Football: Rough postseason waters ahead for Cy Woods
Cy Woods coach David Jones knows his Wildcats will be facing a savvy and battle-tested Katy Taylor team in the second round of the playoffs this week.
"Katy Taylor obviously plays in a very tough district, and they're accustomed to playing in big games against big-time programs like Katy and Cinco Ranch, so we have our work cut out for us," Jones said. "Katy Taylor is a very solid and well-coached team with coach (Flint) Risien, they have a very good running back (Bright Ashaka) and wide receiver (Shey Akingbade), and defensively, they work very hard. It's going to be a tough test."
Cy Woods (8-3) faces Katy Taylor (6-5) in a Class 5A Region 3 Division 2 encounter at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Tully Stadium with the winner moving on against La Porte or Clear Creek.
Katy Taylor opened the postseason by beating Chavez 38-31 last week with Ashaka rushing for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries, catching three passes for 56 yards, and throwing for 37 yards on 2-for-2 passing, and Akingbade good for 134 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.
In Cy Woods' 45-35 playoff-opening win against Eisenhower, senior quarterback Colton Huntsman accounted for 461 total yards and was in on four touchdowns. He was 12-of-17 passing for 327 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, and ran for 134 yards and two scores on 20 tries.
"He's just one of those incredible kids who don't come around very often," Jones said. "He made several big plays, like converting on a fourth down that clinched the game, and he's done those kinds of things all season."
Senior Fred Anderson had five catches for 93 yards and a touchdown, and ran the ball nine times for 27 yards and two touchdowns, and on defense, senior safety Westen Card and junior defensive back Deonte Davis came up big.
"Card was our tackle leader, and he's been our most consistent tackler all year, and Davis had a huge interception late in the game," Jones said.
The Wildcats trailed 14-0 late in the first period and 21-17 at halftime before outscoring Eisenhower 28-14 in the second half.
"Even though we fell behind early, the kids continued to fight hard," Jones said.
Cy Woods and Katy Taylor meet for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Cy-Fair edged at state cross country
The Cy-Fair Lady Bobcats were edged by Kingwood for the Class 5A championship at the University Interscholastic League State Meet last week in Round Rock.
Kingwood closed with 93 points to finish three points ahead of Cy-Fair (96), and in front of Southlake Carroll (101), College Park (101) and The Woodlands (113).
Sophomores Katie Bone (eighth individually) and Lauren Fritz (12th) led Cy-Fair, which also had sophomore Faith Banker (28th), seniors Madeline Livergood (32nd) and Sarah Peña (64th), and juniors Katherine Wright (71st) and Karen Hunsicker (79th) running at state.
The Cy-Fair boys placed 12th in 5A boys with seniors Austin Schankel (54th), Ryan Casey (63rd), Casey Broderson, Charles Vallhorral and Cody Broderson, and juniors Jacob Lefler and Alberto Garcia representing the Bobcats.
Cy Woods junior Craig Nowak finished sixth individually, and Cy Ranch junior Cale Wallace was 24th in 5A boys at state, and Cy Creek junior Leslie Schilsky was 17th and sophomore teammate Haley Deakins 37th among 5A girls.
After going 0-10 last season and 1-9 the year before, Cy-Fair recorded its ninth win of this season (9-2) with a 24-14 playoff victory against Elsik last week, and next up is state-ranked No. 2 Katy (11-0).
The Bobcats meet Katy at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in a 5A Region 3 Division 1 area playoff at the Berry Center with the highly-rated Tigers coming off a 41-6 blowout of Bellaire in the opening round.
The Cy-Fair/Katy winner advances against North Shore or Hightower.
Cy-Fair closed it season in a 5A Region 3 semifinals loss to Clear Lake last week after playoff victories over Alief Taylor, Bellaire and Katy.
The Lady Bobcats (35-10) lose seniors Kameryn Hayes (setter), Sarah Teel (outside hitter), Krissy Ordemann (libero), Ally Smith (middle blocker), Cassie Dominguez (MB) and Ellie Melnik (defensive specialist) to graduation, but do return a solid core of lettermen including seniors-to-be Kylie Schott (MB), Kylee Mann (S) and Emily Wright (OH).
Coach Donna Benotti was in her 11th season with Cy-Fair this year.
TAPPS football playoffs
Northland Christian and Cypress Christian opened the TAPPS playoffs with victories last week and try to take another step forward this weekend.
Northland (8-4) crushed San Antonio Texas Military Institute 41-13 in the area round of TAPPS Division II, while Cypress Christian (8-3) blanked Flower Mound Coram Deo 48-0 in a Division III area battle.
Northland meets Midland Christian at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Tivy Antler Stadium in Kerrville with a berth in the state semifinals on the line.
Cypress Christian takes on Dallas Lutheran in the Division III region round.
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