By George Slaughter
The Tompkins defense returned three Cy-Fair turnovers for scores as the Falcons cruised to a 51-28 Class 6A, Division I area playoff win Friday at Legacy Stadium.
Tompkins, the District 19-6A champion, improves to 10-0. Cy-Fair, the District 17-6A champion, ends its season at 10-2.
Tompkins had just taken a 10-7 second quarter lead on a 55-yard run by senior quarterback Jalen Milroe when the defense began forcing turnovers and making scores of its own.
The first turnover came on the ensuing Cy-Fair possession, when senior defensive back Colby Huerter recovered a fumble and returned it 32 yards for the score.
On Cy-Fair’s next possession, Huerter recovered another fumble and returned it 38 yards the score.
After Cy-Fair took possession again, sophomore defensive back Caleb Komolafe intercepted a pass and returned it 44 yards for the score.
While the 21 points off Bobcat turnovers all but clinched the game for Tompkins, the offense scored on a one-yard run by senior running back Sherman Smith, and a 33-yard field goal by senior kicker Hunter Huckaby with :50 left in the first half.
The field goal was Huckaby’s second of the night, gave the Falcons a 41-7 lead at halftime. Huckaby finished with three field goals and kicked all the extra points.
Tompkins will next play North Shore at 1 p.m. Thursday at Reliant Stadium.
Katy Tigers 60, Lamar Texans 7
The Katy Tigers cruised to an easy 60-7 win over the Lamar Texans in a Class 6A, Division II area playoff game Friday night at Rhodes Stadium.
Katy improves to 9-1. Lamar ends its season at 6-3.
Katy will next play Shadow Creek at 1 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Field in Alvin.
Taylor Mustangs 28, Heights Bulldogs 13
The Taylor Mustangs celebrated coach Chad Simmons’s birthday with a hard-fought 28-13 win over the Heights Bulldogs in a Class 6A, Division II area playoff game Friday night at Delmar Stadium.
Taylor improves to 9-2. Heights ends its season at 7-2.
Taylor will next play Clear Falls at 12 p.m. Thursday at Challenger Stadium in Webster.