KISD places 11 on TXSWA all-state team
Katy, Taylor and Cinco Ranch combined for a 26-8 record and five playoff victories during the 2017 football season. Those schools also accounted for Katy ISD’s 13 spots on the Texas Sports Writers Association all-state team, released this past month.
The impressive group was led by Taylor senior punter Will Dupuis, who was voted to the Class 6A all-state first team. Dupuis averaged 44 yards on 44 punts, with a long of 60 yards. He placed 10 punts inside the 10-yard line, helping the Mustangs build a 6-5 record and win their third playoff game in four years.
State semifinalist Katy placed two standouts on the all-state second team in senior linemen Connor Galvin and Moro Ojomo. Galvin, a three-year starter on the offensive line, amassed 51 pancake blocks and 11 cut blocks in his final season before heading to Baylor.
Ojomo, who signed with Texas, recorded 34 tackles, four sacks, four tackles for loss, 14 quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to earn District 19-6A Defensive MVP honors. The Tigers outscored opponents 559-100 and won their ninth consecutive district title.
Running backs Ean Beek of Taylor and Deondrick Glass of Katy made the all-state third team, recording exceptional numbers during a shortened season. Glass, a junior, amassed 1,632 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 7.5 yards per carry and adding 208 yards and a touchdown on 20 receptions.
Beek accounted for the bulk of the Mustangs’ offense, recording his second 2,000-yard season in 11 games. The HBU signee rushed for 2,057 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also completed 12 of 16 passes.
Cinco Ranch received honorable mention all-state spots after an 8-2 season that pushed its playoff streak to 12 years. Senior offensive tackle Tyler Worrell, who signed with Columbia, earned a blocking grade of 98 percent and totaled 91 pancakes. Senior defensive lineman Blake Kuithe, a Utah signee, amassed 66 tackles, six sacks, 16 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Katy had three players named honorable mention, including Seth Small at both kicker and punter. The Texas A&M signee made 13 of 21 attempts with a long of 48 yards, making all 69 of his point-after attempts and averaging 40.4 yards on punts.
Senior defensive lineman Michael Matus, a three-time all-district selection signed with Arizona State, made 40 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 22 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Senior defensive back and Texas A&M-Kingsville signee KeShon Rowe amassed 59 tackles, five interceptions and 12 pass break-ups for the Tigers, returning one pick for a touchdown.
Taylor had three honorable mention performers as well, including senior defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia. The UCLA signee recorded 78 tackles, 18 for loss, and four sacks.
Junior offensive tackle Andrew Coker earned honorable mention after not allowing a single sack for the Mustangs, grading at 95 percent with 97 pancakes. Junior defensive back Ben Montgomery finished with 90 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass break-ups and two forced fumbles to make all-state.