Seven Lakes’ Hamon faces former team in playoffs
The opening round of the football playoffs might look a little different this year in Katy ISD. Tompkins is in the postseason for the first time in school history, while Seven Lakes is in for the first time in four years and Cinco Ranch is missing for the first time in 13 years, due in part to the improvement of the other current playoff teams.
All four KISD bi-district matchups offer their share of intrigue, including a meeting of a first-year head coach against his former team.
Seven Lakes’ Jimmy Hamon led the Spartans to the playoffs in his first year, drawing a familiar Ridge Point squad. He previously served as Panthers defensive coordinator.
“You can’t even write a better script for me,” Hamon said. “To get in the playoffs, to have a winning record at 6-4 and we’re getting to play the school I came from, against my former boss, it’s a storybook ending.”
Ridge Point, coached by Brett Sniffin, won its fifth consecutive district championship and takes a 9-1 record into the playoffs. The Panthers are particularly effective on defense, allowing only 18.7 points per game. North Shore and Travis were the only teams to top 30 points.
The Spartans have allowed 23.5 points per game under Hamon, but held six opponents to 17 or less.
“I think he knows what we’re going to do defensively,” Hamon said. “We’ll have to make some adjustments. The good thing is we know what they’re going to do defensively also. We use a lot of the same words and a lot of the same calls.”
The teams have a common in Fort Bend Austin. The Spartans edged the Bulldogs 30-29 early in the season, while Ridge Point won 49-23 in district play.
The x-factor could be the Spartans’ skilled group of receivers, all capable of big games. Jaden Embra, David Ugwoegbu, Rasheen Green and John Harrington combined for 12 receptions for 253 yards and four touchdowns against Cinco Ranch.
The Spartans and Panthers play in the Class 6A Division I bracket, with Katy and Travis among the bi-district matchups on the opposite side.
Travis averages 47.7 points per game but allows 34.3, still taking an 8-2 mark into the postseason. Katy is 9-1, outscoring opponents 501-123.
This is the third straight playoff meeting between the teams, neither of the first two particularly competitive. Katy won 51-25 in 2016 and 45-14 last year.
Tompkins and Taylor play in the Division II bracket. The Falcons look to continue the best season in school history, taking an 8-2 mark and a runner-up finish in 19-6A into the game.
Tompkins averaged 33.7 points and allowed 22.3 during the regular season, starting 5-0 after a winless season in 2017. Elkins has similar numbers, averaging 31.1 and 24.7.
The Knights returned to 6A this year and returned to the postseason, defeating Fort Bend Austin 35-21 in the regular season finale to qualify. The Bulldogs are a common opponent, as Tompkins defeated them 38-21 to open the season.
Taylor has started the postseason strong in recent years. The Mustangs are in the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons, advancing in their last three appearances including a 60-42 win against Kempner in 2016 and last year’s 14-0 victory against Bush.
Taylor, in its first year under coach Chad Simmons, takes a 5-5 record into the postseason, reflected in its scoring averages of 18.0 and 19.1. Dulles is 8-2, averaging 38.5 and 22.8.
The Vikings had one of 20-6A’s most explosive offenses, providing an interesting matchup against a strong Taylor defense.
WEEK 11 SCHEDULE
Katy 24, Katy Taylor 0
Morton Ranch 24, Mayde Creek 19
Seven Lakes 40, Cinco Ranch 10
Lamar Consolidated 48, Paetow 14
Bellville 35, Royal 0
St. John XXIII 38, San Antonio St. Mary’s Hall 27
Emery/Weiner 50, Faith West 30
WEEK 11 STARS
Dylan Bala, Cinco Ranch
Bala led the Cougars with 12 tackles, all solo stops, in their season finale. It was his second game with double-digit solo tackles, part of 54 for the season.
Jaden Diaz, Morton Ranch
Diaz opened the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Baker and gave the Mavericks the final points they would need in a 24-19 victory against rival Mayde Creek. Jaelon Moorehead added a 20-yard touchdown run in the first half as Morton Ranch closed with consecutive district wins to finish 5-5.
Alex Elko, Paetow
Elko carried 16 times for 132 yards, an average of 8.3 per carry, manning quarterback for the Panthers in their season finale. It was a season-best offensive game for the junior, who finished the year with 54 tackles, seven for loss.
Jordan Patrick, Katy
Patrick put the Tigers on the board with a 62-yard catch, one of the biggest plays in a 24-0 victory against Taylor. The junior had 31 receptions for 724 yards and 10 touchdowns entering the game, averaging 23.4 per catch.
Casey Shorter, Katy Taylor
Katy does not allow many 100-yard games, but Shorter amassed 126 on 15 carries to break the century mark for the third consecutive game. He is a sophomore.
Jalon Strong, Mayde Creek
Strong was exactly how he finished, as the senior amassed 12 catches for 196 yards and all three of the Rams’ touchdowns. It was the fifth 100-yard receiving game of his career, highlighted by 202 against Nimitz in the opening week of 2017.
David Ugwoegbu, Seven Lakes
Ugwoegbu did a bit of everything in a 40-10 victory against Cinco Ranch, the Spartans’ first against the Cougars. The two-way star made three catches for 92 yards and a touchdown and added a fumble recovery and two tackles for loss.
Six-Man Division I
Faith West (5-5) vs. Waco Vanguard College Prep (7-2), TBA
Class 6A Division I
Katy (9-1) vs. Travis (8-2), 6:30 p.m., Nov. 16, Legacy Stadium
Ridge Point (9-1) vs. Seven Lakes (6-4), 7 p.m., Nov. 16, Hall Stadium
Class 6A Division II
Tompkins (8-2) vs. Elkins (7-3), 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16, Rhodes Stadium
Dulles (8-2) vs. Katy Taylor (5-5), 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16, Mercer Stadium