On Friday, I made the short trip over to the hills of Westlake to cover the state's top ranked team, the Westlake Chaparrals, versus the No. 6 Euless Trinity Trojans. Westlake is a team that is always littered with talent, such as on the offensive line where stars include Texas commit Connor Robertson, Bray Lynch and TJ Shanahan.
Heading into Friday night's game, all eyes were going to be on Trinity senior running back Ollie Gordon, an Oklahoma State commit, and Westlake senior quarterback Cade Klubnik, a Clemson commit. Additionally, the top-ten matchup was going to be a rematch of the 2009 Class 5A state championship, a game in which the Trojans won in San Antonio's Alamodome.
To begin the scoring, Cade Klubnik found senior wide receiver Pierce Turner on a streak pattern in the back of the end zone. Klubnik, a five-star quarterback, was on his game all night as he showed off his arm strength in getting several different receivers involved. In addition to Turner, 2023 wide receiver Keaton Kubecka had a solid performance as well. The 6'3" wide receiver finished the night with 6 receptions for 71 yards, leading the team in receiving. Alongside Kubecka, 2023 four-star receiver Jaden Greathouse, routinely Klubnik's favorite target, tallied 3 receptions for 68 yards as well.
Kubecka is a sleeper to watch in recruiting and currently has 3 scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Houston and Kansas. While Kubecka was sidelined for much of last season, he has already gotten off to a fast start to this year and will be a player to watch.
Westlake's other receiver, Jaden Greathouse, is an interesting prospect who has a handful of offers from powerhouse programs. Initially offered by Tom Herman's coaching staff in 2020, Greathouse was able to visit the Forty Acres this past June. The junior wide receiver has already amassed over 2,000 receiving yards during his time at Westlake and is bound to have another dominant season.
Now, looking at arguably the biggest strength of Westlake's team, the offensive line. This unit consists of three recruits with at least three-stars a piece. Texas commit Connor Robertson is starting at left guard for the Chaparrals, next to left tackle Bray Lynch, an Indiana commit. In addition to the left side of the line, new transfer addition TJ Shanahan has been inserted at right tackle. Shanahan, a four-star recruit, was offered by the Longhorns in April and now, having moved from Florida to Austin, is in Texas's backyard.
The offensive line did their job against one of the state's top teams, however they still have room to improve as they gel together throughout 2021.
For Euless Trinity, Ollie Gordon was the Trojan's only player to score a touchdown in the contest. Gordon moved from running back to quarterback prior to this season, but is still seeing some time as a running back as well. In Friday's contest, Gordon was roughed up quite a bit by the Chaparrals defensive front and had to fight for every yard. Besides his touchdown rush late in the third quarter, Gordon's highlight of the night was a beautiful dime that he threw across the field late in the fourth quarter.
Ultimately, the Chaparrals were able to cruise to a 34-14 victory thanks to Klubnik's three total touchdowns.
Klubnik put on a display with his legs, eluding defensive linemen left and right, contributing to his two rushing touchdowns on the night. The Clemson commit has always been an exciting player to watch on Friday nights and I cannot wait to see how he performs on Saturdays.
Lastly, if it weren't for Texas's impending move to the SEC, Oklahoma State commit Ollie Gordon might have been a player that was destined to haunt the Longhorns. Gordon just seems to have the grit and grind of a Cowboy and will soon be showcasing this trait in Stillwater for Mike Gundy.