The UIL football playoffs got underway over the weekend and two teams with high hopes and great expectations in their respective divisions started their playoff runs with dominant wins.
The Cy-Fair Bobcats, undefeated district champions of 17-5A, opened their request for a Region III Division 1 title with a 63-14 victory over District 18-5A qualifier Nimitz on Saturday night at the Berry Center.
One night earlier, the favorites to win the Region III Division 2 championship–the Katy Tigers–posted a 63-7 win over the Madison Marlins at Butler Stadium.
Both teams, who have the top two defensive units in the area, got 400-plus yard offensive performances to go along with their routine stingy defensive performances.
For Katy (11-0), freshman running back Rodney Anderson rushed for four touchdowns and led a corps of rushers for the Tigers that posted 307 rushing yards for the District 19-5A champions. Anderson had 91 yards on 13 carries.
Meanwhile, the Tiger defense held the Marlins to 140 total yards and eight first downs.
Cy-Fair’s defense was equally impressive against the Nimitz Cougars.
The Bobcats (11-0) limited the Cougars to 144 offensive yards and 86 of those yards came on a touchdown run by Dre’Vian Young in the second quarter. Nimitz managed just three first downs in the game.
Cy-Fair scored at least two touchdowns in each quarter and had two running backs rush for at least 100 yards. John Jacob led all rushers in the game with 104 yards and Brandon Walker added 100 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
In addition to Cy-Fair and Katy, other 17-5A and 19-5A teams had successful starts to their playoff seasons.
Cypress Falls knocked off District 18-5A champion Elsik in the Division 1 bracket at Crump Stadium on Thursday night, 48-22, as quarterback Troy Mitchell threw for 371 yards and seven touchdowns.
Cypress Woods cruised past Eisenhower, 42-7, in Division 2 play as Gabe West threw for three TDs and Trent Holmes rushed for two more.
From 19-5A, Cinco Ranch held off a feisty Bellaire Cardinal squad in the first half before pulling away late in the game for a 59-28 victory on Saturday night.
The Memorial Mustangs rolled up 366 rushing yards en route to a 33-13 win over Westside. Memorial’s ground attack was paced by running back Boomer White, who ran for 220 yards and three scores, and quarterback Tyler McCloskey, who added 140 yards and two TDs.
In Region II-5A games, District 13-5A won three of the four bidistrict games over their 14-5A opponents.
Klein Oak capitalized on first-half turnovers by Kingwood to open up a 31-0 halftime lead on their way to a 48-29 win in a Division 1 game on Friday night.
Spring ISD teams won both Division 2 games, including Westfield’s 30-27 upset of the Lufkin Panthers in Huntsville on Friday.
Lufkin missed an extra point that would’ve tied the game at 28-28 with four minutes remaining and Westfield scored on a safety with under one minute to go to seal the victory.
Dekaney got 322 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Trey Williams and then held off a late rally by the College Park Cavaliers to pick up a victory in the Wildcats’ first playoff game in the school’s history.
The Woodlands was the only 14-5A team to advance, as the Highlanders held off Klein Collins 42-31.
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HOUSTON AREA FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
UIL Class 5A Division I / Bidistrict Round
- Klein Oak 48, Humble Kingwood 29
- The Woodlands 42, Klein Collins 31
- Cy-Fair 63, Nimitz 14
- Cinco Ranch 59, Bellaire 28
- North Shore 34, Pasadena Dobie 14
- Fort Bend Hightower 47, Clear Brook 21
- Cypress Falls 48, Alief Elsik 22
- Houston Lamar 35, Katy Morton Ranch 21
- Deer Park 31, Beaumont West Brook 30
- Pearland 41, Fort Bend Elkins 0
UIL Class 5A Division II / Bidistrict Round
- Spring Westfield 30, Lufkin 27
- Spring Dekaney 27, The Woodlands College Park 21
- Cypress Woods 42, Aldine Eisenhower 7
- Katy 63, Houston Madison 7
- La Porte 35, Pasadena Memorial 7
- Fort Bend Bush 29, Clear Creek 21
- Alief Taylor 48, Langham Creek 47
- Houston Memorial 33, Houston Westside 13
- Port Arthur Memorial 56, South Houston 28
- Clear Springs 43, Fort Bend Dulles 25
Class 4A Division I / Bidistrict Round
- Montgomery 28, Huntsville 3
- Vidor 42, Crosby 20
- Houston Wheatley 37, Houston Waltrip 22
- Angleton 48, Friendswood 21
- Houston Stratford 20, Willis 14
- Nederland 24, Baytown Goose Creek 6
- Houston Reagan 35, Houston Worthing 6
- Pearland Dawson 40, Rosenberg Lamar 34, OT
CLASS 4A Division II / Bidistrict Round
- Brenham 35, Humble Kingwood Park 3
- Beaumont Ozen 40, Barbers Hill 36
- Houston Sharpstown 34, Houston Washington 32
- La Marque 31, Rosenberg Terry 25
- Magnolia West 41, Summer Creek 19
- Dayton 36, Port Neches-Groves 31
- Houston Yates 35, Houston Kashmere 14
- Manvel 29, El Campo 21
TAPPS 11 Man / First Round
- Houston St. Pius X 48, SA Antonian 33
- FW Nolan 50, Houston Christian 10
- Houston St. Thomas 27, Dallas Bishop Lynch 21
- Austin Hyde Park 14, Houston Second Baptist 10
- Houston Northland Christian 51, CC John Paul 21
- SA Christian 41, Sugar Land Fort Bend 14
- Tomball Concordia 45, SA Texas Military 10
- Katy Faith West 24, Tyler Gorman 6
- Houston Cypress Christian 34, Tyler All Saints 7
- The Woodlands Christian 57, Austin St. Dominic Savio 12
TAPPS 6 Man / First Round
- Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills 58, Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian 0
- Tomball Rosehill 76, Mansfield Fellowship Academy 56
- Watauga Harvest Christian 90, Sugar Land Logos Prep 53
- Alvin Living Stones 35, San Antonio Town East 28
- Dickinson Pine Drive 62, Lubbock Kingdom Prep 14