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Last season: 13-3, No. 16 national ranking, lost 35-33 to Allen in the UIL Texas 6A-D1 state championship.
Last decade: 136-13
Famous alumni/players: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns QB and Heisman trophy winner; Garrett Gilbert, NFL quarterback; Daniel Castano, Miami Marlins pitcher.
WR Garrett Wilson (6-0.5, 180, Sr.) Star power (According to 247Sports):
5-star recruits — 1; 4-star recruits — 1; 3-star recruits — 1
— Named our No. 1 playmaker
entering the 2018 season. QB Hudson Card (6-2, 170, Jr.)
— Card takes over at quarterback in 2018. He showed his athleticism finishing with nearly 1,200 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore.LB Mauricio Trevino (5-11, 190, Jr.)
— One of the best ball-hawking linebackers in the state, he led Cavaliers with 145 tackles during his sophomore season. S/LB Hunter Henry (6-1, 200, Sr.)
— The 3-star safety will be one of the leaders on defense. DT Kaleb Wenson (6-2, 260, Sr.)
— Wenson is one of the most underrated players in all of Texas.
KEY GAMESAug. 31
— at Martin (Arlington)Oct. 12
— at Westlake (Austin)
• Lake Travis has been one of the most successful programs in Texas over the last 15 years. The Cavaliers have won six state titles since 2006 and have made the state championship game the past three seasons.
• The Cavaliers have gone 170-18 since 2005 and became the first football program in Texas football history to win five straight state championships (2007-11). They have a good chance to add another state title to the mantle with the players coach Carter has returning.
• Wilson and Card are one of the most dangerous duos in the country. Expect both to have huge seasons in 2018.
• Lake Travis was very young last season and nearly knocked off a great Allen team in the state title game. Expect Lake Travis to be on the short list of teams with a good chance to win a state title with many key pieces returning.