by Tom Berhens
Texas Magazine predicts Cinco Ranch and Katy will be playing into December. The Cougars and Tigers are predicted to win their Regional divisions. Last year Cinco Ranch almost won a State Championship, making it all the way to the Class 6A, Division II state semifinals, and Katy had no problems knocking off district rivals for another District 19 6A crown.
Katy is favored to make it number 10 in District 19 6A crowns. The magazine predicts the Tigers at No. 2 behind Converse Judson and the Cougars at No. 26 in the state.
In the Texas Top 300 high school players, Katy places six. Offensive lineman Connor Galvin, running backs Joshua Oglesby and Dominick Glass, defensive linemen Michael Matus and Moro Ojomo, and kicker Seth Small were recognized for Super Team.
Katy ISD placed 13 players on the Top 300. Four are from Taylor who look to repeat, or top a 9-3 season. They include defensive lineman Max Wright (Super Team), running back, Ean Beek, offensive lineman Andrew Coker and defensive lineman Braedon Mowry.
Cinco Ranch, 11-4 last year, will have twins, Blake Kuithe, Super Team third team defensive lineman, and Brant Kuithe, a Top 300 running back.
Mayde Creek looks to build around Marcus Stripling, a standout junior defensive end.
Strake Jesuit, District 19 6A’s private school member, is expecting big things from tight end, Thomas Gordon.
Cinco Ranch and Katy both won their pools with the Cougars defeating Mission Pioneer, 26-12 in the championship bracket before losing 34-28 to eventual champion Lake Travis.
How’s Rodney Anderson doing…?
Super Katy Tiger running back, Rodney Anderson who graduated from Katy in 2015, took his running talents to Oklahoma. Everything so far looks for him to have a good chance to be a Sooner highlight running back this fall if he isn’t beset by another injury. Local press says it’s been a long time since Oklahoma coaches were this excited to see a player on the field. Despite missing most of his first two years in Norman with season ending injuries, Anderson looks like he hasn’t missed a day in the weight room, and could be the all-star tailback he was billed as two years ago in the absence of Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine.