CYPRESS – Cy Ranch finished off the perfect regular season.
The Mustangs needed just one more win to go a perfect 10-0 and to do that had to slow down the best offensive unit in District 14-6A.
Logan McDougald passed for 199 yards and one score, Donovan Johnson had two interceptions, including a 68-yard pick six, and Cy Ranch defeated Tomball Memorial 35-14 on Thursday at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.
“It’s awesome, it seems like so long ago that we started,” Cy Ranch coach Gene Johnson said. “It’s a grind, to be at the and it’s very exciting to be 10-0.”
Cy Ranch (10-0, 8-0) completes an undefeated regular season for the second time in program history. The Mustangs last went 10-0 in 2016.
With the victory, Cy Ranch also claimed the District 14-6A Championship. This is the third time in the past five seasons the Mustangs have claimed a district title.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Johnson said. “To me that says something about the kids. It wasn’t just one year when we had a bunch of talent and we won. We’ve had some other kids that have come behind that and follow that up. I can’t speak highly enough of my players and the kids in the program.”
Tomball Memorial (8-2, 6-2) finishes the season in second place and will be the No. 2 seed in the Class 6A Division II Playoffs coming out of District 14-6A.
The Wildcats’ offense, which was averaging 585 yards per game, was held to just 301 yards in their second loss of the year.
“I think our defense played great tonight,” Johnson said. “They’ve played great for 10 weeks. Our team is kind of revolved around our defense. Tomball Memorial’s got some great players and good offense. I thought our defense played really well tonight.”
The Mustangs used its first drive of the night to set the tone.
Cy Ranch capped off a 10-play, 67-yard opening drive with a score as Elias Pino rumbled into the end zone from eight yards out.
Trailing 7-0, Tomball Memorial answered with its own impressive drive going 95 yards and Jorden Guidry finished it with a one-yard touchdown dive, making it 7-7 with 9:52 left in the second quarter.
On its next drive, Cy Ranch struck through the air when McDougald hit CJ Hardy in the back of the end zone for a 20-yard toe-tapping score, making it 14-7 at halftime.
Hardy finished the game with four catches for 86 yards and the score.
Starting the second half with the ball, Tomball Memorial needed a score.
On the third play of the drive, Chandler Galban threw to his left only to find nobody wearing a white jersey was in the area. Cy Ranch’s Donovan Johnson went to a knee and easily picked off the pass.
Cy Ranch running back Willie Eldridge made them pay for the mistake as he broke loose for a 34-yard score, pushing the lead up to 21-7 with 9:44 left in the third quarter.
Eldridge finished the game with seven carries for 75 yards and a score.
“The run, it felt exciting,” Eldridge said. “But that’s a great team over there. If we play our best game, we feel like nobody can stop up. That’s a great team over there that will go deep in the playoffs.”
The Mustangs blew the game open when McDougald hit Kobe Banks at midfield and the junior shook and sped past multiple defenders into the end zone for the 73-yard score and capping off the 14-point third quarter by Cy Ranch.
McDougald finished 7 of 12 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. McDougald’s passing performance put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
In the fourth quarter, Cy Ranch’s defense struck again when Johnson picked off his second pass of the night. Johnson took this interception back 68 yards for the score, making it 35-7.
“It’s amazing, they have a nice offense,” Johnson said. “We were just physical and do what we do.”
Galban finished 6-of-19 for 62 yards and two interceptions. Entering the game, Galban had thrown just one interception all season and had been held below 100 yards passing only once.
Christian Lovick finishes with 19 carries and 81 yards, while Gidrey had 71 yards and two scores on 17 carries. Gidrey scored the final points of the night with a 12-yard scamper with 2:12 left in the game.
Tomball Memorial ran the ball 55 times compared to the 19 attempted passes.
Cy Ranch will now get ready to host Pflugerville Hendrickson in the Bi-District round of the playoffs next Friday at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.
“They’re a very, very good football team,” Johnson said. “Much like what we played tonight. We just have to take it one week at a time and now get ready for Pflugerville.”