Top recruits at the same position rarely face off against each other in a high school football game, but that’s exactly what happened Saturday when Garrett Wilson of Lake Travis lined up against Allen receiver Theo Wease during the Class 6A, Division I final at AT&T Stadium.
Wilson, the Cavaliers’ standout junior receiver who also sees spot duty at cornerback, held up well against the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Wease, a junior who’s rated a five-star recruit by 247Sports. Wease had four catches for 27 yards for the Eagles, who ran on 58 of their 66 snaps, but none of his receptions came against Wilson. The lone pass to Wease while Wilson was covering him came on a deep ball in the second quarter, and Wilson broke up the pass.
Wilson, a 6-foot, 180-pound four-star recruit, also won the head-to-head battle on the stat sheet, finishing with eight catches for 99 yards.
“Garrett did a phenomenal job,” said Hank Carter, Lake Travis’ head coach. “I can’t say enough about Garrett; he’s a special talent and a special athlete. We feel pretty confident with him whenever he’s out there, and we like the matchup whether he’s on offense or defense. He made his share of plays tonight.”
Wease has committed to Oklahoma, and Wilson has multiple scholarship offers, including ones from Texas and Ohio State.
Next up? Joining the Longhorns: In his final game for Lake Travis, senior kicker Cameron Dicker showed the talent that earned him a scholarship from Texas. Dicker, who signed with the Longhorns earlier this week, made both of his field-goal attempts — from 32 and 42 yards, respectively — as well as all three of his point-after attempts. He also recorded six touchbacks on seven kickoffs.
During his three-year varsity career, Dicker was 34 of 43 on field-goal attempts and missed just two of his point-after attempts.
Parodi makes a play: Cavaliers senior Nathan Parodi put his name in the UIL record books with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Allen. His effort tied for the third-longest kick return in a title game in the UIL’s largest classification. Austin resident Johnny Kleinert holds the record, scoring on a 97-yard return for Reagan against Abilene Cooper in 1967.
Former Lake Travis players hold several title-game records. Charlie Brewer set the mark for most passes completed (27) in the 2016 Class 6A, Division I title game, and Jason Bird holds the record for most reception in a Class 5A title game, pulling in 13 in 2007.
With its 35-33 victory Saturday, Allen is one game short of Lake Travis in state titles. The Cavs are tied for third all-time with six UIL state championships.
Former Hays coach honored: Before the game, the UIL recognized the 2018 inductees into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, including former Hays coach Bob Shelton.
Shelton, who compiled a record of 313-187-7 in 47 seasons, coached at Hays for 43 years. He led the Rebels from the school’s opening in 1968 until his retirement in 2012. In his final 25 years at Hays, Shelton had only one losing season.