Katy wins its seventh state title
ARLINGTON, Texas – State titles are not supposed to be easy to win.
Katy, which made a habit of jumping out to an early lead all year, could not shake Cedar Hill in the first half and had to come from behind in the fourth quarter before pulling away to win 35-24 and claim its seventh state championship.
Running back Adam Taylor did his best Superman impersonation, rushing for 277 yards on 30 carries and scoring all five of Katy's touchdowns.
The Tigers, which outscored opponents 101-7 in the first quarter of their playoff games found themselves trailing 3-0 entering the second quarter against Cedar Hill. Katy's defense held the Longhorns in check for the most part, but a botched fake punt set Cedar Hill up in Katy territory and turned it into a 36-yard Brooks Ralph field goal.
Katy responded with a seven play 53-yard drive capped off by Adam Taylor leaping over the pile from a yard out.
Taylor wasn't done in the half, though. After Katy stopped Cedar Hill on downs at its own 35, Taylor put Katy up 14-3 with a seventeen yard sweep with 3:51 in the half. Taylor finished the first half with 98 yards rushing.
Cedar Hill answered with a long drive of its own, highlighted by a 62-yard screen pass from Damion Hobbs to Laquivonte Gonzalez. Hobbs hit Brandon Harris from nine yards out to narrow the margin to 14-10.
The Longhorns missed a chance to get closer before the break. Katy failed to cover the ensuing kickoff and Cedar Hill recovered at the Tiger 21. The Katy defense stiffened, though, and Ralph missed a 37 yard attempt with 32 seconds left.