WHAT IF: Westlake '21 vs Lake Travis '16 (High School Football)

Dec 30, 2021, 8:07 PM


BLOG: FLX Staff/Zach Lucero 11:44 A.M. December 30, 2021


The Circle around the 512 on the Texas High School Football map is getting thicker and drawing more attention every year. More schools are becoming household names around the state. None of this would be possible without the performances of two of the most dominant programs the capital city and its suburbs have to offer: Lake Travis & Westlake.


Not only have these two schools given us names like Drew Brees and Baker Mayfield; since the ’14-’15 season Westlake and Lake Travis have appeared in 6 state championship games, the same number of times any other school in a large FLX classification has appeared. They’ve given the state of Texas two of the most dominating and high-powered individual seasons that we’ve ever seen. The 2016 State Champion Lake Travis Cavaliers and the 2021 State Champion Westlake Chaparrals.


Overall Team Notes:


’16 Lake Travis 


837 Points Scored

194 Points Against

41-6 State Win over The Woodlands

6A D1


’21 Westlake 


908 Points Scored

142 Points Against

40-21 State Win over Denton Guyer

6A D2




QUARTERBACK: Cade Klubnik vs Charlie Brewer

Recency bias will have most fans blurting out Cade here.  But for those that remember, Charlie was on an unreal tear his senior season.  

Klubnik (13 games): 3251 pass yards, .713 completion %, 43 pass TDs, 471 rush yards, 12 rush TDs

Brewer (16 games): 2927 pass yards, .770 completion %, 54 pass TDs, 98 rush yards, 2 rush TDs.

EDGE: Klubnik


RUNNING BACK: Jack Kayser vs Maleek Barkley

Its safe to say that it would be tough to mimic the same success had either team not had their top rusher.

Kayser (14 games): 1113 rush yards, 20 rush TDs, 18 receptions, 345 yards, 4 receiving TDs

Barkley (16 games): 146 carries, 1345 rush yards, 18 rush TDs, 40 receptions, 615 receiving yards, 7 receiving TDs

EDGE: Barkley


WIDE RECEIVERS: Cade Green/Garrett Wilson/Cade Brewer vs Jaden Greathouse/Keaton Kubecka/Pierce Turner

Skill players, man.  Which BIG THREE was greater.  This is a TOUGH call.  What's crazy, they were identical in yards gained.

Chaps: 145 receptions, 2600 receiving yards, 38 TDs

Cavs: 173 receptions, 2600 receiving yards, 39 TDs

EDGE: even


OFFENSIVE LINE:  Chad Wolf/Tyler Barrett/Koy Spano vs Connor Robertson/Bray Lynch/TJ Shanahan/Jack Griffin/Michael McKelvy

No doubt the Cavaliers line was more serviceable, allowing Brewer to achieve historic highs in passing percentage.  But the Chaps offensive lien is being deemed as the greatest collective all time.

EDGE: Westlake


DEFENSIVE LINE: Kade Langston/Sammy Ochoa/Scott Cummings vs Colton Vasek/Ethan Burke/Aden Ponce

Watching LT's “undersized” landsharks dominate The Woodlands in the state title game was a joy.  But witnessing the Chaps DL rip through opponents all year, this one is unanimous.

EDGE: Westlake


LINEBACKERS: TJ Simien/Mateo Lopez/Aidan Estrada vs Byers Petty/Jacob Leopold

We'll simply go overall points allowed here, although recency bias certainly has us leaning Chaps.

EDGE: Westlake


DEFENSIVE BACK: Michael Mast/Austin Hiller/Nathan Parodi vs Carter Barksdale/Luke Aaron/Denim Collins

The Cavaliers sent two members to play Division I ball.  And while Luke Aaron had the biggest statistical year, LT's collective was more ballyhooed. 

EDGE: Lake Travis


KICKER: Cameron Dicker vs Charlie Barnett/Mark Sayegh

There may not be a more revered and celebrated special teams player than ‘Dicker the Kicker’.  But don't discount Barnett's 92% touchback rate on kickoffs and Sayegh school record for extra points.

EDGE: Lake Travis


COACH: Todd Dodge vs Hank Carter

Do we really have to choose out of these two GOATs??

EDGE: Westlake


THEORETICAL OUTCOME: The game is anticipated as a high scoring shootout, but results in a defensive slug fest.  Both teams get 40+ yard FGs from their kickers, and each quarterback musters two passing TDs (both to Greathouse and Wilson).  But the second half flies with a total of just 5 possessions for each, and the Chaps defense pitching a shutout in the final two quarters.  FINAL SCORE: 31-17, Westlake.


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