Football: Cy Creek set for Cinco
Cy Creek handled Hastings in the opening round, but against state-ranked Cinco Ranch, the Cougars know they're in for a different kind of challenge against a program that went deep in the 2009 postseason.
Cinco Ranch, the No. 10 Class 5A team in Texas, is the defending Division I Region III champion and is coming off a narrow victory against Lamar in its playoff opener.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Cy Creek (8-3) vs. Cinco Ranch (10-1)
• When: 1 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Tully Stadium
• What's at stake: Advancing to the third round of 5A Division I Region III playoffs
• Cy Creek players to watch: QB Chuckie Keeton, RB Devan Demas, WR David Lizarraga, OL Kyle Bockeloh, OL Dylan Johnson, S-WR Jarred Gipson, DB Jalen Partman
• Cinco Ranch players to watch: RB K.C. Nlemchi, RB Jamel James, WR Alex Ludowig
• Cy Creek: The Cougars have lost three games this season including the season opener to Klein Oak 27-10, and District 17-5A outings against Cy Woods 61-35 and Cy-Fair 34-31, and all three of those teams are still alive in the playoffs ... In last week's 49-28 playoff victory against Hastings, Cy Creek broke open a 21-21 halftime deadlock with a 21-0 third quarter with Keeton, Demas and Robert Walter scoring rushing touchdowns ... Demas finished the night with 200 ground yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, Keeton ran for three touchdowns and threw for another and 176 yards on 13-of-18 passing with no interceptions, and Walter added two touchdowns and 45 yards on nine totes ... Keeton's season totals are 2,035 yards and 12 touchdowns on 161-of-257 passing with two interceptions, and he's run for 748 yards and 14 touchdowns on 148 carries ... Demas has rushed for 1,471 yards and 16 touchdowns on 256 attempts, and the top receiver is Lizarraga with 411 yards and three touchdowns on 42 receptions.
• Cinco Ranch: The Cougars started the season with nine straight wins before losing 56-3 to 5A No. 2 Katy in their regular season finale, and if things go just right for Cinco Ranch, another shot at Katy may be two weeks away. For that to happen, Cinco Ranch vs. Katy II, the Cougars have to beat Cy Creek on Saturday, and then win against Pearland or Beaumont West Brook next week, and also, or what many say is a given, Katy has to beat Cy-Fair this week and North Shore or Hightower next week.
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