of the passing game.

What to expect: No mercy from Todd Dodge

With the Chaps missing out on the State Championship the past few years, they are hungrier than ever, especially head coach Todd Dodge. He is certainly ready to use his weapons this year and to run up the score, as proven by the many blowouts in the regular season. The playoffs should add a bit of extra motivation in an already invigorated Westlake team.

What not to expect: An abundance of Clemens scoring

The Westlake defense has found its groove this season. The Chaps have had four shutouts, suffocating opposing team’s straight from the opening kickoff and not letting up at the end of games. Facing a Clemens team coming off of a 49-7 loss to Judson, there might not be much scoring for the away team.

Score predictions:

Adam: Westlake 45-14 Clemens

Jake: Westlake 35-10 Clemens