Football: Offense takes time to click before playoffs
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 |
The two weeks between games gave the Lake Travis football team a chance to further enhance the familiarity with the system and each other.
With plenty of new faces in the fold this year, in part due to a myriad of injuries, the Cavaliers didn’t have a true chance to get on the same page and clean up all the little things during the regular season by virtue of having their bye week the last week of the season.
Normally, a team would have a chance to refresh and implement some changes during the bye week in-season, but the final week bye may put the Cavs in the perfect spot to go full bore through the next six weeks.
“For us, it’s a matter of continuing to build on the execution we’ve seen the last month,” offensive coordinator David Collins said. “We’re starting to get comfortable with what we’re doing offensively and the roles they’re playing. We have to continue to execute.”
Quarterback Baker Mayfield had played with senior receiver Zach Austin for years, even before high school, giving the pairing a seamlessness that cannot be recreated on the fly.
Austin went down with a season-ending injury early this season, and the rapport between Mayfield and his new weapons this year is starting to fully blossom, as Grant Foster, Preston Dupre, Tyler Payne, Zach Joiner, Romey Kelso have gotten in on the action.
“I just think it continues to grow,” Collins said. “The thing about offense is you have to have the timing down; you have to have a rapport with each other, and it takes time to build a consistency. Look at a guy like Zach and Baker – their chemistry didn’t come overnight Those guys have been playing football together a long time.
“Now you’re starting to see [Mayfield’s] becoming more comfortable with those guys. He’s gained confidence in them and they in him.”
Pflugerville has held eight opponents to 20 points or less, with only Stony Point (23) and Hendrickson (32) eclipsing that mark. The Panthers are allowing just 15.7 points per game.
The defensive line is strong, anchored by James Alums, while Ashton Thielke and Osi Enemkpali lead the linebacking core.
Pflugerville can afford to put pressure on the opposing offense thanks to their outstanding secondary, including Jay Byrd. The team will move into man coverage often to try and force pressure on the interior.
“Pflugerville likes to put pressure on you. They run a 4-2 that’s similar to ours, but they play a lot of man coverage though,” Collins said. “Number one, we need to stay within ourself, play our game at our tempo at our level of execution. If we do that, we feel we can have some success against those guys.
“They want to try to force you to make big plays to beat them, and that’s what we’re going to have to do.”
Collins feels the game at Westlake, in front of a playoff-type crowd on a big stage with a lot on the line, was the perfect precursor to the bye week and the postseason.
“Emotions are high, and sometimes you don’t execute the way you want to. Toward end of the game, we started to move the football,” he said. “The last quarter-and-a-half, we got the guys to just relax. We had a lot of guys playing in that atmosphere for the first time; packed house. And at times, we showed we were young in that game, but once they settled down and relaxed, they treated like any other game. We were fine. No matter who your opponent is, it’s always about how we execute, how we stay composed.”
Final regular season AP Texas HS Football Poll
School Total Points Prv
1. Katy (21) (10-0) 244 1
2. DeSoto (4) (10-0) 220 2
3. Cibolo Steele (10-0) 186 3
4. Coppell (10-0) 168 4
5. Abilene (10-0) 148 5
6. Allen (9-1) 111 6
7. Southlake Carroll (9-1 ) 103 7
8. Lake Travis (9-1) 60 8
9. Dallas Skyline (9-1) 42 9
10. Smithson Valley (10-0) 30 10
Others receiving votes: 11, Hewitt Midway 25. 12, Mesquite 18. 13, Euless Trinity 9. 14, Arlington Bowie 5. 15, La Porte 4. 16, Galena Park North Shore 1. 16, Houston Lamar 1.
Team W L Notes
Lake Travis 6-0. Can 5-time 4A champs climb the 5A ladder?
Westlake 5-1. Westlake gets dominant win in regular-season finale
Bowie 4-2. Barely edged past Del Valle to claim No. 3 seed
Del Valle 3-3. Fell to fourth with loss to Bulldogs
Austin High 2-4. Maroons blanked to close the season
Anderson 1-5. Got its first district win by beating Akins
Akins 0- 6. Tough season for Akins
This week – all games 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Class 5A, Division I
Del Valle vs. Westwood, 7 p.m. @ Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex
Friday, Nov. 16
Class 5A, Division II
Westlake vs. Hendrickson, 7:30 p.m. @ Kelly Reeves
Lake Travis vs. Pflugerville, 7:30 p.m. @ Birkelbach Stadium
Class 5A, Division I
Bowie vs. Round Rock, 7:30 p.m. @ Burger Center
Westlake 34, Austin High 0
Bowie 23, Del Valle 21
Anderson 13, Akins 3
Lake Travis – bye
BI-DISTRICT PLAY-OFF GAME
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: GEORGETOWN ISD ATHLETIC COMPLEX
Directions (Behind Georgetown High School)
2275 North Austin Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78626
What: Pflugerville vs. Lake Travis first round playoff game
How: Adult tickets are $7, students are $3 prior to the game and $8 at the game, while parking is $3 per vehicle. Faculty IDs are not accepted.
Cavalier Activity Center Office Ticket Sales:
Monday – Thursday 8-4 p.m.
Friday 8-noon only
Lake Travis High School Front Office Ticket Sales
Wednesday-Thursday 8-8:45 a.m.
Friday 8-8:45 a.m. & 12-2 p.m. only
Hudson Bend Middle School and Lake Travis Middle School
Wednesday -Thursday 7:45-2:45 p.m.
Friday 8-noon only
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