Varsity football thrives in Alamodome, advances to third-straight State semifinals


Jack McManus

Flying past the defense

Rematch games are usually some of the better football games to watch. Both teams have added motivation, and being in the Region IV 6A Division 2 Championship, Brandeis and Westlake had their seasons on the line. In a game where the Broncos had to play nearly perfect, they fell short at almost every turn, unable to convert often enough on third and fourth down. The Chaps ultimately ran away with it, winning 42-14 Friday night at the Alamodome and advancing to the State semifinals. 

“I love it,” head coach Todd Dodge said. “I thank the good lord that we’re pretty healthy. At this point, because you play you play 14 ball games, you’re going to be banged up, but we’re, we’re much healthier than where we were this time last year.”

One of the healthy connections was between quarterback senior Kirkland Michaux and receiver freshman Jaden Greathouse, a huge source of offense for the Chaps. Michaux was 21 for 27 passing with 206 yards and two touchdown throws, both to Greathouse, who had six catches for 94 yards. 

“Jaden plays like an upperclassman,” Michaux said. “He’s an all-around great athlete and someone that we’re really lucky to have.”

This year’s Westlake team is the third in a row to reach the State semifinals, the third in a row to make the wall, something that Dodge has motivated the players with. 

“We are in the final four in the great state of Texas,” said Dodge when addressing the players postgame. “There’s only one other thing to go after, and that’s the ring. We’re going on the wall, and I’m so glad that 15 years from now [the players] will bring [their] families and walk down the hall of our fieldhouse and show them the 2019 team.”

Saturday’s Cypress Creek versus Katy Taylor matchup will determine Westlake’s opponent which they will face Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco. 

“We took the teams we played the last couple of years a little too lightly,” Michaux said. “We’re going to to take this real seriously and try and get back playing for the State Championship.” 

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