The Atascocita Eagles suffered a crushing blow to their state title run at the hands of Lake Travis, falling one game short of the UIL Class 6A Division I championship game.
After their previous overtime win in a thriller against North Shore, Atascocita traveled to San Antonio Dec. 10 to face Region IV champion Lake Travis at the Alamodome. To the surprise of many, the game was a relatively one-sided affair. Lake Travis defeated the Eagles 63-21 to advance to the state championship against The Woodlands on Saturday.
Atascocita struck first with an incredible 37-yard touchdown pass from Daveon Boyd to Alerick Soularie. With just over two minutes of clock eaten up, the Eagles quickly established an offensive tone in which they hoped to keep up throughout the game. However, Lake Travis had a different plan.
After going up 7-0, the Eagles were only able to enjoy their lead for about three minutes before Lake Travis got on the board, courtesy of a 10-yard run from Maleek Barkley.
Atascocita’s offense watched from the sidelines as their lead dwindled, setting the tone for the rest of the game. The Eagles’ offense turned the ball over four times (three fumbles, one interception) throughout the game, but accumulated 25 first downs on the afternoon.
Lake Travis would go on to score eight unanswered touchdowns, courtesy of quarterback Charlie Brewer, who finished the game with an impressive 81-percent completion and five touchdowns and zero interceptions.
A 12-yard touchdown pass from Boyd to Lujuan Winningham late in the third quarter broke the Cavs’ touchdown run. Boyd racked up 357 yards and three touchdowns as he went 30-for-48 through the air.
Boyd found Winningham again with five minutes to play in the game, cutting the Lake Travis lead, but it was too little, too late for the Eagles. Winningham finished the day with two catches for 14 yards, adding two late touchdowns.
Lake Travis would find the end zone for a final time with 60 seconds to play in the state semi-finals, the score merely for display as the Cavs rolled to a 63-21 victory.
Atascocita’s inability to capitalize in the red zone proved crucial to their downfall. The Eagles totaled 440 yards of offense to Lake Travis’ 493, surprising totals to most, considering the outcome of the game.
Many Atascocita players took to Twitter after the loss, but not for reasons one may think. Many players, including Boyd, tweeted their thanks to the Atascocita community and to teammates, a humble display from the Eagles.
Boyd’s tweet read, “Been through hell and back with this family! Love these boys.”
Despite the demoralizing defeat, the 2016 season for Atascocita was historic nonetheless. The Eagles advanced to the state semi-finals for the first time in school history and tallied an astonishing 12-2 record, among the top in school history.