Editor’s note: As promised, here is the Cy Ranch vs. Westfield game information: Sat. Nov. 24, 2 p.m. at Thorne Stadium (1865 Aldine Bender Rd, Houston, TX 77032). #MWT!!!
We have two YouTube videos from the bi-district game here:
CYPRESS — The Cy Ranch Mustangs defeated the Pflugerville Hendrickson Hawks, 24-10, for a bi-district title and will see the Spring Westfield Mustangs Saturday afternoon for an area championship bout.
Westfield beat Klein, 10-6, Friday night for their bi-district championship.
“We had a lot of respect for them, defensively, coming in,” said Gene Johnson, the Mustangs’ head coach. “And we had a lot of respect for their skill guys, offensively — they’re fast! I think that showed tonight: Our defense got hit in the mouth a little bit in the first series, but then settled in and played so much better after that. I’m very proud of our offensively line. They had a great defensive front and were able to hold our own.”
Looking toward the area title bout, Johnson said that Westfield is a great team.
“This week I told our kids that we’re playing a great football team and I feel the same way about next week,” the head Mustang said. (They’re) going to be a really big challenge for us.”
Against Hendrickson, the Mustangs took a lead early in the first quarter on a 39-yard touchdown run by Willie Eldridge with 8:17 standing. The extra point split the goal posts, 7-0.
The Hawks responded with a 27-yard scoring pass with 7:14 left in the opening quarter. The point after was true and tied it up at 7-all.
It took another quarter, but the Mustangs broke from the pack on another long, 55-yard touchdown run from Eldridge. The extra point was good, 14-7, as Cy Ranch didn’t need to look back the rest of the game, with 6:42 left in the half.
Hendrickson fought back and forth with the Mustang wrecking crew, and managed to claw within field goal range. The Hawks sent a 20-yard field goal through the uprights and scored again, 14-10.
The defensive slugfest continued in the third quarter, and the Mustangs got within field goal range themselves with a fourth-and-six call. Head coach Gene Johnson sent Austin Rychlik in for the three-pointer and his kick was true on a 21-yard field goal with just 58 seconds left on the third quarter clock, 17-10.
The Mustangs had the last say with the scoreboard, as quarterback Logan McDougald connected with CJ Hardy on a 10-yard pass, deep into the endzone. Hardy held onto the possession with style, 24-10, after Rychlik split the uprights a final time with 8:06 left on the game clock.
“I’m proud of our kids for hanging in there and getting the W,” Johnson concluded.
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