Not even a five touchdown outburst from quarterback Durand Hill Friday was enough for the Hays football team to keep pace with the seventh-ranked team in 6A.
Twenty-one unanswered points scored in the first and fourth frames gave the Lake Travis Cavaliers more than enough firepower to spoil Hays’ homecoming in a 70-35 win.
Lake Travis (3-0, 2-0) built a 35-7 lead midway through the second quarter before Hays clawed back into contention.
A 25-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Bryant Lewis to Hill, mixed with a successful two-point conversion on a botched extra point, cut Lake Travis’ lead to 35-15 and shepherded a mini Hays comeback.
After Lake Travis tallied another touchdown on the ensuing drive, Hays countered with a 69-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Lewis, which whittled the Cavalier lead to 42-22 at halftime.
A 63-yard Hays touchdown early in the third quarter further cut the Cavalier lead to 42-29.
Hays (2-2, 1-1), however, couldn’t curtail the effectiveness of third-string Cavalier quarterback Bo Edmunsson and the myriad of weapons surrounding him. Lake Travis flexed its offensive muscle Friday by amassing 693 total yards in the contest with Edmunsson going 22 of 26 for 446 yards and six touchdowns passing.
After a Hill to Lewis 60-yard touchdown late in the third frame, Lake Travis sped away by tallying three more scores in the final quarter.
Hill went 8 of 16 for 178 yards and three touchdowns passing. He also rushed for 93 yards on nine carries and a touchdown while also receiving one pass for 25 yards and a score. Lewis caught five passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Boudoin rushed for 101 yards on nine carries.
Hays continues district play Friday at San Marcos, followed by an Oct. 30 road tilt against No. 4 Westlake. The team’s next home game is scheduled for Nov. 5 against Austin High.