Football: Wildcats sitting on verge
Even though they know it's something special, Cy Woods football players must think it's normal to be playing after Thanksgiving, and these Wildcats have a chance to go where no Cy Woods team has gone before.
"We've always had a goal to match last year and make it to at least this stage," senior quarter and second-year starter Colton Huntsman said, "and everyone would like to keep it going."
Cy Woods (10-3) meets Memorial (8-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Tully Stadium for the Class 5A Division II Region III championship and a trip to the state semifinals against Cibolo Steele (11-2) or San Antonio MacArthur (12-1).
The Wildcats are one of eight teams still in the 5A-II bracket, and on the other side it's Longview (9-4) vs. Mesquite Horn (9-4) and Denton Guyer (11-2) vs. Southlake Carroll (10-3).
In it's brief history (this is the third varsity season), Cy Woods is 29-9 overall, and even more impressive, 8-2 in the playoffs, having reached the third round in its first year in 2008, and the region finals (fourth round) last year.
"God has blessed me with what is just a great coaching staff and outstanding players from a community and school that are behind us all the way," Cy Woods coach David Jones said. "The success the program has enjoyed is a credit to our community and school, and our coaches for having the kids prepared and ready to play.
"Every season, it's the seniors' last chance, and we strive to put them and all the players in the best position to win."
So far, that strategy has worked well for the Wildcats, especially in the postseason, where this year they've taken care of Eisenhower 45-35, Katy Taylor 67-7 and Clear Creek 52-34.
Cole Devillers' 95-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff gave Cy Woods an instant lead against Clear Creek in a region semifinal that produced more than 1,000 yards of total offense last week at Turner Stadium in Humble (Cy Woods had 548 and Clear Creek 486 for 1,034).
Huntsman rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, and threw for 206 on 15-of-25 passing, and running back Fredrick Anderson scored four touchdowns while running for 145 yards on 17 tries.
"The kicking game was huge, our offense played well, and the defense made some big stops when we needed them," Jones said, "but Clear Creek played well and is a very good team, and the score was a lot closer than it looked."
Jones knows he'll see an exceptional effort out of Memorial in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
"They're in a really tough district (19-5A with the Katy ISD schools and Strake Jesuit), and we've seen them play a couple of times, and we came away impressed," he said. "Coach (Gary) Koch does a tremendous job at Memorial, and we're going to be facing a very physical team."
Memorial reached the playoffs with a 4-3 district finish and then beat Madison 34-9, Alief Taylor 35-28 and powerful Port Arthur Memorial 35-28.
Cy Woods lost to Round Rock Stony Point 55-12 in last season's 5A Division I Region II region finals to close at 11-3.
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