Wildcats, Bears set to clash in 14-6A duel
Going into year two of the triple-option and new home in District 14-6A, Cy Woods has gotten plenty of points from the offense under seventh-year head coach Trent Faith.
In Week4, Cy Woods put up 21 points in the first quarter against Langham Creek. In the end, the Wildcats won 41-39 on a game-winning 47-yard FG last Thursday evening at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.
Cy Woods (2-2,1-1) finished 4-5 last season and barely missed on making the playoffs after losing to Cy Falls, finishing in a three-way tie for fifth place. In 2016 the Wildcats went 2-8 and tied Langham Creek for fifth in 2015.
The new 14-6A brought in new teams like Cy Park, Bridgeland, Tomball Memorial and Bryan. Luckily, the Wildcats returned seven starters on offense.
“Keep on doing what we’re doing and keep getting better every day,” Faith said. “That’s kind of our moto just to improve every day in what we do.”
In week 5, the Wildcats take on a young but hungry Bridgeland (2-2,1-1) squad headed by first-year head coach David Raffield.
“I’ll see them tomorrow night for the first time,” Faith last Thursday night said. “I know they’re young but they’re really good.”
The game is set for next Saturday, 6 p.m., at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.
The Bears are led by sophomore quarterback Finn Nickolson and are coming off a loss against Cy Ranch.
There’s also RB Gavin Kaspar, offensive tackles Gerrick Aaron and John Hughes, nose tackle Josh Watkins, defensive Cameron Ball and wide receivers Dylan Goffney and Tyler Stott.
Both Aaron and Hughes are potential Division I players. On defense there’s Josh Watkins and Cameron Ball.
“Really good receivers and they play good defense,” Faith said. “I know those guys well over there.”
The Lobo defense will need to be ready to go after allowing 300 rushing yards against the Lobos.
“I challenged our defense, I challenged the defensive coaches and they responded well and came out and played much better,” Faith said. “And that’s a heck of a football team too.”
The Wildcats’ ball protection on offense will also have to improve after fumbling the ball four times against the Lobos.
“We laid the ball in the ground too many times, they did their share of it as well, which is part of the deal,” Faith said. “We want to win the turnover battle and we got to improve on that and be able to move the sticks a little more in the second half than we did.”
Raffield and the Bears will have to look out for quarterback Jackson Jones, backs Jake Tesch, Christian Scott, tackle Brock Gunderson, wide receiver Connor Faulk and Cameron Sowell.
On defense there are cornerback Reagan Simmons, safety Chase Richter, linebacker Jackson Turnbow and Maclaren Bird.
All of Bridgeland’s athletes came from Cy Ranch’s attendance zone. The Bears played only one junior varsity season, going 2-7 with all sophomores last year.
“I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Raffield said.
The players also committed to strength and conditioning. The Freshman A team went 10-0, and the B team went 7-1-1 last year.
“The kids have done a great job of pushing one another to get better,” Raffield said.
The Bears beat Waltrip in Week 1, for their first varsity win ever, and Cy Springs in week 3 for the first ever district win. They’ve been competitive and are learning to play the game in both halves.
“If we’re in every ballgame and have a chance, then it’s been a great season,” Raffield said.