Katy ends perfect season as state champs

Katy ends perfect season as state champs
December 22, 2012, 9:30 pm
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Katy wins its seventh state title

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In the four years the seniors had been at Katy, the Tigers record stood at an incredible 54-4 heading into Saturday's 5A Division II title game against Cedar Hill. But with a loss there would be one glaring number more obvious than the spectacular record.

That number would be zero, which would have marked the state championships won while they were at Katy.

But Katy beat Cedar Hill 34-24 on Saturday to win its seventh state title.

“I told them before the game and I told the coaches it's a shame that we could go 15-1 and our kids feel like they've failed,” Katy head coach Gary Joseph said. “They didn't fail. You saw them out there they're champions, they're fighters.”

“It's not just football, when they get out in the real world they'll remember how to fight and they'll remember times when things went bad and they're going to rise up and get above it.”

As for the seniors, now they're part of that legacy.

“It's great to represent the teams from the past that won state championships,” defensive end Matt Dimon said. “And also the teams in the future that will hopefully win a state championship. It's just a blessing to play for Katy.”

Move the games?

This is the third year the UIL has held all the state championships at a single site, and in all three years it's been held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

While the games have drawn large crowds, Katy head coach Gary Joseph expressed a desire for some variety in the location of the games.

“I'd like to see it come down to our part of the woods some time,” Joseph said. “There are a lot of great sites and I know Reliant has the ability to do it now. That'd be a great thing because then it balances things out, too. Even if we're never in the game again I think it balances it out.”