Game Report and Gallery Update from the Texas Prep Football Playoffs. Thanks again, Wahs!!!!
Continued from a post on 25 November 2017
Wahs (@DisplacedTexann on Twitter):
So, what does good Texan do when he goes home to Houston for Thanksgiving and the t-sips are still scared to play the Aggies during rivalry week? Check out his high school alma mater under the bright Friday night lights of the Texas state playoffs of course.
I headed west to the brand-new Legacy Stadium in Katy, TX to watch the Cy-Fair Bobcats take on the Strake Jesuit Crusaders in the Area Round of the playoffs. This new stadium made headlines for costing a whopping $70 million dollars. We can debate the merits of spending that much on a high school facility another time, although I do know that the stadium already has a sponsor and is part of the larger Academy Sports + Outdoor Student Activities Complex.
I grew up playing football in the Houston area. In fact, I played my last high school football game in the same round of the playoffs at the older Rhodes Stadium right next door. Rhodes Stadium is not small, but the 12,000-seat Legacy Stadium is outright amazing. For starters, you can’t miss the 60’ x 25’ video board or the amazing locker room complex, which is topped with conference rooms and private seating for the coaches’ families. And I definitely won’t complain that Chick-fil-a sandwiches are served at all 4 of the concession stands. I was absolutely floored as soon as I walked in, and luckily the product on the field was just as good.
The 1st quarter was uneventful on the scoreboard but was a strong defensive battle. Cy-Fair was able to string together a few good drives, but Strake was able to stymie them inside the 30-yard line each time. Strake on the other hand was met with a strong Cy-Fair defensive front that stuffed the run and provided just enough pressure to keep their quarterback uncomfortable.
Things livened up in the 2nd quarter when the first play resulted in a 78-yard pass down the left sideline for a Cy-Fair touchdown. Strake was finally able to get their offense moving on the ensuing drive but missed a 30-yard field goal. Cy-Fair was able to move down the field again and connect on their 20-yard field goal to make it 10-0. It became clear at this point that Cy-Fair was the better team and was slowly wearing down the Strake defense while Strake’s offense could not string together drives with multiple first downs.
Both defenses stepped up in the 3rd quarter and the teams exchanged punts throughout the period. Cy-Fair started to click on their third possession of the quarter. They leaned heavily on their running game and ended the quarter with a first and goal on Strake’s 5-yardline.
The first play of the 4th quarter was a run up the middle for the final score of the game to make it 17-0. Strake’s offense continued to sputter and didn’t give their defense any time to rest. Cy-Fair continued to lean heavily on their running game and ate up a ton of the clock on their way to a well earned victory.
Cy Fair (11-0) will continue their title hopes this week against Friendswood (9-3). They are set to square off Friday at 7 PM at TDECU Stadium.