By Tom Behrens
After defeating Steele 38-0 at Alamo Stadium, the Tigers notched its tenth shutout in 15 games and then went on to capture the 6A Division I State Championship defeating Austin Lake Travis 34-7.
Ways of describing the 2015 Katy Tigers football this year …dominant, this year’s edition of the annual powerhouse, and a band of brothers. When excellence becomes tradition, greatness has no limits. It’s playing “lights out” football, a team effort from both offense and defense with both offense and defense finding the “creases in our opponents, and coming out ready to play.”
“It’s been a long time coming, losing (in the finals) the past two years,” senior safety Travis Whillock said. “The brotherhood that we had, and the coaches that we have, it was just so strong this year, and we were so determined. We knew that if we stepped on the field with anybody, with our coaches’ game plan, we were going to win.”
This season the Tigers kept five straight opponents off the scoreboard. They allowed 55 total points, an average of 3.7 per game, and trailed only twice, once against The Woodlands, and Cypress Ranch. They have never trailed in the second half.
Collin Wilder was quoted as saying this was the best defense that Katy has ever had. “I am confident in our defense. I believe this is the best defense because how hard we worked, and how much we wanted to still get better. If they don’t score, they don’t win.”
Head coach, Gary Joseph said the defense was a cut above all others because of the returning experience. “For a core of defensive starters, the championship game was their 48th varsity game. We had five kids that are three-year starters on defense. They were starters in a state championship game as sophomores.” The group includes linebackers Paddy Fisher and Jovanni Stewart, defensive backs Collin Wilder and Travis Whillock along with nose tackle Joey Woodring. Safety Collin Wilder played in his 64th high school football game for the Tigers against Lake Travis. Defensive end Michael Matus made an impact as a sophomore. Corey Bethley, a 260 pound junior lineman was named District 19-6A’s top newcomer last year. This year he was named to the Houston Chronicle First Team Defense.