KATY (Covering Katy News)—The annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival starts today and is expected to be a fun event for everyone. Leave it to the Katy Tigers to start the festivities early, as they posted a 41-3 win over Seven Lakes Friday night at Legacy Stadium.
Festival or not, the Tigers did celebrate Parents Night on Friday. In a pregame ceremony, the parents of the senior football players went on the field to congratulate their sons on their contributions to the Tiger football program.
Understandably, there were a lot of smiles among the Katy faithful.
Katy improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in District 19-6A. Seven Lakes falls to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in district play.
The Tigers scored on their first drive, with a 26-yard field goal by Seth Small, and were in command throughout.
The first touchdown came at the 7:03 mark, when senior running back Josh Oglesby took the ball on a pitchout to his right, turned the corner near the sideline, and went 44 yards for the score.
The running backs had faith that their offensive linemen would open the holes according to Oglesby.
“Just get in the end zone. That’s the biggest thing in your head as a running back,” Oglesby said.
After forcing a Spartans punt, the Tigers needed only one play to get another touchdown. This time, junior running back Deondrick Glass took the ball to the right, cut back, and scored on a 48-yard run. His TD came with 2:44 left in the half.
“I saw the cutback and hit the cutback,” Glass said.
Glass suffered a leg injury earlier in the season, but he said he was coming back. He felt he was at about 85 percent recovered.
On the ensuing Spartans possession, Katy senior linebacker Gavin Spangler intercepted a pass and returned it to the Seven Lakes 5. Two plays later, Oglesby scored on a five-yard plunge.
Small kicked all three extra points, and the Tigers had a 24-point halftime lead. A week off didn’t seem to hurt the Tigers performance.
“We got after it in the bye week,” Spangler said. “Coach (Gary) Joseph’s thing was for us to get better, and not go backward. I think we did a good job there.”
Joseph had praise for Oglesby and Glass.
“Both of them are quite capable,” he said. “The kids did a decent job of blocking. You can see the improvement there. I’m proud of them and the way they ran. I’m glad the kids understand that we have to do a good job of blocking.”
On their first possession of the second half, the Tigers were forced to punt. A botched snap from center gave the Spartans the ball at the Katy 21. A penalty helped the Spartans move down the field, but the Katy defense held, and Seven Lakes got its only points on a 28-yard field goal with 3:28 left in the third quarter.
Joseph said the defense has been “pretty consistent” throughout the season.
“The field goal was because of a botched snap and a 15-yard penalty,” Joseph said. “That’s part of it, that’s why you don’t sit there and harp on shutouts. They’ll continue to get better. They’re going to have to keep it up.”
The Tigers responded with another touchdown, this one on a 40-yard pass from Bronson McClelland to Jordan Patrick, with 1:54 in the third quarter.
Katy’s last touchdown came on a one-yard run by Austin Marshall with 9:32 left in the game. Small added a 39-yard field goal with 2:27 left.
Katy’s next game is against Morton Ranch, Friday at Rhodes Stadium. Seven Lakes will play Taylor Saturday morning at Legacy Stadium.