submitted by Tom Davis
Hold the Presses!!!! This just in! History was made last Saturday afternoon at the Round Rock Athletic Complex! The McCallum Knight Football team pulled off the victory of the year with a win over the previously unbeaten and state ranked Lake Travis Cavaliers, 37 to 35.
McCallum entered the Palace on Parmer as underdogs, in everyone’s estimations, to take on the highflying Cavaliers of Lake Travis. Both teams had just come off comeback playoff victories; the Cavs were unbeaten for the year and favored to win by all of the high school football gurus. The Knights took to the field Saturday and proved them all wrong, in what had to be one of the most exciting games of the year, if not in the history of McCallum High School.
This McCallum football team made history last Saturday by winning the Area Championship and advancing to the Regional Playoff level, surpassing any previous Knight team.
The Knights jumped out to an early 14 to 0 lead on runs of 56 yards by Jerald Cooper, and 15 yards by Trey Henderson. Lake Travis answered the Knights touchdowns with two of their own, making the score all tied up at 14. The second quarter belonged to the defenses of both teams, holding each other in check and finishing the first half with the score still tied.
Lake Travis opened up the second half with the ball, but the Knight defense scored the first points when Broderick Marshall forced a Cavalier fumble and Patrick Canul recovered the miscue for the first touchdown of the half for McCallum. With the extra point good by Paul Tearson the lead was back in favor of the Knights 21 to 14. Both teams see-sawed the score with Jerald Cooper adding 6 more points to his total, on a 6 yard run which had been set up by a long run by Henderson. With the score being tied again at 28 all, the stage was set for a 12-minute showdown between these two teams in the fourth quarter.
McCallum drew first blood when Tearson booted a 34-yard field goal to make the score 31 to 28 Knights. Lake Travis answered the score with another touchdown pass of their own, which gave the Cavaliers the lead for the first time in the game 35 to 31. The Knights took the ball and had 77 yards to march in hopes of pulling out the victory. The Knights called on Trey Henderson, who had been suffering from leg cramps, to lead the team down the field. He answered the call and hooked up with his wide receiver Andre Banks 5 times on the drive, which was capped off by a 5 yard touchdown pass to Banks which gave the Knights the lead 37 to 35. Lake Travis had 8 seconds to avert the upset but the Knights would not be denied. Final Score Knights 37, Cavaliers 35.
The Knights now move on to the Regional playoffs to take on the Calallen Wildcats on Friday, November 25th at 2 pm in Victoria.