Cedar Park cruises past Anderson in blowout win – Sports – Austin American-Statesman

The only things that could stop Cedar Park Friday night were the Timberwolves themselves.

It was hard to find room for improvement in the Timberwolves (5-0, 3-0 District 11-5A DI) 82-0 win over the Anderson Trojans (1-3, 0-2), but Cedar Park’s five first-half penalties for 45 yards were a blemish that left quarterback Ryder Hernandez shaking his head after certain plays.

The penalties may have seemed moot when the Timberwolves held a 30-point lead after the first quarter and a 44-point lead less than three minutes into the second, but they did give Anderson several opportunities to re-gain momentum before the game got out of hand.

“We’re always going to look at penalties and how we can avoid them by taking better (technique),” Cedar Park head coach Carl Abseck said. “But if it’s one of those deals where it’s am effort thing, we’re going to correct what we can but we’ll live with it a little bit.”

Trailing 23-0 less than seven minutes into the first quarter, the underdog Trojans were given a series of opportunities to stop the Timberwolves’ drive and swing momentum. Cedar Park ‘s penalties negated two explosive plays, including a touchdown pass to Preston Scott. Several plays later, when the Timberwolves faced a first-and-goal from the 10-yard line, a personal foul helped the Trojans ultimately force a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line.

But Cedar Park, following their theme of the night, would not be stopped. Receiver Josh Cameron carried a pop pass from Hernandez into the end zone to put the Timberwolves up 30-0 just before the first half ended.

Abseck said he wasn’t upset with most of Cedar Park’s penalties because they were effort and technique penalties, and that he felt like the team played well overall.

“We played well between the whistles and eliminated a lot of (effort and technique) penalties,” Abseck said. “You’re always trying to play a clean game on that part of the game, but I think for the most part they were effort penalties.”

Ultimately, Abseck is just happy to be undefeated and feels his team is starting to fire on all cylinders going into its bye week. The Timberwolves return to play against Leander on Nov. 6.

“There’s parts of our game that have continued to improve and get better,” Abseck said. “And for us to accomplish our long-term goals, those are aspects of the game that we have to continue to grow and get better at. I thought tonight was a really good example of that.”

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