High School: Lake Travis

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lake Travis made Texas high school football history, winning its fifth straight state title Friday by beating Waco Midway, 22-7, at Cowboys Stadium.

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“We’ve got to be at the beginning of the discussion when you talk about the very best dynasties in Texas football history and this is the best state for football,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said. “It’s special to be a part of it.”

Offensive MVP Colin Lagasse led Lake Travis’ offensive attack, gaining 130 of the team’s total 388 yards on 11 catches. Quarterback Baker Mayfield supplied the connection, throwing for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Lake Travis jumped to a 10-0 lead after the first half on a 17-yard touchdown pass to TCU commit Griffin Gilbert, brother of former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, and a 26-yard field goal from Kevin Marcotte.

Midway’s lone score of the game was a 90-yard kickoff return by Orion Stewart to begin the second half.

Marcotte hit two more field goals in the second half, which combined with a Lagasse 1-yard touchdown run to complete the game’s scoring.

Now Lake Travis just has to figure out where to add the fifth star for its fifth title to its logo.

“We don’t know what we’re doing with the logo yet, but people smarter than me will figure that out,” Carter said with a five-star smile.

Finals weekend memorable despite area losses

December, 19, 2010
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Four teams from North Texas played in championship games at Cowboys Stadium over the weekend, but only one of them kept a state title trophy in the area.

Running back Johnathan Gray put on a performance for the ages as Aledo claimed the Class 4A Division II crown Friday, easing some of the sting felt by local high school football fans because of Saturday losses by Denton Ryan, Denton Guyer and Euless Trinity.

Trinity’s 28-24 loss to Pearland cost the Trojans a mythical national championship as well as the Class 5A Division I state title. But the power of Texas high school football was on display with 43,321 fans on hand, some who came to view the main event and others who stuck around from previous games. The attendance figure approached the state record of 49,953.

The city of Denton had its heart broken by Lake Travis and Cibolo Steele, but fans of Ryan and Guyer can find comfort in the fact that no district had sent two teams to state championship games in the same year since 1962.

Finally, who could forget about Gray’s record-breaking performance in Aledo's 69-34 win over La Marque. His eight touchdowns gave Gray a state-record 59 for the season, surpassing Sugar Land legend Ken Hall’s mark of 57 set 57 years ago, as the Bearcats wrapped up an unbeaten season and won their second straight state title.

The performance earned Gray the No. 8 spot on the national ESPN SportsCenter top 10 plays of the day.

The state title games also made a splash in the social media world with terms such as Guyer, Pearland and Lake Travis becoming trending topics in the Dallas/Fort Worth area Saturday.

While a cloud of sadness followed most of the local football fans away from Cowboys Stadium, the future looks bright for some of the teams that represented the area this weekend. Mario Edwards Jr. returns to Denton Ryan projected as one of the top recruits of his class and ensures another stout defensive front for the Raiders.

And of course there is Gray, who is just a junior and will have a chance to set the state's career touchdown record while trying to lead Aledo to a third straight championship.

Breaking down the 4A football title matchups

December, 14, 2010
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ESPNDallas.com's Travis L. Brown, Randy Jennings and Jeff Andrews break down this weekend's Class 4A state championship football games, with Aledo facing La Marque in Division II and Denton Ryan challenging Lake Travis in Division I.
Coming off a state championship season and returning wide receiver turned quarterback Brandon Carter was enough to earn the Trojans the six-spot on the ESPN Rise Powerade FAB 50 Rankings.

Also, Trinity's August 28 game against Tyler Lee was selected to be televised nationally on ESPNU, beginning at 9 p.m. CST. Click here for the full ESPN Rise Inaugural Kickoff television schedule.

Five other Texas teams made the top 50: Abilene (1), Lake Travis (3), Katy (17), Austin Westlake (30) and Round Rock Stony Point (50).

Lancaster wins in OT to reach 4A final

March, 11, 2010
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Lancaster fell behind by as many as 12 points and needed a missed free throw by Lake Travis to force overtime, but the Tigers survived for a 64-56 victory in the Class 4A state semifinals Thursday.

Tre Lynch's 3-pointer with five seconds left gave Lancaster a 54-53 lead. It hit the back iron and bounced about two feet above the rim before falling through the net.

Lake Travis's Cole Vucurevich was then fouled but made only one of two free throws, sending the game into overtime. Lancaster then dominated the extra period by 10-2 margin.

UTEP signee John Bohannon registered a triple-double as Lancaster (36-2) advanced to Saturday's championship game against top-ranked Houston Yates, which beat The Colony, 106-76, in the other semifinal Thursday.

"Lake Travis had a great game plan," Lancaster coach Ferrin Douglas said. "The guys played well, and they shot the ball well. Our guys just refused to lose, and we had some bounces go our way."

Bohannon, a 6-foot-9 center, finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks.

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