Katy ISD dominates 19-6A football honors

The Katy football team won its eighth consecutive district championship, allowing only 36 points in seven 19-6A games without a loss. The Tigers took a similar lead in all-district voting, earning four of the six awards and 19 spots on the first team.

All-state sophomore running back Deondrick Glass led Katy as 19-6A MVP after a season that included 1,912 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. Senior lineman Corey Bethley was the league’s Defensive MVP with a stat sheet that included four sacks. Junior Seth Small was the Special Teams MVP after making all 67 of his point-after kicks, 13 of 16 field goals with a long of 42 yards and a 38.1-yard punting average with 25 landing inside the 20-yard line.

Morton Ranch senior quarterback Nic Hernandez took Offensive MVP honors, amassing 842 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground while directing the Mavericks to a fourth playoff berth in six seasons. Strake Jesuit sophomore Thomas Gordonwas voted Newcomer of the Year after a team-high 45 receptions for 545 yards and three TDs.

Katy had four offensive linemen on the all-district first team as seniors Hayden Howerton and Payton Srack and juniors Connor Galvin and Evan Greathouse helped lead the Tigers to 42.1 points per game.

Senior fullback Kadarius Page, senior receiver J.C. Angulo and senior tight end Parker Eichenberger made the first-team offense as well. Angulo led Katy with 43 receptions for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns. Eichenberger added 12 catches for 152 yards and a score to his role as a blocker.

Senior linebackers Raymond Randle and Breydon Boyd, senior defensive backs Keegan Otte and Clayton Odom III, senior Brody Anderson, junior defensive lineman Michael Matus and junior defensive back KeShon Rowe all contributed to a Katy defense that allowed 15.5 points per game. Anderson added first-team recognition as a return specialist.

Cinco Ranch gained five first-team all-district selections, talent that was particularly evident during the postseason as the Cougars reached their second state semifinal and first in seven years. Cinco Ranch defeated Bush, Langham Creek, Friendswood and Cypress Ridge to highlight an 11-4 season.

Junior offensive lineman Tyler Worrell, junior running back Brant Kuithe,senior receiver Greg Williams, junior defensive lineman Blake Kuithe and senior defensive lineman Eliel Ehimare were voted to the 19-6A first team. Williams led the district with 1,287 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 65 catches, contributing big plays to an offense that averaged 30.5 points. Ehimare made 37 tackles, seven for loss, and three sacks for a defense that allowed 20.3 points per game.


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