The Katy Tigers will face the Hays Rebels in Texas high school football 2020 UIL Class 6A Divison II semifinal game on Saturday 9th January 2 p.m. ET at McLane Stadium. And if you are wondering to watch the action live, than you are in the right place.
The Katy (TX) varsity football team has a neutral playoff game vs. Hays (Buda, TX) today @ 2pm at McLane Stadium. This game is a part of the “2020 Football State Championships – 2020 Football Conference 6A D2” tournament.
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The Katy football team makes it look easy at times. Since the turn of the century alone, the eight-time state champions have been one of final four teams playing in their bracket 14 times.
With the exception of a few fortunate freshmen called up for the 2017 postseason, the 2021 class had not had the chance to experience the state semifinal round.
Their time is now. The Tigers (12-1) are two wins from a ninth state title after a 51-14 rout of Clear Falls in the Class 6A Division II Region III championship match.
The Tigers take on Buda Hays (10-3), which handled Austin Vandegrift 38-10 for the Region IV championship last weekend. The teams play at 2 p.m., Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco
“They’ve been going at this thing a long time,” Katy coach Gary Joseph said. “To finally get to the semifinals is a compliment to them, and what they’ve done to fight COVID, and fight the other things we had to fight through this year.”
Like many teams this season, the Tigers had their schedule adjusted constantly due to the pandemic, including a canceled bi-district playoff. They also took their first district loss in 12 years.
But the postseason mirrors many for Katy in the last 30 years. The Tigers won their 17th regional crown since 1994 and are a win from their 15th state final.
Katy has been its dominant self more often than not, outscoring opponents 574-145 and recording its ninth victory of 30 or more points in the regional final. The Tigers’ closest victory of the season was a 49-24 regional semifinal triumph against Shadow Creek.
The Tigers kept it on the ground against Clear Falls, passing only eight times. The teams were fairly even in yards due to Katy taking advantage of short fields as it pulled away.
Seth Davis led with 170 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, with Jalen Davis adding 120 yards and two scores on 21 carries. Caleb Koger accounted for the other three touchdowns, rushing for two and finding Isaiah Smith for a fourth-quarter score.
Nemanja Lazic booted a 47-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, while Dalton Johnson recorded an interception and JaKorien Haynes’ blocked punt set up an early touchdown.
The Tigers rolled through their region in Division II as they have in past years and are one win from their first state final since 2015, also coming in Division II. Katy finished 16-0 that season, outscoring opponents 778-62 to complete a dominant stretch of four consecutive state finals and two titles.
The Tigers’ most common state final opponent, Cedar Hill, could be waiting. The Longhorns defeated Rockwall-Heath 27-24 in overtime for the Region II championship and will play Denton Guyer, a 30-24 winner against Prosper, in the opposite state semifinal. Cedar Hill and Katy met three straight years for the 6A DII title, with the Tigers winning in 2012.
Katy must get through Buda Hays.
Making its first state semifinal appearance in 6A, Hays finished third in a challenging District 26-6A behind Austin Westlake and Austin Lake Travis. Westlake will play North Shore in the 6A DI semifinals.
Hays has outscored opponents 457-392, opening the playoffs by avenging a season-opening loss to Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 38-7. The Rebels defeated San Antonio Johnson 35-31 and San Antonio Taft 62-41 to reach the regional final.
Like Katy, Hays leans on its ground game, though the Rebels use the slot T formation. Durand Hill leads the offense, rushing for 741 yards and 10 touchdowns through 10 games while passing for 1,281 yards and 15 touchdowns against three interceptions.
Michael Boudoin III, who plays both ways, is second with 807 yards from scrimmage through 11 games, while Bryant Lewis is the top receiver with 33 catches for 667 yards and six touchdowns in nine games.