Week 8 preview: Leander FB

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The Skinny

Leander (2-6, 1-2) @ Lake Travis (6-1, 3-0), Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Last Week

Lake Travis quarterback Charlie Brewer puts up efficient numbers week-in and week-out, but the SMU-commit was particularly prolific last week in a 58-0 defeat of last-place Lehman. Brewer played in only one quarter, but threw for 172 yards and four touchdowns during that 12-minute span before retiring to the sidelines to watch his teammates complete a 58-0 victory. Brewer has completed 102 of his 139 attempts this season for 1,603 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just one interception. 

Leander lost to Hays (3-5, 2-2), 31-24, behind 127 rushing yards from Hays running back Cade Powell. The Lions trailed 17-10 at halftime, tied the game at 24 entering the fourth quarter, only to watch the Rebels score the game-winning touchdown in the fourth. Leander running back Jai Garcia led all running backs with 169 yards on 25 carries. The Lions’ Jonathan Spires, meanwhile, ran for 56 yards and two touchdowns.

Leander’s three-headed rushing attack

If the Lions have any chance of upsetting the mighty Cavaliers, they’ll have to do it on the ground. Thankfully for the Lions, they have plenty of options in that area of the game. Sophomore quarterback Rashad Carter (102 yards and a touchdown last week) has proven to be nimble of foot, as have running backs Garcia and Spires. Alex Williams and Colt Davis have also proven effective in limited roles this season. Those two may be called upon against Lake Travis, as Leander will have to dig deep into its repertoire if it wants to foster an environment conducive to a big-time upset. 

Unstoppable Lake Travis?

No team is unbeatable, but Lake Travis has looked close to it during its joyous romp through the first part of its District 25-6A schedule. In three games -- at Hays, against Westlake, and at Lehman -- the Cavaliers have outscored their opponents 167-21. The Brewer-led offense has been operating on a higher level than every other team in the district up to this point, and unless Leander can muster some magic, all signs point to that trend continuing this week. The Lions defense, after all, is allowing 31 points per game. 

All-time series

Leander and Lake Travis have not faced one another in recent UIL history. 

Looking ahead

Leander faces another tough test when it hosts Westlake (5-2, 2-1) next week. 

Lake Travis travels to Vista Ridge (2-5, 1-5) next week before rounding out the regular season at home against Vandegrift  (4-4, 3-1) in a game that may end up being a de facto district championship.

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