Editor’s Note: We erroneously had a touchdown with the incorrect players’ names. It’s been updated to give Logan McDougald and Edwin Smith credit for their efforts.

CYPRESS — The Cy-Ranch Mustangs outlasted Katy’s Cinco Ranch Cougars and blew them out of the water in the final quarter of action, leading to a 32-21 season opening victory at the Berry Center’s FCU Stadium Thursday night (Aug. 30, 2018).
The victory puts the Mustangs at 1-0 on the season, with their next battle at Austin Westlake Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
The Mustangs opened the scoring with a 27-yard Austin Rychlik field goal, 3-0, as five minutes stood on the first quarter clock.

Austin Rychlik (41) scores the Mustangs’ first points of the 2018 season with a 27-yard field goal, as Ross Thurwalker holds the ball. Cy-Ranch defeated Cinco Ranch, 32-21, in the season opener Thursday night (Aug. 30, 2018) at FCU Stadium. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

It took almost an entire period, but the Cougars answered in the form of a 20-yard rushing touchdown, followed by the point-after kick, with seven minutes left in the half, 7-3.
The Cougars would finish the first half scoring with another 17-yard rushing touchdown, followed by the PAT, 14-3, with just a minute left before the break.
Despite going into the locker room down by 11 points, the Mustangs kept their focus when the teams clashed again after the halftime show.

Willie Eldridge (5) takes the handoff from Logan McDougald (10), while Elias Pino (11) moves to block for them. The Cy-Ranch Mustangs defeated Katy’s Cinco Ranch Cougars, 32-21, in the season opener at FCU Stadium Thursday night (Aug. 30, 2018). (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

Willie Eldridge punched through with a 3-yard run, followed by a two-point conversion, the Mustangs trailed 14-11, with six minutes in the third period.
With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Logan McDougald connected with Edwin Smith for a 41-yard aerial bomb that finally put the Mustangs in the driver’s seat. The point after was good, 18-14 with Cy-Ranch on top.
However, the Cougars weren’t ready to give up and capped a drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown and extra point, putting Cinco on top, 21-18, with six minutes on the clock.
The Mustangs’ tanks weren’t empty yet and they marched for 73 yards, finished by a 10-yard Eldridge run. Rychlik’s kick was true and the Mustangs ruled the ranch battle, 25-21.
Elias Pino put the final nail in the coffin with a 30-yard rushing touchdown with two minutes on the clock. The extra point was true and the Mustangs owned their first 2018 victory, 32-21.

Cy-Ranch def. Cinco Ranch, 32-21

CFISD HS #12 def. Waltrip, 48-19

Klein def. Cy-Creek, 28-27

Cy-Ranch defenders swarm a Cinco Ranch ball carrier in the season opener at FCU Stadium. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

The victory puts the Mustangs at 1-0 on the season, with their next battle at Austin Westlake Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

CFISD HS #12 (1-0) is slated to visit Tully Stadium as they face Stratford at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 6.
Cy-Creek (0-1) is scheduled to host Klein Oak at Ken Pridgeon Stadium next Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

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