CYPRESS — The reigning state champions welcomed Cy-Park to FCU Stadium with a solid first-half performance Saturday evening (Sept. 8, 2018).
Cy-Fair continued its perfect 2-0 season with a 47-0 dispatching of the Tigers, whom are now 0-2 in pre-district action.
Both teams enter league play next Saturday. Cy-Park visits Cy-Lakes at FCU Stadium in District 14-6A action at 6 p.m., while the Bobcats are scheduled to host Spring Branch Northbrook at Ken Pridgeon Stadium at 6 p.m. in the District 17-6A opener.
The Bobcats scored early and often in the pre-district All-Cypress matchup, starting with a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Nelub to Christian Richmond with 9:32 standing on the first quarter clock. The pass capped a 70-yard, six-play drive that ate up just over two minutes of game time. Jake Ruiz’ extra point was true, 7-0 in favor of the reigning champs.
After stopping the young Cy-Park offense, the Bobcats only needed four downs to punch another touchdown ticket with a 33-yard pass from Nelub to Richmond with 4:47 remaining in the first period. The extra point failed, 13-0.
Again, the Cy-Fair wrecking crew stalled the Tiger offense. Then the Bobcats plowed through with a long 44-yard run to the endzone that was called back by a holding penalty.
After the penalty, Richmond pulled the same move for 53-yards but was pushed out-of-bounds by Cy-Park’s James LeBlanc at the 1-yard line. Jaelon Woods took the handoff straight up the middle for the remainder and the score. Ruiz’s kick split the uprights, 19-0, with 2:15 left in the opening stanza.
The second quarter was also the Bobcats’ narrative, as they got ahold of the ball and on the next play, Woods dodged his through the Tiger defense, breaking tackles along the way for a 76-yard touchdown run. Ruiz’ point after was good, 26-0, with 11:06 on the clock.
Cy-Fair struck again with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Nelub to Marcus Mckinley. Ruiz split the uprights again, 33-0, with 8:56 remaining.
The Bobcats’ L. J. Johnson went off to the races with an 86-yard scoring run with 3:24 left in the half. Ruiz’ kick was true, 40-0.
The state champions finished the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds remaining on the clock. Ruiz’ extra point was good, 47-0.
Lightning struck in the area just moments into the halftime show, forcing every game in the northwest region of the Greater Houston area into lockdown mode for 30 minutes. The weather worsened and the game was called about an hour later at approximately 8:30 p.m.
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