Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) quarterback Charlie Brewer has the kind of high school football resume student athletes dream of. In two years as the full-time starter of the Cavaliers, the senior has lost only three games, totaled 6,982 yards and 92 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. He also threw for more than 1,100 yards as a sophomore and started the first three games.
The only thing missing from his impressive record is a state championship victory – a feat he’ll have the chance to accomplish Saturday against The Woodlands.
Brewer also had a chance to break the national record for completion percentage in a season. He is at 77.9 percent, according to The Dallas Morning News. The record with a minimum of 275 attempts, accoridng to the National Federation record book is 75.2 percent by Dano Graves of Folsom (Calif.) in 2009.
Beyond the numbers, what’s even more impressive is the winning lineage Charlie was born from. His father Robert is a successful UT quarterback who won the MVP in the Cotton Bowl against Alabama; his grandfather Charles – his namesake – was a starter for the Longhorns and set a then record for highest gain per pass completion; his brother, Michael, preceded him as the Cavaliers QB, winning two Division 4A titles.
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Brewer is now an SMU commit, eager to learn from his rich family of gridiron experience. A year ago, Lake Travis lost to Katy in the state title game; the team opened this season with a loss to Judson, but has not lost since. Lake Travis has outscored its five playoff opponents by a total of 214-59.
TexasHSFootball sat down with the Cavs quarterback
In all, you’ve lost three times in your high school career, including that loss to Katy. What’s your mindset going into Saturday where you can finally get the state championship that you want?
Definitely a positive mindset. You always want to go into a big game feeling good. Have a lot of confidence. We are playing a really good team this time of the year. Whenever you’re fortunate enough to play in the state championship, you’re going to play the best of the best. No surprise The Woodlands are in this game. They’re a great team. We need to have a really good week of practice and prepare really well. It would mean the world if we could bring it home to Lake Travis.
What’s your game plan going into this game?
Hopefully, we can control the line of scrimmage and be able to run the ball and throw it around a little bit. Last year in the state championship game, we were careless with the football. I turned it over a few times. We fumbled a few times. We had our defense in bad situations where the other team had a short field. This year versus The Woodlands Saturday night, we gotta take care of the football. Play smart football, mistake free football. Set ourselves up for the short field maybe a few times, and help our defense out.
What changed since the loss to Judson in the opener? There haven’t been too many close games. Where did that unbeatable confidence come from?
I think it was a reality check. We played really bad football in that first game. It showed with the loss. I think that after that, all of us got together and said, hey we got the guys to do this this year. From then on, I think that we gelled together and played as one. Taking it week by week. We’re finally here for the big one and I couldn’t be more excited.
I know that you’re an SMU commit and coach Chad Morris decided to stay with the program instead of going to Baylor. It seems like the Mustangs are on the rise. So why did you choose them over any other school?
I felt comfortable there. I loved Coach Morris, he’s always treated me well. I want to play for a head coach that’s going to treat me well and play for a guy I’ll enjoy playing for. That’s him.
What’s some of the advice that your father and grandfather are giving you for this state championship game and what have you learned from both of them?
I’ve learned a lot from them. They were both two great players back in the day. Great role models for me. They just said, in a big game like this, take care of the football. My dad really just said to enjoy it. Not too many kids my age get to play on a stage like this against these players on Saturday night. He really just said soak it in and have fun with all your best friends one more time.
After the game Saturday night, what’s the first thing that you’re going to do?
I’m hoping that we come away with the win. If we do, me and my buddies are going to have a good time and enjoy it with each other. Everyone on our team…we want it real bad. We’re going to have to show up and play well. Hopefully, if we get that win, we will have a lot of fun after the game.
And hopefully some sleep and some ice too, right?
We’ll all get together in the hotel after and have fun for a little bit. We’ll probably be a little banged up from the game. It will be a good pain if we can come away with the win.
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