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'It was pretty weird:' In meeting with former team, Burtons help Lake Travis race past Del Valle
LAKEWAY — After the players lined up and slapped hands following a 52-17 win by Lake Travis over Del Valle in front of a satisfied homecoming crowd Friday at Cavalier Stadium, the Cardinals slowly trickled over toward the newest member of the Lake Travis coaching staff.
“Thank you, Coach,” one Del Valle player said to Charles Burton, a defensive assistant in his first season with the Cavs.
“Appreciate you, Coach,” said another.
“Love you, Coach,” said one more.
The emotions were understandable, considering the commitment that Burton made to the Del Valle program for eight seasons as its head football coach. The longest-tenured head football coach in Del Valle High School history, Burton resigned from his position in March after compiling a 29-51 record with one playoff appearance. That 36.3% winning percentage compares favorably for a program that has a winning rate of 32.6% since beginning football in 1956.
But high school football remains a business, especially for coaches. Burton’s wins weren’t enough for some in the rapidly growing community southeast of Austin, and Burton joined the Lake Travis coaching staff in the spring. Burton’s son, Caleb, a five-star receiver pledged to Ohio State, joined his father at Lake Travis after playing on Del Valle’s varsity team since his freshman season.
“I’m sure there were some butterflies for them, and it must have been a different feeling to look across the field at the school you coached and the school you played for,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said. “For the rest of us, we just had to be ready to play Del Valle.”
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Being a veteran coach, Charles Burton said he approached the game in a similar fashion.
“We’ve been working on other things, so this kind of snuck up on us,” he said.
Caleb Burton grinned when told of his dad’s comments.
“He loves all the players over there, because he coached them for a long time,” he said. “But he definitely wanted to give them a whupping tonight.”
Caleb Burton did his part to deliver that whupping, especially during a lightning-fast start by the Cavs. On just the third play from scrimmage for the Cavs, Burton snagged a dart from quarterback Bo Edmundson and flashed the elite speed that has drawn offers from colleges across the country on a 62-yard touchdown. That score gave Lake Travis a 14-3 lead, and it helped trigger a 45-point first half for the Cavs.
"It was pretty weird, but it was a fun experience going against all of my old teammates." Caleb Burton said. "I for sure wanted to score; I was going to make sure I was going to get one in."
“It was good to get him rolling,” Charles Burton said. “I didn’t know if he would be nervous or not.”
Fast start keys win for Cavs
DJ Johnson had two touchdown runs and a touchdown reception in the first half and ended the game with 98 yards rushing on just 12 carries for Lake Travis. Edmundson threw for 212 yards and four touchdowns on 13-of-22 passing.
The Cavs’ defense and special teams also made a big impact. Lake Travis recovered two fumbles in the kicking game, and the Cavs picked off two passes by Del Valle and amassed an unofficial six sacks while harassing the Cards’ quarterbacks. In particular, Max Linhoff made things miserable for the Cards with four sacks.
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Josiah Estes returned an interception for a touchdown for the second consecutive game.
But several miscues still show that Lake Travis (6-1, 4-0 District 26-6A) still has a lot to work on entering next week’s showdown against Bowie, said Carter. Edmundson threw two interceptions, and the Cavs lost a fumble that Del Valle sophomore Keiondre Lewis returned 53 yards for the game’s final score. Lake Travis also had some defensive lapses, such as on a 92-yard pass from Tim Caldwell to Damien Jones in the first quarter and a 59-yard touchdown run by LJ Martin.
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“We started fast, but we played sloppy,” Carter said. “I’m disappointed in how we played in a couple of phases, but we will work on them and get better.”
New Del Valle coach says Cards ‘are winning in a lot of aspects’
Getting better is the goal for Bobby Acosta, Del Valle’s high-profile hire who replaced Charles Burton. Acosta, a coaching veteran in both the collegiate and high school ranks, led IMG Academy in Florida to a perfect season and mythical national championship a year ago but said coaching a prep all-star team “was too easy.”
Acosta, a New Jersey native, says he came to Texas and took over a program like Del Valle “to challenge me inside out.”
“This is making me a better coach, because I have to look at the bigger picture,” Acosta said. “I can’t wait for the day when football becomes a staple at Del Valle. That will be the best feeling you can have. And it will have our fingerprints all over it. And that’s why I’m motivated, for our kids.
“We talk a lot about the small wins. People don’t see the small wins we have behind our doors. Academically, they don’t see those wins. Players coming to practice every day, the numbers we started with from day one are the same numbers now, our Pop Warner program is growing with us. … We are winning in a lot of aspects. But I want our program to be like (Lake Travis) one day, I want it to be like Westlake’s, and that’s why I’m fired up for our future.”
Del Valle (1-6, 1-3) also has some attainable goals this season. The Cardinals have already played — and lost to — the three District 26-6A powerhouses in Westlake, Lake Travis and Bowie. They’ve also beaten Akins, and wins in the final three weeks of the season against San Marcos, Hays and Austin High will likely clinch the program’s first playoff berth since 2016.
“It’s a three-week playoff now,” Acosta said. “I told the guys ‘Westlake, Lake Travis, Bowie, they’re done. And we played tough against them.’ We’re going to be competitive with everyone we play now. Every week is a playoff game.
“We’re making way too many mistakes, but we’re young with a new philosophy. I’m not the flavor for everyone, and they (the players and community) have to align with that. But the fight that this team shows, hey, I will go to battle with this team against anyone.”
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Lake Travis Football Banquet and Awards
Please register by December 30th!
The event is Sunday, January 9th at LTHS Main Cafeteria.
Check-In begins at 5:00pm through the main school entrance
Dinner begins at 6:00pm
Recognition/Awards will be in the PAC following dinner.
Dressy casual attire (please no shorts).
Senior football players, senior managers and senior trainers may attend free of charge.
All other football players, managers/trainers - $30 each. Space is limited for dinner, so we must limit Sub Varsity guests to 4. Dinner is optional for Sub Varsity and their families. Everyone is welcome to the awards portion in the PAC free of charge!
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Westlake rolls to rivalry win, district title with 63-21 victory over Lake Travis
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Westlake claimed the district championship with a 63-21 win over Lake Travis Friday night.
The No. 1 team in the state, Westlake, is now undefeated in its last 34 games, winning back-to-back state championships. The last team to beat the Chaparrals — Lake Travis.
Lake Travis defeated the Chaps 26-25 near the end of the 2019 regular season. The two teams didn’t play last season after Lake Travis canceled its final two 2020 regular-season games due to COVID-19.
Westlake (10-0, 7-0) has wrapped up the top seed in Division 2 for 26-6A, while Lake Travis (8-2, 6-1) will be the top seed in Division 1.
This season, Lake Travis dropped an early non-district game at Rockwall before rolling through the district schedule unbeaten prior to the loss to the Chaparrals.
Westlake’s dominance over the last two seasons has gained nationwide attention. The Chaps are ranked No. 3 in the country in MaxPreps’ high school rankings — only behind California’s Mater Dei and IMG Academy in Florida. The Chaparrals have outscored district opponents 422 to 36 with three shutouts.
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Defense could well decide North Shore’s fate vs. Lake Travis
The Mustangs place an emphasis on sharp practices this time of year, and that focus has paid dividends on game days. They are now one victory away from a third state title game appearance in four seasons.
“I’ve always believed that the best teams we’ve had are the best practicing teams,” said North Shore coach Jon Kay, who has guided the program to three state titles. “This team is starting to develop into a great practicing team, and a lot of that is a direct result of some of the leadership from some of the guys that have been here before.”
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North Shore (13-1) will battle another powerhouse program in Lake Travis (12-2) in the Class 6A Division I state semifinals at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Round Rock.
North Shore is seeking its fifth state championship after taking crowns in 2003, 2015, 2018 and 2019. Lake Travis, meanwhile, is aiming to capture its seventh title and first since 2016. The Cavaliers, led by head Hank Carter, lost to North Shore in the state semifinals in 2018 and 2019.
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The Mustangs have been rolling since suffering their only loss of the season against Westfield back on Sept. 10. North Shore has won 11 consecutive games and outscored its four playoff opponents 173-67.
“I think we’re in a good place,” Kay said. “It’s like anything else — you’re dealing with teenage kids, so you have your ups and downs during the season, especially at our place, and we understand that, and our kids understand that. We deal with the issues as they come. But overall, I think the kids are confident right now, and I think they’re playing some good football. I think they’re excited to still be together, and that’s the biggest thing. You’re really starting to see this team jell. You never take that for granted, even this late in the season.”
North Shore has leaned on its experienced defense from the beginning of the season. Only two teams have scored more than 21 points against the Mustangs, and they are allowing 16.8 per game during the playoffs. The defense had a huge game against Atascocita in the regional championship last week with four interceptions. Kent Battle and Kris Ross each had one pick against the Eagles, and Evan Jackson had two. Jackson returned one of his interceptions 48 yards for a touchdown. The Mustangs have nine takeaways in their four playoff games.
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North Shore is unusual in that its starting quarterback is a freshman. Kaleb Bailey, who turned 16 just this week, has taken the reins of the offense and performed well. He has completed 64 percent of his passes for 666 yards and eight touchdowns against three interceptions after really getting into the mix during district play. Bailey also has rushed for 542 yards and six scores, averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
Running back Xavier Owens has rushed for 1,117 yards and 15 touchdowns to bolster the running game this season. He had a huge performance last week with 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.
“I think we’re taking some huge steps offensively,” Kay said. “Obviously, we’ve got a young quarterback, and that’s going to be a development process for anybody, but especially as a freshman. I really think he’s coming into his own, and the kids are learning to play around him. I think the defense has really stepped up, and we’re starting to come together on special teams. I just think it’s a combination of peaking at the right time.”
Lake Travis is led offensively by quarterback Bo Edmundson, who holds several Power Five college offers. He has completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,960 yards and 34 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Running back Derrick Johnson also has been a force with 1,334 yards and 18 scores on the ground. Perhaps the most dangerous weapon is receiver Caleb Burton, a recent Ohio State commit with 14 touchdown catches in 11 games.
The Cavaliers have been solid defensively as well, holding all but three opponents to 21 or fewer points. Lake Travis defeated San Antonio Brennan 42-17 to win the regional championship last week.
“It’s just a historic program, so they know how to win,” Kay said. “They’ve been here many times before, so this isn’t going to be a stage they haven’t experienced. They’re really, really talented at their offensive skill positions. They’ve got a great quarterback who can really spin it, and they’ve got some very dangerous receivers. Really impressed with their running back and what he’s been able to do this year running hard and falling forward. And then their defense is as solid as they come, so it’s an all-around team, which is why they’re playing this deep.”
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