Katy-Area Week 8 Football Roundup: Katy Defeats Cinco Ranch

By George Slaughter

For Katy Tigers fans, Saturday’s cooler weather and the other Saturday attractions, including the monthly Katy Market Day and first annual Katy Heritage Carnival, were welcome. But the Tigers’ 49-3 win over Cinco Ranch Saturday at Legacy Stadium was even more welcome.

The win puts the Tigers at 8-0 overall, 4-0 in District 19-6A, going into a bye week. The Cougars are 4-3 overall, 1-2 in district.

Katy scored on its second possession of the game, on a one-yard run by junior running back Seth Davis. The was the first of four he scored against the Cougars, as he finished with 199 yards on four 19 carries.

That first touchdown led to a 21-point onslaught on three consecutive possessions that settled the matter. Davis scored his second touchdown on a 52-yard run, and then junior running back Dallas Glass scored on a one-yard run.

Davis finished the first-half scoring with a 51-yard touchdown at the 4:25 mark. He scored his last touchdown of the game on a six-yard run with 9:27 remaining in the third quarter.

Davis credited his offensive line for their work. He said their blocking has continued to improve.

“They are way more physical,” Davis said.

Tigers coach Gary Joseph agreed that the line has become more physical, but added that the linemen have developed a better understanding of how to go about their work has been important.

“They understand what they’re doing much better,” Joseph said. “They understand why they’re (coaches) teaching things, the importance of it. It’s important for us to be physical when we run the ball.”

Among the linemen, Joseph said senior Dylan Erickson has played a big role, as has senior Terence Ochai.

“Terence has stepped in when we had an injury,” Joseph said. “He’s gotten better and plays hard. He’s one of those typical Katy kids who continues to get better, and hopefully the team will get better.”

Junior quarterback Elijah Bowman threw a two-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Isaiah Smith, and senior running back Nathan Wilson scored on a two-yard run, both in the fourth quarter, for Katy.

Cinco Ranch avoided a shutout when junior kicker Santiago Taborda hit a 44-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining.

Lake Belton 21, Jordan 17

Lake Belton claimed a come-from-behind win against Jordan Saturday at Rhodes Stadium.

The game-winning touchdown came on a two-yard run by junior quarterback Connor Crews early in the fourth quarter.

Saturday was the second time the teams have met this season. The teams first met Sept. 24 at Lake Belton High School near San Antonio, where the Broncos pulled out a 35-24 win.

The Broncos are 7-0. The Warriors are 1-6.

Paetow 74, Terry 0

Paetow cruised to a 74-0 win over Terry Friday at Traylor Stadium.

Junior running back Damyron Phillips rushed for 130 years on eight carries and two touchdowns, one of which went for 54 yards, to lead the Panthers. Senior quarterback C.J. Dumas completed 9-of-14 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns to lead the passing game.

Paetow is 7-0, 5-0 in District 10-5A. Terry is 2-6 overall, 1-5 in district.

Tompkins 47, Morton Ranch 0

Morton Ranch defender Matthew Ortiz (33) drags down kick returner Julius Mourning (33, right) after a momentary loose ball. (Terry Carter/UD Photos.com photo)

Tompkins continued its strong season with a 47-0 win over Morton Ranch Friday at Legacy Stadium.

Sophomore running back Wyatt Young was the game’s leading rusher, finishing with 131 yards on seven carries and four touchdowns. Senior quarterback Cole Francis led the passing attack, completing 10-of-16 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown.

The win is the second consecutive win for the Falcons. The Mavericks, meanwhile, have lost two straight games.

Tompkins is 7-1 overall, 3-1 in district. Morton Ranch is 3-4 overall, 1-2 in district.

Taylor 39, Mayde Creek 22

Taylor defenders Josiah Rodriguez (26) and Nick Goedde (30) led a defensive effort that kept Mayde Creek’s offense contained in the first half. (Terry Carter/UD Photos.com photo)

Taylor broke a six-game losing streak with a 39-22 win over Mayde Creek Friday at Rhodes Stadium.

The Mustangs led throughout, rolling to a 29-7 halftime lead. Taylor senior running back Michael Whitaker III was the game’s leading rusher, with 85 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Chase Cobbin completed 3-of-10 passes for 34 yards and a touchdown to lead the passing attack.

This game was a reunion of sorts for first-year Rams coach J Jensen, who is formerly the Taylor defensive coordinator. The Rams have lost four straight games.

Taylor is 2-6 overall, 1-3 in district. Mayde Creek is 2-5 overall, 0-3 in district.

Week 9 Matchups

Katy and Jordan have bye weeks. Here’s the Week 9 schedule for Katy-area teams:

  • Morton Ranch vs. Mayde Creek, 6 p.m. Thursday, Legacy Stadium
  • Hightower vs. Paetow, 7 p.m. Thursday, Rhodes Stadium
  • Taylor vs. Cinco Ranch, 6 p.m. Friday, Legacy Stadium
  • Seven Lakes vs. Tompkins, 7 p.m. Friday, Rhodes Stadium