Katy clinches outright district title, already focused on next goal

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 11/5/21

“It feels great to achieve one the of the goals we set out for at the beginning of the season, it feels reall good to achieve that,” said senior linebacker Ty Kana. “But right now, we have bigger goals in mind. Winning district is great, but we’re hoping to win state and that’s what we are working towards.”

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Katy clinches outright district title, already focused on next goal

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Katy checked off it’s first goal of the season on Friday.

But the team is spending little time before moving on to goal number two.

The Tigers came into the season with their goals being to win a district title and win a state championship.

Katy clinched the outright District 19-6A championship on Friday, beating Morton Ranch 66-15.

It meant a lot to the players to win a district championship this year, but they are already thinking about their next goal.

“It feels great to achieve one the of the goals we set out for at the beginning of the season, it feels reall good to achieve that,” said senior linebacker Ty Kana. “But right now, we have bigger goals in mind. Winning district is great, but we’re hoping to win state and that’s what we are working towards.”

The Tigers were all business Friday, and it showed in their performance on the field. Under a minute into the game, Caleb Koger hit JR Ceyanes on a comeback route and the receiver broke a tackle before racing down the sideline for a touchdown.

Under three minutes later, Seth Davis ran in a 25-yard score and he also ran in a 26-yard run in the first quarter to make it 21 -0 at the end of the first quarter.

Katy was able to put in some of their backups in early and Dallas Glass ran in touchdowns of 2 and 68 yards in the second quarter before Josh Johnson got Morton Ranch on the board with a 25-yard pass to Santana Scott. But Katy responded immediately with a 58-yard run from Davis to put the game to bed before halftime.

“We just did what we do,” said quarterback Caleb Koger. “We ran the ball and with the run game it gave me perfect play action and I was able to find people wide open.”

Johnson got another touchdown back for Morton Ranch in the third quarter on a 15 yard run. But Glass and Nathan Wilson responded with touchdown runs for Katy.

It was a shorthanded Katy team that had to face Morton Ranch and with playoffs starting next week, the Tigers hope to regain some of their health.

“The biggest key for us is getting our kids well,” said Katy head coach Gary Joseph. “We had a lot of them out tonight, but you have to have a program that can survive injuries and having a program where you can be competitive when you are injuries. The kids came in and stepped up and played well enough for us to win tonight. But that’s the big key and I’m anxious to get them all back out there.”

Katy celebrated after the victory, but by the time they got to the locker room they were already focused on who their next opponent would be.

“We’ve already flipped the switch on to the next goal,” Koger said. “Coach Joseph always says celebrate that night and now its on to the next one, and that’s what we are going to do.”

Katy will play either Fort Bend Bush or Fort Bend Clements in the bi-district round at 6 p.m. next Friday at Legacy Stadium.

“It starts with preparation and practice. We have to keep it up tempo in practice moving forward,” Kana said. “It’s getting kind of late in the season so we can’t slack off and we have to prevent stuff like that, keep going hard and focus on the main goal.”

Katy 66, Morton Ranch 15

Morton Ranch

0

8

7

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 15 

Katy

21

21

17

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 66 

First quarter

Katy: Caleb Koger 64 pass to JR Ceyanes (Axel Robertson kick) 11:08

Katy: Seth Davis 25 run (Robertson kick) 8:22

Katy: Davis 26 run (Robertson kick) 4:54

Second quarter

Katy: Dallas Glass 3 run (Robertson kick) 7:42

Katy: Glass 68 run (Robertson kick) 5:48

Morton Ranch: Josh Johnson 25 pass to Santana Scott (Johnson pass to Mike Gerald) 1:34

Katy: Davis 58 run (Robertson kick) 1:16

Third quarter

Morton Ranch: Johnson 15 run (Juan Arriga kick) 5:16

Katy: Glass 13 run (Robertson kick) 5:16

Fourth quarter

Katy: Nathan Wilson 23 run (Robertson kick)

Katy: Wilson 1 run (Robertson kick) 7:30

Katy: Axel Robertson 19 field goal

Team stats

Morton Ranch

 Katy

  First downs

 13

 17

  Yards rushing

 31-96

 35-382

  Yards passing

 123

 219

  Passes

 16-30-1-1

 10-13-1-0

  Punts

  4-39

 N/A

  Fumbles-lost

  1-1

 1-1

  Penalty-yards

  2-17

 6-41

Individual Statistics

Rushing -- Katy: Seth Davis, 8-156-3; Dallas Glass, 12-133-2; Nathan Wilson, 10-83-2; Justin Jurek, 2-15; Ramarion Tillman, 2-1; Caleb Koger, 1-(-6); Morton Ranch: Ryan Hall, 10-47; Santana Scott, 13-39; Josh Johnson, 8-10-1

Passing -- Katy: Caleb Koger, 8-11-185-1-0; 2-2-34-0-0; Morton Ranch: Josh Johnson, 16-26-123-1-1

Receiving – Katy: JR Ceyanes, 3-98-1; Nic Anderson, 3-45; Joshua Holycross, 1-26; Luke Patronella, 1-14; Michael Dante, 1-14; Ronnie Schneider, 1-14; Ramarion Tillman, 1-8; Morton Ranch: Santana Scott, 7-73-1; Mike Gerald, 6-34; Josiah Mills, 1-10; Cameron Hudson, 1-4; Kaden Sadler, 1-2

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