Next Saturday, in DKR Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin Westlake (14-0) and #3 in USA Today for most of the season, will face two time defending 5A champion Midland Lee for the Division I state championship.
This will feature Drew Brees school Westlake, the winningest team in Texas in the 90s with a 90.7 winning percentage, led by a bevy of offensive threats and a very explosive offense, against Lee, led by Texas bound RB Cedric Benson, the all time 5A rushing leader in the State of Texas. Both teams have outstanding defenses.
Yesterday, Westlake routed previously undefeated Aldine Eisenhower 45-0, blowing them out because of second half turnovers. Huston Street, one of 5 sons of James Street, the legendary Texas QB who never lost a game as a starter at Texas, intercepted one pass, recovered a fumble, and stripped two more fumbles in the game yesterday. One of the top receivers for Westlake is Christian Campbell, son of Earl Campbell. Westlake was giving up an average of 9.5 pts pre game going into the shutout yesterday.
Meanwhile, Midland Lee won a defensive struggle with The Woodlands, a Houston area team, where Chance Mock was the QB last year. Both teams are very big and physical. TW bunched 8-9 on the line of scrimmage to stop Benson, who was held under 100 yards for the first time in 36 games (he had 92). But Lee was able to shut down TW totally (only 176 yds given up) and an out pass to the fullback plus a couple of field goals won the game.
There were four outstanding specimens that recruiters need to be drooling over in this game. The DE for TW, Travis Leitko, at 6'6 and 245 is only a junior. He put some major hits on Benson, and Benson runs as hard as any back I've seen in recent years.
Lee also has some man children. DL Fred Thrweatt, 6'3and 280, stacked the running game at the line of scrimmage and totally shut it down. He is a senior. Dwight Washington, 6'4 and 221, but he looks bigger than that now, is a very strong DE, with considerable speed and ability to get across the field and make the tackle. He reminds me of Warren, the DE from Tyler who went to FSU
And there is also a junior tight end who looks unbelievable. Scouts, according to the people from Midland, are drooling over him. A junior 6'7 and 272, who can run. He outsprinted DBs all day, but the QB couldn't get the ball to him. His name is Eric Winston. He made one sliding catch with two DBs on his back. A great prospect!!!
The game will be on television, and last year, the Texas championship games could be seen on cable on Fox networks. If you get the chance, watch them. The Division II championships will be the following weekend.