Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter describes Garrett Wilson as a basketball kid. Saturday afternoon, Wilson made DKR Stadium his hardwood.
The junior receiver caught seven passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 25 yards and a score, helping the Cavaliers come from behind to beat Converse Judson 47-39 in the area round.
“He is one of the most incredible athletes I’ve ever been around,” Carter said. “He played through cramping tonight and played through a thumb injury earlier in the year and he just keeps coming.”
Three of his four touchdowns came in the second half when the Cavaliers outscored the Rockets 30-13. He caught touchdown passes of 6 and 73 yards and ran for a 5-yard score, catching a 2-point conversion as well.
“He needs to forgo his senior year and go right to the league,” Judson head coach Sean McAuliffe said. “The thing about him that’s fun to watch — maybe not so much when you’re playing against him — is the way he plays the game with enthusiasm.”
Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin completed 23 of 33 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Behind Wilson, Hudson Card caught eight passes for 112 yards and a touchdown and ran for one score.
Three Cavaliers finished with double-digit tackles, led by Mauricio Trevino with 16. Nathan Parodi came down with his team-leading fifth interception.
Judson had been a little bit of a bugaboo for Lake Travis over the last two seasons. The Rockets beat the Cavaliers 65-45 in the opening week of this season and won 35-28 in Week 1 of 2016.
“That’s was a team that we’ve had trouble with over the last two years,” Wilson said. “We don’t feel like people believed in us going into this game, but we believed in us and that’s all the matters.”
Lake Travis got out to an early lead thanks to touchdown catches from Card and Wilson. But Judson got a safety and quarterback Julon Williams threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for another before halftime.
Texas commit Cameron Dicker kicked a 48-yard field goal just before to cut the lead to 26-17. That was longer than any kick made by a player currently on the Longhorns' roster at DKR this season.
“I’m friends with all those guys and I want them to do well,” Dicker said. “I’ll go in competing and see how that goes. This was a good way for me to kind of build into it. It was fun.”
After trading touchdowns early in second half, Lake Travis scored to take a 33-31 lead with three minutes left in the third. The Cavaliers tried an onside kick and Dicker recovered his own kickoff.
He missed a 46-yard field goal on the ensuing drive, but Lake Travis scored 16 straight points, blocked a Judson extra point with under four minutes left in the game, and Kade Langston sacked Williams to all but end the game.
“The last few weeks kind of got us out of our routine,” Baldwin said. “We were pretty comfortable coming in and I think that was good for me. I couldn’t come into this game comfortable because they were going to make me uncomfortable.”
Lake Travis will head to the Rio Grande Valley to face off with Los Fresnos, which beat San Antonio Southwest in the area round, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Leo Aguilar Memorial Stadium in Los Fresnos.
“There’s a lot to digest in that ballgame,” Carter said. “If we start to get to where we’re trading scores, we’re going to try and gain a possession. Most of the time it worked there. We just barely outlasted them.”