DJ Johnson leads Lake Travis over Laredo United South in 6A regional semifinals

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Lake Travis’ DJ Johnson exploded for a 69-yard touchdown run on the opening play and the Cavaliers never looked back in a 35-19 win over Laredo United South in a Class 6A regional semifinal Friday at Alamo Stadium.

Johnson finished with 211 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Lake Travis (11-2), who moves on to face the winner of Austin Bowie vs. San Antonio Brennan next week.

After Johnson gave Lake Travis an early lead, Laredo United South (9-4) responded with a long drive, but Christian Gonzalez missed a short field goal to keep the score at 7-0.

Johnson added his second touchdown to open the second quarter, this time on a 55-yard burst to give Lake Travis a 14-0 lead with 11:03 left in the second quarter. 

Laredo United South finally started to gain some momentum and moved the ball on runs by junior running back Brandon Benavides and catches by Javier Rodriguez. The drive culminated on a 6-yard touchdown run by Benavides to make it a 14-7 game with 8:19 remaining in the opening half. 

The Panthers’ momentum was short-lived as Lake Travis quickly moved the ball down the field before Johnson broke loose for a 32-yard touchdown run, his third of the game, to give the Cavaliers a 21-7 lead with 6:40 left in the first half. 

The Cavaliers tacked on one more first-half touchdown as quarterback Bo Edmundson connected with Chernet Estes on a 21-yard TD reception to make it a 28-7 just before haltime.

Nico Hamilton scored Lake Travis’ final touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run with 6:48 left in the third quarter to give the Cavaliers a 35-7 lead.

The Panthers scored two late touchdowns, the first coming on a 1-yard run by Cisneros to make it 35-13 with 6:16 left in the fourth quarter.  

Gavin Espinoza picked off Edmundson with 3:11 to play to give Laredo United South another opportunity. After a 43-yard reception by Benavides, Cisneros found Rodriguez on a 4-yard touchdown pass for the final score of the game with 1:16 to play.


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