Cy Ridge and running back Trelon Smith ran over Katy Taylor 55-28 Friday night at Waller ISD Stadium. Smith put up fantasy breakout numbers, destroying modest projections with 336 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Smith’s ankle-breaking speed was reinforced by the Rams colossus offensive line. The lethal alliance laid waste to everything in its path. Cy Ridge head coach Gary Thiebaud talked about the prosperous relationship between his star running back and the men who block for him.
“Our offensive line, I trust them 100%” Coach Thiebaud said. “There’s been numerous times during the year when it’s been 4th & 2 and we’ve gone for it because I trust them. Whenever you interview Trelon, he talks about his offensive line. He loves them. He plays hard for them; they play hard for each other. That’s a really close group of kids right there.”
Together, Trelon Smith and his o-line conquered the Mustangs defense and added to an already decorated season. Smith has now pillaged opponents for 2,175 yards rushing and 33 total touchdowns this year. With that kind of performance to look forward to, it’s no wonder why the Rams kept the ball on the ground. Cy Ridge quarter back Tyson Williams only completed two of seven attempts passing, but one did find wide receiver Kevin LeDee in the end zone for a second quarter touchdown.
If Smith didn’t light things up in such a show-stopping manner, Mustangs running back Ean Beek’s numbers may have stood out. In his final game of the year, Beek put up 242 total yards and ran for three of Katy Taylor’s touchdowns. Beek concludes his magical 2016 season with an incredible 2,335 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns.
Cy Ridge’s Trelon Smith gashed the entire game while Katy Taylor’s Ean Beek was held captive to a steady grind. Less than tremendous in stature, it was Smith’s track-like speed that got him to the second level of the Mustangs defense almost every time he touched the ball. He logged a full game’s workload in the first two quarters alone, sprinting for 203 first half yards and two touchdowns. The biggest difference between the competing ball carriers was the hard fought effort Beek had to put forth just to gain minimal yardage. He did not seem to receive the same amount of offensive line help that was springing Smith and other Rams running backs for gains of 20 and 30 yards at various times throughout the night. The Rams took a 21-7 lead into halftime, then opened the second half with 13 straight points and never looked back. A lopsided 55-28 defeat is not how Katy Taylor head coach Trey Herrmann wanted to end his season, but the year as whole was one in which his Mustangs grew considerably.
“Hats off to the seniors” an emotional Coach Herrmann said after the game. “To go from having so much success the first year (2014), then falling off the second year (2015) and regrouping. The leadership they showed was tremendous. I just think we need to build on that and keep moving forward.”
Fortunately for the Mustangs, game changers like running back Ean Beek and defensive end Max Wright are juniors and will return for their senior season in 2017.
Cy Ridge advances to the Regional Semi-Finals of the 6A Division II Playoffs. They will face the winner of the Kingwood – Clear Brook, who play Saturday, November 19 at NRG Stadium.