Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes clash for final playoff spot
The playoffs start a week early in District 19-6A. With Katy, Tompkins and Katy Taylor already making their postseason reservations, the final spot comes down to Cinco Ranch and Seven Lakes.
The Cougars (3-6 overall, 3-2 in 19-6A) and Spartans (5-4, 2-3) meet at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 9 at Legacy Stadium. What loomed as a matchup likely to decide a playoff spot is now clear — one moves on, one turns in the equipment.
Seven Lakes looks to rebound from a 34-14 loss to Morton Ranch, in which the Mavericks earned their first district victory. The Spartans have never defeated Cinco Ranch.
The Cougars played arguably their most impressive game of the season, handing Tompkins its second loss 39-14 to break a two-game slide.
Neither team appears to have a clear edge entering the finale, finding different results against similar opponents. Both lost decidedly to Katy and held off Mayde Creek. The Cougars’ other victories are against Morton Ranch and Tompkins. The Spartans stopped a Taylor team that defeated Cinco Ranch the following week.
Cinco Ranch has the better scoring margin against league opponents, ranking second in 19-6A in offense with 161 points in five games, fifth in defense with 162 allowed. Seven Lakes is sixth in offense (100) and fourth in defense (152).
Bi-district picture clearing for KISD
Katy is storming toward the playoffs with its 10th consecutive district championship in hand, improving to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in 19-6A with a 62-3 blowout of Mayde Creek.
The Tigers, who achieved their fifth 60-point game of the season, have outscored district foes 303-53 entering the regular season finale against Taylor.
They will play Travis in the Class 6A Division I bi-district playoffs for the third straight year. Katy has had little trouble the last two years, advancing with 51-25 and 45-14 victories.
Taylor secured its playoff spot during its bye week, making the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. The Mustangs will play in the Division II bracket against Dulles, Elkins or Austin.
They advanced against Fort Bend ISD opponents the last two years, defeating Kempner 60-42 and Bush 14-0.
Tompkins takes its bye in anticipation of its first postseason. The Falcons will take a school-record eight victories into the playoffs.
Their destination depends on Cinco Ranch and Seven Lakes. If the Cougars win, Tompkins will play in the Division I bracket and open with Ridge Point. A Spartans win would send the Falcons to Division II against either Elkins or Austin.
WEEK 10 SCORES
Morton Ranch 34, Seven Lakes 14
Katy 62, Mayde Creek 3
Caldwell 43, Royal 0
St. John XXIII 17, Village School 14
Giddings State School 75, Faith West 72
Cinco Ranch 39, Tompkins 14
Montgomery 21, Paetow 14
WEEK 10 STARS
Kaleb Cue, Katy
Cue scored a career-high 14 points by himself in the Tigers’ 66th consecutive district victory, making all eight point-after kicks and both field goal attempts. The senior is perfect this season, making all 54 of his PATs and all five field goals, one from 44 yards.
Rasheen Green, Seven Lakes
Big plays were not plentiful for the Spartans last week, but Green provided most of them. The senior gained 130 yards and both Seven Lakes touchdowns on three catches, one of 51 yards.
Justin Hull, Cinco Ranch
Hull moved the markers for the Cougars, amassing a team-high 170 yards from scrimmage without a touchdown, including 144 yards on 19 carries. Cam Harper accounted for three scores in a key 39-14 triumph against Tompkins.
Matt Jasek, St. John XXIII
Jasek made an interception in Lions territory and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, both in the third quarter, to help turn a 17-14 victory against The Village School that sent St. John XXIII to the state championship game.
Dalton Johnson, Katy
Johnson had two interceptions in little more than 12 minutes of play. Jordan Patrick hauled in a 63-yard touchdown pass one play after Johnson’s second pick, and the rout was on in a district-clinching 62-3 victory.
Nazeem Khan, Morton Ranch
Khan and the Mavericks celebrated their first district victory and second-highest offensive output of the season in a 34-14 win against Seven Lakes. It was their first game with more than 17 points in league action.
R.J. Smith, Tompkins
The Falcons ended their breakout regular season with only their second loss, but it was another productive night for Smith with 27 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown. Smith scored his 20th rushing touchdown of his junior season and is approaching the 1,700-yard mark.
WEEK 11 SCHEDULE
Katy vs. Katy Taylor, 6 p.m., Legacy Stadium*
Mayde Creek vs. Morton Ranch, 7 p.m., Rhodes Stadium*
Cinco Ranch vs. Seven Lakes, 6:30 p.m., Legacy Stadium*
Paetow vs. Lamar Consolidated, 7:30 p.m., Rhodes Stadium*
Royal vs. Bellville, 7:30 p.m., Falcon Stadium*
Faith West vs. Emery/Weiner, 7 p.m., Kerr Field*