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Hendrickson runs away from Round Rock, sets 13-6A playoff picture

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Hendrickson's running game of D.J. Jackson and crew ran away with Friday night's 13-6A matchup at Dragon Stadium, coming out with a 62-35 decision at Round Rock. The loss eliminated the Dragons from postseason contention, as their 1-8, 1-4 record will fail to qualify regardless of their result next week against McNeil.

The postseason qualifiers out of District 13-6A will be Cedar Ridge, Westwood, Stony Point, and now, Hendrickson. The Hawks improved to 6-3, 4-1 on the year and clinched a spot in the postseason after missing out in 2016's campaign.

Jackson and the rushing attack of the visitors were too strong for a depleted Round Rock defense, as the Hawks ran for a total of 479 yards - Jackson had 274 and four touchdowns. The Hendrickson offense was not overwhelming, just extremely efficient: the Hawks scored 62 points on just 42 offensive plays, while Round Rock had 35 points on 71 plays.

To the surprise of just about everyone in the stadium, Round Rock's generally rush-heavy offense came out slinging over the air. Ryan O'Keefe had 29 passes in the game after just seven total pass attempts in last week's loss against Westwood. O'Keefe went 19-29 for 269 yards and a touchdown in the loss tonight, compiling 68 yards on the ground.

Round Rock struck first with a Marquis Brown touchdown run of a yard out, one of four Brown touchdowns from inside the 2-yard-line. Brown totaled 18 yards on 16 carries in addition to his four occasions in the Round Rock endzone. Another bright spot was the play of Collin Sullivan, who caught 10 passes for 232 yards on the night.

Round Rock kept things close throughout the game, until the second half dominance of the visitors put things away. The Dragons have become adept at playing from behind and gave it their all on Friday, only to allow 21 points in the game's final 13 minutes.

Round Rock closes out their 2017 season with a game against McNeil at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex on Nov. 10. Hendrickson hosts Pflugerville the same night.

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