Highlights: Katy easily beats La Porte
Generally speaking Katy is a team that doesn’t need extra motivation. It’s built a reputation on hard, physical, consistent effort on the football field. That doesn’t mean that when something comes around that the Tigers won’t latch on to it.
That something on Saturday was La Porte, the team that eliminated Katy from the playoffs in the third round last year. Katy made sure that history didn’t repeat itself, crushing the Bulldogs 55-10 at Reliant Stadium.
“We were hoping all year that we’d get another shot at them,” Katy defensive end Matt Dimon said. “I thought we did a really good job, we came out and really put it to them today.”
“I wanted our kids to be emotional. I wanted them to be excited,” Katy head coach Gary Joseph said. “They were playing not just for themselves but for our program. Our program got knocked on our butt last year and we’ve got to bounce back.”
La Porte entered the game shorthanded offensively with its top two running backs sidelined with injuries. Katy’s defense took advantage and La Porte’s depleted offense unable to move the ball. When Katy pulled its starters at the end of the third quarter, the Tigers had held La Porte to a mere 13 total yards on offense. The Bulldogs managed just one first down in the game.
Katy’s redemption from last year’s loss started early, a La Porte fumble on its first offensive play led to a Manny Mendoza 24 yard field goal, and then Rodney Anderson followed that with a 64 yard punt return for a touchdown after the Tigers stopped La Porte’s next possession for a 10-0 lead.
The Bulldogs pulled back into the game on Katy’s next possession when Ellis Hutchinson picked off a Kiley Huddleston pass and returning it 30 yards for a touchdown to close the lead to 10-7.
Katy answered and Huddleston redeemed himself on the next possession when the quarterback launched one deep and hit Kyle Fulks in stride behind the La Porte defense for a 72 yard touchdown and a 17-7 lead.
From that point on it was the Adam Taylor show. Katy’s running back scored on the Tigers next three possessions with runs of 1, 7 and 75 yards. For the day Taylor finished with 216 yards despite not playing in the fourth quarter.
Katy advances to the 5A Division II Region III final with the win and will face Cy Ranch, which roared back from a 14 point deficit in the final two minutes to upset Manvel 43-42. The game is scheduled for 2:00 next Saturday at Rice Stadium.