Cypress Ridge tops Clear Brook, advances to regional title game

November 28, 2016

Cypress Ridge High School football players celebrate a touchdown by junior running back Alex Jacobs (21) in the Rams’ 49-14 win over Clear Brook High School in the Region III-6A Division II semifinal at NRG Stadium on Nov. 26. Cypress Ridge will face Cinco Ranch in the regional final on Dec. 3 at TDECU Stadium.
Cypress Ridge High School football players celebrate a touchdown by junior running back Alex Jacobs (21) in the Rams’ 49-14 win over Clear Brook High School in the Region III-6A Division II semifinal at NRG Stadium on Nov. 26. Cypress Ridge will face Cinco Ranch in the regional final on Dec. 3 at TDECU Stadium.

Nov. 28, 2016—The Cypress Ridge High School football team made history with its deepest playoff run after defeating Clear Brook High School, 49-14, on Nov. 26 at NRG Stadium.

The Rams’ regional semifinal win gives them a chance to compete for the regional title when they face Cinco Ranch High School in the Region III-6A Division II championship on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at TDECU Stadium (3874 Holman St.) on the University of Houston campus.

Cypress Ridge came close to this point in the 2008 season, but narrowly lost to Copperas Cove, 55-48, in the regional semifinal.

“The kids are really proud of this accomplishment,” said Gary Thiebaud, Cypress Ridge head football coach. “We thought we should have been here in 2007 and 2008, and really I thought we had a chance to go to state in 2008. We got beat on the last play of the game, which was tough. But getting this one done was awesome.”

The Rams are staying true to the motto they developed back in spring football, according to Thiebaud.

“We came into spring ball and felt like we had something to prove, and we said there’s ‘No Ceiling’ for this football team,” he said. “We hung onto that and the kids really believe it. They’ve been running with it.”

Pre-sale tickets for the regional title game will be sold for $6 (students) and $8 (adults) Tuesday-Friday in the Cypress Ridge commons area (7900 N. Eldridge Pkwy.) from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or on Nov. 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the performance gym foyer. Tickets can also be purchased in the CFISD athletic department office (8877 Barker Cypress Road, entrance 2) Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All pre-sale tickets will be sold for cash only.

Tickets at the TDECU Stadium gate will be sold for $12 per person (students and adults). There will be no charge for parking.

Thiebaud said he looks forward to facing a familiar opponent to decide the regional championship.

“We used to open with Cinco Ranch every year. I’ve already talked to [Head Coach] Don [Clayton] about what a great game that’s going to be with the Cougars and the Rams,” Thiebaud said. “We’re excited. We’re in the regional championship game. How sweet is that?”

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