Amazon ImageEverything is bigger in Texas, or so the saying goes.  But nothing is bigger in Texas than high school football.

It is almost a religion, certainly a cult.

And a lot of fun.

High school football is taken incredibly seriously in Texas, with names like Odessa-Permian and South Lake Carroll etched in the memories of high school football buffs.  They were great teams.  Amazing teams.

But there is only one team that can lay claim to the title of Dynasty:  the Lake Travis Cavaliers.

There have been few more successful schools anywhere in the nation.  But when you stop to look at what has been accomplished, it becomes all the more impressive.

From 2007 through the end of the 2011 season Lake Travis won 77 games and lost only 3.  This included a 48 game winning streak, and resulted in 5 straight state championships.  No other team in Texas high school football history has won 5 straight championships, at any level.

This record was achieved under 3 different coaches.  Jeff Dicus is the coach that began the turn around for Lake Travis.  Dicus became head coach at Lake Travis in 2003, leading the Cavaliers from a 3-7 record in 2003 to a 15-1 record and the first state championship in 2007.

What is perhaps most impressive is that prior to Dicus becoming the head coach in 2003, the Cavaliers had a combined record of 79-1-132.   The turn around was complete.

Drive to Five: How Lake Travis High School went from football doormat to Texas dynasty


After the first state championship Dicus departed for a larger school in the Dallas area.

The Lake Travis Independent School District found an outstanding replacement for Dicus in Chad Morris.  Morris continued the winning ways, winning two consecutive state championships in 2008 and 2009, and a 32-0 record.

Morris departed for D-1 coaching at University of Tulsa as offensive coordinator.  The Cavaliers were, once again, looking for another coach.  This time the school district chose Morris’ defensive coordinator, Hank Carter, as the new coach.

But even as Dicus’ departure didn’t slow down the Cavs, though they did have to face two losses (by LT standards it was not a good year), so did Morris’ departure seem to be only a minor bump.

They added two more state championships to their achievements, becoming the first Texas high school at any level to win 5 straight state championships.

Along the way they have accomplished these things:

  • QB Garrett Gilbert won National Player of the Year in his senior year.  Gilbert signed and played for University of Texas, but had little success there.  He is at SMU now.
  • QB Michael Brewer signed to letter of intent and plays for Texas Tech
  • Punter Ryan Erxlaiben served as punter for Texas Tech
  • RB Shawn Nixon signed letter of intent to play for Texas A&M when he finishes at LT.
  • RB/WR/DB Colin Lagasse on scholarship at SMU
  • QB Baker Mayfield graduates in 2013 and is recruited by several BCS schools, but is undeclared as of this writing.
  • WR Cade McCrary has been the holder for extra points and field goals at University of Texas.

In the 2012 school year Lake Travis moved to UIL 5A division 1.  Suffering more than their share of injuries, they finished the season 9-2, losing in the first round of the 5A playoffs to Pflugerville.  It was the first time since 2006 that they didn’t play a playoff game the week of Thanksgiving.