COLLEGE STATION – The Rockwall Yellowjackets scored more points against undefeated, 5-time state champion Lake Travis than any other team this season, but their dream season came to a sooner-than-hoped-for end Saturday when the Cavaliers won their Class 6A Division II Quarterfinal matchup, 45-24, at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.
Although the Jackets took the opening kickoff, marched down the field and scored first on a 25-yard Jacob Viquez field goal, the Cavaliers then took advantage of uncharacteristic Rockwall mistakes and scored 21 unanswered points in about five minutes, behind nearly flawless junior quarterback Charlie Brewer. He was 15-of-18 on the day, passing for 244 yards and four touchdowns.
Lake Travis scored on all five of its first-half possessions to lead 35-10 at halftime.
Comebacks have been the Yellowjackets trademark in their three previous playoff games and, although they did outscore the Cavaliers in the second half – 14 to 10, just two touchdowns were not enough to overcome the hole they had dug for themselves. They lost one fumble and two interceptions. Lake Travis also lost one fumble.
“They are a little better than us, for sure, the moment got to us a little bit,” Rockwall coach Rodney Webb said. “We made some very uncharacteristic mistakes in the first half. Nobody can make those against Lake Travis. Some visible to everybody in the stands but some were subtle things.”
Lake Travis Coach Hank Carter said Jacket running back Caleb Broach was the best they’ve seen all year. The powerful, 5-9, 195-pound Broach rushed for 238 yards with two touchdowns in 34 carries, ending the season with 1,887 yards with 28 touchdowns on 249 carries. He’s received an offer to play at Prairie View A&M next season and other offers may be coming.
“It hurts; Lake Travis doesn’t shoot itself in the foot and we did,” Broach said. “We just couldn’t make up for it in the second half. They were physical, you have to earn everything.”
Senior quarterback Will Reed finished his outstanding career with 85 touchdown passes, ranking him 9th all-time in Class 6A Texas high school history. He was 16-31 for 227 yards and 2 INTs in this game, plus rushed for 34 yards on 13 carries.
Junior wide receiver Sam Crawford caught 6 passes for 96 yards and Broach caught 4 for 32 yards. Jake Hyvl grabbed 3 for 28 yards and Luke Termin 2 for 22 yards.
The Yellowjackets actually outgained Lake Travis with 495 yards of total offense to 409 yards, plus had 25 first downs to 18 for the Cavs.
Lake Travis will play Mansfield (12-2) at 2 pm. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium, with the winner going to the 6A Division II championship game.
By J.J. Smith