Katy runs past Cinco Ranch as Davis has career day

By Tyler Tyre, Times Sports Editor
Posted 10/16/21

“He’s just stronger this year,” said Katy head coach Gary Joseph. “You can tell he’s stronger with stuff. That’s not all of it though, he’s more mature too. He works at it and he has a great attitude. Anytime he gets hit or it doesn’t go his way, he gets up and goes to the next play. He’s a great kid.”

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Katy runs past Cinco Ranch as Davis has career day

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Seth Davis has come into his own this year.

Through eight games, the Katy running back has rushed for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns.

But when you ask Davis what has given him success, he is the first to praise his offensive line

“They’re just physical,” Davis said. “They have to be physical and that’s what my line does, they help me all the time.”

Davis has taken the reigns as the lead back in the Katy offense this season and hasn’t looked back. The junior has surpassed the 100-yard mark in seven of the Tigers games so far and continued to get stronger as the season has gone along.

“It’s awesome to block for him,” said senior offensive lineman Dylan Erickson. “He can make cuts and make plays. When you have a running back that can do that, it makes the offensive line look good too.”

Davis continued to torment District 19-6A opponents on Saturday, as he rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries against Cinco Ranch (4-3, 1-2) at Legacy Stadium as Katy (8-0,4-0) rolled to a 49-3 win.

The four touchdowns were the most in a game in Davis’ career.

“He’s just stronger this year,” said Katy head coach Gary Joseph. “You can tell he’s stronger with stuff. That’s not all of it though, he’s more mature too. He works at it and he has a great attitude. Anytime he gets hit or it doesn’t go his way, he gets up and goes to the next play. He’s a great kid.”

Davis opened the scoring on a 1-yard run with five minutes left in the first quarter and then doubled Katy’s lead in the second quarter on a 48-yard run.

Cinco Ranch’s defense tried to slow the Katy offense, but with Cinco Ranch’s’ offense not creating anything in the first half, it made it a tough task for the Cougars as the Tigers repeatedly had short fields.

Katy’s offensive line wore down the Cougars defense and Dallas Glass ran in Katy’s third score from one yard out midway through the second quarter. The Katy defense forced a three and out and on Katy’s first play of the next drive, Davis broke free on a run up the middle, running 51-yards into the endzone.

“We’re not the biggest o-line, so we try to be the most physical o-line,” Erickson said. “We think that’s one of our highlights, how physical we are, and we also try to be the best we can with our footwork, we practice on that every day.”

Katy took a 28-0 lead into half time, but the Tigers weren’t done.

Micah Sweats got an interception early in the third quarter and Davis capitalized, running in a 6-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive.

The Tigers defense won the turnover battle by recovering two fumbles while also forcing Cinco into Sweats’ interception, while Katy only lost the ball once. The Katy defense also limited a dangerous Cinco Ranch passing attack to just 109 yards through the air and no touchdowns.

“It was a real team effort,” Joseph said. “We got some pressure on their quarterback and got a couple hits on him. It was a combination of some really good coverage downfield and that rush. The secondary has really gotten better and that’s a big thing, they have to continue to get better if we have a chance to advance in the playoffs.”

Backups came in in the fourth quarter and Elijah Bowman threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Smith before Nathan Wilson ran in a two yard touchdown late in the quarter.

Cinco Ranch avoided the shutout by hitting a 44-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining in the game.

Glass also had a strong game for the Tigers, as the junior rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, while Isaiah Smith nearly broke the century mark, rushing for 91 yards on four carries. Showing just how dominant the Katy offensive line was in the win.

“The offensive line is doing much better with being physical and understand what they are doing every play,” Joseph said. “It’s the little things that the offensive line coaches are teaching them in practice, the guys are finally understanding why they’re teaching them these things. Their knowledge has continued to grow and it’s always important for us be physical because of the type of offense that we are, and those kids are doing their best to do that.”

Katy will have a bye week next week while Cinco Ranch will take on Taylor.

“I really like how this team has been doing,” Davis said. “We’ve had adversity, but we’ve bounced back and we’re still fighting. We had a lot of good players graduate but other guys have stepped up this year and we’re 8-0. That’s the most important thing.

Katy, Cinco Ranch

Cinco Ranch

 0

0

0

3

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 44 

Katy

 7 

21

7

14

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20

First quarter

Katy: Seth Davis 1 run (Axel Robertson kick) 5:07

Second quarter

Katy: Seth Davis 48 run (Robertson kick) 10:30

Third quarter

Katy: Davis 6 run (Robertson kick) 9:27

Fourth quarter

Katy: Elijah Bowman 2 pass to Isaiah Smith (Robertson kick) 8:30

Katy: Nathan Wilson 2 run (Robertson kick)

Cinco: Santiago Taborda 44 field goal, 0:31

Team stats

Cinco Ranch

 Katy

  First downs

 9

 19

  Yards rushing

22-71

  46-416

  Yards passing

 109

  85

  Passes

 9-18-0-1

 8-13-1-0

  Punts

  5-29

 N/A

  Fumbles-lost

  3-2

  1-1

  Penalty-yards

  2-10

 5-55

Individual Statistics

Rushing – Katy: Seth Davis, 19-188-4; Dallas Glass, 17-127-1; Isaiah Smith, 4-91; Nathan Wilson, 3-9-1; Dominic Reisner, 1-5; Josh Mardis, 1-3; Ty Kana, 1-(-7); Cinco Ranch: Eric Eckstrom, 4-39; Seth McCall, 5-32; Gavin Rutherford, 8-1; Sam McKnight, 4-0

Passing – Katy: Caleb Koger, 7-12-83-0-0; Elijah Bowman, 1-1-2-1-0; Cinco Ranch: Gavin Rutherford, 7-15-105-0-1; Jack McCall, 2-3-4-0-0

Receiving – Katy: JR Ceyanes, 4-46; Luke Carter, 1-19; Dominic Reisner, 1-11; Isaiah Smith, 2-9; Cinco Ranch: Grayson Wiliams, 5-45; Seth Salverino, 3-34; Noah Abboud, 1-12; Sam McKnight, 2-10; Colten Michalec, 1-8

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