There are 48 minutes in a high school game, but Friday night’s clash between Cy Fair and Cy Creek, and the season, boiled down to just three.
Trailing 14-7 with 3:43 and the ball at its own 8, Cy Fair rallied and then held on for wild 15-14 win over Cy Creek. The win gives Cy Fair the fourth and final playoff spot in district 17-5A. With the loss Cy Creek was eliminated from the postseason.
On the first play of the Bobcats drive, things looked especially grim for Cy Fair. The first pass was incomplete, but more importantly starting quarterback Logan Taylor was laid out on the field after taking a vicious hit just after releasing the ball.
“I saw (wide receiver) Dane DeSpain break off to the sideline so I threw it to him,” Taylor said. “I saw the kid in front of me and I didn’t think he was too close so I stepped into my throw and before I knew it he was right in my face.”
Taylor’s absence lasted just one play.
“I had to come off the field for one play," he said, "but other than that it’s my senior season and I’m not going to lose on the last game of the regular season.”
Cy Creek was flagged 15 yards on the hit, but Cy Fair struggled to move the ball afterwards. Facing 4th-and-15 from the 18 yard line Taylor connected with Ryan Bradshaw for 17 yards and first down. The pair would connect to convert another fourth down play, and on the 15th play of the drive finished it off with a 15-yard touchdown strike in the middle of the field.
“We had a play called but we had a special route to run for Bradshaw. I told him to break to the right, then cut back over the middle and I was going to hit him and that’s exactly what happened,” Taylor said.
The score cut the Cy Creek lead to 14-13 and the Cy Fair kicking team went out onto the field before the Bobcats called their final time out and sent the offense back on the field.
“We struggled a little bit offensively all night long,” Cy Fair head coach Ed Pustejovsky said in explaining why he chose to go for two. “I felt like we had a run to get it down there and get it scored, the kids were pretty confident. Why not? \ That’s why we pulled the trigger there.”
It was the right call. Taylor rolled to his right and found Price Cole in the back of the end zone for the two point conversion and a one point lead.
“I was shocked that our coach called it. But he called it, we needed to execute and that’s what we did,” Taylor said.
There was still 1:19 left in the game, though, and Cy Creek made the most of it, driving all the way to the Cy Fair 23 yard line with :02 left. The Cougars field goal didn’t get past the paws of the Bobcats defensive line, though. Cy Fair blocked the attempt as time ran out on the clock clinching the win and a playoff spot for the Bobcats.
“I wasn’t looking,” Pustejovsky said. “I was looking back at the stands to see what was going on. I saw them standing up and I knew something happened.”