Lake Travis Football
December 17, 2011 by staff
Lake Travis Football, During its run to four straight state titles, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) became known for potent offense. On Friday night, its defense delivered a record-setting fifth straight title.
Smothering, dominating, intimidating defense. That’s what earned Lake Travis, the No. 15 team in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Rankings presented by the Army National Guard, a 22-7 victory over Midway (Waco, Texas) in the Class 4A Division I final at Cowboys Stadium.
Lake Travis (16-0) is the first school of any size to win five straight University Interscholastic League football titles. Only Celina (titles from 1998 to 2001) and Sealy (1994-97) have won four straight.
“We’ve been talking about the drive for five all season long,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said.
It’s now complete, but it wasn’t easy. Lake Travis’ lead was only 13-7 early in the fourth quarter before a muffed punt by Midway (13-3) led to a field goal. Colin Lagasse scored on a 1-yard run with 4:40 left to clinch the victory in front of a crowd of 32,314.
“This crowd is unreal,” Carter said. “It’s the largest we’ve ever played in front of.”
In front of the large crowd, the defense couldn’t have played bigger. Lake Travis picked off three passes, recovered a fumble and held Midway to only 177 yards of total offense. Midway’s only touchdown came on Orion Stewart’s 90-yard kickoff return to open the second half.
Lake Travis also had trouble getting in the end zone. Lake Travis quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 25 of 40 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown, and the Cavaliers had 388 yards of offense.
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