Golden Eagles set to take on Bobcats in pivotal 17-6A matchup of unbeatens
Cy-Fair and Cy Falls have been on a collision course as both teams marched through the first half of the season undefeated.
Thursday, the teams will face off in a battle that will help decide the District 17-6A champion when they play at 7 p.m. at Pridgeon Stadium.
Cy Falls (5-0, 3-0) hopes to replicate the success of the past few years and expect to take another step forward against Cy-Fair, after beating Memorial 45-7 last week.
“With us, it’s always been about us,” Cy Falls head coach Chris Brister said.
Cy-Fair (4-0, 2-0) secured the first title in program history by beating Hewitt Midway last December for the school’s and Cy-Fair ISD’s first-ever state championship.
The team was led by a strong defensive performance.
Not a lot has changed since then as the Bobcats haven’t missed a beat.
“They’ve given up seven points on the season and scored about 200,” Brister said. “They’re the defending state champions, they’re undefeated.”
Cy-Fair is coming off a 49-0 win over Memorial in week 4 and beat Northbrook 70-0 in week 3. They had a bye-week last week.
“It’s always good to win but we need to build on that,” Cy-Fair head coach Ed Pustejovsky said.
The game is set for next Thursday, 7 p.m., at Pridgeon Stadium.
Cy Falls beat Northbrook 55-0 in Week 4 and defeated Cy Creek 17-10 in Week 3.
A lot of key players from last season are back for Cy Falls, including senior quarterback T.J. Goodwin, running back Koby Leavatts and playmakers Devon Hayward, Jyrese Hanchett and Semaj Trahan.
Leavatts has over 500 rushing yards through five weeks. He surpassed 1,000 rushing yards last season, carrying the ball more than anyone else in the district.
On defense, there’s defensive back Deontae Parker, Mekhi Davis, Jayden Goodwin, Ricky Johnson, Aaron Durham and linebacker Jackson McGlashen.
“We’re just trying to get better at what we do on a week to week basis,” Brister said. “I think we’ve done that for the first five games, we’re trying to continue that.”
The Bobcats’ offense starts with running the football, throwing it when they have to and playing good defense. That’s what they’ve been able to do in the past and have continued carrying that formula over.
With last year’s defensive leader Patrick Atkinson and Erick Hallett gone as well as offensive star Trenton Kennedy, all eyes turned to the returners.
Seven starters came back on offense but only three on defense.
Pustejovsky has been looking for good leadership out of linebacker Tre’von Mosley, defensive back Payton Tally and defensive lineman Tanner Cormier.
Pustejovsky expects them to be able to keep stepping up and providing that leadership as they enter the second-half of the season.
On offense, there’s quarterback Ryan Nelub, wide receiver and kick returner Christian Richmond, running back Jalen Woods and L.J. Johnson.
“They play with maximum effort and get to the football,” Pustejovsky said.
Nelub, who started at the tight end position last year, replaced last year’s Cam Arnold.
Nelub is protected by three all-district offensive linemen. There’s Graham Lakin, Jalen McCullar and C.J. Ridout.
“They’re clearly a good football team, we’ll have our hands full, but we’ll give it a go,” Brister said.