Over the weekend Lake Travis squared off with Katy in the Class 6A Division II final Saturday at NRG Stadium.
Though Katy emerged from the showdown a 34-7 victor, for many of the Cavaliers returning next season the experience of playing in a championship game will prove invaluable.
Among those returning next season is 2017 offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes.
“It was an amazing atmosphere,” he said. “It was a great experience—maybe a little more of a learning experience. I still have one more year. And me and the other returning guys are going to be hungry for more next season.”
The week leading up to the championship game, Jaimes picked up his first offer from the SMU Mustangs.
"SMU is my only offer so far,” Jaimes said. “I am extremely humbled by it and grateful.”
Jaimes was offered by SMU secondary coach Jess Loepp, whom he communicate with often.
“Recently we’ve started talking more,” Jaimes said. “We’ll text and talk on the phone. He just checks in and sees how I’m doing.”
Jaimes says his relationship with Loepp is solid. Over the summer Jaimes camped with SMU and got to meet most of the staff, which he says are all great guys.
“I think they are a great coaching staff,” he said. “I’ve known Coach Chad Morris for a little while and I think he is a great coach that really takes care of his players.”
SMU finished the 2015 season with just two wins. Still, Jaimes sees brighter days on the Hilltop in the future.
“I think SMU is a great school,” he said. “They are a football team that is growing and getting better every year under Coach Morris. He will turn that program around.”
With the season over, Jaimes will turn his attention to getting bigger, stronger, and faster.