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Postseason spotlight: Lake Travis (13-2) vs. Allen (15-0)


POSTSEASON SPOTLIGHT

Class 6A, Division I state final: Lake Travis (13-2) vs. Allen (15-0)

3 p.m. Saturday, AT&T Stadium in Arlington

Quarterbacks: Lake Travis senior Matthew Baldwin, an Ohio State pledge who has passed for 3,842 yards and 44 touchdowns this fall, injured his knee last week in a 28-14 victory over Katy, but Cavaliers coach Hank Carter said he likely will play in the state-title game. … Allen junior Grant Tisdale, who also holds a scholarship offer from Ohio State, directs an offense that hasn’t committed a turnover in its past 10 games. Edge: Lake Travis

Other offense: Lake Travis wideout Garrett Wilson, who leads all area receivers with 90 catches for 1,675 yards and 26 TDs, had a rushing TD, a receiving TD and a passing TD against Katy. … Senior Brock Sturges, an Arizona State pledge has almost 2,000 yards rushing and is closing on Allen’s single-season rushing record. Junior WR Theo Wease boasts scholarship offers from Power Five programs across the nation. Edge: Allen

Defense: The Cavs have grown stingier as the season progresses. They have given up an average of 12.7 PPG in their past three playoff contests and have forced 12 takeaways during the postseason. … A ballhawking Allen defense, which has allowed just 14.7 PPG, forced five turnovers in a 28-7 victory over Cedar Ridge last week. Edge: Allen

Special teams: Senior K Cameron Dicker will sign with Texas this week, and Wilson and Nathan Parodi each has returned a kick for a touchdown. … Allen K Brady Ellsworth has converted all 57 of his extra-point attempts as well as 6 of 8 field-goal tries. Edge: Lake Travis

Intangibles: Lake Travis will be seeking its seventh state title in the past 10 years, which would tie the Cavaliers for second place all-time in UIL 11-man football history. Katy, with eight championships, ranks first. … Top-ranked Allen will be playing for its fifth title in the past 10 years. Over that span, the Eagles have a 138-10 record. Edge: even

— Thomas Jones



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