By George Slaughter
Katy improves to 6-0 overall, and 5-0 in District 19-6A play with the victory. Tompkins falls to 0-7, and 0-5 in district play, with the loss.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers began their onslaught with a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback senior quarterback Austin Mitchell to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Patrick with 10:11 left in the first half. The extra point attempt was blocked.
The Tigers forced the Falcons into a three-and-out, and needed only two plays to get their second touchdown, a 41-yard run by junior running back Dendrick Glass.
Katy forced a second consecutive three-and-out, and scored its third touchdown on a one-yard plunge by Glass at the 3:23 mark.
The Tigers forced a third consecutive three-and-out before scoring their fourth touchdown, a 27-yard run by Josh Oglesby with 2:06 left.
The Katy defense put on a strong showing in shutting out the Falcons. After four consecutive offensive touchdowns, the defense got into the scoring act as well. Senior defensive back Joel Mewis intercepted a Falcons pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave Katy a 34-0 lead it took into halftime.
“It was a good play by Joel,” Katy coach Gary Joseph said, adding that he was pleased with how the cornerbacks played throughout the game.
Mewis described the play as beautiful.
“It’s a dream, to be honest,” Mewis said. “When I got it, I just knew it (the touchdown) was coming.”
Katy scored on both its possessions in the third quarter. The first touchdown came on an eight-yard run by Glass at the 8:25 mark. The second touchdown came on a five-yard run by fullback Mason Rivera with six seconds left in the quarter.
Katy senior linebacker Santee Parker recovered a Falcons fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter. Two plays later, David Buteaux scored on a two-yard run. The extra point came with 11:23 left.
The final touchdown came on a two-yard plunge from senior running back Jaden Sampson. Buteaux kicked the extra point.
“They played well,” Joseph said. “Overall it was a good performance. Our kids were pretty focused on the game. They handled it pretty well.”
Katy’s next game is against Strake Jesuit Thursday night at Tully Stadium. Tompkins will face Taylor Friday night at Rhodes Stadium.