By George Slaughter
The Katy Tigers celebrated Parents Night Friday at Legacy Stadium. 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.
Those sons, and their teammates, responded with a 41-3 win over Seven Lakes.
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 were in command throughout the game. On their first drive, the Tigers scored on a 26-yard field goal by Seth Small.
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.
Oglesby said the running backs had faith that their offensive linemen would open the holes. After that, he said, it was “just get in the end zone. That’s the biggest thing in your head as a running back.”
After forcing a Spartans punt, the Tigers needed only one play to get another score. This time, junior running back Deondrick Glass took the ball to the right, cut back, and scored on a 48-yard run. His touchdown 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 said he felt he was at about 85 percent.
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.
Seth Small kicked all three extra points, and the Tigers had a 24-point halftime lead. The bye week the Tigers took clearly didn’t
“We got after it in the bye week,” Spangler said. “Coach (Gary) Joseph’s thing was for us to get better, and not go backwards. 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…your kids played well. 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 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.