Cy Creek Cougars Return Leaders, Hope For Playoff Run

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The Cypress Creek Cougars didn’t have problems scoring points in 2016. They just couldn’t outscore their opponents enough times. The Cougars averaged 31 points a game, but they allowed 37 per contest.

Cy Creek ended 2016 with a 5-5 record after winning the final two games of the season, thus avoiding a losing campaign.

The schedule will be the same in 2017, and fortunately for Cy Creek, so will many of the faces on offense.

Mateo Renteria passed for 2,674 yards and 27 touchdowns last season with a 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. His top three pass catchers will be back, too.

Cy Creek only gets one game — the season opener at Klein Oak — to get ready for nine district games. District 17-6A has 10 teams, so the league games begin in Week 2, which will be at Langham Creek this season for Cy Creek.

This district is balanced in population as it’s the only UIL district in the state that has all its schools with over 3,000 students.

Cy Creek made the playoffs three straight years from 2008-10, but has only made it once (2015) in the last six seasons, posting a 29-33 record in that span.

Key Losses
OLB Dakwa Davis, RB Caleb Horn, OLB Travis Earls

Davis had 62 tackles, including 21 solo, and two fumble recoveries from his outside position. Earls, at the other outside backer spot, had 49 tackles and caused four fumbles his senior year.

Horn averaged 6.4 yards per carry and rushed for 476 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season while splitting time in the backfield.

Key Returners
QB Mateo Renteria, RB Jack Hook, WR Miles Battle

Renteria completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards and 27 touchdowns in just 10 games. He averaged 24 completions per game, and he has his top three targets returning this season.

Hook averaged 6.1 yards per carry and had 501 yards to lead the Cougars in 2016. His 10 rushing touchdowns were second on the team. He had 405 receiving yards with six more touchdowns.

Battle led the team in catches (74), receiving yards (1,049) and touchdown receptions (15).

Verdict
The Cougars return all offensive leaders from last year, so 31 points a game in the district could easily go upwards of 40-42 per game in 2017.

If the Cy Creek defense can merely contain opponents to an average of 30 points (or less) a game, the Cougars could have enough firepower to make it back to the playoffs for only the second time in the last seven years — a drought way too long at Cy Creek.

 

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