By George Slaughter
The Mayde Creek Rams continue their memorable season Thursday when they face the Cy Creek Cougars in an area playoff game at Prigedon Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The Rams, 9-2, won their first playoff game since 1997 on Friday, defeating Fort Bend Bush 27-21. The Rams defense put on an impressive show, holding the Broncos to only 97 yards and seven first downs. The Rams offense, by contrast, had 273 yards total offense and made 19 first downs. Junior running back Julius Loughridge was the Rams’ leading rusher, finishing with 183 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown.
But the jitters coming from making a playoff appearance after a long drought showed as well. The Rams were penalized 10 times for 65 yards and had seven fumbles, losing five.
Rams coach Mike Rabe said after the game that players’ nerves weren’t a factor at the start of the game, but the jitters showed up towards the end of the game.
“It was very uncharacteristic of our football team to look like that late in the football game,” Rabe said. “They did what they had to do to win.”
Cy Creek, which plays in District 17-6A, is 7-4 after defeating Westside 41-21 last week. The Cougars offense put on a show of its own, rolling up 548 years total offense, 301 of which came from the passing of quarterback Julian Uwadia.
The Mayde Creek-Cy Creek winner will face the winner of the Beaumont West Brook-Strake Jesuit game.
Of the five Katy-area teams that made the playoffs, only Paetow fell last week, losing to Whitehouse 35-10. The loss ended their season at 8-3, but the Panthers made school history by qualifying for their first playoff berth in only their second season of varsity football.
Here’s a preview of the other playoff games involving Katy-area teams this week.
Cy Falls Eagles vs. Tompkins Falcons
The Eagles play the Falcons at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium. This is a rematch of last year’s area playoff game, in which Tompkins defeated Cy Falls 31-21.
Cy Falls, which plays in District 17-6A, is 10-1 this season and defeated Lamar 27-14 last week. Tompkins is also 10-1 and defeated Fort Bend Travis 35-28 last week.
The Cy Falls-Tompkins winner will face the winner of the Atascocita-Dickinson game.
Cy-Fair Bobcats vs. Katy Tigers
The Bobcats play the Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday at Tully Stadium.
The Bobcats are the District 17-6A champion and have a 11-0 record after beating Bellaire 65-20 last week. Katy is also 11-0 and defeated Ridge Point 35-28 last week.
The Cy-Fair-Katy winner will face the winner of the North Shore-Dawson game. Katy defeated North Shore, the defending state champion, in the season opener of this season.
Memorial Mustangs vs. Taylor Mustangs
The Mustangs play the Mustangs at 1 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Stadium.
Memorial, which plays in District 17-6A, is 7-4 after defeating Heights 20-9 last week. Taylor is 6-5 after defeating Fort Bend Elkins 51-41 last week.
The Memorial-Taylor winner will face the winner of the Humble-George Ranch game.