Converse Judson vs Lake Travis is arguably the most important game of the season for both 6A teams. Not only is this the first game of the 2017 season, it is also a highly anticipated re-match after Judson proved their dominance by defeating the Cavaliers with a 35-28 victory last season. Despite this initial loss, Lake Travis put their superiority on full display as they went on to win state for their division.
Going into the game, it was no question that both teams brought a high level performance to the table, but with LT losing 14 of their starting players and Judson losing 7, the question of whether or not their strides would continue lingered.
Continuing their fast pace run and gun offense, Lake Travis Cavalier, Kyle Wakefield, started the game off strong with a quick score The Rockets matched this energy by retaliating with a touchdown of their own.
Judson player, Rashad Wisdom, then put the Rockets fanbase in an uproar with an interception that put 7 more points under their name. LT senior quarterback Matthew Baldwin, also put on a show, finally getting a chance to put his precision and athletic ability on full display. This back and forth scoring frenzy continued the entire first half, running up the score to 42-32 Judson by the end of the half.
Judson quarterback Julon Williams set the pace with running the ball in for a touchdown in the first few minutes in the beginning of the second half.
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Feeling the pressure, Matthew Baldwin completes a touchdown pass to sophomore Hudson Card on a well placed fade route. Showing that nothing can slow them down, Williams jets off once again, faking out an LT defender for another Rocket touchdown. It seemed that nothing would get in the way of the Rockets, as they were determined keep their title. 65 – 45, the Rockets and Cavs settle the big question, “Who will it be this year?”
Maybe it’s known as the ‘Lake Travis Curse’ to lose the first game and to then dominate. Or could it be just a young team experiencing some growing pains. Either way, the Cavaliers have big shoes to fill.