Wildcats' postseason run is one for the books
Clear Creek is making history and Cy Woods tries to up the ante as the schools meet for the first time ever this week in a Class 5A Division II Region III regional playoff.
Clear Creek (9-3) meets Cy Woods (9-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Turner Stadium in Humble with the winner moving on to the state quarterfinals against Port Arthur Memorial (9-3) or Spring Branch Memorial (7-5).
For its part though, Cy Woods knows all about keeping it going with post-Thanksgiving games in all three of its varsity seasons.
The Wildcats (Cy Woods has the same mascot as Clear Creek) beat Georgetown 21-20 and Klein Forest 22-15 to reach the third round in their first varsity season in 2008, and last year, they had three postseason victories over Round Rock Westwood 38-28, Westfield 35-29 and Dallas Skyline 28-21.
"We want to reset the bar again this year," Cy Woods senior quarterback Colton Huntsman (Air Force) said. "We have a standard to live up to, and after we had some early-season problems (during an 1-3 overall and 1-2 District 17-5A start), everyone rallied around a goal, and we won out (6-0) in district to make the playoffs, and we want to continue to play."
This is Cy Woods' first season in Region III after finding postseason success in Region II, and that means more time studying up on for-the-most-part unknown opponents.
"We started the week not really knowing anything about Cy Woods," Warden said, "but if you're still playing at this time of the year, you're going to be facing a pretty good team."
Cy Woods coach David Jones agrees, and adds: "If Clear Creek was able to handle La Porte like they did, you know they have a very good team, and it's going to be a huge challenge for us."
This is the first time Clear Creek has won two playoff games in the same season, and it's the first trip to the third round in 80 years for the Wildcats, who blanked La Porte 16-0 in the area round last week after recording the program's third postseason victory in history over Fort Bend Travis 37-34 in bidistrict (the others came in 1962, and in 2005 against Deer Park).
"We're proud of our players and for our players," Clear Creek's sixth-year coach Darrell Warden said. "It's been a total team effort with the offense carrying us in the first round and the defense carrying us last week."
"We're very proud to be a part of history," Clear Creek senior running back-defensive back C.J. McElroy (University of Houston) said. "We have good chemistry on both sides of the ball, and it's the best team I've ever played on, and we're not satisfied just to be where we are. We want to keep going."
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Huntsman has thrown for 2,131 yards and 22 touchdowns on 86-of-146 passing with three interceptions, and run for 601 yards and 12 touchdowns on 104 tries.
Last season, Huntsman passed for 2,874 yards and 24 scores, and rushed for 1,032 yards and 19 touchdowns, and that totals out to 3,906 yards and a hand in 43 touchdowns.
Senior Fred Anderson is Cy Woods' top runner and receiver with 837 ground yards and 14 touchdowns on 89 carries (9.4 average), and 34 catches for 771 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Other leaders are senior safety Weston Card, and senior kicker Nathan Crea, who booted field goals of 47 and 34 yards, was 7-for-7 on extra-point kicks. Both players helped keep Katy Taylor pinned in its own territory with deep kickoffs, according to Jones.
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Clear Creek has committed only two offensive turnovers this season, and counting special teams, only eight-or-so total over 12 games, according to Warden.
"It's been our formula all year," he said, "to make no mistakes offensively and create turnovers on defense, and that's why we're still playing.
"I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, but we're plus-20, or something like that, in turnover ratio."
Senior quarterback Chris Collins has thrown for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns on 97-of-182 passing with only one interception, and McElroy has rushed for 1,432 yards and 23 touchdowns on 163 carries (and also has 15 receptions for 220 yards and three scores).
Another senior, wide out Tevin Jones, is the top target with 30 catches for 530 yards and four touchdowns.
The magic ends
Cy Woods volleyball and Cy-Fair football had to say goodbye to magical seasons last week, but the memories will live on forever for many, or at least until next season for some.
Cy Woods fell to eventual 5A champion Lewisville Hebron 25-17, 25-14, 25-18 in the state semifinals in San Marcos, and Cy-Fair was knocked out of the playoffs by perennial powerhouse Katy 55-20.
Cy Woods closed at 45-3, and Cy-Fair ended up 9-3, and you can bet Lady Wildcats coach Ashley Ahlfinger and Bobcats boss Ed Pustejovsky have the wheels in motion for even more excitement in 2011.
Cy Falls girls basketball
Cy Falls had a red-hot 8-0 season start that included taking top honors at the Texas Invitational Tournament of Champions last week in Pasadena.
Coach James Stephens' Lady Eagles lived up to their Class 5A No. 9 state ranking by beating Klein Collins 51-39 in the finals, No. 7 Duncanville 71-69 in the semifinals and The Woodlands 40-33 in the quarterfinals of the Division I gold bracket.
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