Katy Wins District with a 38-7 Show of Power Over Cinco Ranch
November 9, 2011By Doug Johnson of The Grind
Katy Wins District with a 38-7 Show of Power over Cinco Ranch
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The definition of a rival is: to be in competition with, to strive to equal or excel : emulate, to possess qualities or aptitudes that approach or equal (those of another). Websters Dictionary
Rivals are one of the things that makes this world turn. It can be the competitiveness that siblings show at the earliest ages, or the bitter football showdowns that turn students into legends every football season. The spirit of competition infiltrates every aspect of a student’s life. Whether it is the game on Friday night against a long time enemy of the gridiron or amongst the girls who try to outdo each other with fancy clothes for the attention of the boys in school. It is this spirit that motivates us to do our homework, look for a better job, or succeed in this short life we live.
Brooks Haack yells out the cadance on the first plaly of the "Katy Bowl" Battle of the Rice Belt 2011
That being said, Rivalry Week in district 19-5A has become a big deal for the last five or six seasons since the Cinco Ranch Cougars started competing very well with long time powerhouse Katy High School. Since Ranch is the only KISD team to beat Katy in the last 20 years, they are now Katy's primary rival. Cinco Ranch has brought some of the best talent to compete against Katy in recent years, but in the past two match-ups Katy has outscored the Cougars 94 to 10. The Rivals week game between Katy and Cinco Ranch does prove to be a heart check for both teams and unfortunately leaves some bruises and injuries going into the playoffs.
Matt Dimon dominates a rival Cinco Ranch defender
This game is always played before a packed house at Rhodes Stadium and has been dubbed "The Katy Bowl" by yours truly. The Grind is currently looking for a wrestling style championship belt that we will title "Battle for The Rice Belt" and will be passed to the winner of The "Katy Bowl" and district champions every year. If that team loses the Bowl game the next year it will be forced to hand over the belt until it can win it back along with the district title.
(Rice was the main crop of Katy and "Rice Belt" is a name given to this part of the United States for its ability to produce rice. The Rice Belt of the United States includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, four southern U.S. states that grow a significant portion of the nation's rice crop. (wikipedia). The Grind is accepting donations to help purchase a long lasting quality belt with a large front plate that can be engraved with each years winner. Sizable donations will be recognized on the back side of the belt along with a year long commercial ad on www. hsgrind.com.)
Rodney Anderson gets lateral leaping out of defenders tackles
Katy received the opening kickoff and went to work trying to establish the run game early. When the Tiger’s first drive stalled, it looked like this could be a battle of defenses. Rodney Anderson, the starting running back, was called to duty and had 28 yards in three carries. But penalties, a busted hand off to WR Kyle Fulks, and a sack forced Katy to punt.
It turns out that the Cougar’s (8-2, 6-1) early momentum was short lived, as the Katy defense took control from the first defensive series. Cinco Ranch tried to run on first down and gained short yardage. The next play was a short sideline route intended for senior wide receiver James Rohden, but went wild when starting quarterback Cole Thomas caught his first whiff of 6'4" 240LB defensive end Matt Dimon. This would be a smell Thomas would experience many times during this game. A 22 yard reception by senior WR Jack Canfield was negated by an offensive pass interference. The Cougar's third pass attempt was knocked down by junior DB Isaiah Brown, as Dimon and Jake Grode put the hit on Thomas. This was how Cinco Ranch’s offensive possessions went for 46 minutes until they managed to score with just :51 seconds left in the game.
Brooks Haack gets good protection while looking for an open receiver
Katy moved the ball with Anderson, Junior fullback Alex Fisher and Haack on their next series until a couple of botched pass plays ended the drive. Cinco started their second possession on their own 22 and went a quick three and out, but not before Thomas got a grill full of senior linebacker Bo Brown as he let go of a pass to Rohden. The Tigers then held Arkansas commit Jamel James to four yards on the next play. James had a total of three yards rushing in the entire game. (James rushed for over 1640 yards as a freshman. And last year, as a junior, he was held to 58 yards against the Tigers.) Thomas then completed a five yard pass to Rohden, placing the line of scrimmage just two yards from a first down. On third and two, Thomas handed the ball to running back Adams but sophomore linebacker Jacob Blomstrom was waiting for him in the backfield, forcing the Cougars to punt.
Katy (10-0, 7-0) began one of their most impressive drives of the season led by senior running back Cody Gomez for 59 yards in eight straight plays. This set up a 21 yard blast by Senior fullback Alan Grazaffi for the first score of the game. Jeff Johnson booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 10:44 left in the fist half.
Alan Grizaffi scored the first touchdown against Cinco Ranch
The Cougars received the ball on their own twenty after Johnson booted the kickoff out of the back of the end zone. Johnson put five of the seven kickoffs in the end zone for touch backs, eliminating big returns for Cinco Ranch. They went three and out after the Katy defense shut them down with three big plays when they stopped James with a short two yard run, then Rohden was nailed as he caught the ball about four yards from scrimmage. Finally Drake Dowling went lateral when he dove for pass, intended for a Cinco receiver, slapping it out of play.
Drake Dowling dives for a pass
Jordan Thompson’s 10 yard punt return set up Katy at their own 42 yard line; their best field position of the game. Gomez went to work again with help from Fulks who had a ten yard reception. Gomez and Fulks combined for 58 yards in four plays and the second score of the game when Gomez dashed for the last 35 yards with 7:18 left in the second quarter. Johnson made it a 14-0 lead with another successful PAT.
Cinco Ranch got a little urgency under their skin and mounted a 13 play drive, chewing up almost five minutes of the clock. For the first time in the game the Cougars were within scoring distance until Thomas’ 20 yard pass to Rohden was fumbled and recovered by Ivan Garcia at the 17 yard line.
Kyle Fulks avoids a Cinco tackle on his way to an 83 yard touchdown
With time in the second quarter running out, Katy went back to a play that was botched early in the game. A hand off to Kyle Fulks as he is coming in motion turned into a thing of beauty as Fulks took it around right end and scampered 83 yards for a touchdown. Fulks is one of the fastest sprinters in the state in the 100 meter dash and also reset the record for the 40 yard dash at Katy High School. Tight end Stein Spiller had a great block on the safety,but Fulks showed his tremendous speed as he outraced Cougar defenders on a play that gave Katy a 21-0 lead .
Cinco started on the 20 again and sophomore quarterback Luke Klingler hit Canfield for a 23 yard completion. On the very next play, Klingler got to meet Matt Dimon as he blasted into the backfield and sacked the sophomore signal caller for a nine yard loss. Two plays later Klingler tried to hit Canfield down field when Junior DB Quinn Atwood picked off the pass turning the ball over to the Katy offense on its own 40 yard line with only a minute to play in the half.
Jordan Thomps snags a pass out of the hands of two
Katy was determined to keep their foot on the gas going into half time and turned the rushing duties back over to Anderson who had back to back rushes of ten and five yards. Haack then lobbed up a jump ball about 23 yards down field and the amazing Jordan Thompson out jumped two taller Cougar defenders for an phenomenal catch falling out of bounds. Grazaffi then hit the gap in the line hard for another 20 yard gain. Anderson would show great strength in driving his way into the end zone while as many as five Cinco Ranch Cougars tried to keep him out. Katy now led 28-0 at the half.
Rodney Anderson forces his way through a tough Cinco Line for the Score
The third quarter was almost a comedy of errors for both teams for the first ten minutes. Cinco's first possession after kickoff was a short three and out. A short punt gave Katy the ball back at midfield. Anderson started the third quarter at RB and led Katy down the field with punishing runs. His fumble, however, would end Katy’s drive at the Cinco Ranch 17.
On Cinco's next possession it was the "Bo Show" as senior linebacker Bo Brown made three stops in a row forcing Cinco to punt. Brown’s series included a stop on James and a sack of Thomas.
On Katy’s next possession, Haack hit Thompson for 32 yards on a third and 35, setting up fourth and 2. The Tigers tried a reverse pass from Jordan Thompson back to Haack but Thompson’s effort fell incomplete.
Cole Barry blocks a Cinco Ranch punt setting up a Ricky Bickham touchdown
The Tiger defense showed its claws again forcing a three and out on Cinco's next possession. And on fourth down, Katy turned in a huge play. Knowing that on their last punt, Cinco didn't block him, junior Cole Barry asked coaches if he could "go for it". Coach Miller gave the thumbs up and on the snap Barry took off, tuned up like a NASCAR pit stop, and blocked the kick. The ball bounced Katy’s way and was recovered at the nine yard line. This set up a nine yard touchdown run for Ricky Bickham. Johnson added the PAT making the score 35-0 with 1:20 left in the third.
Ricky Bickham Stiff Arms a Cinco Ranch Defender in the District Championship Game
Katy’s last score was a 29 yard field goal by David Beckendorff with 6:24 left in the game.
Cinco managed a last minute drive by Klingler scoring with just :51 seconds left in the game, denying Katy of the much wanted shut-out.
It was evident that Katy's ground game took over today with five different players scoring. This must leave Katy coaches feeling that they have numerous players who are able to perform when put in the game. Katy has now won the district championship 10 of the last 12 seasons.
Katy will face Madison in the first round of playoffs at Butler Stadium this Friday at 7PM.
Cinco Ranch faces Bellaire, also on Friday night, at 7PM at Tully Stadium