HOUSTON (Covering Katy News)—The Cy Ranch Mustangs lost to Katy in both the 2015 and 2016 playoffs. So, it’s easy to understand why the Cy Ranch students created a team run-through poster that proclaimed “third time is the charm.”
Not this time, however, as Katy cruised to a 55-7 win in the area round of the Texas Class 6A Division I playoffs Saturday at NRG Stadium.
The Tigers improve to 10-0 with the victory, and will face the Atascocita Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday at NRG Stadium. The Eagles, the District 21-6A champion, defeated Dickinson Friday night. The Eagles have a 10-1 record.
Cy Ranch ends its season with an 8-3 record.
The Tigers wasted no time setting the tempo of the game. On its first possession, Katy junior running back Deondrick Lewis scored on a 44-yard run with 5:39 left in the first quarter.
After forcing a three-and-out, the Tigers went to work again, scoring on a 43-yard field goal by senior kicker Seth Small. The score came with 2:10 left in the first quarter.
Katy forced another three-and-out, and took over at its 46-yard line. Cy Ranch was in desperate need of a momentum changing play. It got one from senior cornerback Sagmar Bartholomew, who stripped Katy senior running back Josh Oglesby of the ball and returned it 44 yards for a Mustang touchdown. Senior kicker Kyle Burns kicked the extra point for Cy Ranch, which now trailed 10-7.
The Tigers opened things up with a 28-point second quarter. It began with a 43-yard pass from freshman quarterback Bronson McClelland to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Patrick with at the 7:58 mark.
On the ensuing possession, Katy senior linebacker Matt Kissamis recovered a Mustang fumble, and two plays later, senior quarterback Austin Marshall completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Jacob Lighter.
“The play action pass is a big part of our offense,” Katy coach Gary Joseph said. “I’m proud of the way we caught the ball. He (Marshall) threw the ball well. The line did a good job of protecting.”
After an exchange of turnovers, the Mustangs found themselves with a third-and-six on their 30. Katy senior defensive back KeShon Rowe intercepted a pass at the Cy Ranch 45. The interception was one highlight, but his return was another. He weaved around the field, headed towards his own end zone, before finding a clear pathway to the Mustang end zone for another Tiger touchdown.
Katy scored its last touchdown of the half on a 12-yard pass from Marshall to Lighting with eight seconds left.
“I’m glad the quarterback made the right reads and got the ball to him,” Joseph said.
Glass scored on a one-yard run at the 4:31 mark to give Katy its only score in the third quarter.
Glass scored on another one-yard run to start the fourth quarter, and senior kicker Nikola Lazic kicked a 41-yard field goal with 6:02 to finish the scoring.
“We did well but we can do better, and we’ll have to be better against a fine Atascocita team,” Joseph said. “They’ve got a quarterback who’s a real focal point of their team. We’re going to have to do a great job of tackling and keeping him from making big plays against us.”