For the second consecutive season, North Shore (14-1) beat Lake Travis (13-2) to earn a spot in the UIL 6A Division I state title game at Arlington's AT&T Stadium. The Mustangs powered by the Cavaliers 51-10 in 2018 before knocking off Duncanville 41-36 for the classification's state crown.
On Saturday, they moved closer to repeating that by beating Lake Travis 49-38 at Round Rock ISD's Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex and are ready for the state championship rematch with Duncanville on Saturday December 21st. That Panthers' squad advanced with a 56-14 win against Rockwall.
"Duncanville, I'm pretty sure they won today," said VYPE Player of the Game Dematrius Davis. "They're dominant up there in Dallas, so we know we gotta go out there next week and give it our all."
North Shore had a fast start against Lake Travis on Saturday, as evident by its opening drive. Davis picked up a first down on a third-and-12 run, then found Ismael Fuller on a fourth-and-two pass, and handed off to Roger Hagan for a two-yard touchdown run to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead at the 6:59 mark of the opening quarter. He finished with four touchdowns in the game.
Lake Travis cut into the deficit with Hays McCannon's 34-yard field goal at the 2:51 mark of the first period, but Davis helped North Shore bounce back and pull away in the second. He found Jermond Batiste on a 43-yard touchdown connection, recorded a 10-yard scoring strike to Charles King and added a six-yard touchdown run to make it a 28-3 game at halftime.
But, before you skip to the next web page, North Shore had to hold off a Lake Travis rally in the second half. The Cavaliers received the opening kickoff and immediately went to work. Texas 2020 commit Hudson Card connected with Grayson Sandlin and Sterling Hupp on touchdown passes and Weston Stephens added a 45-yard touchdown run to make it a 35-24 game before the fourth quarter. North Shore's only score in the third was Zach Evans' six-yard touchdown run at the 6:35 mark, but it also got back on track with his 37-yard scoring scamper and Davis' 21-yard touchdown pass to Fuller in the fourth.
Lake Travis may have trailed by as much as 25 in the game, but it also cut the deficit to 11 on two occasions in the second half. The second followed Card's 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Stephens' one-yard touchdown run with 2:59 left in the game.
"I mean, It's Lake Travis," North Shore coach Jon Kay said of his opponent's comeback. "I wouldn't expect anything else. Hank Carter runs a first class program. They're a perennial national power for a reason. Those kids didn't quit."
Highlights by VYPE Media's Karen Fernandez.
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For the second straight year, the UIL 6A Division I Region IV final featured Lake Travis and Converse Judson and was played at San Antonio's Alamodome. The Cavaliers won 38-21 in 2018 and earned a come-from-behind 48-35 victory on Saturday.
A big part of that was Texas 2020 quarterback commit Hudson Card, who played in his first football game since he suffered a foot injury in Lake Travis' 26-25 rivalry win against Westlake on October 11th. The VYPE Player of the Game finished with three passing touchdowns and a rushing score.