Lake Travis participates in the Spring Football Game

LAKEWAY — Michigan State-bound Lake Travis quarterback Bo Edmundson flashed a knowing smile after the Cavaliers’ spring game on Friday night.

“We had a lot to work on this spring, and I think we’ve improved a lot,” Edmundson said after an effective outing that saw the starting offense score five touchdowns to wrap up a month of practice. “I think we showed we had depth on both sides of the ball, and our receivers really stepped up tonight.”

Lake Travis running back Nico Hamilton looks for room to run as defensive players Joseph Busch, center, and Aidan Schatte, left, try to corral him.  Hamilton scored three touchdowns in Friday's spring football game.

A receiving group that includes Kaden Bender, Cole Munnerlyn, Kadyn Leon and Niko Triant entered the spring with a combined hold in a college game. On Friday, the foursome combined to catch 13 passes, including four each by Bender and Leon. Running back Nico Hamilton and emerging tight end Sam Self each had touchdown passes, much to the quarterback’s delight.

“Sam was moved to the tight end early this week,” Edmundson said after Self’s 25-yard freestyle touchdown. “He already makes these kinds of games. It’s pretty big.

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Like his quarterback, Lake Travis coach Hank Carter enjoyed what he saw Friday night.

“I think our offense worked really well, and the defense did some good things at times,” Carter said. “I thought Bo threw it well tonight, and obviously we have new players playing receiver. We have a group of guys who can catch it. It’s really encouraging.

Lake Travis' Kadyn Leon, right, delivers a pass to Aidan Albright during Friday's spring football game.  Leon, the backup for starter Bo Edmundson, is one of the Cavaliers' top receivers for the 2022 season. He caught a team-high four passes in Friday's scrimmage.

While his new receiver group may not be known, Lake Travis has shown he still has plenty of players — including Leon — who can catch the ball. On Friday, fans got their first glimpse of this group.

“Maybe people didn’t expect us to come here and throw it like we did because we don’t have as many receivers as we did last year,” Leon said.

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If Friday is any indication, the Cavaliers will continue to throw it well. Edmundson completed 10 of his first 11 passes and finished with 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Leon completed four of 10 passes for 101 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown to Bender.

Lake Travis wide receiver Cole Munnerlyn makes a catch past defensive back Josiah Estes as Luke Thompson closes in during the Cavaliers' annual football game.  Munnerlyn is one of several players looking to become impact receivers for the Cavaliers.

Leon, an athletic 5-foot-11 future junior who is expected to be the Cavaliers’ quarterback after graduating from Edmundson in 2023, won’t be spending much time on the sidelines. Carter and offensive coordinator Tommy Mangino will use Leon the same way former coach Jeff Dicus used Todd Reesing in 2003. That year, future Kansas quarterback Jayhawk started at receiver and caught 49 passes for 750 yards.

“He’s a baller,” Carter said of Leon. “He is explosive and has a great change of direction. He impressed us all spring.

Leon was the Cavaliers’ most reliable receiver throughout spring training. He’s confident in what his teammates can do, but understands there’s still a lot of work to do, especially heading into the 7v7 season.

“I think we’re going to do well,” Leon said. “We need to get into the movie theater and get the offense down. Seven against seven will also help a lot. We’re going to develop some things there and see how we can all work together.

Chemistry, Edmundson said, will be the theme by August.

“It’s a quick turnaround for us from 7-on-7 spring football, but we’re ready for it,” Edmundson said. “We need to develop more chemistry. Seven on seven isn’t real football in that we don’t have the big players there, but for quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, it’s all about chemistry.

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