Katy Tigers Ranked Number One In The U.S.

katy tigerBy Tom Behrens

The AP preseason poll ranked Katy Number three in the Class 6A top 10, behind Allen and DeSoto but ahead of Cedar Hill. Allen was the three time defending champion. In other media outlets Texas Football had Katy at number two in 6A. Maxpreps.com ranked Katy number four in the state and number 11 in the nation in its Xcellent 25 Writers’ Poll and number 19 in its national computer ranking. Also according to Maxpreps, Manvel was ranked number one in Region III, one spot ahead of Katy, with Cinco Ranch making the cut at number 10.

At the end of the season MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football poll declares there was not a high school team better than Katy. The Tigers ascended to the No. 1 spot in the final ranking following their 34-7 victory against Austin Lake Travis in the Class 6A Division II championship game.
Katy finished ahead of Colquitt County (Moultrie, Georgia), De La Salle (Concord, California), Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Centennial (Corona, California) in the top five. The Tigers were ranked No. 3 entering the final week and No. 5 before defeating Manvel and undefeated teams Cibolo Steele and Lake Travis in succession.
In the USA Today Super 25 final poll, Bishop Gorman repeated as national champion. Katy was No. 5 in the experts’ poll, preceded by Colquitt County, De La Salle and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida). USA Today’s computer rankings had Katy at No. 1 entering the state final.