HUTTO — Carl Abseck and Cedar Park aren’t going to forget about Friday night just because it hurt.
Other than a short period at the beginning of the game, the Timberwolves couldn’t keep up with the high-powered Hutto offense, losing 65-21. The loss snaps a 28-game district winning streak that began in November 2014.
“You have to look at it and move forward,” Abseck said. “You don’t just flush it because you can learn in defeat just like you can learn in victory. We can play a lot better. I don’t think we put our best foot forward in that game. They’re a good football team and we knew that going in. But so are we.”
Cedar Park sophomore Ryder Hernandez finished 12-of-38 passing for 237 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Junior Jonathan Stockwell rushed for 65 yards on 15 carries.
Will Udoye caught four passes for 97 yards and a touchdown Carson Neel had 88 yards and a score and Brandon Breed had 68 yards and one touchdown despite wet weather throughout the game.
Hutto finished the game with 615 yards of total offense.
“The end result was the biggest surprise,” Hutto head coach Brad LaPlante said. “We have so much respect for Cedar Park and (coach Abseck). If you would’ve told me in a downpour that hard, that we would’ve put that many points on the board, I would’ve bet against you in Vegas. I’m really proud of our kids.”
The teams needed less than three minutes to trade touchdowns to start the game. Hutto running back Chux Nwabuko ran for a 15-yard touchdown and Cedar Park answered with a 42-yard pass from Hernandez to Neel.
The Hippos took over from there, scoring on all six of the possessions in the first half and also returning an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Breed made a circus catch in the back of the end zone in the second quarter. And The Timberwolves scored on a 23-yard pass to Udoye on the first drive of the second half to cut the Hippos’ lead to three scores.
But Hutto scored three times before the game was over.
“It wasn’t any fun,” Abseck said. “Just like I told our guys before we got here, they’re a good football team and you have to play well, but you have to play well against anybody.”
When Hutto scored, it came on big plays. Of the nine touchdowns the Hippos scored — including the interception return — seven of them were for 28 yards or more.
“We didn’t do a good job of tackling and we didn’t do a very good job of getting off blocks,” Abseck said. “You miss those two things and you’ll give up some big chink yardage because they’re really fast. You can’t let the fast guys get out in space.”
The Timberwolves have next week off and take on Pflugerville and Manor, which is still undefeated in District 11-5A Division I play in the final two games of the regular season.
“If we take care of our business and take care of what we can do, we’ll get another shot at them,” Abseck said.