CYPRESS, Texas — Not many high school teams have the chance to play a district rival twice in a season. Following Saturday afternoon at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium, it’s the Cy-Fair Bobcats who get that right to play on as the Bobcats uprooted their District 17-6A foe Langham Creek Lobos 31-14 in a game filled with twists and turns.
“I have to give it to [Langham Creek],” said Bobcats’ Head Coach Ed Pustejovsky when asked about playing against the Lobos once more. “They came out, performed, and played well.”
This was the first time ever that two Cy-Fair ISD teams have met up in the state quarterfinals. When asked about what it was like to be a part of history, Pustejovsky said, “It was awesome. It’s great for the community and shows what kind of football we play in this district.”
Late in the first quarter, Bobcats’ running back Trent Kennedy capped off a long drive with a stellar 25-yard rushing touchdown for the first score of the game. This, however, did not go unnoticed by Langham Creek.
The Lobos answered right back just two minutes later as running back Chris Mehn rushed up the middle and strolled into the end-zone for the sweet six-point score with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The second quarter provided the fans with a stingy defensive performance on both sides of the ball. Only one score was allowed in the second quarter and nearly every drive ended following a three-and-out.
“The defense played outstanding all-day long. Without a doubt, we were getting pressure on the quarterback and they made plays,” Pustejovsky said.
This didn’t last forever. With less than six minutes remaining in the second quarter, Cy-Fair was dealt with a 4th and 1 situation just inside the red-zone on the Langham Creek 15-yard line. Rather than settling for the three points, Coach Pustejovksy opted to go for it and boy did it work. The Bobcats converted and wound up throwing the ball to tight end Justin Uriarte on the next play.
Uriarte miraculously caught it and was downed at the 1-yard line. This set up perfectly for Kennedy who next play bruised his way into the end-zone and earning himself another touchdown with 4:31 left to play in the first half.
Langham Creek finished up second quarter with no rebuttal to the Cy-Fair touchdown. The Lobos failed to match the 34-yard field goal from Bobcats’ kicker Max Duque in the third quarter as well.
It took them until midway through the fourth quarter to finally match a score, this time as running back Chris Mehn managed to cross the plane and secure a much-needed touchdown for his team, cutting the lead to 17-14 with 9:41 left in the game.
It would not be enough. Trent Kennedy would make the most of his senior season postseason play, scoring two touchdowns—one at the 2:46 mark and another right at 2:00—to seal the game and deliver the Cy-Fair Bobcats to the State Semi-Finals.
“Next week is just another work week, regardless if it’s Cibolo [Steele] or Westlake. Either way, we’ll be ready,” said Coach Pustejosky.
Cy-Fair (13-0) will play against the winner of Cibolo Steele (9-4) and Westlake (13-0) next week at NRG Stadium in Houston.
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