And it certainly applies to current Cavalier signal-caller Baker Mayfield, who led Lake Travis to its fifth-consecutive state championship. His emergence was one of the feel-good stories from across the state in 2011. Mayfield wound up being the second-team quarterback to current SMU signee Colin LaGasse. But when Lagasse suffered an injury, Mayfield stepped up and took the reins, overcoming a lack of ideal measurables with pinpoint accuracy and a penchant for making the right decision.
So is it any surprise that the other team Mayfield plays on — the Lake Travis baseball squad — is also winning at a high level? Mayfield plays first base for the Cavaliers, who will play Boerne Champion for the right to go to the state baseball tournament.
"We've really been playing well lately," Mayfield said.
And despite their 7-on-7 loss in the Round Rock SQT finale to Round Rock Westwood, that statement could also apply to the typically polished Lake Travis 7-on-7 team. But as good as the Cavaliers have typically been in the sport, Mayfield says it's just a process to get the team ready for Friday Night Lights and the "real" football season.
"Seven-on-seven is more about developing timing with the receivers and trying to find a groove," Mayfield said. "Obviously, you want to win at everything. So the 7-on-7 State Tournament is something we'd like to win. But it's really more about us getting better as an offense for the season."
Lake Travis entered into 7-on-7 quickly after its spring football practices were finished. In fact, the Round Rock SQT started about 12 hours after the Cavaliers finished up with their spring game.
"I think it's great to do one thing right after another," Mayfield said. "It's an easy transition. We can just jump into summer workouts and 7-on-7 right after spring ball. Everything is moving pretty well for us right now."
The Cavaliers will enter the season in an interesting spot. On one hand, as the five-time defending state champs, there shouldn't be much doubt that Lake Travis can compete. But on the other, the Cavaliers have moved up to 5A, and Mayfield has confirmed that he's heard some people wonder whether Lake Travis can duplicate its success at a higher level. But that attitude hasn't seeped into the Cavalier locker room, Mayfield said, because expectations are as high as they've ever been.
"The expectancy level is so high for us, like it always is," Mayfield said. "We know that we have to expect more of ourselves to achieve more."
Mayfield has received offers from Washington State, Rice and New Mexico, but he'll also be extremely active on the camp circuit to see if he can increase that stash. Mayfield plans to attend a TCU camp and an Oklahoma camp, while Oklahoma State is another possibility.