On September 11, 2010 Wendy and I took our six-year old grandsons Britton and Braden to a high school football game. Our team hails from Lake Travis High School, a school filled with a winning sports tradition. The football team set the Texas state record for the most state championships in a row with five [2007 – 2011]. Going into the game we attended, the team was on a record setting win streak of 48 games in a row. They were ranked number 1 in the state and very highly ranked nationally. However, that night their star quarterback, Michael Brewer (Virginia Tech), and their star receiver, Connor Floyd (Tulsa), were both injured and did not play. Colin Lagasse (SMU), the starting safety came in at the last minute to play quarterback. It had been raining and the field was very soggy. Lake Travis’ opponent that night was Aledo, also undefeated and ranked number 2 in the state. They were led by star running back Jonathan Gray (Texas), voted a USA Today All-American and the Gatorade national player of the year. During his high school career Gray ran for 10,881 yards and scored 205 touchdowns setting a national record. His senior year he ran for 3,891 yards and averaged 11.2 yards per carry and scored 65 touchdowns.
The game that night was a hard fought defensive battle from start to finish. Lake Travis had a 10-7 lead late in the 4th quarter and held Jonathan Gray to 134 yards in 29 carries. However, with minutes to play Aledo scored on a 4th down play and went ahead 14 to 10. On the next drive Lake Travis started on their own 20 and drove down the field to the Aledo 42 yard line. The home crowd went wild. However, on the next play they fumbled and Aledo recovered the ball and won the game. The Lake Travis crowd gave their team a standing ovation after the game for their great effort playing without their star QB and receiver. Walking back to the car Britton said, “The game was really close wasn’t it?” I told him that it was really close. He then said, “We almost tied them!” I replied, “Yes we almost did.” After all, four points is not that big a difference. He then said, “I think I’m just going to call it a tie!” What a positive way to make a disappointing situation not seem so bad! That year Aledo went 16-0 for the season and won the state championship in Division II and Lake Travis went 15-1 and won the state championship in Division 1. So it really was kind of a like a tie in the end.
Lesson: We need to be realistic most of the time, but sometimes we just need to look on the bright side of life and call it a tie.