Post spring report: Katy Tigers

Providing our fans with the best high school and recruiting news is the aim of the TexasPrepInsider organization. Today, we bring you a brief spring report for the District 17-5A team Katy. We caught up with coach Gary Joseph for an update.

What the Katy football team accomplished last year caught nearly everyone in the state by surprise. Of course for those in the Tiger organization (from the coaches to administration to the grounds keepers), there was not a lot of doubt in the 2008 squad.

And even more so in the program itself.

"We have a great tradition and that's important. But I think the expectations from the kids growing up is they understand when they walk into that field house, the first thing to hit you is that trophy case," Katy coach Gary Joseph said. "And they want to be part of that legacy. They don't want to be one who stops the legacy. We also have a great support system in place at Katy and that plays a big factor as well."

Last season the Tigers finished 13-3 and were the 5A Division II state champions with a win over Wylie. For 2009, Katy has 11 (7 DEF, 4 OFF) starters returning. 

So after a finish like last year, can the Tigers use that steam as they go into another year with the target on their chests?

"I hope so. If we can use the momentum from 2008 and bring into 2009 that would be great," Joseph said. "I think our kids understand what they are facing. You know, the experience we gained last year should help us, but that's what tradition's all about."

One common denominator in many of the Katy squads, if not all, is the ability to play solid defense. And judging by the numbers the Tigers should be in good hands. Katy gave an average of 235 yards and 12.3 points per game.

Headlining the returning starters is safety Sam Holl (6-1, 185), who was the co-defensive 17-5A player of the year in 2008. Holl recorded well over 100 tackles to go along with 13 pass break-ups and an interception.

Up front, the Tigers return defensive end Nick Narcisse (6-3, 195) who was the team's sack leader with eight. He also had 66 tackles. Majority of the linebacker corp is back with Terrance Barley (5-11, 180), Grant Clifton (5-11, 200), and Jonathan Fisher (6-0, 200). These three combined for 19 total sacks.

With the returning starters, Joseph has no doubts that the players can get the job done. But he Tigers are still searching for a few more men.

"We have a lot of things we have to look at and address this summer and next fall," Joseph said. "We know the kids we have coming back and we know what they can do, but we have a long way to go as far as depth is concerned."

On the offensive side, Katy has a proven backfield with running back Will Jeffrey (5-7, 155) in the line up. Jeffery was the team's leading rusher with 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. Also look for Vernon Jeffries (627 yards, 5 TDs) and newcomer Donovonn Young to be a part of the rotation as well.

And though it's only June, football in Texas will be underway any day now. So what can the fans expect from the Tiger squad in 2009?

"You know, we play five great teams in non-district and our district is just as competitive as anyone else's in the state," Joseph said. "So it's just a matter of how much better we can get from Week 0 to Week 10. 

"And we have to be ready for Week 0."

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