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Katy ISD Week Two Previews: Last week of non-district includes intriguing matchups

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 8/31/22

Cinco Ranch continues non-district Thursday by taking on a fellow 1-0 team in Klein Oak.

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Katy ISD Week Two Previews: Last week of non-district includes intriguing matchups


*All games non-district


Cinco Ranch (1-0) at Klein Oak (1-0), 7 p.m. at Klein Memorial Stadium

Last Year: Did not play

  • Cinco Ranch continues non-district Thursday by taking on a fellow 1-0 team in Klein Oak.
    It will be the second straight road game for the Cougars as they prepare for District 19-6A play next week and it will come against a good opponent.
    Cinco comes off a dominating win over College Park as the Cougars offense steamrolled its way to 41 points while allowing just 13 in a dismantling of College Park.
    Gavin Rutherford got his senior year off to a huge start, throwing for 391 yards and five touchdowns, while Noah Abboud was open all night, catching 12 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns while Seth Salverino caught four passes for 95 yards and a score. And the Cinco run game was efficient, averaging over five yards per carry and rushing for 127 yards. Cinco’s defense was all over the field in the win as well, forcing one turnover and keeping College Park from getting anything going in either the pass or run game.
    Klein Oak comes off a 32-25 win over Dekaney in the teams season opener and the teams offense will be a good challenge for the Cinco defense. Quarterback P.J. Hatter is a weapon to both run and pass the ball, while Kaleb Black can blow the lid off of defensive backs and make deep plays. But Cinco should be able to take advantage of a defense with question marks and it could be another huge day for Rutherford and Co.

Taylor (0-1)  at George Ranch (0-1), 7 p.m. at Traylor Stadium

Last year: George Ranch 48, Taylor 13

  • Taylor will finish its non-district schedule with a game against George Ranch as both teams go into Thursday in search of their first win.
    Taylor comes off a 38-17 loss to Cy-Woods in which the Mustangs took a lead in the first quarter but were unable to keep up with the Cy-Woods offense down the stretch.
    It was a struggle for the Taylor defense, as Cy-Woods threw for 162 yards and rushed for 173 yards, but in a bright spot the Mustangs forced two turnovers on the day.
    Offensively, Taylor allowed three sacks and threw interceptions while also turning the ball over on a fumble, as they struggled to get things going offensively.
    George Ranch had a brutal offensive game against Foster, only gaining 85 yards through the air and 112 yards on the ground. George Ranch also had two turnovers in the game.
    Taylor might be able to exploit the George Ranch defense and attack it on the ground, but will have to contend with Deion Drinkard at quarterback and Gregor Jones at receiver, which will give the Mustangs defense a test in their final non-district game.


Katy (1-0) vs. Atascocita (1-0), 6 p.m. at Legacy Stadium

Last year: Did not play

  • In one of the biggest non-district games in the entire area, Katy and Atascocita will play as both teams come off big wins in week one.
    Katy was as dominating as ever in the first week of the year, dismantling Clear Springs 49-16 and rushing for over 400 yards on offense.
    Seth Davis picked up right where he left of last season, carrying the ball 21 times for 270 yards and three scores, while Romarian Tillman showed impressive skill carrying the ball nine times for 67 yards. Dallas Glass and Chase Johnsey both ran in touchdowns as well.
    Caleb Koger threw for 64 yards and a touchdown, which went to JR Ceyanes, and Katy’s return game was in midseason form as well with Micah Koenig returning a punt 74 yards for a score. And Katy’s defense was its dominant self.
    Atascocita comes off just as dominant a win over Dickinson, winning 37-0 over Dickinson in a game in which the Eagles also dominated both offensively and defensively.
    Zion Brown was everywhere for the Eagles, completing 13 of 22 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns and carrying the ball six times for 72 yards, while Tory Blaylock rushed 24 times for 104 yards and Atascocita’s defense held Dickinson to just 120 yards of offense.
    This will be a huge test for both teams and will show how both look early in the season. Atascocita may be able to key in on Katy’s run game but the Tigers may also be able to take advantage of Brown’s turnovers, as he threw two interceptions against Dickinson.
    Katy is 4-0 against Atascocita in previous matchups.

Tompkins (1-0) vs. Bridgeland (1-0), 7 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium

Last year: Did not play

  • Tompkins and Bridgeland play in a huge matchup with both teams entering the game at 1-0 and wanting to prove they are among the best in the Houston area, and it will be an intriguing matchup to see how both teams stack up early in the year.
    It was a good first start for Chris Gilbert Jr., who threw for two touchdowns against Cy-Ranch, while Caleb Blocker was big in the running game, running in two touchdowns. And Tompkins defense came up huge as well, with Cody Chapman coming away with an interception. While Wyatt Young continued to do his thing offensively in both the run and pass game.
    Bridgeland comes off a hard fought, 24-21 win over Cy-Fair, where Jonathan Nelson had a strong performance on the ground. The Bears have some dynamic players on offense and a solid defense so it will present Tompkins with a good challenge before they open district play against Katy next week.

Mayde Creek (1-0) at Waller (0-1), 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium

Last year: Did not play

  • Mayde Creek put on a dominant showing in the teams season opener by shutting out Westside 30-0.
    For the Rams, it was their first shutout since a 34-0 win over Alvin in 2019 and it moved the team in the right direction starting the year. Carldell Beard had an efficient day throwing the ball, going 12 for 15 for 105 yards and a score while Jerimiah Hill was great in the running game, rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns and Reggie McNeal Jr. also ran in a score. Beau Bankston was a force in the pass game, and Hill tallied a score off a reception as well, but the biggest story of the day was the Rams defense.
    Mayde Creek held Westside to 12 yards passing and 23 yards rushing and they also forced one turnover and blocked a field goal to move to 1-0.
    Waller comes out a blowout loss to Bryan, but did show some things in the pass game. Mayde Creek should again have a big day on offense while the Waller offense will provide the Mayde Creek secondary with some tests that they will need to answer.


Jordan (1-0) at Kingwood (1-0), 6 p.m. at Turner Stadium

Last year: Did not play

  • Jordan put on a show in its first game of the season and will look to continue that against Kingwood on Saturday in the teams first road game of the year.
    Jordan could do no wrong offensively last week, scoring in every way you could draw up and punishing Aldine Davis both in the air and on the ground.
    Zechariah Sample was at the middle of everything for the Warriors, scoring three times offensively while also intercepting two passes and bringing one of those back for a touchdown on defense.
    Now, it’s about how the Warriors can follow that up, and if they can stay focused after a big win.
    Kingwood is coming off a strong showing as well, beating Clear Creek 28-6 and showing a strong pass attack in the game.
    Senior quarterback Trey Reese threw for 117 yards and three touchdowns while also throwing an interception in the win and Adam Graham was the top ballcarrier for Kingwood. Drew Harrington will be a handful for the Jordan secondary, as he made two big plays for touchdowns in their win.
    The game will show how Jordan responds as well as showing how the Warriros defense deals with a strong pass game.

Morton Ranch (1-0) vs. Kingwood Park (1-0), 6 p.m. at Legacy Stadium

Last year: Did not play

  • It was hairy for a bit, but Morton Ranch’s big players showed up when needed to get them off to a 1-0 start with a 21-19 win over Eisenhower.
    Just as it was last year, it was Santana Scott and Josh Johnson who made a huge difference offensively, while Mike Gerald also had a big day.
    Johnson completed eight of 17 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 59 yards and another score. Meanwhile, Scott had 108 yards on 11 carries, nearly averaging 10 yards per carry, and Ryan Hall rushed for 70 yards. Scott also had 41 receiving yards while Gerald caught three passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
    The Morton Ranch also made a difference, sacking Eisenhower three times and causing two fumbles while blocking a field goal.
    Kingwood Park comes off a 45-7 win over MacArther and will test Morton Ranch with a strong quarterback in Jaxon Sims, a good running back in Isaiah Perez and a good wide receiver in Hayden Bender. Defensively, the Panthers have a good secondary and it will be interesting to see how Morton Ranch is able to attack it.

Paetow (1-0) at Cy-Ranch (0-1), 6 p.m. at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium

Last year: Did not play

  • Paetow struggled offensively against Conroe last week, but the Panthers defense was wildly good, holding Conroe to just a field goal in a 14-3 win. And now they get to go up against a very good Cy-Ranch squad that put up a very strong fight against Tompkins in week one.
    The Panthers defense might be able to carry them against anyone, but they will also be looking for more offensively, especially in the pass game against Cy-Park after failing to eclipse 50 yards in the first game of the season.
    Koby Truehill threw for 41 yards and a touchdown, but also tossed two interceptions, and the Paetow run game wasn’t quite as strong as it normally is, with Damyrion Phillips leading the way with 69 yards rushing.
    Cy-Ranch was able to put up resistance against Tompkins and looks like a very strong team this year. The Mustangs have an experienced squad and have a weapon at quarterback in Blake Baker and at receiver in Jarred Sample and Carson Littlefield.
    The defense looks strong too and it will be a good test for both Paetow’s offense and defense.

Seven Lakes (0-1) vs. Klein (0-1), 7 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium

Last year: Klein 30, Seven Lakes 0

  • Seven Lakes had a decent day defensively in its season opener against Memorial last week but were unable to turn that into a win. The offense struggled all nigt and despite a relatively good day running the ball, the Spartans could never get anything going passing the ball.
    It was untimely mistakes that ultimately cost the Spartans and they’ll look to remedy that when they play Klein this Saturday, as both teams search for their first win of the season.
    Klein comes off a 14-7 loss to Fort Bend Marshall, as the Bearkats also had a poor day offensively to start the season.
    Klein has a strong run defense, which is Seven Lakes strength, and offensively they have weapons in Myles Arterberry at running back as well as at receiver. It will be a good look at how Seven Lakes will also handle district foes who are strong against the run.
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