It all came down to a field attempt from a sophomore kicker Cedar Park head coach Carl Abseck calls "J-Money."
In a physical, defensive struggle, Cedar Park edged LBJ Austin 10-7 in overtime on a walk-off field goal by kicker Justin Bohrer. On fourth down in the first overtime, Bohrer nailed a 37-yarder to send the Timberwolves to the Class 5A DI area round after their nailbiting bi-district conquest.
"Justin executed. We did just enough offensively to get him into his range and get him a good spot," Abseck said. "I am really proud of him, 'J-Money' stepped in there with confidence and popped it."
Cedar Park will travel to Bryan to play Alvin Shadow Creek in the Area Round next Friday at 7 pm.
Jonathan Stockwell ran for 64 yards while Ryder Hernandez threw for 108 yards. The Cedar Park defense sacked LBJ's two quarterbacks six times and allowed less than 200 yards for the game.
A slow first half was notable for each team's mistakes. On three consecutive drives, Cedar Park turned the ball over on two fumbles by quarterback Ryder Hernandez and a failed fourth-down conversion attempt.
"We missed some opportunities and we put ourselves in bad positions because we were inconsistent," Abseck said. "We made things tough on ourselves. When it's third and eight repeatedly, that's tough."
However, the Timberwolves defense kept the momentum on the home squad's side. The "Black Rain" sacked LBJ quarterback Hunter Scott four times in the first half in the process of forcing three punts, two turnovers, and nine incompletions.
With the dominant defense behind them, Cedar Park got to work on offense midway through the second quarter and finally opened the scoring when running back Javion Mays rumbled his way into the end zone from four yards out.
Hernandez was picked off by Brian Batts early in the second half and the interception that was returned 30 yards for an LBJ touchdown.
Abseck said the Timberwolves' composure and maturity played a big part in their ability to keep their composure.
"They trust the process and they trust where we're at as a team. It's all about believing in each other and believing in what we're doing."
Will Lipscomb picked off a third-down pass by Batts on the first drive of overtime to set up Bohrer's game-winning kick.
"That's what we expect from our kids; when you get a chance to make something happen, you make it happen. It wasn't a pretty game for us but I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty. Every week for us, it's just about improving and getting better. When you start getting into the second and third rounds of the playoffs, every team is good, so we're gonna come out and fight on Friday."
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