Being game one of six, the pressure was on.
Starting off, Lake Travis DB Nathan Parodi picked off an easy pass, building momentum for the Cavs. Shortly after, Cavalier quarterback Matthew Baldwin is still recovering from an ankle injury. The injury gave Hudson Card a chance to step up. He did just that as he took a 39-yard run into the end zone and took a 7-0 lead.
Not much longer and Lake Travis was at it again. Senior Carson Cross pushed the momentum forward, scoring the second touchdown of the game along with a two-point conversion, Cross also secured this one.
The Cavalier defense held down the Mavericks aggressive offense in the first quarter while allowing just one touchdown. The San Antonio Madison Mavericks, being the underdogs, kept a close game with the Cavs’ for at least the first quarter.
In response, running back Christian Hernandez helped build the Mavericks confidence by scoring their first touchdown of the game. But, Lake Travis didn’t let confidence built up long. To counter Hernandez’s touchdown, Card scored again taking 15 point lead, 22-7.
With the Mavericks on edge, Dante Heaggans scored a touchdown to soften the gap, 22-14. But Lake Travis wasn’t going to let Madison hang around. It would add 13 more points before heading into the locker room with a 35-14 lead.
The Cavs started the second half quickly, building its lead to 42-14. Both defenses stepped up their games, keeping each the end zone empty until there was eight minutes left in the game. Senior Russell Thamm, who replaced Card for rest, ran the ball in from the two-yard line for a touchdown to finish with a 49-14 win.
Next week the Cavaliers face the infamous Converse Judson at DKR stadium, for the second round of playoffs.
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