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2013 LSG Team Preview — Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers

2013 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers

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Team: Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers (15-5A)

Team Colors: Red/Black/Silver

1st varsity season: 1984

Enrollment: 2,217 -- 6th largest in the district out of 7 schools

2013 Schedule:
Aug. 30, 2013 CONVERSE JUDSON
Sep. 6, 2013 AT NEW BRAUNFELS CANYON
Sep. 13, 2013 ROUND ROCK WESTWOOD
Sep. 20, 2013 AT COLLEGE STATION A&M CONSOLIDATED
Sep. 26, 2013 AT AUSTIN HIGH
Oct. 4, 2013 AUSTIN BOWIE
Oct. 10, 2013 AT AUSTIN AKINS
Oct. 18, 2013 AUSTIN ANDERSON
Oct. 26, 2013 DEL VALLE
Nov. 1, 2013 AUSTIN WESTLAKE

Coach: Hank Carter (3 years) 39-4-0 (#2 in All Time Wins at Austin Lake Travis); 39-4-0 all-time coaching record

Returning Lettermen: 35

Returning Starters: Offense: 4 Defense: 6

Key Players:
* RB Shaun Nixon 1st Team All-District Texas A&M commit TOP 25 RB
* RB Dominic Packer 2nd Team All-District
* WR JR Grant Foster 2nd Team All-District
* DL Zach Davies 2nd Team All-District AP 1st Team All-State 74 Tackles, 24 TFL, 12.5 Sacks
* DL JR Feno Pearson 2nd Team All-District
* LB Luke Hutton 2nd Team All-District 140 tackles 9 TFL

2012 JV Record: 8-2

Notes:
* LSG Pre-Season Ranking #14
* Since 2008, only 14 of their 71 wins have been by less than 10 points and they have only lost 5 total games since then
* Until 2007, no Lake Travis team had reached the third round of the playoffs
* The Cavaliers had just four winning seasons since 1985 and were 0-10 in 2002

  • Mike Says: The Cavaliers did not disappoint during their first year in Class 5A. They started out with a bang with a convincing win over Converse Judson but fell early in the playoffs. They are know for their high powered passing game but will rely this year on an experienced defense and a strong running game led by Shaun Nixon. They have a great schedule that includes Austin Westlake, Round Rock Westwood and A&M Consolidated. Look for them to go 8-2 or 9-1 in the regular season and go to maybe the Quarterfinals to face Westlake again.
  • Chris Says: If last season a chink appeared in the armor of Lake Travis, this is the year that they will receive a flesh wound.  Don't get me wrong - I am not predicting "the king is dead."  I am predicting the king is human.   Once again, I expect the Cavaliers to be strong and once again, they will be odds on favorite to win the District 15-5A crown.  And despite my prediction of Austin Westlake as the better team this season, Lake Travis could still win the district.  I expect them to go further in the playoffs this season, but not much. 

Last Years Record:  Overall 9-2 District 6-0

2012 Games:
at Converse Judson (8-4) (W 47-13)
vs New Braunfels Canyon (3-7) (W 49-7)
at Round Rock Westwood (9-4) (W 28-24)
vs A&M Consolidated (9-3) (L 28-30)
vs Austin High (3-7)* (W 14-7)
at Austin Bowie (7-5)* (W 24-14)
vs Austin Akins (1-9)* (W 59-14)
at Austin Anderson (1-9)* (W 40-10)
vs Austin Del Valle (4-7)* (W 31-6)
at Austin Westlake (10-5)* (W 14-11)

Playoffs: Division II Bi-District
vs Pflugerville (8-4) (Georgetown) (L 20-23) Bi-District

History:
* 9 CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS (all 8+ wins, before that no 8 + win season since the school opened in 1984)
* 5-2 since 2006 vs. Austin Westlake in the Great Lake Showdown
* All-Time Playoff Record : 32-5
* Playoff Appearances (10) 2000,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012

Bi-District -- 2004, 2006, 2012
Area -- 2000, 2005
State Champions -- 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Championship History: (5) 5-0
2007 4A Division II Austin Lake Travis 36, Highland Park 34
2008 4A Division I Austin Lake Travis 48, Longview 23
2009 4A Division I Austin Lake Travis 24, Longview 17
2010 4A Division I Austin Lake Travis 27, Denton Ryan 7
2011 4A Division I Austin Lake Travis 22, Waco Hewitt Midway 7

Last 5 year record:  71-4

Last 10 year record: 116-19

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