Hays (1-2, 0-1) vs. Del Valle (1-2, 1-0)
When: Friday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bob Shelton Stadium
Last week: Lake Travis 49, Hays 13; Del Valle 25, Akins 22
Last meeting (2014): Hays 37, Del Valle 17
Players to watch:
Hays – QB Cody Reiley, QB Issaac Castilleja, RB Cody Gandy, RB Cade Powell, WR Dustin Bruno, WR Austin Maulding, OL Banner Steele, Peyton Steele, OL Logan Pool, DL Johnson Elrod, LB Coby Brown, LB Taylor Friesenhahn, DB David Keils, DB Da'Quonta Crayton,
Del Valle – QB David Gutteriez, RB Fred Wilson, RB Jacob Druery, WR La'Thaniel Washington, WR James Gardner, OL/DL Erik Chavez, DL Darius Gilliespie, DB Emmanuel Martin
Hays' worst fears were confirmed this week as starting QB Kent will miss the remainder of the 2015 campaign following a knee injury suffered against Lake Travis. With Kent out, QB's Reiley or Castilleja will have to step in and take over a Rebel offense that's battled consistency issues. While the Rebels look to a new QB, the offense must find a way to get Gandy involved. Through three games, Gandy has only gained 138 rushing yards and only has one touchdown. Hays goes up against a Del Valle defense that has struggled to halt run oriented teams. The Cardinals allowed 300+ yards against Dripping Springs and McNeil – both games were blowout losses. On offense, Del Valle has leaned on their running attack to support their offense. Wilson is the leading rusher with 356 yards and three scores. Hays' defense has run the gamut of efficiency over the first three weeks. Last week saw the Rebel defense hold Lake Travis to less than 400 yards of offense. Limiting big plays, which have hurt the Rebels at time this year, could provide the base for success.