Lamar Outlasts Cy-Fair
Updated: November 12, 2016
Payback Time for the Texans
Houston Delmar Stadium- In a matchup of two of Houston’s top old school powers between two of the most old school coaches in the area. The Houston Lamar Texans walked off the field victorious over the Cypress Fairbans Bobcats after a tight 15-14 battle.
Coach Tom Nolen waited for Coach Ed Pustejovsky after the game to make some sense of the old fashion slobber knocker both men’s teams were involved in. But mainly to shake his hand. Lamar’s defense held the Bobcats scoreless in the 2nd half as their offense was jump started by Owen Holt and his arm. William Fallon and his leg finished the Bobcats off. But their defense had to have another big stop before the celebration could begin.
This game was full of big old boys hitting like NFL men. Cy-Fair is stacked and was the 2nd best two loss team in the area behind Katy. Austin Deculus, Brock Wright and Hunter Adams may have played their last game as high schoolers but have many many years ahead on the gridiron. Deculus will take his mammoth 6-6, 330 frame to Baton Rouge, Wright is headed north to Notre Dame and Hunter Adams will matriculate at West Point. Cy-Fair much like Lamar is loaded with talented juniors too. Jace Bobo is a monster off the edge. He will make some team super happy with his spread linebacker skills being honed each game he walks on the field in 17-6A. Trenton Kennedy is one of the best big backs in Houston. Opposite him Lamar’s junior Ta’Zhawn Henry is one of the top small backs in the whole state. Henry’s classmates receiver Al’vonte Woodard and corner back Anthony Cook are the best at their positions. You get it………. these teams are loaded with blue-chippers!!!
Lamar had great field position throughout the early going. Lamar’s defense forced a 3 and out after Cy-Fair’s Erick Hallet ill-advisedly received the kick. He stepped out of bounds at his own 3. Fallon kicked the first of 3 field goals, this one a 42 yarder, 3-0 Lamar.
Jordan Stevens then intercepted Cy-Fair Quarterback Cameron Arnold at the Bobcat 37. Holt hit Ta’Zhawn Henry for a 21 yard screen pass to the right side on 3rdand 15. Coach Nolen and Co called up the same exact screen on 3rd and 10 at the 16. This time it went for 11 yards. The Bobcat defense stonewalled them forcing a 21 yard Fallon kick, 6-0.
Cy-Fair stormed back in the 2nd quarter. On the first play of the new quarter Hunter Adams snatched a bouncing ball out of the air and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown, 7-6. Both team’s QBs suffered an interception a piece.
Cameron Arnold(15-23, 208 yards), Brock Wright and the Cy-Fair offense then came to life right before the break. On 3rd and 12 at their own 39, Arnold found wideout Sam Cole for 14 yards. Then the giant 6-5, 250 Wright was wide open down the seam for a 30 yard snag. A play later Wright using a late release scored an easy touchdown with 47 seconds before the half, 14-6. Wright had 5 receptions for 82 yards(16.4 ypr) and that touchdown.
Lamar received the second half kick. Neither team scored in the third quarter. All game long Holt was trying for the deep ball and Al’Vonte Woodard. Early in the 4th he found him with a huge 59 yarder to the Bobcat 25. A holding penalty killed their momentum. Fallon had his only miss of the night, this one a 41 yarder.
Holt then found Calvin “CJ” Fletcher for 39 yards and the Texans were in 2 points of the Bobcats 14-12. Lamar went for 2 and could not convert. Fletcher, a Louisiana-Monroe pledge, finished with 5 receptions for 122 yards.
Lamar had over 5 minutes and 77 yards to win it. Holt found Fletcher again for a big play, this time for 42 yards. There was a flag but the play stood. Jordan Stevens came in as the wildcat and the Texans lost a yard.
Then Ta’Zhawn looked to score stretching the ball to the end zone but they marked him down at the 1. Holt fumbled the ball on 3rd down but recovered it. Fallon hit his 3rd field goal. This one from 18, 15-14 Lamar. Holt had a great 2nd half, 212 yards and 3 plays over 39 yards.
Now Cy-Fair had 82 yards to win it. Arnold found Sam Cole on a 43 yard wheel route to immediately put the Bobcats in business. Coach Pustejovsky ran the ball twice sandwiched by a Jaelon Woods tailback pass in the flat. Cy-Fair then decided to kick a field goal on 3rd down for 28 yards. It was no good!!!
Lamar avenged a 2014 loss out at Pridgeon stadium, 12-17. They will face undefeated Fort Bend Ridge Point next Friday at Tully stadium. They are now 10-1 on the year and look to continue to build on their 17th straight winning season. Cy-Fair’s final record for 2016 is 8-3.
By Glenn McCarthy
Players of the Game
Offense- Quarterback Owen Holt and Kicker William Fallon
Defense- DBs Jordan Stevens and Anthony Cook
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lamar 6 0 0 9 15
Cy-Fair 0 14 0 0 14