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Westlake opens season with a Bang against Clemens

The Westlake Chaparrals, defending state champions started the 2020 season at home taking on Schertz Clemens High School.

We saw a lot of new faces Friday night, with junior quarterback Cade Klubnik replacing State Championship MVP Kirkland Michaux. Both starting senior wide receivers Ryan Lindley and Mason Mangum were replaced by the 6’4" sophomore Jaden Greathouse and senior Luke Nicklos.

Westlake started the game on defense. Tackling seemed to be a concern when Clemens' senior running back Amari Williams busted through tackles and scampered for a gain of 43-yards. The Buffalos would come away with nothing after a missed 41-yard field goal.

The Chaps now on offense were looking for some sort of consistency and that came from senior running back Zane Minors who broke a 76-yard TD run to the outside on the first play of the game. Minors who had been a staple of the offense in 2019 returned in form scoring three touchdowns on the night.

Clemens would once again strike with a big play as Andrew Edwards hauled in a 38-yard pass on the sideline setting them up in scoring range, however they would come away scoreless.

From here on Westlake was the dominant force we all saw during the 2019 season, easily driving down the field and forcing 3rd and outs nearly every drive.

On the defensive side, senior safety Lucas Mireur blocked a punt in Clemens territory setting the Chaps up at the 30-yard line. On what was supposed to be a screen pass Clemens quarterback Max Didomenico overthrew his running back, to have it subsequently ruled a safety, giving Westlake two points and the ball back. Add on to that the Westlake defense only allowed seven points, it was a dominant performance by the defense.

Offensively the Chaps lit the scoreboard up with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Klubnik to Luke Nicklos across the middle. Zane Minors scored on rushing touchdowns of 76, 2, and 7. Jaden Greathouse, the explosive sophomore, parted the sea for a 101-yard kick return touchdown. Grey Nakfoor stumbled into the endzone for a 2-yard score.

Surprisingly tackling was not a problem for either team with both only having two contact practices due to Covid-19. Except for Amari Williams' long run, the Westlake defense swarmed to the ball.

The offense however looked very different. You could tell Cade Klubnik was a little out of sync with his receivers having had multiple overthrown balls. Klubnik showed his ability on the ground as a dual-threat quarterback with 64 rushing yards.

All said and done it was a very promising game for Westlake after beating a good Clemens team. This season holds high expectations for the Chaps, but as always Todd Dodge has said a lot of improvement to be made. Next week Westlake will be hitting the road to take on Waco Midway.