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Lake Travis rolls past Smithson Valley

November 17, 2018

LAKEWAY — Hudson Card threw four touchdown passes and Garrett Wilson returned from a back injury to lead Lake Travis (9-1) to a 45-14 win over Smithson Valley (5-5) in 6A, Division I Bi-District playoff game.

Wilson, who missed four of Lake Travis’ last five games, returned to the lineup and caught six passes for 147 yards and a third-quarter touchdown that helped the Cavaliers break open a game they led 17-7 at the half.

Lake Travis advances to the 6A Division I Area playoffs against Madison. The Cavaliers and Mavericks play Friday at 2 p.m. at New Braunfels Canyon High School.

Wilson started slowly before making his mark in the second quarter, taking a short pass from Card and running 75 yards to set up a Hays McCannon field goal that gave the Cavaliers a 10-0 lead. Wilson caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to push Lake Travis’ lead to 24-7.

Wilson’s score all but put the game out of reach, said Smithson Valley coach Larry Hill.

“We knew if we were going to have a chance we needed to get a stop on the first drive after halftime and then score,” Hill said. “To their credit, they came out and scored two or three touchdowns. They have a fine ball club and we weren’t able to keep pace.”

Card threw all four of his touchdown passes in the second half. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 346 yards and finished the game by completing his last eight passes, including the four touchdowns. Kyle Eaves caught two of the touchdown passes. Lake McCree added a 56-yard touchdown catch as the Cavaliers pulled away.

Levi Williams led Smithson Valley. The Rangers’ quarterback rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown but struggled through the air, completing just six passes for 53 yards. His second quarter touchdown brought Smithson Valley within 17-7, but Lake Travis’ third quarter surge put the game away.

- Jay Plott

Westlake 28, Clemens 14

AUSTIN — Pushed outside its comfort zone for the first time in two months, Westlake withstood a furious first-half challenge from Clemens to secure a 28-14 win on Friday night in a bi-district playoff game at Chaparral Stadium.

The Chaparrals (10-1) dominated the visitors in the second half, outscoring them 14-0 after pulling into a halftime tie and will advance to face Brennan in the area round next Friday at 4 p.m. at the Alamodome. Brennan defeated San Antonio Johnson 33-28.

“Overall. I’m really proud of the way our kids responded,” Westlake coach Todd Dodge said. “To be honest, I’m kind of glad that happened. I can find out about my team, how they’re going to respond.”

Westlake’s usually unyielding defense yielded a pair of big-play touchdowns in the first half. Clemens (6-5) struck first, grabbing a 7-0 lead on Jaray Patterson’s 79-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game. After the Chaparrals made it 7-7 on quarterback Taylor Anderson’s 6-yard scoring run late in the first quarter, Clemens struck again on a 90-yard touchdown pass from Max Didomenico to Kailub Thigpen for a 14-7 lead with 5:47 left before halftime.

Protecting an eight-game winning streak dating to a 25-21 loss to Cypress Ranch on Sept. 7, Westlake parlayed Tripp Graham’s 1-yard run into a 14-14 halftime tie. It was the first time all year the Chaparrals didn’t lead at intermission.

“You never know when you have a (team) that was pretty safe at halftime the whole year, but there was no panic,” Dodge said. “I don’t care what (Clemens’) record is. They’re a good team. There’s a reason why they’re in the playoffs.”

Receiving the second-half kickoff, the Chaparrals drove 70 yards and took their first lead of he game (21-14) on Graham’s 1-yard run.

“We put in a couple of trick plays and they both succeeded tonight,” said Anderson, who passed Drew Brees to become Westlake’s career passing leader.

- John Harris

Leander Glenn 28, Medina Valley 14

In a season of firsts that saw Leander Glenn play its first varsity contest and win its initial district title, the Grizzlies picked up their first playoff win by outlasting Medina Valley 28-14 in a Class 5A Division II bi-district win on Friday at Bible Stadium.

After Panther quarterback Alec Child scored on a nine-yard option keeper with 3:23 left in the third quarter to knot the score at 14, Glenn put the game away by scoring twice in the fourth quarter.

Lamont Slade’s second touchdown of the night, this one from five yards out gave the hosts a 21-14 lead just four seconds into the final quarter

Then the Glenn defense took over. First, the Panthers next possession was stopped inside the Grizzlie 15 as Wesley Pardo was stopped on a fourth and two.

7-4 Glenn will face the winner of the Port Lavaca Calhoun-Mission Pioneer game next weekend.

For the contest, the Grizzlies forced six turnovers, four of which were interceptions.

“The defense did a phenomenal job causing multiple forcing turnovers tonight’, commented Glenn Coach Rob Schoenfeld.

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