Photo by John Glaser
TJ McAloon @tjmcaloon
September 16, 2016
 

At 1-2, the Katy Tigers are at a crossroads for their young 2016 season. They have the potential to go one of two ways. Option-A is they continue their district winning streak, which is at 47 games, by beating Cinco Ranch. Or, they go Option-B and drop back to back games sending them to their third loss in four games.

If the Tigers see their district winning streak snapped on Friday it may not be the end of the world for them. Back when they won a state title in 2008 they finished the season at 13-3. That year, they started 0-2 with a loss at The Woodlands, much like they did this season.

Since ’08 they’ve gone an astonishing 100-6.

As Bone Thugs-N Harmony said, “See you at the crossroads.”

The season started out with such promise and hope for the Tigers. They began as a top-five team in the nation, and the top rated team in the state. Now, three-weeks later they are outside of the top-25 nationally and out of the top-10 in Texas.

If Katy is going to rebound this week, they are going to have to revive an offense that was inept against The Woodlands. They were unable to move the ball for almost three quarters. As a lone field goal was the only scoring the Tigers could muster.

And, before the abomination that was their second loss of the season, they came very close to opening their 2016 season 0-3; as double overtime was needed to knock off Klein Collins at their home opener.

If Katy drops Friday night’s game against their “little brother” what does that spell for not only this season, but the reputation that the seniors on this squad will have? A loss against Cinco Ranch not only puts a huge dent on their State Title aspirations, but it labels this group as a bunch of chokers.

They choked when they went on the road to open the year at Westlake. Almost choked at the home opener. And, choked just seven days ago.

Or, a dismantling of the Cougars, at their home turf, could turn this season from the dumpster fire it’s starting to look like, to the heights it was expected to finish at. The coaching staff can only do so much in preparations and planning for these kids. It’s up to them to execute and play up to the level that was expected of them before a down was even played.

We’ll just have to see what happens at Rhodes Stadium.