College Station, Texas–La Marque isn’t the only school from the Houston area to re-acquaint themselves with another team in the State Semifinals.
The Friendswood Mustangs (13-1) will play with the Lake Travis Cavaliers (12-2) in the UIL 4A Division I State Semifinals at Kyle Field in College Station on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a rematch of the 2008 game in the same round.
“I think they’re a very, very good ball team,” said Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter. “They throw the ball around really well. It seems like Friendswood has been turning out great quarterbacks for a very long time.”
Pete Maetzold, the current starting QB is one of those quarterbacks mentioned by Carter. On the season, Maetzold has thrown for 3,524 yards and 33 touchdowns.
“He’s the heart and soul of what we do on offense,” said Mustangs head coach Steve Van Meter. “He’s very poised and controlled, which is a good trait to have in the huddle and competes in a way that people have confidence in him, including myself.”
On defense, Friendswood may lean on the leadership from linebacker Mark Brezina, who will be playing in his 15th playoff game and second Semifinal game against the Cavaliers.
“He’s kind of a program leader–a loud and emotional kid,” Van Meter said. “The kids like to rally around him.”
Meanwhile, Lake Travis runs a balanced, fast paced no huddle spread offense led by Michael Brewer, who has 2,510 yards passing and 25 TD’s this season. In addition, Brewer has 624 yards rushing and 9 TD’s while Michael Pojman, Colin Lagasse and Turney Maurey all see time rushing the ball.
“Our offensive coordinator Mack Green has done a really good job of kinda mixing in the run and the pass,” Carter said. “We’re really balanced but it depends upon what our opponent is gonna do and how they make us attack them each week.”
Despite coming from the ultra-competitive District 24-4A, which he said was “the toughest district in the state,” Van Meter felt Travis was the best team Friendswood will have faced so far this season.
“They’re a very solid team and the whole plays better than the parts,” he said. “They have some very talented players who play very well together”
Van Meter felt any team that wished to stop Travis’ offense should have more than one approach defensively to be the most successful against the Cavaliers.
“You almost have to have a sound base approach with great technique. On the other hand, you better have some pressure packages to force their quarterback to have to make some decisions.”
“We have to have long drives and have a balanced offensive approach [in order to be successful in this game],” Van Meter said. “If we become too one dimensional, it’s gonna be a long day.”
Morris felt the Cavaliers needed to do virtually the same to be successful.
“They’re a high scoring offense, do a lot of things well and we’re gonna have to tackle,” he said. “We’re gonna have to stay balanced and be able to run the ball to set up the pass, no different than what we do any other week.”
The is the third straight year Travis has faced a team from 24-4A in the State Semifinals. They manhandled Friendswood 56-22 in 2008 and did the same with Pearland Dawson last year by the score of 57-12. The winner will take on the winner of the Denton Ryan (14-0), Wylie (11-3) game in the State Championship game in Arlington next week.