Cy Creek leads 15-5A after big win over Falls

At TexasPrepInsider our tag line is ‘We are There.' And unlike some publications, we try and get out to the entire Greater Houston (and statewide) area in our coverage. Tonight we bring you updates from the Week 8 Friday match up between Cy Creek and Cy Falls. Game-day coverage from TPI is free so check it out.

Going into the 2008 season, there were a few things that the Cy Creek organization wanted to accomplish. And one of those was to be sure and secure a playoff spot. After a 49-28 win over Cy Falls Friday night at Pridgeon Stadium, that one is more than likely to come true.

Of course, judging by the success of the Cougar team, there may be more in store as the season continues.

"I think this clinches us a playoff spot so that is the most important thing," Cy Creek coach Greg McCaig said. "But I think one of the big things that is happening is that the kids are realizing is that they are pretty good. And if they believe in themselves and buy into the fact that every game is important, then we will be okay."

And it showed Friday night. The Cougar offense racked up 620 total yards in the win. But for those who attended, it did not look as though they were in control, at least in the first half.

Cy Falls, on the other hand, got the ball rolling fast and early. Eagle quarterback Kolby Gray led the way by ground and air putting up 14 first-quarter points to grab the early lead. And throughout the first half, it was a matter of trading scores and Cy Creek went into halftime down 28-21.

But it would not last long.

"Our kids struggled in the first half, but our coaches (especially on the defensive side) made excellent adjustments for the second half," McCaig said. "We saw some resiliency from these guys. We tell the guys that you can't linger on what happened to you and have to stay in the moment and stay focused."

He continued on the coaches' role in the second-half turnaround.

"As far the coaches go, good Lord that was beautiful," McCaig said. "I mean those guys (Cy Falls) were running through us like Grant through Richmond (refer to Civil War history if confused). And then in the second half they didn't really get anything and I am proud of that. We tell them that no matter what happens you have to come back and play the next play and the kids are buying into that."

It was clear that the Cougars took heed to the expectations set forth. On defense, Cy Creek did not allow Cy Falls to score any points and forced quite a few three-and-outs. The defensive linemen and linebackers began getting to Gray and causing disruption in the backfield.

Then, the Austin Pugliese-led offense went to work. Pugliese connected with Matt Adams and Brent Mitchum for touchdowns as the Cougars went on a scoring rally. 

On the night, Pugliese was 26-of-35 for 444 yards and three touchdowns. He also added another 106 yards on the ground. Adams was the primary target on the night with eight catches for 130 yards and two scores. 

In previous games, the Cougars are known for having more yards on the ground, but Jermichael Selders had 43 yards and two scores. Mitchum had only 16 yards, but two touchdowns when in the red zone.

According to McCaig, much of the success of the team (offense) is centered around the offensive line. But, when it comes to making the plays, it is Pugliese who makes the offense efficient.

"He (Pugliese) is a really smart football player and is arguably the toughest player on the team," McCaig said. "He just has a presence that the kids rally around. But Austin is a kid who tries to include everybody and gives credit where credit is due. So it is not about Austin because in his mind it is about everybody else."

As for Eagles, most of their highlights came from the first half. Gray ended the game 10-of-14 for 104 yards and a touchdown. He added 117 yards a score on the ground. Speaking of the ground game, Cy Falls running back Pierre Lucas was the game's leading rusher with 211 yards and 23 carries. He scored twice on the ground and also had five catches for 35 yards a touchdown. 

Now as the Cougars sit on top of the 15-5A race at 5-0, they still manage to go into games one at a time. But McCaig did state how this feeling that the team has is somewhat new, and a little unfamiliar.

"You know everybody says you guys are having a great season, but our kids have not been here," McCaig said of their recent successes. "You know we have not been in the situation where the bullet is on your back. So we're going to enjoy this for about 15 minutes and then we will move on to Jersey Village."

Cy Falls will take on Cy Fair next Saturday.

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