Katy (Texas) won’t be going to the state championship game for the first time since 2011, and this defensive stand with 90 seconds remaining against North Shore (Galena Park) make certain of that fact.
Katy had the ball on fourth-and-1 and rather than opt for the tie to potentially force overtime, the Tigers went for the score and the lead. North Shore’s Jacoby Allen hit Katy’s Josh Oglesby for a 1-yard loss and a turnover on downs.
“I just felt like you get up on them, it would make them have to score a touchdown to beat us,” Katy coach Gary Joseph told the Houston Chronicle. “They’d have to drive the ball. We did pretty well all game long. We just didn’t get it when we had to have it.”
North Shore walked away with the 20-17 victory in a Class 6A Division I Region III semifinal Friday.
This as the third time that Division I and Division II big-school state champions met in the playoffs the following year — the others were in 2006 and ’07.
Katy and North Shore have combined for 10 state titles, with eight belonging to Katy. The Tigers had been to the state title game each year since 2012, with wins in 2013 and 2015.