Opportunistic defense, paired with consistent offensive play Friday guided the Wimberley Texans to a 27-6 bi-district playoff win over the Smithville Tigers, advancing the team to the second round.
Wimberley (9-2) will play Hondo (10-1) in an area round playoff matchup Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Legacy Stadium in Van Ormy.
Defense was Wimberley’s calling card as the Texan “Code Red” unit forced four total Tiger turnovers in the contest. That included a fumble recovery from Walker Fields, as well as interceptions by Dylan Kincaid, Nathan Simpson and Canyun Staton.
Meanwhile, Texan quarterback Matthew Tippie and the Wimberley offense capitalized on the strong defensive play.
Wimberley quickly leapt out to a 13-0 first quarter lead, which held through halftime. The Texans added two more unanswered scores in the third frame before Smithville tallied six points in the final quarter.
Tippie went 20 of 31 for 267 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Texan running back Moses Wray rushed for 96 yards on 19 carries and had a pair of scores, while Kerrick Lai had 45 yards on 10 rushes for a score.
Seven Texans recorded at least one catch with Wray leading the way with 62 yards on one reception. Wide receiver Jaxson Watts finished with 59 yards receiving on three catches and Simpson had seven grabs for 52 yards.