Katy Tigers ruling district for a decade and counting
The Katy football team finished as undefeated district champions for the tenth consecutive season Nov. 8 at Legacy Stadium.
By the Tigers’ standards, it was a close game. Katy Taylor held Katy to its second-lowest point total of the season in a 24-0 defeat.
But the remarkable district winning streak remained intact, closing 2018 at 67. Katy improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in District 19-6A, winning nine straight since an opening loss to unbeaten North Shore.
The Tigers outscored district opponents 327-53, numbers more than twice as impressive as the second-ranked league foe in either category. Their average district score this year was 54.5-8.8.
Katy’s district margin is similar to their 10-year average against league competition. The Tigers have outscored opponents by an average score of 49.0-6.7 during their 67-game winning streak.
Their last loss was in the 2008 regular season finale, as Cinco Ranch captured its first and only win against the Tigers, 27-21 in overtime. Katy shook it off and its sixth state title that year anyway.
Katy has really only had two close calls since, games decided by a touchdown or less. The Tigers edged Cinco Ranch 21-20 the following year and held off Seven Lakes 17-12 in 2013.
Their best cumulative offense in a district season was 392 points in seven games in 2010. The Tigers also gave up 100 points, something the 2015 squad did not come close to the entire season. That team permitted all of 11 points in seven district contests on its way to a 16-0 championship season.
The Tigers appear primed to continue their district streak for some time. But now their focus is on another postseason run.
Katy opens the Region III-6A Division I bracket with Travis for the third consecutive season. An area matchup would be against Cy-Fair or Chavez. A rematch with North Shore could be waiting in the regional semifinals. The Tigers defeated the Mustangs 31-3 in last year’s regional final.
KISD players on Texas Football state fan ballot
Seven Katy ISD football players were among the 300 candidates selected for the Texas Football 2018 Whataburger Super Team, from which the top 40 will be chosen.
The team will be decided by fan votes, with the deadline Dec. 31 on texasfootball.com.
Katy Taylor led with three players on the ballot. Offensive lineman Andrew Coker, defensive lineman Braedon Mowry and defensive back Ben Montgomery made the list.
Katy running back Deondrick Glass and offensive lineman offense lineman Cole Birmingham are among the candidates, as are Tompkins running back R.J. Smith and Cinco Ranch linebacker David Gbenda.
The Katy Tigers also have a finalist for Touchdown Club of Houston Football Scholar-Athlete. Linebacker Garrett Madison earned one of the 25 prestigious spots and is in the running for one of the top three sports, to be presented Nov. 14 at the J.W. Marriott in Houston.