“The 2016 Lake Travis Cavaliers are the Texas 6A Division I Champions,” beams Hank Carter, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. ” I couldn’t be more proud of our players, student trainers and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to make this year so special.”
On December 17, the Lake Travis Cavaliers took the Woodlands to the woodshed in the season finals at AT&T Stadium to snag their first ever 6A Class title in the school’s history. They ended the 2016 season with 15 straight victories and their sixth UIL football championship.
Now the #LTakeover movement is ready to par-tay!
On Sunday, January 8 at 2pm, the Lake Travis community is invited to celebrate at Hill Country Galleria with a parade for our champions.
And what a parade it will be! You know how we do everything bigger in Texas, right?
But before we dive into parade deets, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and savor this championship.
“R” is for Redemption
One Lake Travis football fan thinks that first game of the 2016 season was a blessing.
If you recall, the Lake Travis Cavs (ranked número uno) lost to the Judson Rockets. Perhaps that was the wake-up call they needed to adjust their mindset to dominate. Because that’s what they did.
After all, last year they were up against the Katy Tigers for the state title, who arguably had one of the best high school defenses ever.
Since losing that game, the Cavs had been singing a tune of redemption. And once they hurdled their first —and only — loss of the 2016 season, they crushed it.
“B” is for Balance
Perhaps that’s because this year the Cavs silenced critics with an amazing defense to go along with their high-powered offense.
Additionally, the roster of talented players including AP Offensive Player of the Year, Charlie Brewer and standouts like Sammy Ochoa, Maleek Barkley and Aaron Brown-Nixon, just to name a few.
“C” is for Cans of Whoop Ass
Remember the Westlake game? Of course you do.
Not a literal shutout because the Chaps did score once, but shutout-ish for sure.
So we beat ’em once and then we got to beat ’em twice.
The which-lake-is-better rivalry going into the semi-finals provided LT with an awesome Spaceballs moment.
“So, at last we meet for the first time (in the playoffs) for the last time.”
Despite the cold and rain, Lake Travis beat Westlake to end their season and move on to the state finals.
If you were one of the 30,000 fans at Cowboys stadium for the final game, we know you felt the rush too.
For the Lake Travis football players, coaches, cheerleaders, Cavalettes, band members, parents and friends — it was an awe-inspiring moment.
“We’re thankful to live in the Lake Travis community — the support from around the area has been overwhelming,” says Coach Carter. “I can’t wait to celebrate the accomplishments of all involved on Sunday at the parade! Go Cavs!”
Festivities will begin at Hill Country Galleria at 1pm with the LT Fiddlers.
Rick Trevino will sing the National Anthem around 2pm to kick-off the parade.
A long list of notables are expected to participate including community leaders and government officials at the local, state and national level.
After the parade, the Lake Travis cheer squad, Cavalettes, and band will perform. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony.
LT merchandise featuring the NEW six star logo will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!
Photo Credit: Marco Alvarado