As one of the two ten-team districts in the Houston area, the District 17-5A teams have only one opportunity to prepare for district competition. And most of the district’s teams have opted to wait till this week to begin their schedule with that lone non-district game in order to build a little momentum going into the nine-game district battle.
But three of the Cy-Fair ISD teams did open their 2011 seasons in Week 0—all on the road—and two of them came away winners.
On Friday night at Mercer Stadium in the Fort Bend ISD, the Cypress Ranch Mustangs opened their second varsity season with a 34-21 win over the Austin Bulldogs.
Junior Keith Ford returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a 73-yard touchdown to help break open a close game. Ford’s return gave Cy Ranch a 21-7 lead at the time.
Ford had opened the scoring in the game with a four-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and he closed out the evening’s scoring with a two-yard run with under a minute remaining in the game.
On the evening, Ford finished with 131 rushing yards on 23 carries.
On Saturday night, Cy-Fair took on Katy Taylor at Rhodes Stadium in Katy and dominated from beginning to end, controlling the tempo of the game and holding the Taylor offense to 185 yards for the game, on the way to a 41-0 victory.
Senior running back John Jacob accounted for four of the six Bobcat touchdowns.
After quarterback Logan Taylor got the scoring started with a one-yard keeper at 6:14 of the first quarter, Jacob and Taylor collaborated on a four-yard scoring pass to give the Bobcats a 13-0 lead at the end of the period.
Jacob then added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of one and 22 yards.
He added a fourth TD on a two-yard run as time wound down in the third quarter.
Cy-Fair’s defense forced five Mustang turnovers, including four interceptions.
Cypress Springs did not fare as well as its district mates in its opener. The Panthers opened their season at Rhodes Stadium on Thursday against Mayde Creek and four turnovers contributed to a 34-12 loss to the Rams.
Quarterback Terrance Jackson did contribute 200 yards of offense for Cy Springs. The junior completed ten of 21 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 83 yards on 16 carries.
The three teams now take an early bye week while the other seven district teams get underway this week.
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joltleft.com 17-5A Player of the Week
Keith Ford, junior RB, Cypress Ranch: 23 carries, 131 yards, 2 TD; 73-yard kickoff return for TD
- John Jacob, senior RB, Cy-Fair: 22 carries, 122 yards, 3 TD; 1 reception, 4 yards, TD
- Terrance Jackson, junior QB, Cypress Springs: 10-21-1 passing, 117 yards, TD; 16 carries, 83 yards
- Devin Cash, senior WR, Cypress Springs: 3 receptions, 99 yards, TD