December 23, 2017
Cy-Fair High School football senior Eddie Sumler (No. 7) raises a state championship sign as the Bobcats celebrate their 51-35 win over Waco Midway in the Class 6A Division II championship game on Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Dec. 23, 2017—It took nearly eight decades for Cy-Fair High School’s football team to reach its first-ever state championship game. But took way less for the Bobcats to lift a championship trophy.
Cy-Fair dominated Waco Midway in nearly every facet – the Bobcats forced four turnovers, held Midway to minus-1 yard rushing through three quarters (six total) and led by as many as 37 points in their 51-35 victory to capture the Class 6A Division II title Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Because of Cy-Fair’s dominance, the final 12 minutes became a celebratory victory lap for the Bobcats in front of the 23,712 fans, a good number making the 255-mile trek from the Cypress area.
Cy-Fair High School football players Peyton Lewis (left), Ian Whigham (center) and Grant Hawkins are all smiles after helping lead the Bobcats to a 51-35 win over Waco Midway to capture the Class 6A Division II state championship on Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The football title is the program’s first and also the first in CFISD history.
Midway entered the game undefeated and spent much of the regular season ranked in the state polls. But none of that mattered on the biggest stage, especially not to a Cy-Fair program that has been a consistent winner but couldn’t break through. The Bobcats last reached the semifinals in 1985 and lost in the state quarterfinals three times since 2005.
“We’ve been working at it for many, many years and finally got over the hump,” said Bobcats Head Football Coach Ed Pustejovsky, who has been on staff at Cy-Fair for 37 years. “It’s certainly nice to be a state champion.”
Ray Zepeda (center), CFISD director of athletics presents championship medals to the Cy-Fair High School football team after the Bobcats won the Class 6A Division II state championship game Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Cy-Fair ends its season at a perfect 15-0.
“This makes us that special class,” senior linebacker Jace Bobo said. “We’ll be remembered forever. The first to do it in CFISD.”
The state title is not only Cy-Fair’s first but the first for CFISD. Cypress Falls High School (2006) and Cypress Ranch High School (2014) reached state championship games but each finished as the runner up.
The Cy-Fair High School football players and student trainers are all smiles as they pose for photos and celebrate their 51-35 win over Waco Midway to capture the Class 6A Division II state championship on Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Cy-Fair got on the board first after its defense forced a Midway punt. Behind senior running back Trenton Kennedy, the Bobcats drove 46 yards in eight plays, with Kennedy punching it in from two yards and kicker Max Duque making the extra point for the 7-0 lead five minutes into the game.
The Bobcats’ defense stopped Waco Midway again early and forced another punt. And again Cy-Fair took advantage, getting a Duque 21-yard field goal to go up 10-0 with 2:39 left in the first quarter.
Cy-Fair High School senior offensive lineman Puneet Jain celebrates the Bobcats’ 51-35 win over Waco Midway in the Class 6A Division II state championship game Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The football championship was the first for the program and first in CFISD history.
Midway didn’t cross midfield until its third possession late in the first quarter, but the Bobcats eventually got another stop – and forced another punt. On third and three, senior linebacker Jace Bobo dropped Panthers’ quarterback Tanner Mordecai for an 11-yard loss.
Bobcats’ quarterback Cam Arnold added a short touchdown run midway through the second quarter to push the lead to 17-0 before Midway finally answered – the Panthers scored on a 48-yard Mordecai pass to Dart Smith.
Cy-Fair High School defensive players follow the game official’s lead in signaling a touchdown after senior Kyle Bell recovered a fumble in the endzone for a score. The Bobcats beat Waco Midway 51-35 to win the Class 6A Division II state championship.
But a Cy-Fair defense that held Midway to minus-6 yards rushing in the first half wasn’t done. A snap over Mordecai’s head deep in Midway territory eventually rolled in the endzone where Kyle Bell fell on it for the touchdown. Duque added a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds to stretch the lead to 27-7.
“They’ve been doing it all year long,” Pustejovsky said of his defense. “Our coaches do a great job of putting it in the right fit and they play hard and get after it.”
Cy-Fair High School Head Football Coach Ed Pustejovsky is showered by his players in the final seconds of their 51-35 win over Waco Midway in the Class 6A Division II state championship game on Dec. 23 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Added senior running back Trenton Kennedy: “Our defense was stellar. To have them on our side is great. They’re stubborn guys and they don’t give up a lot. I love them.”
Things only got better for Cy-Fair – and worse for Midway – in the third quarter. The Bobcats forced two more turnovers and registered touchdowns following both, turning a 20-point lead into a 44-7 rout.
“They turned the ball over a couple times and we took advantage of it,” Pustejovsky said. “Our defense early on really played well.”
Following Duque’s third field goal, this one good from 42 yards, Midway fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Cody Cunningham bounced on it for Cy-Fair. On the next play, Kennedy scored from three yards out. Midway then fumbled on its next possession and Cunningham again made the recover to give the Bobcats a short field.
And again it was Kennedy, punching it in from 17 yards out to put Cy-Fair up 37 points.
“We knew we could come out and dominate and do what we needed to do,” said Cunningham, who was named the game’s Defensive MVP.
Kennedy was named the Offensive MVP after running for 110 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries and adding three catches for 26 yards.
“I knew I had to sacrifice every down and I had to play hard every down,” Kennedy said. “To have this result is great.”