By George Slaughter
Katy celebrated its homecoming with a 56-21 win over Tompkins Friday at Legacy Stadium.
Unlike last year’s 24-19 Tompkins win, this one wasn’t close. Katy junior quarterback Caleb Koger completed 14-of-17 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns. His favorite targets were seniors Nic Anderson and Antonio Silva. Anderson had six catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Sliva finished with five catches for 143 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers ran several play-action passes that freed the wide receivers to get open. But the running attack was just as effective. Running back Seth Davis finished with 205 yards on 15 carries, including a 66-yard run that went for a touchdown. Davis finished with two touchdowns.
“Our run game helped me,” Koger said. “Our play action just brought everyone wide open and made things easy.”
Senior running back Isaiah Smith began the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Koger with 1:39 in the first quarter.
The Tigers needed only a minute and 20 seconds to get their next two scores. First came a 47-yard pass from Koger to Smith. On the ensuing possession, Katy junior defensive back Arianne Parrish intercepted a Tompkins pass. Two plays later, Davis scored the first of his two touchdowns, taking the ball in from 56 yards out.
Tompkins got its first score on a 49-yard pass from senior quarterback Cole Francis to senior wide receiver Joshua McMillan. The touchdown, which came with 6:43 left in the second quarter, narrowed the margin to 14 points.
But the Tigers responded with yet another score, a 19-yard pass from Koger to junior wide receiver J.R. Ceyanes. They increased their lead to 35-7 on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Koger to Anderson.
The Falcons responded on the ensuing kickoff with a 108-yard kickoff return by McMillan with 2:28 remaining in the second quarter.
Katy’s last score of the first half came on a 53-yard pass from Koger to Anderson with 22 seconds remaining.
After a scoreless third quarter, Davis had his 66-yard touchdown run, and junior running back Dallas glass scored on a one-yard run.
McMillan caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Francis for Tompkins with 1:12 left in the game.
Francis went 23-for-35 for 239 yards and two touchdowns, and two interceptions, for Tompkins. McMillan had six catches for 112 yards. Sophomore running back Caleb Blocker was the Falcons leading rusher. He had 54 yards on 17 carries.
Last season’s Tompkins win was its first ever against Katy. It paved the way for the Falcons’ first-ever district title, and snapped a 75-game district win streak for Katy.
That loss was the Tigers’ only setback as it won the Class 6A Division II state championship. Tompkins, meanwhile, made the playoffs and fell to North Shore in the regional round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs.
Silva said while the Tigers expected to win Friday, this game was personal in light of last year’s loss. Jordan said the Tigers have been waiting for the game for a long time.
Silva praised Koger and the work the team has put in to get better in the passing game.
“The more we work on it, the better we get,” Silva said.
Katy is 6-0 and 2-0 in District-19 6A. Tompkins is 5-1 and 1-1 in district.
Hitchcock 18, Jordan 17
Senior quarterback Christian Dorsey scored on a last-minute 25-yard run to give the Bulldogs a come-from-behind win over Jordan Friday at Rhodes Stadium.
Hitchcock is 3-2. Jordan is 1-5.
Seven Lakes 44, Taylor 20
Sophomore running back Barrett Hudson rushed for 247 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown to lead the Spartans over Taylor Thursday at Legacy Stadium.
Senior running back Michael Amico rushed for 110 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown for the Spartans.
Seven Lakes is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in district. Taylor is 1-5 overall and 0-2 in district.
Cinco Ranch 45, Mayde Creek 14
Junior quarterback Gavin Rutherford went 8-for-15 for 217 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars over Mayde Creek Thursday at Rhodes Stadium.
Junior running back Sam McKnight had 127 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns for the Cougars.
Cinco Ranch is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in district. Mayde Creek is 2-3 overall and 0-1 in district.
Paetow 56, Milby 0
Paetow cruised to an easy win over Milby Thursday at Butler Stadium.
Paetow is 5-0 overall and 3-0 in District 10-5A. Milby is 0-6 overall and 0-4 in district.
Week 7 Matchups
Cinco Ranch and Jordan have bye weeks. Here’s the Week 7 schedule for Katy-area teams:
- Taylor vs. Tompkins, 6 p.m. Thursday, Legacy Stadium
- Wisdom vs. Paetow, 7 p.m. Thursday, Rhodes Stadium
- Morton Ranch vs. Seven Lakes, 6 p.m. Friday, Legacy Stadium
- Katy vs. Mayde Creek, 7 p.m. Friday, Rhodes Stadium