What district is the toughest to win in the state of Texas? Some might say it depends on how many elite teams are in the district that fight it out week after week.
Sometimes there are teams that race to the finish with other teams and knock off other elite competition in the district to earn their way to that chance at a district title.
However, other times let’s just say…it’s different.
In this case, 19-6A is doomed. Why? Because unless you’re the Katy Tigers, your chances of winning district are not favorable.
You know you hear it all the time. Especially the teams in Katy ISD. Well, here it is again. No team in the State of Texas has had more of a prestigious reputation than that of the Katy Tigers.
After winning their state record tying eighth Texas state title this past season demolishing their competition, (even in the playoffs) they were declared the 2015 National Champions.
Over the past four years the team has an overall record of 61-3, a national championship, two state championships, four state championship appearances, not to mention the countless number of individual awards.
As many coaches would say though…that’s the past and this is a brand new season. Let’s look at the teams gunning for the 2015 National Champions.
Cinco Ranch would be district champions in a lot of different districts. They were undefeated until their final game against Katy (that includes pre district). They started off the season defeating always talented and state finalist Cy Ranch 27-24.
After winning their first nine games of the season, the Cougars were shut out by Katy in the district championship game, 24-0, then took a tough loss to Bellaire at Rhodes Stadium in the first round of the UIL playoffs 35-31.
It certainly was a surprise season for Strake Jesuit in 2015. They exceeded everyone’s expectations taking third in 19-6A.
It seems as though the Crusaders season was defined by game one of district play when they made a memorable comeback on Morton Ranch. They were trailing the game 28-7 at one point and made an amazing comeback in the fourth quarter to steal the game away from the Mavericks, 50-49.
Next thing you knew, they were in the playoffs knocking off Reagan (21-13) and Cy Creek (44-28). Their run came to end at the hands of the elite Manvel falling 75-14 in the Regional Semifinals.
Another team that exceeded everyone’s expectations: the Morton Ranch Mavericks. Sure they lost that close game to Strake Jesuit and lost three of four games to start off district, but it never seemed to get them down.
The Mavericks went on to finish district play on a three-game winning streak even defeating Seven Lakes 31-24 in the final game to clinch a playoff birth.
They lost in the first round to Lamar, 38-17, but a big advance in the program considering they missed out the year before.
The Seven lakes Spartans were predicted by many to make a run at second place in 19-6A with good reason. They went 5-2 last season and had great talent coming back.
To say the least, it was a disappointing season for a team with such high expectations to go 2-5 in district play. They lost two very close games to Tompkins (21-20) and Strake Jesuit (40-39) but it just cemented a season that just wasn’t meant to be for Spartans nation.
Katy Taylor was coming off a great season. In 2014 the Mustangs made tremendous strides not only improving but stamping a playoff win to their program.
2015 did not come close to matching that. They started off district play 0-4 and just couldn’t rebound from the tough start which included three of the four playoff teams from 19-6A.
They ended on a high note winning two out of three but the damage had been done as they finished 2-5 in 19-6A missing out on the playoffs.
Although the Tompkins Falcons were 3-7 overall in 2015 (2-5 in 19-6A) they made tremendous strides in their young history.
Not only did they pick up their first win in school history against Terry, 9-7, they pulled a major upset against Seven Lakes opening up district play with a 21-20 win over the Spartans. Tompkins then went on to defeat Mayde Creek 7-0 in double overtime.
Mayde Creek has had a tough last few years. Since the 2011 season the Rams have had just one win in district play and last year was another winless season.
The Rams took a couple of close losses to Morton Ranch (21-20) and Tompkins (7-0 2OT) along with one score losses to Strake Jesuit and Katy Taylor. If they figure out those close losses, 2016 could be a lot different.