Katy to Play Austin Lake Travis in Playoffs Saturday


SAN ANTONIO (Covering Katy News)—The Katy Tigers are heading west this weekend to face Austin Lake Travis in the semifinal round of the Texas High School Class 6A Division 1 playoffs.

Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. The historic stadium has been in use since 1940 and is located at 110 Tuleta Dr., just north of downtown. It serves as home to San Antonio Independent School District football and track events.

The game was scheduled at Alamo Stadium as the Alamodome, where this game might have been played otherwise, hosts UTSA graduation ceremonies Saturday.

Coach Hank Carter’s Cavaliers enter the game with a 12-2 record. Last week, the Cavaliers defeated San Antonio O’Connor in the quarterfinal round. Lake Travis defeated Los Fresnos, Converse Judson, and San Antonio Madison in the regional, area, and bi-district rounds, respectively.

Like Katy, the Lake Travis program has enjoyed considerable success in recent years. Lake Travis is the defending state champion, having defeated the Woodlands 41-6 in last year’s state title game.

The Cavaliers are led by senior quarterback Matthew Baldwin, who committed to play his college football at Ohio State University. Against O’Connor, Baldwin completed 20 of 28 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

Baldwin and his teammates will be facing a strong Tigers defense, which has allowed no touchdowns and only one field goal in the last three playoff games.

The Tigers offense, meanwhile, continues to impress, led by quarterback Austin Marshall and running backs Deondrick Glass and Josh Oglesby.

The Tigers, 12-0, are coming off a 31-3 win over North Shore last week in the quarterfinal round. In it, Glass rushed for two touchdowns and Marshall passed for two touchdowns. The game was anticlimactic, but a successful revenge win for Katy, which lost to North Shore in last year’s playoff action.

Katy this season has defeated Atascocita, Cy Falls and Fort Bend Austin in the regional, area, and bi-district rounds, respectively.

The Lake Travis-Katy winner will face the winner of the Allen-Cedar Ridge game in the state championship game. The Allen-Cedar Ridge game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco.

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