A five touchdown effort from senior quarterback Cooper McCollum lifted the Wimberley Texans to a dominating 45-7 road win over the rival Canyon Lake Hawks Friday.
With the win, Wimberley improves to 3-0 for the first time since the 2017 season. It also marks the program’s third win in four seasons over Canyon Lake in the annual Battle of the Backbone contest.
McCollum led the way by going 15 of 18 for 322 yards and five scores through the air. Two of Wimberley’s five passing touchdowns went for more than 60 yards. All told, the Texan offense amassed a season high 451 total yards Friday and limited turnovers to only one fumble.
Wimberley (3-0) leapt out to a 14-0 first quarter lead aided by a 64 yard touchdown pass from McCollum to wide receiver Josh Limey. The Texans kept up the pace by adding two more scores in the second frame, taking a 28-0 lead at intermission.
The Texan onslaught continued into the third quarter with another two passing scores, including a 62-yard touchdown from McCollum to Jaxon Watts. Canyon Lake’s lone score of the contest occurred late in the fourth frame.
Limely led all receivers with 105 yards on four catches and two touchdowns, while Watts finished with 62 yards on a catch and one score. Kennedy Strange and Curtis Marshall also caught a touchdown pass in the contest.
McCollum led the Texans with 64 yards on the ground on seven carries, while running back Moses Wray rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Wimberley’s defense limited Canyon Lake to 218 total yards of offense, 188 of those yards gained on the ground.
Canyon Lake went 3 of 12 on third downs while Wimberley was 4 of 8. The Texans were also 2 for 2 on fourth down conversions. The Hawks also committed 14 penalties for 113 yards while WImberley was penalized once for five yards.
Wimberley travels to take on Fredericksburg Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Texans return home Sept. 27 when they close nondistrict play against Regents at 7:30 p.m.