Adam Taylor Powers Katy To Texas 5A-Division II State Championship

Katy entered the game outscoring opponents 794-182 and sitting highly in several national polls while Cedar Hill overcame a 1-3 start to make it to the finals for the first time since 2006. Katy’s explosive offense averaged 449 yards per game (342 on the ground) while only giving up 209 yards per  game.

For Katy it was all about running back Adam Taylor who was named the games Offensive MVP. Taylor rushed for 275 yards and five touchdowns in the championship game. Cedar Hill was leading 24-21 in the fourth quarter and Katy was facing fourth down and short when Taylor ripped off his longest touchdown run on a toss sweep going 56 yards to give Katy the lead back 28-24.

Taylor was not done after the defense intercepted Cedar Hill quarterback Damion Hobbs, Taylor raced 42 yards for the exclamation point touchdown to seal Katy’s 35-24 victory. Taylor finished the season with 2,755 yards rushing and 44 touchdowns which are both school records.

Cedar Hill got on the scoreboard first after their defense forced Katy to attempt a field goal in which Katy would have a bad snap giving Cedar Hill the ball on their own 17. Cedar Hill would get a 36-yard field goal by Brooks Ralph for a 3-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff Cedar Hill attempted to recover an onside kick but was unsuccessful.

Katy opened their drive in the first quarter but ended it in the early moments of the second quarter on an Adam Taylor 1-yard touchdown run for a 7-3 lead. Katy was held scoreless in the first quarter for only the third time this season.

Cedar Hill would again pull out the dice facing fourth down on their own 35 but were hit for a 6 yard loss giving Katy the ball on the Cedar Hill 26. Adam Taylor would do the rest taking it in from 17 yards for a 14-3 Katy lead with 3:51 remaining in the half.

Cedar Hill would come right back when Damion Hobbs hit  Laquvionte Gonzalez on a 64-yard screen pass to the Katy 6 to put them back in business. After a three yard loss Hobbs found Brandon Harris in the end one for a 9-yard touchdown pass to pull Cedar Hill to within four at 14-10. On the ensuing kickoff Katy failed to get on the ball and Cedar Hill recovered it at the Katy 26 but missed a 37-yard field goal and the teams went to halftime with Katy leading 14-10.

In the third Katy put together their most impressive drive going 96 yards, with 86 of them coming on the ground capping it with another Adam Taylor touchdown run covering the final 10 yards of the drive and Katy lead 21-10 with 4:28 left in the quarter.

Cedar Hill (11-5) would not roll over as Hobbs found the end one on a 20-yard run to make the score 21-16 after a failed two-point conversion with 11:54 left in the fourth. Cedar Hill converted a big fourth down to keep the drive alive. Cedar Hill’s defense would get the ball back for their offense with 10:19 remaining and the Longhorns went right to work when Hobbs hit Gonzalez on another long screen pass down to the Katy 6 however there was a penalty that brought the ball back to the Katy 26. It would not faze Hobbs as a few plays later he found Brandon Harris down the middle for a 21-yard touchdown pass to give Cedar Hill their first lead since early in the game at 24-21 with 9:22 left in the game. It marked the first time all season Katy trailed in the second half.

From there it was the closing of the Adam Taylor show as his final two touchdown runs sealed the seventh state championship and first since 2008 for the Katy Tigers (16-0).

 

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