CYPRESS — The Cy Ranch Mustang football team overcame an unrelenting Cy Springs Panther squad at the Cy-Fair FCU Stadium Saturday night, Oct. 13, 2018.

The Mustangs scored the majority of their points in the first half of the game, but the Panthers kept pushing back and broke the shutout late in the third quarter. Despite the Panther thrusts, Cy Ranch walked away with a very solid 56-14 victory.

The Mustangs exposed some gaping issues in Cy Springs’ special teams game, with three touchdowns stemming directly from punts returned for touchdowns.

The first quarter was fairly back and forth until Cy Ranch’s Grant Saracene took a punt back to the end zone on a 60-yard return. The extra point was true, 7-0, with 2:07 left on the clock.

Willie Eldridge marked the Mustang dominance in the second period with a short scoring run with 11:56 remaining. Austin Rychlik‘s leg was true, 14-0.

Logan McDougald launched a 36-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Sanchez. Rychlik split the uprights again, 21-0 with 9:45 on the game clock.

Justin Carmouche took in a 2-yard scoring run with 6:14 left in the second quarter. The extra point was good, 28-0.

Marquis Watson was in the right place at the right time as the Cy Springs offense coughed up the ball right to his grasp. Watson took off and won the 46-yard track meet for six points. The point after was good, 35-0, with 4:22 remaining on the second quarter clock.

Grant Saracene rewound and hit play for his second 60-yard punt return for touchdown of the night. Rychlik’s kick was true, 42-0, with 1:49 remaining in the half.

Jason Kelly took advantage of a blocked punt, which he took 21 yards for a touchdown, coming out of a 4th-and-six situation. Rychlik came out one last time in the opening half, 49-0, with just 19 seconds left on the clock.

The Panthers came back ready to scratch and claw their way out of a shutout. After spending most of the game pinned on their own half of the field, Cy Springs made positive gains until Miguel Romero punched in a 4-yard touchdown run. Jose Morales split the uprights with 4:57 standing in the third quarter, 49-7.

The Mustangs weren’t done yet, and D.J. Ciers connected with Rodrigo Zelaya for a 39-yard touchdown pass as 2:04 remained in the third quarter. Rychlik closed out Cy Ranch’s scoring for the night, 56-7.

The Panthers wouldn’t settle, however. Caleb Palmer broke loose on a 56-yard touchdown run with 1:15 left standing in the contest. Morales’ kick was true, 56-14.

Cy Ranch takes off next week for its mandatory bye game.

Cy Springs is scheduled to visit Cy Woods this Friday at the Cy-Fair FCU Stadium at 7 p.m.

Mustang linebacker Gerard McKnight (16) sacks Cy Springs quarterback Daunte Ward (1) during the 56-14 routing at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium on Oct. 13, 2018. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

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