Pre/Game: Taylor Ducks @ CL Hawks
Pre/Game: Taylor @ CL Hawks Friday 7:30 Ducks (6-3) Hawks (7-2) History: Taylor Ducks lead the all time series, 2-0. 2014 CL Hawks 31 Taylor Ducks 33 2015 CL Hawks 28 Taylor Ducks 31 This Season Results: Hawks 40 Blanco 07 Ducks 46 Robinson 62 Hawks 42 Reagan 16 Ducks 37 Rockdale 28 Hawks 21 Giddings 34 Ducks 28 Yoakum 36 Hawks 21 Wimberley 31 Ducks 63 Caldwell 35 Hawks 42 Lampasas 34 Ducks 39 La Grange 30 Hawks 42 Akins 20 Ducks 14 Bellville 41 Hawks 63 Eastside 00 Ducks 61 Eastside 00 Hawks 41 Boerne 38 Ducks 15 Boerne 07 Hawks 45 Fredericksburg 25 Ducks 48 Fredericksburg 27 ======================================================
Canyon Lake will have their most important scheduled game in their history as they suit up against the Taylor Ducks to see which team will bring home the District 14-4A-1 Championship this Friday at the Hawk Nest.
These Ducks have found their defense since district play started with Taylor giving up 11 points a game and that includes their game against that potent Boerne Greyhound team.
Leading up to district play, the Ducks had a porous defensive average of 39 points per game.
A lot of that defensive strength resides with their defensive backs as Taylor almost has more interceptions as the Hawks have receptions.
CL has been on a tear since their loss to Wimberley as this Hawk squad has scored 40 or more points in their last 5 contests. In fact, this offense has 7 games scoring over 40 points in each win.
So, if CL can get to 40 points then you can pencil in a win.
This game will not be that easy as Taylor has had Canyon Lake’s number in their last two meetings.
Yes, it is time for a little history lesson as there is evidence that a Duck is greater than a Hawk.
There has been just 5 points that have separated the last two years as Taylor found a way to pull out a win each of those years.
Last season, CL had a healthy lead at halftime to only see that advantage fall to the green turf by the way of fumbles as the Ducks flew higher than the Hawks in that loss. That was the largest come back against a Hawk team in their brief history.
Taylor has very good skill players that have some gaudy numbers.
Starting with QB Ryan Gardner who is completing 51% of his passes for 1357 yards with 15 touchdowns.
Gardner’s favorite receiver is Malik Jackson with over half of that passing yardage, as Jackson has 725 yards scoring 9 touchdowns. There are 3 other receivers that has reached 100 or more yards this season as Andre Jones is next in line topping 200 yards in receptions.
This Duck team is not finished as running back Jarrell Crittendon has matched QB Gardner’s passing with 1325 yards giving this Taylor team a good one-two punch this season.
Gardner is not afraid to tuck the ball and use his feet for yards as he has jaunted for 435 yards with 10 scores in this manner.
Some good news? In Taylor’s worst offensive showing this campaign the team that held the Ducks to 14 points was Bellville and that was accomplished by taking the air out of the Duck’s ball as Taylor gave up 470 yards rushing in that game.
With that being CL’s major strength then rushing the ball will give Taylor enough to think about as the ‘pick your poison’ backfield of the Hawks has had many teams scratching their helmets as Hawk running backs are running by those players while the DB’s are looking for the player with a ball.
Credit goes to the offensive line and QB Ben Fulton as he is starting to master the hidden ball trick in this ground attack as the OL has been nails with their blocking and paving running lanes for the Hawks.
Keys to the game? Taylor and Canyon Lake are going to score points so the possession game will be key as the defense that can make those critical stops will have the ability to help forge a win.
Those nasty turnovers will come into play as CL can attest to in last year’s contest. Taylor has shown a knack for getting those miscues from opposing teams as Boerne will attest to in this year’s game.
So, keep the turnovers to a minimum and control the clock for a chance of getting a win.
Then the Hawk fans will hold their breath as Taylor tries to come up with another way of snatching a sure victory from Canyon Lake.