*GAME OF THE WEEK
Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 28 Round Rock Westwood (Austin, TX) 24
Since 2007, Lake Travis has compiled an 80-3 record that includes winning streaks of 48 and, heading into this week's game against Westwood, 24.
It took late heroics from the Cavaliers to make 25 in a row and take a fourth consecutive non-district victory over Westwood.
At Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Baker Mayfield threw an 18-yard touchdown toss to Shaun Nixon with 2:24 left to cap the 28-24 win and keep the Cavaliers in Class 5A undefeated and atop Class 5A.
"This is unbelievable," Lake Travis defensive back Cody Reichle said. "I have much respect for Westwood; they're a very good football team. That was fun, I enjoyed it. This was the best win ever."
Westwood opened the game with the football, but, three plays and a 35-yard punt later, Lake Travis had the football at the Warriors' 48. After a false start pushed the Cavaliers back five yards, Mayfield found a wide-open Nixon for a 53-yard touchdown.
It was the third time this season that Lake Travis scored on its first offensive play of the game.
Mayfield threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Zach Austin to start off season-opening 47-13 win over Converse Judson and ran for a touchdown last week on the first snap of the 49-7 win over New Braunfels Canyon.
Lake Travis built a 16-0 lead over the game's first 12 minutes, but Westwood rallied during the second quarter.
Bear Fenimore, a former Lake Travis student, shoveled a touchdown pass to Ty Marshall to get the Warriors their first points with 8:46 left in the first half. Westwood then turned a Lake Travis fumble into a field goal and, later, drove 62 yards for the go-ahead score after stopping Lake Travis on a 4th-and-4.
With 17.8 seconds left, Tanner Osborn evened things up on a three-yard run, and Colin McGuire's extra point sent Westwood into halftime with a 17-16 lead.
"We were very quiet (going into halftime)," Reichle said. "When we came out, we got pumped up; we knew what we were doing in the second half."
Westwood extended its lead to eight points on Lake Travis' first possession of the second half as Brandon Brown returned a Mayfield miscue for a touchdown. The senior quarterback tried to throw away the football but his toss went behind him. He got six of those points, however, back on a 26-yard scoring pass to Austin with 5:14 left in the third quarter
After two unsuccessful drives, Lake Travis received the football on its own 23 with 5:57 left in the game. The Cavaliers marched 59 yards on 12 plays, converting a 4th-and-3 and losing Austin to what Mayfield said was a knee injury along the way. Facing a 3rd-and-9, Mayfield threw the game-winning pass across the middle of the field to Nixon.
"We came out here and we had a little adversity and we overcame it," Nixon said.
"We showed that we can come back, that we have some heart on this team," Mayfield said.
Westwood had one last chance to win the game, but after converting a 4th-and-1, they allowed two sacks and failed to convert on a hook-and-ladder play on 4th-and-30.
"Unfortunately, we didn't play a full 48 minutes tonight," Westwood coach Anthony Wood said.
"They've got a good football team, so do we. Now what we've got to do is come back and get ready to play Cedar Park."
Defensive end and sack specialist, Brandon Quinterro, a major prospect for Division 1, led the team in tackles with nine. Quinterro knows the Cavaliers must be even better if the victory streak is going to reach 26 next week when the Cavaliers face another non-conference foe in A&M Consolidated.
"Tonight was a battle. We fought hard and were fortunate to come out on top versus a quality opponent. This is Texas high school football. The level of competition is always challenging."
*PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Thomas "TNT" Tyner, Aloha HS (Beaverton, OR)
Explosive Senior tailback Thomas "TNT" Tyner should fit right into the Oregon Ducks' fast-break offense a year from now. The 6-foot, 205-pound speedster rushed for a state-record 644 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 84-63 win over Lakeridge on Friday night.
According to the NFHS national record book, the rushing total ranks third in prep history. The 10 touchdowns is tied for third. The rushing yards record is held by John Giannantonio (Netcong, N.J.) who went for 754 in a game against Mt. Lakes in 1950.
The No. 2 total of 661 yards was set in 2006 by Paul McCoy of Matewan, W.V.
The record for rushing touchdowns in a game is 12, set by two players.
Tyner scored on runs of 20, 41, 62, 60, 65, 48, 41, 40, 34 and 10 yards.
He came into the game with 42 carries for 584 yards and seven touchdowns. In just three games, the Oregon sprinting champion has already surpassed the 1,000-yard mark with 1,228 yards and 17 touchdowns.
*PHOTO OF THE WEEK: "A Matter Of The Heart"
First grader Ethan Hendon (Rosewood ES/FL) loves superheroes.After 15 heart surgeries, the tough 6-year old has exhibited more courage and tenacity than Captain America, Superman and The Incredible Hulk combined.
His first operation occurred just hours after birth; his first of three open-heart procedures took place at six days old. Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome has left Ethan with half a functioning heart and one lung. The talented doctors at Miami Childrens' Hospital have performed nothing short of a medical miracle with the energetic Ethan.
At Thursday's practice, Ethan led the Fighting Indians of Vero Beach High School into practice. The players hoisted him up on their shoulders, allowed him to try on their equipment and made him feel a part of the team.
On Friday evening, the school held a "RED OUT GAME" to make people aware of heart disease and Ethan's condition. T-shirts were sold with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.
Nearly 5,000 crimson-clad spectators packed the Citrus Bowl in Vero Beach Friday night to support this brave youngster and this noble cause. Ethan received a rousing ovation as he lead a contingent of people affected by heart ailments and stroke on to the field prior to the game.
Vero Beach blanked Fort Pierce Westwood, 49-0 to improve to 3-0 on the season.
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