ARLINGTON, Texas (KXAN) – Stop by if you’ve heard this before: The Westlake Chaparrals are playing in a state championship soccer game.
The Chaps, led by their Clemson-linked quarterback Cade Klubnik and a rock-solid defense, are not only in contention for their third straight Class 6A title, but they are trying to say goodbye to the head coach. retired Todd Dodge. Dodge announced ahead of the season, his eighth at Westlake, that he would retire from coaching at the end of the season at Westlake.
It ends in the right place, at least. The Chaps face the Denton Guyer Wildcats at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the Class 6A Division II title. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Westlake beat the Wildcats 24-0 for the 6A DII title in 2019 to start his title wave and followed that up with last season’s 52-34 win over Southlake Carroll for the 6A DI title.
This is the 11th state title game Westlake has played in, dating back to its first in 1991. The Chaps lost 19-7 to Wilmer-Hutchins in Game 4A that year. Westlake won a championship in 1997 with a 55-15 victory over Abilene Cooper for the 5A DII crown.
A Westlake victory would finally put Central Texas teams on the roster at this year’s State Championships. LBJ lost to Stephenville in Game 4A DI 38-21 on Friday and Liberty Hill fell in Game 5A DII against South Oak Cliff 23-14 in Game 1 on Saturday.
Westlake won 39 straight games leading up to the title game.
If you can’t make it to Arlington or don’t have cable to watch the game on Bally Sports Southwest, follow our live blog below:
Half-time: Guyer 14, Westlake 13. Neither team entered the end zone in the second quarter, and Guyer was still hanging on to a one point lead.
1:19 2Q: Westlake can’t capitalize on turnover on downs and must kick. Charlie Barnett takes one down at Guyer’s 15-yard line.
3:24 2Q: Arnold tries to try everything with a deep pass but it’s incomplete and the Chaps take over on the downs. Westlake alone has 40.
3:30 2Q: Guyer doesn’t get the winning line and it’s the 4th and 4th… decision time for the Wildcats. It’s too far for a field try, so the options are to go for it or hit a little punt to pin Westlake deep.
4:14 2Q: Big third to come for Guyer and the Wildcats take a time out. It’s 3rd and 6th on Westlake’s 39-yard line
5:41 2Q: Westlake hits Arnold late out of bounds and it gives the Wildcats a first try.
6:07 2Q: Klubnik completes a 3rd and 9th pass to Greathouse, but Greathouse gains 8 yards. Westlake clears and Guyer has the ball on his own 22-yard line.
8:33 2Q: Westlake sacked Arnold twice during the Wildcats drive and punt. Westlake takes over on his own 17-yard line
10:42 2Q: Westlake’s drive stalls and the Chaps must kick. Guyer takes over on his own 33-yard line. Guyer controlled the clock with over eight minutes of ball possession compared to 4.30 hours for Westlake.
12:00 2Q: Westlake has the ball on his own 21-yard line to start the second quarter,
End 1Q: Westlake is in uncharted territory, lagging behind for the first time this season. Guyer 14, Westlake 13
0:09 1T: LANDING – Arnold de Guyer hits Jace Wilson for 9 yards. PAT good. That tie the turnover amounts to biting the Chaps. 4 games, 33 yards, 0:44. PAT good. Guyer 14, Westlake 13
0:53 1Q: Westlake RB Jack Kayser gets fucked hard and groped. Guyer recovers and takes over on Westlake’s 32-yard line. This is Westlake’s second turnover in the game.
2:00 1Q: Westlake’s defense forces another punt and they’ll take over on his own 36-yard line.
2:52 1Q: LANDING – Klubnik passes Jaden Greathouse on the touchline, climbs over Guyer’s defender and takes him home for 62 yards. PAT good. 2 games, 71 yards, 0:41. Westlake 13, Guyer 7
3:31 1Q: Guyer is fumbling over an attempt to convert to 4th, so the interception does not immediately hurt the Chaps. Westlake takes over on his own 29-yard line.
4:59 1Q: Westlake QB Cade Klubnik throws an interception, only his third of the season, and Guyer takes over on the Chaps 37-yard line
5:16 1Q: LANDING – Guyer QB Jackson Arnold runs from 15 yards. PAT is good. 9 games, 63 yards, 3:19. This is the first time Westlake has been hanging out all year round. Guyer 7, Westlake 6.
8:35 1Q: Not a good first drive for the Chaps. They go 3-and-out and punt. Guyer takes over on his own 37-yard line.
9:34 1Q: Westlake’s defense forces a Guyer punt, and this time the Wildcats get kicked. The chaps take over on their own 28-yard line as the offense is already taking ground on a score.
10:24 1Q: LANDING – The Chaps blocked a Guyer’s punt and mistook it the other way for a score. Will Magids put his paws on it and basically grabbed the punt on the punter’s foot and returned it for 8 yards. PAT not good. Westlake 6, Guyer 0
12:00 1Q Westlake wins the toss and they are relying on the second half so they will kick Guyer to start the game.
7 p.m .: The match starts a little later than expected, the kick-off seems to be around 7.15pm. In the meantime, Todd Dodge and his son Riley had a moment before Todd’s final game.
6.30 p.m .: That’s 30 minutes before Arlington’s scheduled kickoff. In the Class 6A DI match which ended around 5:50 p.m., Galena Park North Shore dominated Duncanville 17-10