Mustangs hold Cinco to three in 2019 season opener

Mustang quarterback DJ Ciers started the season for Cy Ranch with 15 completions from 20 passing attempts for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Cy Ranch defeated one of Katy's perennial powerhouses in the 2019 season opener, 44-3, Saturday evening, Aug. 31. (Cypress News Review file photo by Creighton Holub)

KATY — The reigning District 14-6A champion Cy Ranch Mustangs started the 2019 campaign with a bang, exploding all over Cinco Ranch in Katy’s Legacy Stadium, 44-3.

Although the season opener had a late start due to lightning in the area, the Mustangs unleashed their own bottled lightning with 250 yards passing and 189 yards rushing for 439 combined yards.

The Mustangs earned 16 first downs, and kept the offense fresh with only 22:21 minutes of ball possession. The Cy Ranch wrecking crew held the Cougars to only 63 yards and nine first downs. The Cypress defense also kept Cinco on their heels for 25:36 minutes.

Quarterback D.J. Ciers led the Mustangs with 15 completions from 20 attempts for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Elias Pino four times for 93 yards and one touchdown.

Willie Eldridge toted the football 16 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

He also started the Mustangs’ scoring bonanza Saturday night with a three-yard run. Kicker Jason Gerow split the uprights, 7-0.

In the second stanza, Ciers connected with Pino, who surprised the Cougars with a 52-yard catch-and-run with 10:48 left in the half.

The next down, Cinco coughed up the ball — recovered by Landen Nowak — and then Eldridge found pay dirt from the 19-yard line.

The Mustang quarterback, Diers, connected with his receivers twice for touchdowns in the third period. Those scores were with Kobe Banks and Drake Dabney, 45- and 25-yards, respectively.

The final quarter scores came from a 23-yard run by Kameron Burton and the extra point by Gerow with 10:56 left on the game clock, 42-0.
The Mustangs then capitalized on a safety from the following kickoff, 44-0.

The Cougars broke the shutout with a 36-yard field goal to cap a nine-play drive, 44-3.


The Mustangs are scheduled to host the Austin Westlake Chaparrals in non-district play Friday night at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium, Sept. 6, 2019 at 7 p.m.



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