Lake Travis Downs Westlake 51-3
Updated: December 3, 2016
Photo: Steve Thomas
Lake Travis Advances to Semi-Finals with Rout of Westlake
The Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers moved one step closer to their sixth state football title with a 51-3 drubbing of arch-rivals the Austin Westlake Chaparrals Friday night at Kelly Reeve’s Stadium in Round Rock. One year after both teams reached the UIL 6A Division I and Division II championship games, the district rivals faced off in the UIL 6A Division I Region IV championship.
When the two teams met back in October, the Cavaliers dominated the Chaps 49-7. In that game, Westlake was without star quarterback Sam Ehlinger and running back Nakia Watson. Since the first meeting, the Chaparrals had won six consecutive games including three playoff games. While the Chaparrals did have Watson back for this game, Ehlinger was once again sidelined with an injury.
From the beginning, the Cavaliers dominated both sides of the ball. While Westlake did move the ball effectively with Watson to begin the opening drive, the Lake Travis defense quickly stifled the Chaps and forced them to punt. Three plays later, Cavalier quarterback Charlie Brewer opened the scoring on a 52- yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cade Green. After the Cavalier defense forced the Chaps to punt on the ensuing drive, Brewer connected with wide receiver Carson Pepe on a 7-yard touchdown pass to give the Cavs a 14-0 lead. At the end of the first quarter, Lake Travis kicker Cameron Dicker tacked on a 44-yard field goal to put the Cavs ahead 17-0.
With about 6:30 left in the second quarter, Brewer extended the Cavalier lead to 24-0 with a four-yard keeper. The Cavaliers then recovered a snap over the Westlake punter’s head in the end zone to take a 30-0 lead into halftime. To make matters worse for Westlake, linebacker Levi Jones was ejected after his second unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.
After receiving the second-half kickoff, the Cavaliers wasted little time extending their lead. Charlie Brewer broke free for a 54-yard keeper and then connected with Cade Brewer on a 17 yard touchdown pass two plays later. Westlake finally got on the board on the ensuing drive when kicker Mauro Montemayor netted a 34-yard field goal. Lake Travis, however, responded with a touchdown on a 16 yard end-around rush by wide receiver Patrick Moorer. Defensive back Conor Kratsas recovered a fumble in the end zone with just under one minute remaining in the game to seal the game at 51-3 for Lake Travis.
With the win, Lake Travis improves to 13-1 overall and advances to the UIL 6A Division I semifinals. The Cavaliers will face the Humble Atascocita Eagles next Saturday, December 10, at 2:00pm in the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals with a 33-27 overtime win against the defending 6A Division I champion Galena Park North Shore Mustangs.
Westlake, meanwhile, finishes the season at 11-3 overall. The Chaparrals have finished with double-digit wins in three of the past five seasons.
by Steve Thomas