Katy ISD Regional Semifinal previews: Competition heats up in third round

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 11/25/21

Katy ISD Regional Semifinal previews: Competition heats up in third round

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Katy ISD Regional Semifinal previews: Competition heats up in third round

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Friday

Class 6A, Division II

Katy (12-0) vs. C.E. King (10-2), noon, Legacy Stadium

  • Katy continued to roll through its opposition when it faced Stratford in the area round, but its run of dominance will get a lot tougher this week against C.E. King.
    Katy has dominated by running the ball all year and continued that in the area round as Seth Davis scored on a 79 yard run and the team used play action to its advantage. The Tigers now have two 1000 yard rushers in Davis and Glass and will look to continue what they have been doing.
    But C.E. King is not a pushover, the Panthers are built a lot like Katy in that they feature multiple talented backs and rely on the run game. In their area round game, the Panthers rushed for 527 yards with Jerrell Wimbley rushing for 323 yards and five touchdowns and D’Koreion Hammond rushing for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
    That’s been the recipe for success for King all season, the team has thrown for 1567 yards but the run game is where it shines. The team has 3567 yards on the year, including 1972 and 25 touchdowns from Wimbley and 1175 and 15 touchdowns for Hammond.
    Katy’s run defense will need to be at its best when they face the Panthers while the Tigers offense will look to continue playing like it has all year.

Class 6A, Division I

Tompkins (11-1) vs. North Shore (12-0), 1 p.m. Galena Park ISD Stadium

  • Tompkins defense is on fire and it will need to stay that way when the team faces North Shore.
    The Falcons come off a game where they intercepted Jersey Village six times, coming just a week after they intercepted four interceptions against Fort Bend Travis. The Falcons have also found a way to be a power running football team in these playoffs, through two playoff games, Tompkins has rushed for 576 yards and has been a run first offense. This should open up opportunities for Cole Francis off play action and help with the pass game as well. Caleb Blocker and Wyatt Young have formed a terrific sophomore duo and have combined to rush for over 1100 yards and 20 touchdowns.
    North Shore is a power once again this year. The Mustangs come off a 41-13 win in the area round and have been dominant on both sides of the ball. Wyndell Mitchell was an efficient 14-21 in North Shores latest win, throwing for 181 yards, while the run game has been effective as well. Xavier Ownens rushed for 90 yards in the win. David Amador is a threat on the outside and caught 7 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown against Clear Springs.
    Tompkins will be looking to do what they didn’t last year and beat North Shore in the regional semi’s the defense will need to stay on top of its game and create turnovers, while the offense will need to be efficient both running and passing.

Class 5A, Division I

Paetow (11-1) vs. Cedar Park (7-5), 1 p.m., Waller ISD Stadium

  • Paetow has continued to roll through opposition and it was no different against Manor.

Friday as the Panthers compiled 400 yards of offense and five sacks in their area round win. The big news in the game was the resurgence of Jacob Brown, who seems fully healthy coming back from his injury. The senior ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, averaging 10.4 yards per rush. Damyrion Phillips kept doing what he does as well, and rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries, also adding a touchdown. CJ Dumas had a strong day passing the ball, going 7-13 and throwing for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Kole Wilson kept his strong senor campaign going with 88 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Cedar Park has continued to get better throughout the year and beat Angleton 45-21 in the the second round. Josh Pell had a terrific day at quarterback, throwing for 267 yards and two touchdowns and Grant Nichols couldn’t be guarded, as he caught nine balls for 130 yards and a touchdown. The run game didn’t slouch for Cedar Park either, as three different players rushed for 50 yards.
Paetow will hope to keep its efficient offense going and will need to find a way to slow down Josh Pell, who has already thrown for 2591 yards and run for 485 this season.

Saturday

Class 6A, Division II

Cinco Ranch (8-4) vs. Summer Creek (9-3), 1 p.m., TDECU Stadium at the University of Houston

Cinco Ranch has found its run game heading into the regional semifinal and that will be huge going up against a very strong Summer Creek side.
The Panthers have dominated their first two postseason games and a huge part of that has been a stout defense. The Cougars have given up just 36 yards on the ground in the playoffs and the offense has controlled the time of possession and come away with 92 points over the two games, playing strong on both sides of the ball.
It will be enormously important for that to continue against Summer Creek, whose success has come largely on the ground this season. Torrie Curry and Lloyd Avant have been a dynamic duo in the backfield for the Bulldogs, both have over 700 yards rushing and average over 7 yards a carry to lead the offense. Cinco should be able to bring extra men in the box to try and stop the rush as Summer Creek quarterback Jahrik Jones has been efficient but not overly effective throwing the ball. Andrew Alexander is the teams top wideout threat and averages over 22 yards per receptions.
Cinco’s defense will again need to be stout against the run while the offense will need to continue to be explosive for the Cougars to have a chance at advancing.

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