By Sean Wolfson
On a night that would be perfect for trick or treating, the Travis Tigers took to the astroturf covered Mercer Stadium Friday night to battle with the unpredictable Austin Buldogs. This game was for bragging rights, with both teams families growing up together.
Coach Randy Cunningham came into the season with high hopes for his Travis Tigers, but they are off to a somewhat slow start. Beating Clements last week 35-0 was the Tigers largest margin of victory thus far this season.
Dan Schreiber, head coach of the Bulldogs is in his 2nd season at Austin, and was looking for the upset last Friday night…. and, he almost pulled it off.
Austin and Travis played an almost scoreless 1st half. The Bulldogs had a halftime lead of 3-0 after a 23 yd field goal late in the 2nd quarter. For Austin, LB Myklebust was a beast on defense and for Travis, safety Chris Oliver and company helped the Bullogs.
Early in the 3rd quarter Nehls would show some fight as he ran the ball on 4th and 8 for a big 1st down. Feeling it now, Teegan fired a 15 yd pass down the field to WR Cody Moncure. Then on the next play, he juiced another beauty to WR Devon Scoby. Travis now on the Austin 18 yd line, gave the ball to the powerful RB RJ Norriega who took 5 Austin defenders on his back with him to the 6 yd line. Nehls would complete the drive with a touchdown pass to WR Dylan Prep. Travis took the lead 7-3.
On the next Austin possession, they would fumble the ball and defensive MVP Chris Oliver would recover for the Tigers with 4:32 left in the 4th quarter. After a great play by Austin’s Javi Garza to knock Travis for a loss, forcing a punt. Taylor Woods connected with Sam Volmar of the Bulldogs for a nice 9 yd gain on 1st down. On 2nd down and 1 yard to go, Woods pass was bobbled by his receiver and again Oliver was right there to intercept the ball and took it all the way down to the Austin 8 yd line.
On 2nd and goal, the Travis offensive line sealed victory as QB Teegan Nehls scooted into the end zone untouched. I heard the Texans are looking for a QB with guts. Coulter and Nehls have my vote!
Final … Travis 14 – Austin 3
Quote for the week, get good or get out. Til’ next week, here’s to good golf, good tennis, and great family time.