TPI Centex 4A Top 10: No. 4 Lake Travis

QB Garrett Gilbert will lead the Cavs offense

For the past three season the Lake Travis Cavaliers have been one of the best regular season teams in Central Texas. They will look to now make their mark in the playoffs with a deep run through November in 2007.

The job that Coach Jeff Dicus continues to do at Lake Travis has been nothing short of remarkable.

2006 saw the Cavaliers enjoy another district championship as the one of Central Texas' fastest rising programs went 8-2 in the regular season with a perfect 7-0 mark in District 25-4A.

The postseason however saw the Cavaliers make another early exit with a loss to Hays. But with six starters returning on each of the ball 2007 might finally be the year that Lake Travis pushes deep into the playoffs.

The talk surrounding the Cavaliers high powered passing offense begins with junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert. One of the most talented signal callers in the state, Gilbert picked up last season where Todd Reesing left off as the 6-foot-4-inch gunslinger aired out over 2,800 yards and 29 touchdowns in his debut season en route to District MVP honors. Gilbert is the headliner on offense, but the Cavaliers are far from short on talent around their prized quarterback. Dicus is very high on running back Chris Aydam to take care of the running game while senior Jason Bird, junior Cohl Walla, and sophomore Taylor Wrinkle give Gilbert a solid group of receivers to throw to in the Cavaliers' precision passing attack. Junior Paden Kelley, a 6-foot-6-inch 270-pound freak of an athlete at offensive tackle, will lead the offensive line.

If the defense can equal the production of what should be one of the most productive offenses in the state, then the Cavaliers will be a dangerous team in Region IV. The defense will be solid with two seniors leading the way as Mike DeWitt and Sean Robinson headline the six returning starters. DeWitt is one of the Cavaliers most experienced players and enjoyed a fine junior season in which he was a first team all-District pick. Robinson is one of the top cover corners in the area and intercepted four passes during an all-District junior campaign last season.

One area where the Cavaliers have a tremendous advantage is special teams. Kicker Thomas Rebold was an all-District selection last season as he connected on six field goals in 2007. Junior punter Ryan Erxleben, son of former University of Texas star and NFL first round draft choice Russell, averaged 44 yards per punt last season on just four punts and looks poised for a monster season.

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