Central Texas District Analysis: 25-4A

To the surprise of very few the team that looks the best coming out of non-district play is Lake Travis as the Cavaliers have a 2-1 record and could easily be 3-0 had it not been for a close loss to Westlake. Connally is off to a 1-2 start for the second straight season but they have played a tough schedule while Dripping Springs and Marble Falls both have winning records.

To the surprise of very few the team that looks the best coming out of non-district play is Lake Travis as the Cavaliers have a 2-1 record and could easily be 3-0 had it not been for a close loss to Westlake. Connally is off to a 1-2 start for the second straight season but they have played a tough schedule while Dripping Springs and Marble Falls both have winning records. Things should be interesting during league play to see just however everything plays out.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Marble Falls
The Mustangs have been getting better and better every year under head coach Cord Woerner and this season they are starting to produce tangible results. The Mustangs have won two in a row with a big win over Crockett and a surprising road win against Del Valle.

BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT: Lampasas
The Badgers did lose some big pieces from last season's team with Will Metzger and Wade Langley both graduating. But things have been though thus far as they are 0-3 with losses to a pair of 3A schools in Taylor and Gatesville.

BIGGEST UNKNOWN: Burnet
The Bulldogs have played a tough non-district schedule and played well despite their 1-2 record as the led Liberty Hill at halftime and lost by only a field goal to state ranked Brownwood. The Bulldogs had a tough offseason losing head coach Bob Shipley to Coppell during the summer. They open district play with Lake Travis but have plenty of time to get things turned around.

PROJECTED DISTRICT CHAMPION: Lake Travis
Critics of the Cavs have said they need to win physical football games to advance in the playoffs. If that is the case then Coach Jeff Dicus saw his team make a huge statement with an 18-10 win over Westwood two weeks ago. That alone, along with Connally's struggles thus far, have the Cavs looking like the team to beat.

BEST TEAM TO MISS THE POSTSEASON: Burnet
The talent is there for the Bulldogs to make the postseason, but right now the TPI playoff projections have Dripping Springs in as the No. 3 team. Burnet will be right in the mix along with the Tigers and Marble Falls.

DISTRICT MVP: Garrett Gilbert, QB, Lake Travis
He took home league MVP honors as a sophomore and is one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation for the class of 2009. But his effort with his legs in the Cavs win over Westwood, showing his willingness to do whatever it takes to win, sets him apart.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Cord Woerner, Marble Falls
The Mustangs are a very improved football team and should stay in the playoff mix throughout district play.

GAME OF THE YEAR: Lake Travis 33, Texas City 32 (Week 0)
For the second year in a row the Cavaliers knocked off the Stingarees, Coach Jeff Dicus' former club, thanks to big games from Garrett Gilbert and junior receiver Cade McCrary.

JEFF'S THOUGHTS:
This week's game between Connally and Dripping Springs will tell a lot on a couple of things – one, how will the Cougars perform after a tough go in non-district play and two, is Dripping Springs ready to be a playoff contender? I think Lake Travis is a year ahead of schedule as the deep playoff run that many people in the area have been waiting to see from them could happen this season. I've already mentioned that Burnet, Dripping Springs, and Marble Falls will contend for the No. 3 spot, but do not be surprised if Hendrickson sneaks into contention as well. They have offensive talent, and I really like the way Spencer Otto is playing at quarterback.


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