On Friday, I decided to venture out of Austin and into Dripping Springs, where 2023 three-star quarterback Austin Novosad leads an undefeated Tigers team. On game day, Novosad was tasked with extending his team's season record to 7-0, something that the Tigers could achieve for the third time in the past 25 years.
Entering Friday's game, the Tigers had a 3-0 district record and were looking to inch one win closer to a potential district title. Standing in their way was the San Antonio Veterans Memorial Patriots, a team that was coming off of a 45-28 loss to an undefeated Buda Johnson squad.
Although Veterans Memorial made some big plays, the game was all about the Tigers. On offense, Novosad and senior running back Preston Alford provided the firepower that Dripping Springs needed to distance themselves early. In fact, Alford was able to score a total of five touchdowns and proved to be a reliable back inside of the red zone. Setting up Alford with beneficial opportunities was Novosad, who showed off his arm strength on a number of occasions. While the junior quarterback threw for both a touchdown pass and an interception, he continued to move the chains all night.
According to 247Sports, Alford has received five collegiate offers from programs such as Arkansas State and Navy. However, I would not be surprised to see Alford's recruitment generate more of a buzz if Dripping Springs can run the table in the state's Class 5A Division I playoff bracket.
Along with Alford, Novosad has also received a decent number of scholarship offers, ten to be exact. Currently, programs such as Baylor, SMU and Texas Tech have been vying for the junior quarterback's services. Despite not necessarily being on his A game versus Veterans Memorial, Novosad has been terrific through seven games - passing for 2,135 passing yards and 29 TDs.
On defense for the Tigers, senior outside linebacker Parker Cooke was making plays left and right, even showing off his vertical on an impressive interception. The 6'2" athlete was certainly the player that caught my eye the most on the defensive side of the ball for either teams.
Although Dripping Springs was ultimately able to win this contest 47-21, both Patriots senior quarterback Alex Alva and sophomore running back James Peoples were able to gash the Tigers for big gains on the ground.
Following Friday night's loss, Veterans Memorial now drops to fifth place in their division with a 1-3 record against district foes.
I think that Dripping Springs, especially with a quarterback like Austin Novosad, might be a sneaky team to watch in the state's 5AD2 classification. With Novosad and Alford leading the way, the Tigers offense should have no problem scoring points in the playoffs. In fact, Dripping Springs has scored over 44 points in each of their games this season.
Also, I am looking forward to seeing how the recruitment of Novosad, Alford, and Cooke progresses. For Cooke, I am not aware of any scholarship offers that he may have, but I think that he could be a player for some college programs to further investigate.
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