It’s not quite back to the drawing board following a 59-35 loss to Rockwall, but there is still a long way to go for Lake Travis as he prepares for Friday’s District 26-6A opener in San Marcos.
At Rockwall, Lake Travis had his moments, but in the end he couldn’t get any defensive saves or keep up with the Yellow Jackets.
“We did some good things,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said on Monday. “But we had to be a little better. ”
Defensively, the Cavaliers struggled to tackle Rockwall’s receivers in space and compete for balls in the air. Offensively, the Cavaliers suffered a series of dropped passes, made three turnovers and missed a field goal.
“In the second half we struggled to maintain practice,” said Carter. “We would get out there and make a mistake and then we just couldn’t keep up. ”
But make no mistake about it. Led by Isaac Norris and DJ Johnson, Lake Travis produced over 500 yards of attack and scored 35 points, more than enough to win on most nights.
“It doesn’t feel good right now, but we know it will pay off down the road,” Carter said.
Down the road this week starts in San Marcos. Carter is confident the defense will come together and become more aggressive. While the defense appears to be rebounding from last week’s struggles, so does the attack.
“We just need to refocus this week,” said quarterback Bo Edmundson. “I wouldn’t say we’re crushed, but now we need to focus on our district games. This does not take away from our ultimate goal. We just need to get back on our feet and get going. ”
Edmundson had a season-high 301 yards, but also threw three second-half interceptions, one of which was returned for a Rockwall touchdown.
“Bo holds himself to a very high standard,” Carter said. “There are a few shots he wants to recover, but there were also a few shots that our guys have to fight better for.”
Second-half struggles defeated a first half in which the Cavaliers responded score for score to Rockwall.
“We were driving blow for blow with them,” said Edmundson. “They started to score and we were able to react. We had to finish this game. We have to be able to go blow for blow with every offense. ”
Most of Lake Travis’ offensive shots over the course of three games have come from Norris and Johnson. Between them, they scored 12 of the team’s 14 offensive touchdowns. Carter and Edmundson know Lake Travis can’t count on their double all season.
“The more weapons we can have at Bo’s disposal, the better off we’ll be,” Carter said.
With Johnson leading the Cavaliers’ hasty attack and the combination of Norris (27 catches) and Caleb Burton (10 catches) leading the reception, there is still room for other players to be more systematically involved in the attack.
Chernet Estes and Noah Byrd are both first-year offensive starters, and both have had seven catches in three games. Three of Estes ‘catches came against Rockwall, including two in a practice that led to Lake Travis’ first touchdown – her most important catches of the young season. Edmundson said he needed to bring Estes and Byrd into games earlier than he had been able to do so far.
“It’s about putting them on a roll early in games,” said Edmundson. “Isaac and DJ roll, and most of that happens early in games. I just need to find this with Chernet and Noah. I was able to find Chernet on a few parts early on where it really bailed me out. It helps everyone to build their confidence.
The Cavaliers can also boost their confidence by focusing on – and mastering – certain details this week in practice. It’s the little things, Edmundson said, that can help Lake Travis become more consistent – and explosive.
“We just have to keep working,” said the quarterback. “There are little things that we have to keep working to master. As we go into week four, I know we’re going to pick things up. ”
LAKE TRAVIS VS. SAINT-MARC
Lake Travis, ranked No. 10 in the state, opens the game for District 26-6A in San Marcos.
If you go there:
Kick-off: 7:30 p.m. at Toyota Rattler Stadium, San Marcos
On air :
Radio: 104.9 FM Le Cor
Online: Texan Live by Dave Campbell (texasfootball.com/texan-live for the link)
Series history: San Marcos leads 2-1
Lake Travis claimed their first victory over San Marcos last year. Prior to last year, the teams hadn’t played since 2001.
About San Marcos
In his second year in charge, former Denton Guyer coach John Walsh, who won two state titles at Denton Guyer, is looking to bring the Rattlers into playoff contention. San Marcos enter the game after dominating San Antonio East Central 28-16 for their first victory. Jaidyn Brown ran for 209 yards and three scores to lead the Rattlers, and Isaiah DeLeon played football without errors, completing 60% of his passes with a touchdown.
Rattlers to watch
Jaidyn Brown and Kanui Guidry, running backs. Guidry had got off to a quick start in 2020 before an injury ended his season. He returned and opened the season with a 100-yard game against New Braunfels in the season opener, but hasn’t played since. In his place, Brown led the Rattlers to last week’s victory over previously undefeated East Central. If both full-backs are available for this week’s game, they will give the Lake Travis defense food for thought.