2013 Hawk Football Recap
The ReSporter would like to take a look at this past football campaign as well as gazing into the future and into next season.
Canyon Lake matched the 2010 team when that club also climbed into the second round of playoff games.
Both years had a Hawk team needing to find themselves as each season they were coming into a district race with a losing record.
Both teams also lost their first district game, it was even worse for this year’s squad, as the Hawks went into District 27-3A games winless.
Canyon Lake had installed a new offense this year and there were some growing pains as the year advanced and with each loss there would be more questions.
During this losing streak it was not only a new offense that stubbed it’s toe, but Defense and Special Teams were also pitching in for reasons that particular game was lost.
After looking at the last five years of offense and defense, CL had their worst year offense and best year for the defense.
What an anomaly. By rushing the ball 88% of the time, Canyon Lake depleted a clock which made total yardage go down on average. The number of plays was also less for that same reason.
Remember the drive of the year against La Vernia, when the Hawks went 83 yards on 25 plays and taking 12:38 off the clock. A whole quarter the Bears were without a chance of taking a snap.
Now on that particular game, LV did take advantage of three scores via special teams and in part scoring their points in a different manner that would not need an offensive snap.
The Stat History over the past 5 years: Team Comparisons Games 11 12 10 10 12 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Offensive Yards 3523 3992 4060 3081 3646 Average Total Yards 320.3 332.7 406.0 308.1 303.8 Rushing Yards 1172 2062 2447 1580 3206 Average Rushing 106.5 171.8 244.7 158.0 267.2 Passing Yards 2351 1930 1613 1501 440 Average Passing 213.7 160.8 161.3 150.1 36.7
Defensive Yards 3256 4187 3653 3281 3407 Average Total Yards 296.0 348.7 365.3 328.1 283.9 Rushing Yards 1976 2214 2037 1960 1960 Rushing Average 179.6 184.5 203.7 196.0 163.3 Passing Yards 1280 1973 1616 1321 1447 Passing Average 116.4 164.4 161.6 132.1 120.6
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 # of Offensive Plays 648 699 537 429 650 Ave. Plays for Off 58.9 58.3 53.7 42.9 54.2 # of Defensive Plays 620 696 595 568 496 Ave. Plays for Def 56.4 58.0 59.5 56.8 41.3
If the Slot-T is working, then the only stat above that would point to a good season is yardage gained rushing.
That would also translate for the defense in two manners:
1. The Defense can’t give up yardage if their opponent’s offense is on the sideline.
2. Having your Defense on the sideline can also help in preserving energy and hopefully having a better unit for a longer period of the game by being fresh.
It did take the offense some time to get humming and luckily for CL it started during district play, which is what you need for having a chance of playing more games.
The Hawks had 6 games that now rank All-Time rushing yardage gained in a game. Also note, that all these stats does not have the 2008 year. The ReSporter was not around for that campaign.
Top 10 Offensive Rushing All-Time Game Yards Rushed Year Somerset 387 2013 Sealy 370 2011 Bandera 367 2013 Wimberley 351 2013 Boerne 349 2013 Fredericksburg 334 2013 Austin Travis 325 2011 Somerset 324 2012 Fredericksburg 307 2011 Pleasanton 304 2013
Canyon Lake had 14 players that rushed the ball at least one time this year. The Hawks have had 31 players in CL’s short history having a chance of rushing all-time.
So almost half of those running backs were called upon during this season to carry the Rock (Hill Country terminology).
Canyon Lake also had 8 different receivers with a catch which might be even more remarkable when you had only 23 receptions this season.
However, for this season the Hawks had 8 game where they ranked at the bottom of All-Time passing games. Not a surprise, but just for grins.
Bottom 10 Passing Yardage All-Time Game Yardage Gained Year La Vernia 00 2013 La Grange 09 2012 La Grange 13 2013 Pleasanton 19 2013 Bandera 21 2013 Boerne 22 2013 Navarro 30 2013 Sealy 35 2011 La Grange 38 2013 Wimberley 44 2013
The Hawks were either good or bad on defense. Canyon Lake had three games that now rank in the top 5 in yardage yielded.
Top 10 Defensive Games All-Time: Game Yardage Gained Year Bandera 109 2013 Bandera 133 2012 Wimberley 150 2013 Fredericksburg 173 2011 La Vernia 174 2013 Fredericksburg 215 2009 Wimberley 219 2009 Ingram 219 2009 Blanco 221 2013 Blanco 226 2009
This year had three memorable games when this Hawk team finally broke the ice against Wimberley and dominated this game on both sides of the line.
The next week, Canyon Lake had a comeback against Boerne that would put this team on a train for the playoffs.
Beating a 9-1 team in the playoffs also has to rank high on the list of all time great wins.
The ReSporter will continue this article in a few days as we will look at some individual Hawk players as well as perusing the future and what might be in store for the 2014 season.