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Westwood and McNeil fighting to keep pace in district play

The Warriors are 1-2 is District 13-6A, while the Mavericks are 1-1 following a bye

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Westwood and McNeil are set to face off in an all-Round Rock ISD matchup at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex on Friday night.

Westwood enters the game at 3-2 overall, with a 1-2 district record. McNeil sits at 2-2 with a District 13-6A record of 1-1.

With Vandegrift and Round Rock at the top of the standings undefeated in district play, a win is important for each team tonight in an effort to not fall too far behind on the race for the playoffs.

The Warriors are trying to bounce back after a close loss to Round Rock last week, falling in an offensive shootout 51-42. The Mavericks come into Friday’s game well rested after a bye last weekend, and like Westwood, their last game was a loss to the Dragons (67-41).

High scores have been a recurring trend between these two teams, and Friday might be the climax of the heavy offensive outputs. 

Westwood is averaging 34 points per game, while McNeil is putting up 37 on any given night.

If the offenses are firing on all cylinders, we will have an old-fashioned shootout on our hands at Reeves. Head coaches Anthony Wood and Howard McMahan have complete confidence in their quarterbacks to lead the charge going into Friday.

McNeil play-caller Zane Kampfer comes into the game completing 64 percent of his passes (82-of-127) for 14 touchdowns and only one pick. The senior is averaging 289 yards of passing per game.

Westwood quarterback R.J. Martinez, only a sophomore, has completed 68 percent of his throws for the high-octane Warriors offense, averaging over 200 yards a game in targeting dangerous wideouts like Luca Mazzola and Mohan Hegde.

Westwood takes a week off after Friday’s tussle and hosts Vandegrift at Kelly Reeves on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., while McNeil travels to Monroe Stadium to face the Vipers in their next game on Oct. 12.

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