By George Slaughter
Tompkins showed its mettle in a tough district opener against Cinco Ranch, pulling out a 32-28 win Thursday at Rhodes Stadium.
The Falcons, defending District 19-6A champions, improved to 5-0 overall, 1-0 in district. The Cougars fall to 3-2 overall, 0-1 in district.
Cinco Ranch drew the first score with 5:36 in the first quarter, when junior quarterback Gavin Rutherford completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Seth Salverino. The Falcons responded with a touchdown of their own before the end of the quarter. It came on a 42-yard pass from senior quarterback Cole Francis to sophomore Wyatt Young.
The Falcons took their first lead on a 21-yard field goal by Mario Garcia with 7:13 remaining in the second quarter. That lead was short-lived, however. On the ensuing kickoff, the Cougars retook the lead when sophomore Yetxiel Perez-Gilbes scored on a 97-yard return.
The Falcons came back with another touchdown, this one a 22-yard pass from Francis to Garcia. Garcia later added a 31-yard field goal, which gave Tompkins a 20-14 halftime lead.
Francis completed 12-of-18 passes for 226 yards and the two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Caleb Blocker was Tompkins’s leading rusher, with 21 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the third quarter.
Cinco Ranch continued to show its resilience. Rutherford through his second touchdown pass, this one to junior wide receiver Fischer Reed, with 1:56 left in the third quarter. Rutherford’s last touchdown pass came at the end of the game, on a 23-yard pass to junior Jack McCall.
Rutherford completed 15-of-23 passes for 189 yards.
Katy 45, Seven Lakes 3
Caleb Koger completed 8-of-11 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers cruised past Seven Lakes Thursday at Legacy Stadium.
Koger, a junior, threw two touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Antonio Silva and one to senior running back Isaiah Smith.
Junior running back Dallas Glass rushed for two touchdowns, and senior running back Nathan Wilson for the other Katy touchdown.
The Tigers improve to 5-0 overall, 1-0 in district. The Spartans fall to 3-2 overall, 0-1 in district.
College Park 49, Mayde Creek 13
College Park rolled to an easy win against Mayde Creek Friday at Legacy Stadium.
The Cavaliers improved to 4-1 with the victory. The non-district loss drops the Rams to 2-2 and ends a two-game winning streak.
Morton Ranch 28, Taylor 7
Santana Scott rushed for three touchdowns as the Mavericks defeated Taylor Friday at Rhodes Stadium.
Scott, a junior running back, finished the game with 170 yards on 33 rushes.
The Mavericks improve to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in district. The Mustangs fall to 1-4 overall, 0-1 in district. Taylor has lost its last four games after opening the season with a win.
Taylor’s only score came on a 60-yard pass from junior quarterback Joe Jefferson to junior receiver Alei Sabek late in the first quarter.
Lake Belton 35, Jordan 28
The Broncos improved to 5-0 with a win over Jordan Friday at Lake Belton High School in Temple.
The Warriors have lost three straight and fall to 1-4.
Week 6 Matchups
Morton Ranch has a bye week. Here’s the Week 6 schedule for Katy-area teams:
- Seven Lakes vs. Taylor, 6 p.m. Thursday, Legacy Stadium
- Mayde Creek vs. Cinco Ranch, 7 p.m. Thursday, Rhodes Stadium
- Paetow vs. Milby, 7 p.m. Thursday, Butler Stadium
- Tompkins vs. Katy, 6 p.m. Friday, Legacy Stadium
- Hitchcock vs. Jordan, 7 p.m. Friday, Rhodes Stadium