Katy Cruises to Playoff Victory over Cy Ranch

 

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.”

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