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Regional Semifinal Previews: Katy, Cinco face biggest games of season

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 11/24/22

Regional Semifinal Previews: Katy, Cinco face biggest games of season

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Regional Semifinal Previews: Katy, Cinco face biggest games of season

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Class 6A-Division II

Katy (12-0) vs. Summer Creek (8-4), 2  p.m. at Turner Stadium

Last year: Katy 34, Summer Creek 31

  • Katy just keeps on rolling.
    The Tigers are back in the regional semifinals for the 21st consecutive season after a trouncing of Memorial in the area round.
    It was a total team effort for the Tigers once again, as they topped 50 points for the seventh time in eight games and continued to dominate on the ground, gaining 549 yards.
    Seth Davis was his dominant self once again, the senior averaged 26.8 yards per carry and had three touchdowns in the first half, while Jared Kelly had 106 yards on the ground to go with two touchdowns, Dallas Glass had 80 yards and a score and Chase Johnsey had two touchdowns on the day.
    The Tigers defense did its job, forcing Memorial out of the ground game while they played from behind and being strong when needed, but they did allow 297 yards through the air while allowing Chase Goodwin to complete 25 of 38 passes and two receivers to go over 80 yards in the game, an area the team will need to improve on this week.
    Up next the Tigers get a rematch of last year’s Class 6A-Division II Region III Final as Katy will face off against Summer Creek for a second straight season. Last year’s game came down to the final possession, with Katy winning 34-31 in a very close contest.
    Summer Creek has lots of weapons, especially on the offensive end and Lloyd Avant is maybe the top one of them.
    The junior running back is having another great season and has already put up great performances in the playoffs, as Summer Creek’s offense has been rolling throught he bi-district and area rounds.
    The Tigers know what they will have to do, the biggest things defensively will be to slow down a very strong Summer Creek run game and keep them from feasting on the run ang play action game.
    Offensively, Katy will again lean on the run game and all the halves of rest that Seth Davis has accumulated this season will come in very handy, as he ma be needed for a full four quarters to lead the Katy offense.
    It should be an absolutely thrilling game, between two very strong teams that have been looking towards this rematch all season.

Class 6A-Division I Regional Semifinal

Cinco Ranch (9-3) vs. North Shore (12-0), 2:30 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium

Last year: Did not play

  • Cinco Ranch has been finding different ways to win.
    All year, the Cougars had leaned on their offense to get results, but the past two weeks, it’s been the teams defense that has made such a difference.
    Over the course of Cinco’s two playoff games, the Cougars have given up just 24 points and have limited George Ranch and Cy-Fair in every way to advance to the third round for the second straight season.
    Against Cy-Fair, Cinco Ranch limited the Bobcats to under 250 yards of total offense and just 22 yards on the ground. The Cougars also kept Trey Owens from doing much damage, as he threw for 217 yards, but was unable to get in the endzone, a rare sight for the junior.
    Offensively, the Cougars leaned on the run game just as they did last week. Sam McKnight came away with 59 yards rushing and a touchdown while Eric Eckstrom had 39 yards on the ground and Seth Salverino ran for 25 yards. Gavin Rutherford was not called upon as often as the senior usually is, but still performed well, completing 13 of 19 passes for 142 yards, with Seth Salverino catching four passes for 82 yards.
    The Cougars efforts get them a date with the No. 1 ranked team in the state in North Shore.
    The Mustangs have been on a tear all season, as they are undefeated and have only been in two one-score games throughout the season.
    North Shore comes off a 43-34 win over Dickinson in the area round and are looking to make it back to the regional final yet again and continue their dominance.
    The Cougars will be in for a fight and will need to have one of if not their best performance of the season to beat such a strong team. Gavin Rutherford and the Cougars pass attack will need to be on top of their game while the rush attack will need to again be effective. Defensively, the Cougars will have to stop the run just as they did against Cy-Fair and finding a way to force turnovers will be a huge key.
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