The third stop of our weeklong FOX 7 Football Field Trip is at Westlake High and there's a reason the Westlake Chaps are so confident.
FOX 7's John Hygh catches up with last year's 5A State Semifinalists.
The Westlake Chaparrals are looking to make another deep run in the playoffs this season. And Head Coach Darren Allman is hoping his Chaps will not only peak at the right time like they did last year, but take it a step further.
Westlake came so close to playing for it all last season but lost by three to Cedar Hill in the 5-A Division II State Semifinals.
"It motivates us. It makes us angry almost. We're just ready to get after it. I still don't feel content. I didn't get that ring I want," Westlake Junior Linebacker Breckyn Hager said.
Senior Quarterback Jordan Severt added, "The run we made last year just got everybody excited for the season. That we can play with anybody."
Coach Allman says most of the players are coming back.
"That's the nice thing about going to that semifinal game. Being one play away really from a final appearance there. You don't have to say much about that when the guys were there. Most of them who were playing are coming back," Coach Allman said.
One of the main guys returning is highly-touted senior quarterback Jordan Severt, who threw for nearly 2700 yards and 21 touchdowns last season.
"If you look at any good or great football team. They always have a good quarterback. It all starts there. Jordan gives us a chance to have a good football team. Not only because his leadership with 15 starts last year, but he's got some physical tools and maturity to really be a special quarterback," Coach Allman said.
"The success was great last year. But you gotta put it past you," Severt said.
"I've been through Westlake a lot. Watching my brothers play through here. Tanner Price. Nick Foles. I've seen all the greats. But I think nothing compares to this team talent wise. Best talent we've ever had," Hager said.
With that said, Hager has a message to rival Lake Travis, who they haven't beaten since '08.
"We're better than them now. I can say that. We're coming and we're gonna win. I can tell you right now. They're not gonna score a touchdown. I'm saying that to Lake Travis right now. They ain't gonna get past me," Hager said.
Austin-American Statesman's Rick Cantu and Danny Davis joined FOX 7 to talk about how the team will perform this season.