KATY – Both Foster and Travis have had a competitive edge against each other in football, and Thursday’s game may have continued that trend.
But while Foster has seen postseason success for the last few years, Travis has been overlooked by some despite being a traditionally winning team.
That may have changed a bit, as Travis showed the area, and maybe even the state, that the Tigers should be taken seriously.
The Tigers didn’t play a completely clean game, but they did make the big plays that they needed to make in a 49-35 win over Foster at Katy’s Rhodes Stadium.
“That’s a great football team we played against. There was tension between us and smack-talking, but it’s all love,” junior defensive back Cameron Oliver said. “And it was a great game (played by) both teams.”
The game turned on some big plays made by Travis in the fourth quarter. With Travis holding on to a seven-point lead, the Tiger offense was able to make some big plays late in the game. Quarterback Eric Rodriguez ran down the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 35-21.
Then after the Tigers forced a punt, Rodriguez found receiver Parker Washington on a crossing route. Washington caught the pass and outran his defender for a 62-yard touchdown that put Travis up by three touchdowns.
After the Falcons scored a touchdown and forced a punt, Foster was looking for another touchdown with under four minutes left in the game. A pass from quarterback Ryan Stubblefield was intercepted by Oliver, who then weaved his way for an 81-yard return for a touchdown.
“When I’ve been studying film, I noticed that they love the comeback route, so I sat on in, and when he threw it, I broke on it, and took it to the crib,” Oliver said.
The win gives the Tigers a big push of confidence and could propel them to win the District 20-6A title and avoid powerhouse Katy to open the postseason.
“It’s a momentum-booster, and hopefully it will lead into district, where we can win every game and give us a good playoff spot,” Washington said. “That’s one of our goals, not to lose any games. That will make it easier for us in the playoffs and avoid Katy in the first round.”
Travis will face Spring next Friday before opening district plan on Sept. 26.