(Round Rock, TX) – By the looks of their non-district schedule, one would think that the Smithson Valley Rangers were attempting to stake their claim on parts of our state capital.
The Rangers (1-0) second and final non-district test comes this Friday night against the Round Rock Dragons (1-1) at Dragon Stadium. Just last week, Smithson Valley made the trip north on I-35 and blasted Austin Anderson 60-20 to kickoff the 2016 season. The Rangers also had intentions of playing another Austin-area school this season but Smithson Valley’s home opener against Pflugerville Hendrickson was ultimately cancelled due to lightning.
In their upcoming Week 3 match-up against Round Rock, Smithson Valley will be facing a Dragon team that’s looked impressive thru its first two games of the season. Round Rock defeated the Rangers’ fellow 27-6A member Clemens in the season opener 41-35 in Schertz. The Dragons scored 28 2nd quarter points against the Buffaloes and scored 13 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to overcome a 7-point deficit. Round Rock sealed the victory over last year’s Region IV finalists by getting a stop on the 6-yard line as time expired.
Looking for a 2-0 start to their season, Round Rock took on the 4th ranked 5A team in the state, Temple last week. Again the Dragons overcame a slow start, erasing a 14-point 1st half deficit and led at halftime 23-20. However, too many big plays by the Wildcats, including touchdowns of 94, 79 and 53 yards proved to be too much to overcome as Round Rock lost by a final of 39-25.
On the topic of big plays, Smithson Valley had several of its own in last week’s win over Anderson at House Park. The Rangers had three returns for scores, including both a kickoff and punt return touchdown courtesy of Trevon Moehrig-Woodard. The Rangers also had an interception return for a touchdown scored by Tyler McCracken and quarterback Josh Adkins had touchdown passes of 88, 41, 34 and nine yards, all to four different receivers.
Smithson Valley’s defense buckled down after giving up a touchdown on the Trojans’ first possession of the game last week, allowing just 177 yards of offense to Anderson. The Rangers’ defense will be tested against Round Rock which is led by senior quarterback Marc Reed who has accounted for 577 of the Dragons’ 722 yards of offense through two games, good for 80% of the team’s total. Round Rock is averaging 33.0 points per game through two games and the Dragons have yet to commit a turnover.
A win on Friday would mark Smithson Valley’s eighth straight in non-district play dating back to 2014. Also of note is that Friday’s game isn’t the first time the two programs have played against each other. The Rangers and Dragons played a home-and-home series way back in 1976 and 1977 with Round Rock coming out victorious both times.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from Dragon Stadium on Friday night and live coverage will be available on the Rangers Network starting at 7:15 p.m. The first live replay of the game will be held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday a Max’s Roadhouse.