Vintage Katy plays complete game in blowout over Cedar Hill

By Thomas Hays

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There’s a reason why midway through the 2020 season the entire state collectively shrieked at the possibility of Katy dropping down to 6A DII.

The powerhouse Tigers (15-1) steamrolled their way to their ninth state title with a 51-14 win over Cedar Hill (12-3) Saturday inside AT&T Stadium in the 6A DII state championship. Katy joins Aledo and Richland Springs as the only UIL programs with at least nine titles.

The game plan was complete, dominant, methodical and 100 percent Katy. And the Tigers wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Katy’s first touchdown came off a vintage play-action rollout pass from sophomore Caleb Koger to a wide-open Taylor Saulsberry. The play was set up by five consecutive running plays that primed the Cedar Hill defense for the read.

After forcing Longhorn quarterback Kaidon Salter into an interception, Katy running back Jalen Davis punched it in from three yards out. And just before halftime, Isaiah Smith burst through the Cedar Hill defense on a wrap-around draw for 55 yards.

“It’s one of those years that you’ll always remember because of just what we went through to get to this point,” Katy head coach Gary Joseph said. “I’m extremely proud for the kids and of the kids and it’s a very special time.

“Ain’t nothing easy about this. It’s a process and things aren’t cheap and they’re tough to do. It’s why I admire these coaches so much in the end.”

The Tigers ran it nearly 50 times, mostly under center in traditional pro formations, something Cedar Hill admitted to never having to game plan for prior to the game. The Tigers ran for nearly 300 yards behind the Davis brothers, Jalen and Seth. Seth, the younger brother was named the game’s MVP with 123 yards and a touchdown on the ground averaging nearly nine yards per carry.

“I think I learned a lot from him, and he learned a lot from me,” Jalen Davis said. “I love him more than anything and I’m blessed to share the backfield with him for this team.”

The Longhorns were shut out in the first half and scored both of their touchdowns late in the third quarter on the back of the future Tennessee Volunteer, Salter. Defensively, Katy forced the Longhorns into two first-half interceptions and two fumbles, recovering one. Salter finished with 112 yards passing and 46 yards on the ground.

“I thought we were as prepared as we could be, and our team just didn’t execute well today,” Cedar Hill head coach Carlos Lynn said. “We had some things that we couldn’t do and in a game of this magnitude, those are the things that will get you beat ultimately.”

The methodical Katy offense controlled the clock and held possession for nearly 30 minutes compared to just 19 for Cedar Hill.

“The big part of our team is kids that are unselfish,” Joseph said. “They’re willing to give up tackles and things for the betterment of the team and I think they were very unselfish today.”

Score by Quarters  Score 
Katy   7  17  13  14  51 
Cedar Hill   0  0  14  0  14 

 

SCORING SUMMARY   KATY -CEDRHILL 
1st  01:18  KATY   Taylor Saulsberry 37 yd pass from Caleb Koger (Nemanja Lazic kick) 
         9 plays, 71 yards, TOP 4:51  7 - 0 
2nd  11:18  KATY   Jalen Davis 3 yd run (Nemanja Lazic kick) 
         3 plays, 41 yards, TOP 1:07  14 - 0 
  03:31  KATY   Nemanja Lazic 48 yd field goal 
         9 plays, 28 yards, TOP 3:55  17 - 0 
  00:36  KATY   Isaiah Smith 55 yd run (Nemanja Lazic kick) 
         3 plays, 62 yards, TOP 1:15  24 - 0 
3rd  07:30  KATY   Nemanja Lazic 21 yd field goal 
         9 plays, 45 yards, TOP 4:29  27 - 0 
  06:16  KATY   Hamilton McMartin 55 yd fumble recovery (Nemanja Lazic kick) 
           34 - 0 
  04:28  CEDRHILL  Kaidon Salter 4 yd run (William Rhodes kick) 
         7 plays, 75 yards, TOP 1:48  34 - 7 
  02:18  KATY   Nemanja Lazic 38 yd field goal 
         5 plays, 28 yards, TOP 2:10  37 - 7 
  00:07  CEDRHILL  Kaidon Salter 10 yd run (William Rhodes kick) 
         6 plays, 68 yards, TOP 2:05  37 - 14 
4th  10:31  KATY   Seth Davis 25 yd run (Nemanja Lazic kick) 
         4 plays, 52 yards, TOP 1:35  44 - 14 
  10:17  KATY   Cal Varner 15 yd interception return (Nemanja Lazic kick) 
           51 - 14 

 

Kickoff time: 1:07 pm  • End of Game: 4:00 pm  • Total elapsed time: 2:53
Referee: Lance Mathis  •  Umpire: Toby Rackley  •  Linesman: Ron Daniels  •  Line judge: Brad Frisby  •  Back judge: Buddy Furqueron •  Field judge: Scotty Allen  •  Side judge: Jackie Culverho •  Center judge: Alvin Wright  • 
Temperature: 72  • Wind: INDOORS  • Weather:
2020 UIL Conference 6A DII State Championship
Offensive MVP- Seth Davis (Katy)
Defensive MVP- Carl Varner (Katy)

 

 Team Totals  KATY  CEDRHILL 
FIRST DOWNS  17 
   Rushing  11 
   Passing 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  298  134 
   Rushing Attempts  47  21 
   Average Per Rush  6.3  6.4 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  313  147 
   Yards Lost Rushing  15  13 
NET YARDS PASSING  92  112 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  5-9-0  12-24-2 
   Average Per Attempt  10.2  4.7 
   Average Per Completion  18.4  9.3 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  390  246 
   Total offense plays  56  45 
   Average Gain Per Play  7.0  5.5 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  0-0  2-1 
Penalties: Number-Yards  4-25  6-56 
PUNTS-YARDS  1-23  6-240 
   Average Yards Per Punt  23.0  40.0 
   Net Yards Per Punt  23.0  39.5 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  10-405  0-0 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  40.5  0.0 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  33.3  0.0 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair Catch Yards  10 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  2-3-0  0-0-0 
   Average Per Return  1.5  0.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  1-0-0  6-47-0 
   Average Per Return  0.0  7.8 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  2-15-1  0-0-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  1-55-1  0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  29:06  18:54 
   1st Quarter  9:19  2:41 
   2nd Quarter  5:52  6:08 
   3rd Quarter  6:47  5:13 
   4th Quarter  7:08  4:52 
Third-Down Conversions  7 of 12  2 of 10 
Fourth-Down Conversions  0 of 0  1 of 1 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  3-3  2-2 
   Touchdowns  1-3  2-2 
   Field goals  2-3  0-2 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  1-7  1-13 
PAT Kicks  6-6  2-2 
Field Goals  3-4  0-0 
Points off turnovers  21 

 

Katy

  

Cedar Hill

RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Seth Davis  14  124  123  25  8.8 
Jalen Davis  23  109  109  14  4.7 
Isaiah Smith  55  55  55  55.0 
Dalton Johnson  8.0 
Kaleb Parsons  5.0 
Ivy Bell  5.0 
Aiden McKinney  4.0 
Jayden Rodriguez  1.0 
TEAM   -1  -1.0 
Caleb Koger  13  -13  -13.0 
Totals...  47  313  15  298  55  6.3 
  
RUSHING  No.  Gain  Loss  Net  TD  Lg  Avg. 
Kylon Ashton  69  69  67  34.5 
Kaidon Salter  10  46  46  13  4.6 
Anthony Thomas IV  26  24  21  8.0 
Jaidon Calahan  2.5 
Kris Allen  1.0 
Jaylen Jenkins  -2  -2.0 
Cedric Hardin  -2  -2.0 
Jonathan Robertson  -7  -7.0 
Totals...  21  147  13  134  67  6.4 
  
  
 
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Caleb Koger  5-9-0  92  37 
Totals...  5-9-0  92  37 
  
  
PASSING  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds  TD  Long  Sack 
Kaidon Salter  12-24-2  112  48 
Jonathan Robertson  0-0-0 
Totals...  12-24-2  112  48 
 
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Taylor Saulsberry  59  37 
Nic Anderson  30  30 
Isaiah Smith 
Totals...  92  37 
  
  
  
RECEIVING  No.  Yds  TD  Lg 
Javien Clemmer  47  13 
Anthony Thomas IV  49  48 
Kylon Ashton  14  14 
Brian Rainey 
Julian Austin  -2 
Totals...  12  112  48 
 
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Fuller Shurtz  23  23.0  23 
Totals...  23  23.0  23 
  
PUNTING  No.  Yds  Avg  Long  In20  TB 
Jadon Cardell  240  40.0  64 
Totals...  240  40.0  64 
 
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Ronnie Schneider 
Shepherd Bowling 
Cal Varner  15  15 
Dalton Johnson 
Totals...  15  15 
  
   Punts  Kickoffs  Intercept 
ALL RETURNS  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg  No  Yds  Lg 
Brian Rainey  21  13 
Keandre Jackson 
Sidney Allen 
Jalon Peoples  21  21 
Totals...  47  21 
 
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Seth Davis  123  123 
Jalen Davis  109  109 
Taylor Saulsberry  59  59 
Isaiah Smith  55  58 
Nic Anderson  30  30 
Cal Varner  15  15 
Dalton Johnson 
Ivy Bell 
Kaleb Parsons 
Aiden McKinney 
Jayden Rodriguez 
Ronnie Schneider 
TEAM   -1  -1 
Caleb Koger  -13  -13 
Totals...  298  92  15  408 
  
ALL PURPOSE  Rush  Rcv  KR  PR  IR  Total 
Kylon Ashton  69  14  83 
Anthony Thomas IV  24  49  73 
Javien Clemmer  47  47 
Kaidon Salter  46  46 
Brian Rainey  21  25 
Jalon Peoples  21  21 
Jaidon Calahan 
Keandre Jackson 
Sidney Allen 
Kris Allen 
Jaylen Jenkins  -2  -2 
Cedric Hardin  -2  -2 
Julian Austin  -2  -2 
Jonathan Robertson  -7  -7 
Totals...  134  112  47  293 
 
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
Nemanja Lazic  2nd  03:31  48 yards  Good 
Nemanja Lazic  3rd  07:30  21 yards  Good 
Nemanja Lazic  3rd  02:18  38 yards  Good 
Axel Robertson  4th  03:25  42 yards  Missed 
  
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS 
  
  
  
  
 
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
Nemanja Lazic  10  405  40.5 
  
KICKOFFS  No.  Yds  TB  OB  Avg. 
  
 
FUMBLES: Katy-None. Cedar Hill-Jaidon Calahan 1-1; Kaidon Salter 1-0.
##  Katy   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
43  Dalton Johnson  3.5  0.5/1   .   .   .  
24  Hamilton McMartin  3.5  .   1-55  .   .  
91  Cal Varner  3.0  2.0/9   .   1-15  1.0/7  
42  Ty Kana  2.5  .   .   .   .  
46  Jaden Maronen  2.5  1.0/2   .   .   .  
21  Carson Marshall  2.5  .   .   .   .  
3   Bobby Taylor  2.0  .   .   .   .  
7   Hunter Washington  2.0  .   .   .   .  
82  Antonio Silva  1.5  .   .   .   .  
35  Truman Timmons  1.0  1.0/2   .   .   .  
2   Malik Sylia  1.0  .   .   .   .  
1   Jayden Rodriguez  1.0  .   .   .   .  
4   Nic Anderson  1.0  .   .   .   .  
20  Brady Englett  1.0  .   .   .   .  
48  Dontay Sowells  1.0  .   .   .   .  
40  Judson Ceyanes  1.0  .   .   .   .  
94  Cohen Dearman  1.0  .   .   .   .  
97  Cayde Robertson  1.0  0.5/1   .   .   .  
81  JR Ceyanes   0.5  .   .   .   .  
47  Kodi Arceneaux  0.5  .   .   .   .  
25  Shepherd Bowling  0.5  .   .   1-0   .  
90  Ryan Matus  0.5  .   .   .   .  
92  Elijah Stewart  0.5  .   .   .   .  
27  Derrick Williams  0.5  .   .   .   .  
##  Cedar Hill   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
8   Stefan Ingram  7.5  .   .   .   .  
9   Amarian Williams  6.5  .   .   .   .  
6   Brett Lynch  6.5  .   .   .   .  
10  Jaheim Lowe  5.0  0.5/6   .   .   0.5/6  
50  Jaylynn Wilson  4.5  0.5/0   .   .   .  
2   Kendall Stevens  3.5  .   .   .   .  
32  Charles Esters III  3.5  .   .   .   .  
20  Joey Johnson  3.5  1.0/8   .   .   0.5/7  
91  Corey Traylor  2.0  .   .   .   .  
4   Tyran Byrd  2.0  .   .   .   .  
56  Harvey Dyson  1.5  .   .   .   .  
33  Ian Bradley  1.0  .   .   .   .  
44  Quincy Davis  1.0  .   .   .   .  
95  Tarren Black  1.0  .   .   .   .  

 

 

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