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Preview: Atascocita faces powerhouse Lake Travis in the Alamo City

Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle

Lake Travis Cavaliers (13-1) vs. Humble Atascocita Eagles (12-1)
Saturday, December 10th – 2 p.m.
Alamodome – San Antonio, TX

With a trip to the state championship on the line, the Lake Travis Cavaliers and Atascocita Eagles will face off for an afternoon showdown at the Alamodome.

For Lake Travis, quarterback Charlie Brewer will give the Eagles all they can handle, as the SMU commit comes into this weekend’s game with 45 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Brewer is not only accurate, but efficient, as he’s completed over 76 percent of his passes while averaging 236 yards per game.

Brewer has a trio of exceptional targets as well, with Cade Green, Cade Brewer and Garrett Wilson combining for 2,211 yards on 140 catches and 32 touchdowns this season. Lake Travis is also successful with their ground game as running back Maleek Barkley averages 95 yards per game.

On the other side, Atascocita has their own high flying offense led by dual-threat quarterback Daveon Boyd. The senior quarterback averages 178 passing yards along with 85 rushing yards per game, and has accumulated 37 total touchdowns this season.

In terms of pieces around Boyd, junior running back DeCarlos Demmerritte is as good as it gets. The 5-foot-9 back has rushed for a team-high 920 yards on the season and 15 touchdowns, helping alleviate some of the pressure on Boyd.

Defensively, both of these teams practically dead even. The Cavaliers have surrendered 9.5 points per game in their four playoff victories, including just three points to their rivals Austin Westlake. Atascocita’s defense gave up 9.6 points during the regular season, but that number has ballooned up to 21 points in the postseason.

Saturday should be a high scoring affair for both squads, so whichever team can make the most plays defensive should come out on top. Lake Travis has the momentum after last week’s shut down of Austin Westlake, but Atascocita is battle-tested after prevailing in overtime against the North Shore last week.

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