On Friday, I ventured out to Cavalier Stadium to watch Lake Travis take on an Arlington Martin team who are without former head coach Bob Wager for the first time since 2006.
In the first half of the game, defenses reigned supreme as neither side allowed a score. For Lake Travis, defensive lineman Gustavo Cordova and linebacker Markus Boswell are the highlights of a Cavalier defense that looks to have improved with experience. In the case of Cordova, the junior has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket as of late as he recently received an offer from Oklahoma. Likewise, Boswell has a plethora of collegiate offers from schools such as Arizona, Colorado and Texas State.
On the Martin Warriors defensive front, sophomore Jesse Ford was a key contributor, tallying eight tackles and a sack. Ford, who stands in at 6’5″, has already received offers from Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Ultimately, senior Cavaliers running back Nico Hamilton was the main offensive selling point in the game, amassing 180 yards on 22 carries – scoring one touchdown. Thanks to Lake Travis’s late offensive life, the Cavaliers were able to capitalize on a well-played defensive contest and started off their season with a 13-6 victory over Martin.
Will this be the year that Lake Travis reclaims their dominance over the Austin-area? In my opinion, it is too early to tell but their game on September 22 against Westlake will likely be a decent indicator. Additionally, with Vandegrift having made an appearance in last year’s title game, the Cavaliers are currently still on the outside looking in.
Lastly, I will be curious to see if the play of players such as Cordova and Ford attracts the eyes of the Longhorns recruiting staff. Both defensive linemen still have over a year of play left in their high school careers to court the Longhorns.