On the biggest night in the young history of Atascocita High School’s football program, it ended up being quite possibly the best night the Eagles football program has ever had.
That’s because, with a thrilling 33-27 overtime win over the defending state champion North Shore Mustangs in the 6A Division I Region III championship Friday at NRG Stadium, the Eagles qualified for the state semifinals for the first time ever.
But at this level of Texas high school football, there is no letup at all. In fact, the Eagles next opponent, the Lake Travis Cavaliers of 25-6A, pose a supreme challenge for Atascocita.
The Cavaliers, who lost in the state finals last year against Katy, are 13-1 this year with the only loss early in the year against Judson.
And in their four playoff wins, the Cavaliers have outscored their opponents by a combined 201-38, including a 51-3 rout of Westlake last weekend.
In particular, the Eagles defense will see a stiff test. The Cavaliers quarterback is current SMU commit Charlie Brewer, who has over 3000 yards passing, 49 total touchdowns (42 pass, seven rush) and just two interceptions.
Brewer’s top receiver is current Wisconsin Badger commit Cade Green. Green has 749 yards for the season and 11 receiving touchdowns.
The Cavalier defense will pose a stiff challenge for Daveon Boyd as well; it is a unit that has allowed just 83 points in the last 12 games, including postseason. The unit is led in large part by free safety Austin Hiller, a current Northwestern commit.
Hiller has 89 tackles for the season, averages nearly seven tackles per game and has three tackles for loss. Senior linebacker Mateo Lopez leads the team in total tackles with 121 and Sammy Ochoa, a senior defensive tackle, also stands out.
The game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in San Antonio’s Alamodome. The winner of this game will play the winner of The Woodlands vs Allen for the Class 6A Division I state championship.