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Katy Holds Off Cedar Hill 35-24 for Seventh State Title

December 23, 2012
By Doug Johnson of The Grind

Coach Gary Joseph brought out a very motivated Tiger football team with Adam Taylor and Matt Dimon leading their team to its Seventh State Title. 

Taylor rushed for 280 yards in 30 carries and scored all five touchdowns for the Tigers. He received Offensive MVP recognition by the U.I.L. in his final game as a Katy Tiger. Taylor also reset Katy's all time rushing record beating Bill Jatzlau's 1994 record of 2,565 yards in a single season with 2,758. 

Dimon, who has verbally committed to Oklahoma was named Defensive MVP by the U.I.L. He pressured the Cedar Hill quarter back and caused major havoc the entire game. More to come on this along with action photos and a highlight video. 

The game started in normal Katy fashion with a quick three and out by Cedar Hill after Katy's kick off.  Cedar Hill was forced to punt after just one first down. 

Like so many other times this season Katy's first possession was spectacular.  Katy drove down field handing the ball to Taylor on every play except an incomplete pass intended for Logan Otte in the end zone on third down. Katy then tried a field goal from 24 yards out that went right giving the ball back to Hill on the 10 yard line. 

Katy held Hill to another quick three and out forcing them to punt. Both teams defensive units were playing well as Katy was forced to punt on their next series. Katy tried its first fake punt of the season but the ball was fumbled when the call man Jake Blomstrom tried to switch hands with the ball and got hit hard. 

Hill then swiftly moved the ball down field and was forced to kick a field goal after a missed pass in the end zone from quarter back Damion Hobbs to Brandon Harris. This was Hill's first lead of the game. 

All Katy needed in the second quarter was the motivation to not be behind and quickly secured the lead with a huge catch by Andy Coonrod from Kiley Huddleston and a 1 yard rush by Taylor for the first touchdown of the game. Manny Mendoza made the PAT look easy raising the score to 7-0 Katy.

Katy's Taylor scored again with just 3:51 left in the half and with the good PAT made the score 14-3. 

Hill countered right before halftime making the score 14-10 as the teams took a break for halftime. 

The third quarter was all Taylor as he was the only one to score. His third touchdown of the game was from 10 yards out extending the lead to 21-10 after another Mendoza PAT. 

In the fourth quarter Hill took their second lead after two touchdowns the first with 11:54 left in the game. The second touchdown was to Brandon Harris on a 21-yard pass from Damion Hobbs with 9:22, 4th. This made the score 24-21 Hill. 

Katy offensive coordinator Coach Gott and head coach Gary Joseph decided together to run with the horse or in this case the Tiger that brought them and gave the ball back to Taylor. 

Taylor responded with a 56 yard run on fourth and four taking the lead back with 6:46 left. 

Hall was moving the ball down the field in the air when Katy senior and captain Quinn Atwood picked off a pass intended for Harris.

This lead to Taylor's fifth and final score of the game and with the Mendoza PAT made the final score 35-24. 

The game wasn't quite over yet as Hill still had 1:55 on the clock and a touchdown with a two point conversion could have made the score 35-34 and with a successful onside kick Hill still had a chance. 

But we don't play the "what if's" and Katy's defense stood up to the challenge in true form and stopped Hill from scoring as the clock went triple zero. 

Congratulations to the Tigers, its been a fun year following this historic run for the title. And to the seniors, don't give up on your dreams and enjoy this big win, you will remember it the rest of your life. 

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