This is part 4 of a 6-part series. 132 wins and three state championships in the past decade. They are the Katy Tigers.
The Tigers won the state title in 2012, 2015, and 2020, and back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2014.
2012 Championship Season
Katy went undefeated, going 16-0, and took on Cedar Hill in the 5A State Championship Game. The Tigers took a 14-10 lead at halftime and held Cedar Hill scoreless in the 3rd quarter.
RB Adam Taylor was a one-man wrecking crew as he ran for 277 yards and five touchdowns. He scored on runs of 1 yard, 17 yards, 10 yards, 56 yards, and 42 yards. Taylor was named the game’s Offensive MVP.
The Katy defense was just as dominant, recording 12 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 INT, and two pass breakups. Matt Dimon was named the Defensive MVP as he made five tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three tackles for loss.
2015 Championship Season
The Tigers went undefeated yet again (15-0) as Katy made another appearance in the state championship game, this time at the 6A level. The Tigers faced off against the Cavaliers of Lake Travis.
Katy raced to a 17-7 halftime lead and outscored the Cavs 17-0 in the 2nd half. The Tigers won convincingly 34-7.
Katy RB Kyle Porter ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns, earning the Offensive MVP.
K Kris Perez made two field goals, from 30 yards and 48 yards.
The Katy defense sacked Lake Travis QB Charlie Brewer four times and intercepted him twice. Michael Matus was named the Defensive MVP, recording 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, and 1 INT, which he returned 43 yards for a touchdown.
2020 Championship Season
Katy went 14-1 and made another appearance in the 6A state championship game against Cedar Hill. The Katy offense averaged 46 points per game. The defense allowed just 11 points per game.
The Tigers roared to a 24-0 halftime lead and outscored Cedar Hill 14-0 in the 4th quarter. In fact, Cedar Hill didn’t score until 4:28 of the 3rd quarter.
Katy RB Seth Davis rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown. RB Jalen Davis rushed for 109 yards and a score. Isaiah Smith had one carry for 55 yards and a TD.
Tigers QB Caleb Koger passed for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The Katy defense played lights out, making five tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INTs, 3 pass breakups, and 1 sack. Carl Varner made three tackles, two tackles for loss, one INT, one sack. Varner returned the interception 15 yards for a touchdown.
Katy Tigers-Going Into 2021
Head Coach Gary Joseph welcomes 11 starters back from their title team of a year ago.
The players he will be counting on include:
- DB Bobby Taylor: 33 tackles, 1 INT
- RB Seth Davis: 1755 yards rushing, 18 TDs
- QB Caleb Koger: 1552 yards passing, 24 TDs
- LB Ty Kana: 72 tackles, 11 TFLs, 3 sacks
- DB Malick Sylla: 32 tackles, 12 TFLs, 6 sacks
- DB Hamilton McMartin: 53 tackles, 5 TFLs, 2 INTs
- DB Arian Parish-Moreno: 50 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 INT
- RB Chase Johnsey
Katy opens the 2021 season against Clear Springs on August 27th.
Other Notable Games:
The Woodlands Sep. 17
Katy Tompkins Oct. 1
at Katy Taylor Oct. 28
Tony Thomas is a freelance writer. He also writes about college football on his own site, www.thegridironnews.com.
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