Katy brings heat on Wylie, wins state in D2

Defense, defense, and defense was the name of the game when Katy and Wylie faced off Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston. In the end, it was the Tigers that brought more to the table and came away with the 5A Division II state title with a 17-3 win. TexasPrepInsider was there for a game wrap up

What Katy does year in and year has been what makes the Tiger program what it is, playing sound football games majority of the season . And after the 5A Division II state title game against Wylie at Reliant Stadium, Katy has added another banner for the locker room. "It's about being fundamentally sound with blocking and tackling, and being a team out there," Katy coach Gary Joseph said. "There's no question that this was a team effort." And though the numbers are not be too astounding, but Katy rolled up 304 yards of offense in a defensive-dominated game to win back-to-back championships with a 17-3 win Saturday afternoon in front of 18,516 fans. Katy's defense held Wylie to 233 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers. Tiger front lineman Elvin Tapong, Sebi Carbajal, Jonathan Fisher, and Nick Narcisse set the tone early and often wreaking havoc in the backfield. Because of that, Caleb Chandler, Van Atwood, and Zac Griffin halted several Coyote drives with interceptions. Sam Holl was also in the mix with six tackles, two for losses. According to Joseph, the Tigers knew coming into the game that Wylie quarterback Jared Monk and the Coyote offense were solid. "Every offense is great in it's own right or they would not be here, but what we do as a team is what works best for us. It's not for everyone," Joseph said. "For us at Katy High School, we do what is best to give our kids the opportunity to win." With that said, it was evident that the game plan on offense was fairly standard (For Katy: ground game to set up pass). But on defense, the Tigers brought the house against the Coyote offense and kept constant pressure on heat on Monk. The Tigers got to Monk on five different occasions and forced him out of the pocket several times. Monk still threw for 166 yards and ran for another 76 yards. Colby Harper was Monk's primary target with seven catches for 84 yards. For Katy, it was Michael Webber who found the zone, but Will Jeffrey was the game's leader rusher with 148 yards. Webber 64 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Hirschfelder was the leading receiver with four catches for 40 yards. Jeffrey was the game's offensive MVP while Carbajal took the defensive honors. Both Katy and Wylie finish the season with a 13-3 record.

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