Katy storms into rematch with North Shore
The Katy Tigers once again are playing at a high level as they make their annual playoff run. The Tigers scored from 68 yards out on the first offensive play of the game and never were threatened in dismantling District 17-6A champion Jersey Village 58-14 on Friday afternoon at Legacy Stadium.
Katy, which has won 11 in a row, gets a rematch with North Shore next Friday at NRG Stadium. The Mustangs handed the 11-1 Tigers their only loss in the season opener.
“We already talked about it in the locker room,” said Katy quarterback Bronson McClelland, who threw for three touchdowns to help end the Falcons’ 10-game winning streak. “That’s the one since the first game of the season, right here.
“That’s the one we’ve known that we were going to have. The matchup, it’s always there. Third round. Katy against North Shore. That first loss at the beginning of the season still annoys me, but next week, it’s on.”
The Tigers scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and totaled 613 yards in the Class 6A Division I Region III area-round game. They accumulated 291 yards just in the first quarter.
Deondrick Glass, who missed the previous two games with a shoulder injury, rushed for 174 yards and scored on runs of 63, 9 and 1 yard. He had 152 rushing yards after one quarter, carried the ball once in the second quarter for 22 yards and did not play in the second half.
“He did good,” Katy coach Gary Joseph said. “He’s working his way back into things. He played hurt, and I admire the kid for that.”
The Tigers, who came into the game averaging 50.2 points per game, led 42-7 at halftime.
On the game’s first play from scrimmage, McClelland connected with an uncovered Jordan Patrick, who caught the ball at the Katy 36-yard line and coasted into the end zone.
“We knew going into the game what we wanted to do,” McClelland said. “If they were biting on play fakes that we were going to run right pass them like the first play of the game.”
The Falcons (10-2) lost for the first time since their opener.
“We had a great season and ran into a good football team,” Jersey Village coach David Snokhous said. “We didn’t bring our ‘A’ game today, but they had a lot to do with it. They’re by far the best football team we’ve played all year. It ended up being a good year, and you have to live off that.
“The kids are disappointed, they thought they could win. We just ran into a buzzsaw. You can’t play catch-up against this bunch.”
Falcons quarterback Raymond Richardson passed for 161 yards, completing 18 of 35 passes. He threw a 42-yard touchdown to Caleb Weaver and had a 10-yard scoring pass to Christian Peguero.
On the Tigers’ first offensive play of the second half, Sherman Smith scored on a 31-yard run off tackle. Smith, who rushed for 118 yards, tacked on a 60-yard scoring run late in the third quarter.
Playing only one series in the second half, McClelland finished with 209 yards passing, completing 7-of-9.
Jonathan Cervantes was the star for Jersey Village. The senior kicker had first-quarter punts of 78 and 60 yards — both touchbacks.
The Falcons, who came in averaging 39.6 points, were limited to 215 yards. Katy’s defense came up with two turnovers on Jersey Village’s first three possessions. Dalton Johnson recovered a fumble, and defensive back Bryan Massey, lineman Joseph Johnson and linebacker Zoland Simon stepped up big as well.
“(That unit) has gotten better all year long,” Joseph said. “They tackled well. That’s what we need. We’ll find out next week. This week, they did well.”
Defensing unbeaten North Shore is a challenge for any team. Even the Tigers, who lost to the Mustangs 35-21 in a game in which Katy missed 29 tackles.
“It’s like playing the Green Bay Packers,” Joseph said. “I don’t know if the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line is any bigger than theirs. We’re going to go out there and do our best.
“I’m hoping our kids will rise to the occasion, they’ve always have. They need to one more time to have a chance in this game.”