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Grant Saracene (15) congratulates Donovan Johnson (20) on returning an interception almost 70 yards for a touchdown during Cy Ranch’s regular season finale and District 14-6A championship against Tomball Memorial Thursday night (Nov. 8, 2018) at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. The Mustangs took a 35-14 victory in the week 11 game. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

CYPRESS — The Cy Ranch Mustangs have earned their district title three of the last five years, and posted their second undefeated season with a 35-14 victory over District 14-6A’s No. 2 team, Tomball Memorial, at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium Thursday night (Nov. 8, 2018).
The Mustangs got onto the board first, via an Elias Pino 8-yard touchdown run. Austin Rychlik split the uprights, putting Cy Ranch up, 7-0, with 7:35 left on the first quarter clock.
It took almost a whole quarter for the Wildcats to respond, but their Jorden Gidrey capped a 95-yard drive across 12 plays finished by a 1-yard run. The extra point was good, tying the game at 7-7 with 9:52 left in the half.
The Mustangs broke the tie and didn’t look back as Logan McDougald connected with CJ Hardy on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Rychlik’s leg was true again, 14-7, with 8:01 standing in the half.
After the band recognized its seniors and their families, the Mustangs burst back onto the field.
Donovan Johnson got the first of two interceptions of the night. This one shut down Memorial’s opening drive.
Willie Eldridge would break through the middle on a 34-yard scoring run to cap a five-play, 59-yard drive. Rychlik tacked on the extra point, 21-7, with 9:44 left in the third quarter.
The Mustang wrecking crew stood tall and forced a turnover on downs as the defense sacked Memorial’s shot caller on a fourth-and-five play. On the next play, McDougald hit pay dirt with Kobe Banks on a 73-yard touchdown pass. Rychlik made the point after, 28-7.
Johnson was on the receiving end of another Wildcat pass, and this time returned it the whole back, 71 yards, for the score. Rychlik split the uprights a final time, 35-7, with 7:02 remaining in the final stanza of the regular season.
The Wildcats didn’t quit and kept pushing for more. Gidrey closed out the scoring with a 12-yard run as 2:12 remained in the game. The extra point was true, 35-14.

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