Katy playoff rout gives Joseph milestone victory
The Katy football team kept its bi-district championship streak intact Nov. 16 at Legacy Stadium. The Tigers hammered Travis 52-7 for their 25th consecutive victory in a playoff opener.
But a win that the Tigers make routine carried extra significance. It made coach Gary Joseph the fastest in Texas history to reach 200 victories in high school football.
Katy has averaged 13.3 victories in 15 seasons with Joseph, who was promoted to head coach after longtime coach Mike Johnston retired. The Tigers have never won less than 10 games in a season during that span, including this one as they take a 10-1 mark into the area playoffs.
Joseph has led Katy to four state championships - 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2015 and four other state finals. The Tigers have finished 16-0 four times, three with Joseph.
Katy led Travis 31-0 at halftime on the strength of three touchdowns by Sherman Smith, who finished with 176 yards on 18 carries. C.J. Baskerville hauled in a 45-yard touchdown from Bronson McClelland and Nemanja Lazic added a 32-yard field goal as the half expired.
McClelland connected with Ja’Koby Kennedy and Matthew Stanley for touchdowns in the third quarter. Jonathan Jolly added 114 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown on only five carries.
Katy meets Jersey Village in the Class 6A Division I area playoffs. It is a clash of 10-win district champions, as the Tigers swept 19-6A and the Falcons did the same in 17-6A.
Taylor continues bi-district success
Katy Taylor held up its own postseason streak in a 28-13 triumph against Dulles, winning its fourth bi-district championship in five years. The Mustangs have won their last five playoff openers.
Taylor (6-5) started fast with three first-quarter touchdowns for a 21-0 halftime lead. Dalton Burden put the Mustangs on the board five minutes into the game, followed by an interception return for a touchdown by Braden Hay.
Brandon Campbell gave the Mustangs the remaining points they needed, hauling in a 48-yard touchdown from Burden. Tanner Isola had a 50-yard catch in the win.
The Mustangs forced four turnovers, including an interception by Sam Milich. Dulles closed within 21-13, but Taylor recovered a fourth-quarter fumble to set up Casey Shorter’s clinching touchdown. Shorter finished with a game-high 112 yards on 24 carries.
The Mustangs take on Heights or Cypress Creek in the Class 6A Division II area playoffs.
Ridge Point edges Seven Lakes
It was not easy against former Panthers assistant coach Jimmy Hamon and Seven Lakes. But Ridge Point prevailed 14-10 on the strength of another stellar defensive showing.
The win continued two notable streaks for the Panthers (10-1). They won their ninth game in a row and achieved their sixth consecutive bi-district championship.
Mason McBride’s touchdown run was the only scoring of the first half. The Panthers took a 14-3 lead in the third quarter on John Paul Richardson’s three-yard run.
Ridge Point’s defense helped overcome three turnovers, maintaining the four-point edge with a fourth-quarter shutout. Bryson Stewart led with five tackles and two sacks, with Joseph Harper adding four tackles and two sacks. Deuce Norman led all carriers with 105 yards on 27 carries.
Seven Lakes received a 39-yard field goal from Austin Angelo and a 51-yard touchdown catch from Rasheen Green in the third quarter. The Spartans (6-5) played in their first playoff game in four years.
Ridge Point faces 2017 state champion Cy-Fair (9-2) in the Class 6A Division I area playoffs.