Liberty Hill vs. Wimberley
7:30 p.m. Friday, September 27
Texan Stadium, Wimberley
About Wimberley High School
Coach: Doug Warren
State Championships: 2005, 2011
Colors: Red, Navy, White
League: 3A Region IV District 27
The Wimberley Texans are sitting with a 2-2 record this season. After opening the season with two wins over Llano and Giddings, the Texans dropped two games against Dripping Springs and La Vernia.
Last season, Liberty Hill defeated Wimberley 46-24 and Wimberley finished the 2012 season at 8-4.
Wimberley is a school that holds a lot of successful seasons in recent memory, winning its last State Championship in 3A in 2011 under Coach Nelms. In the 2011 season, the Texans finished with a perfect 15-0 record, after going 14-1 the year before.
First year head coach Doug Warren has taken over for Nelms, who departed for a job at a 5A school in Weatherford. Before accepting the head coaching job in February, Coach Warren was the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach for the Texans. Coach Warren also has a brother who coaches in football and won a State Championship, so football coaching success runs in the family.
The Texans are an athletic and well-coached team. In their season opening win over Llano, junior quarterback Colton Cerday threw for 181 yards and threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Their running back West Lambert rushed for 124 yards and scored one touchdown against Llano.
“Lambert played defense last year,” said Liberty Hill Head Coach Jerry Vance. “But he’s a good running back that we’ll have to make sure and tackle to contain him.”
The wide receiver to watch from Wimberley is junior Brock McDorman, who caught two touchdown passes against Llano.
“Wimberley is similar to us,” Coach Vance said. “They have a lot of juniors and seniors on their roster, but they’re inexperienced as far as guys who have played on Friday nights. ”
The Panthers will use their three consecutive victories this season as fuel and confidence going into Texans Stadium on Friday night.
Even though Wimberley has had great post-season success in the past few seasons, Coach Vance has never been one to use past records or success as judgment or expectations. He says that every game is different and you have to line up and play football and that last year’s 46-24 victory over Wimberley was nice, but this is a new team and a different year.
“We’ve played Wimberley for as long as I’ve been coaching here,” Vance said. “You can tell they’re a well-coached team and they always have a lot of talent on their rosters. Talent always helps and they’ve won two State Championships in recent history just like Liberty Hill has. So I believe we’re on about the same level. All we have to do is go out on Friday and prove it.”
Offensively the Texans are very balanced passing and running the ball. Coach Vance believes that the Texans offensive style will be very similar to the offenses they’ve played the last three weeks.
“Really we need to pay attention to all 11 offensive players,” Coach Vance said. “They’ve got three receivers that catch the ball real well, a good running back, and a quarterback that throws the ball real well. But it’s not anything different than what we’ve seen the last three weeks, so we hope that each game has prepare us well leading up to Friday night.”
On defense the Texans run a 4-3 and are quick to attack the football. The Texans use a lot of stunts to pressure the quarterback and disrupt the backfield. Coach Vance says they are a real good team at getting into gaps and coming after the ballcarrier.