(San Marcos, TX) – The path to a lengthy playoff run is one filled will large hurdles to clear and the Smithson Valley Rangers will be tasked with having to make quite a jump Friday night when they face off against the Lake Travis Cavaliers at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos.
Smithson Valley (8-2) passed its first postseason test last week in a 53-7 rout of Warren, the Rangers’ seventh win in a row. After allowing the Warriors to score on their first possession, Smithson Valley took the game over with junior Trevon Moehrig-Woodard firmly putting his stamp on the game. Woodard scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, including his fourth punt return touchdown of the season, and finished with 191 total yards, nearly as many as Smithson Valley’s defense allowed to the Warriors who finished with 265 yards.
The Rangers defense has been stingy to say the least over the past two months. During Smithson Valley’s seven-game winning streak, the Rangers have allowed an average of just 10.2 points per game and a grand total of 13 second half points. Smithson Valley’s defense has equally been dominant against opposing passing and rushing attacks as the Rangers have piled up 27 sacks over the past seven games while holding opponents to an average of just 69 yards per game during that span. The Rangers held Warren to -7 yards rushing last week while also forcing a season-high five turnovers.
Smithson Valley’s defense will face its stiffest test of the season Friday night against Lake Travis (10-1) which is coming off a first round blowout of its own as the Cavaliers easily rolled past Madison last Friday 56-7. Lake Travis, which is currently ranked 3rd in the Texas High School Football Top 25, is averaging over 500 yards and more than 50 points per game this season and the Cavaliers have been putting their opponents away early. Lake Travis has outscored teams 364 to 58 in the first half this season and hasn’t been truly tested by an opponent since a double-overtime win over Steele in the second week of the season. The Cavaliers’ only loss came the week prior in the season opener against Judson (35-28).
Leading Lake Travis’ offense is quarterback Charlie Brewer, an SMU verbal commit, who has thrown for over 2,500 yards and 36 touchdowns this season (against just one interception). Brewer has had plenty of targets to throw to as three of his receivers have over 500 yards receiving this season including his brother and fellow SMU commit Cade Brewer (538 yards and 8 touchdowns). Lake Travis’ running game is led by senior tailback Maleek Barkley, an Arkansas commit, who has averaged over 10 yards a carry this season, racking up a total of 948 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. The Cavaliers’ defense has been just as impressive, limiting opposing teams to just 12.3 points per game, allowing just 14 points total over the past five games combined.
Lake Travis also boasts a wealth of tradition and has been one of the best programs in the state over the past decade, winning five straight state championships from 2007 – 2011. Last year’s Cavalier team reached the State Championship Game, losing to Katy. Smithson Valley and Lake Travis have met in the postseason once before, a 42-21 win for the Cavaliers at the Alamodome in the 2nd round of the 2011 playoffs.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 from Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos and live radio coverage of the game will be available on RangersNetwork.com starting at 7:15. The televised replay of the game will first air at 6:00 p.m. Sunday night at Max’s Roadhouse and will also be made available on RangersNetwork.com. For more updates on Smithson Valley football and Ranger athletics, text RANGERS to 42828.
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