Tigers prove too formidable in 59-7 thrashing of Springs
Knowing exactly what Katy is going to do isn’t breaking news.
Stopping the Tigers’ precision machine is an entirely different matter.
Hosting the final leg in a grand slam of gargantuan opponents, Clear Springs picked the wrong day to host an improved and well-seasoned Tiger squad.
The Chargers (1-3) looked the worse for wear in the early stages Saturday at Challenger Columbia Stadium, and there was little noticeable improvement for Clear Springs as day progressed.
The Tigers scored on eight of their first nine possessions in looking every bit the perennial power they are in a 59-7 thrashing.
“That’s what happens when you have penalties and don’t line up right in the first quarter,” Springs head coach Craig Dailey said. “Good teams block punts. We repped it all week that they were going to come after it.”
Katy (3-1) drove for a game-opening touchdown and then blocked a punt that led to a 1-yard drive and a 14-0 lead.
One more blocked punt would prove costly for the Chargers in the third quarter.
The Tigers’ second drive took just three plays to cover 47 yards for a 14-0 cushion and, and with 5:44 still remaining in the opening quarter, Katy owned a 21-0 lead on a Deondrick Glass 1-yard plunge.
Glass scored the third of his four touchdowns with 8:47 left in the second period as the bulge swelled to 28-0.
Clear Springs’ primary highlight of the evening came on its next possession when the Chargers drove 95 yards in nine plays for their lone touchdown.
Todd Hudson did most of the damage on the ground, carrying five times for 21 yards. The drive was aided by a 15-yard facemask penalty and an 11-yard run by Kaleb Hymes before Charger quarterback Garrett Rooker connected with Terrance Woodson on a 38-yard touchdown pass.
That score came with 3:58 left in the second quarter and helped pull Clear Springs within 28-7.
The Chargers had little time to enjoy that glimmer of hope as Katy immediately marched 51 yards for a touchdown. Katy quarterback Bronson McClelland did most of the damage, gaining 15 yards on first down and later connecting with fullback Dawson Gonzales for a 13-yard play.
Eventually, McClelland rolled to his left on a third-down play and trotted into the end zone from eight yards for a 35-7 lead at the 1:25 mark.
Clear Springs went three-and-out on its next possession, giving Katy the ball back with 41 seconds left in the half, which proved to be more than enough time for the Tigers to add to their total.
With 10 seconds remaining, McClelland drove one more dagger into Springs with a 50-yard touchdown pass that gave Katy a 42-7 lead intermission.
For the day, McClelland completed 10 of 11 passes, and the one failed connection was a drop.
“When we line up right in the secondary, we’re pretty good,” Dailey said. “Our front seven is pretty good, but our secondary is killing us right now.
“Offensively, we have to get more physical running the football. They gave us some twists and stuff. We didn’t handle it very well.”
Katy would add a 44-yard field goal from Kaleb Cue and a 36-yard scoring run from sophomore Sherman Smith to finalize its scoring.
Clear Springs now hopes to regroup from a non-district schedule which included Converse Judson, Klein Collins, George Ranch and Katy. The Chargers take on Clear Falls next week in their district opener.
“We got what we wanted to out of it,” Dailey said of the non-district schedule. “We found out who could play early on.
“I think we’re better than what our record shows. We’ll continue to improve. (Katy) is a good football team. They’re very disciplined, and we were undisciplined tonight.”
Springs’ running back/receiver Hymes suffered an elbow injury while Charger linebacker Chance Trentman-Rosas is still hobbled.
“Kaleb…they put his elbow back in place, and they’ll X-ray it to see if there’s a chipped bone,” Dailey said. “He could be back pretty soon, maybe next week.
“Trentman-Rosas…next week he gets to go in half-pads. He’s the leader of our defense. We hope to get him back after our open week, and it’ll be good to have him back.”