Waco Midway Panthers (9-3) vs. Lake Travis Cavaliers (12-0)
Saturday, November 28, 2 p.m.
Wildcat Stadium – Temple, Texas

Last Meeting – 2015 – Lake Travis 48-Midway 24

A whole lot of football has been played since Lake Travis downed Midway 48-24 in the season opener. This Saturday, the Cavaliers and the Panthers face off once again in the Region II Class 6A Division II semifinals.

“It’s going to be so much fun,” Midway quarterback Sam Glaesmann remarked to the Waco Tribune-Herald. “We want to buckle down and get in the trenches with them. I’m excited to play Lake Travis, it’s going to be a good time.”

The fifth-ranked Cavaliers have gone undefeated with impressive wins over Austin Westlake (35-14) in the regular season and Spring Westfield (28-21) in last week’s area game. The Panthers dropped two additional contests before commencing a nine-game winning streak including a 50-31 victory over Highland Park in their area matchup.

Midway runs and throws with equal authority. Glaesmann, who pledged to Rice last spring, threw for 283 yards against the Scots, hitting 17-of-23 attempts with five reaching the end zone.

Joseph Ward, Midway’s all-time leading receiver, snared 11 of Glaesmann’s passes for 236 yards including scoring receptions of 14, 25, 25, and 37 yards. For the year, Glaesmann has connected on 184-of-282 attempts for 2,792 yards and 28 touchdowns, and Ward has caught 93 passes for 1,477 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Eric Clayburn keys the Panther running game. In the Highland Park contest, the Abilene Christian commit rushed 32 times for 166 yards, bringing his season totals to 236 carries, 1,290 yards, and 14 touchdowns.

Lake Travis experienced a close call in its area contest, holding off a Spring Westfield comeback effort led by Arizona State-bound quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole. Sterling-Cole scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and marched the Mustangs into Cavalier territory before Santiago Villegas intercepted to preserve the win.

“We know we have the potential to win the state championship,” Villegas commented to the Austin American-Statesman. “We just have to execute as we did today, and we have to believe it’s going to happen.”

Quarterback Charlie Brewer makes things happen for the Cavaliers. Against Spring Westfield, Brewer passed for 187 yards with a 14-for-25 performance including a 76-yard touchdown pass. The junior signal caller also led Lake Travis in rushing with 57 yards on 17 carries. Brewer’s season totals currently reflect 188 completions, 275 attempts, 2,461 passing yards, 30 touchdown passes, two interceptions, 70 carries, 456 rushing yards, and five rushing touchdowns.

Villegas leads the Cavaliers for the season in rushing with 728 yards on 96 carries and 12 touchdowns. Cade Green and Cade Brewer catch the majority of Brewer’s passes. In 2015, Green has caught 48 throws for 805 and 12 touchdowns, while Brewer has snared 38 passes for 587 yards and 11 scores.

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