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Countdown to Kickoff: Arnold hopes to lead Bobcats to history

Cam Arnold hopes to lead Bobcats to a state championship. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Cy-Fair was built in 1941, when World War II was just beginning.

For the first time in school history, the Bobcats have punched their ticket to the state championship, taking the Houston-area community by storm

Coach Ed Pustejovsky’s squad went undefeated this season and faces Waco Midway this weekend in the Class 6A, DII state game at AT&T Stadium. We were able to sit down with QB1 Cam Arnold as he prepares for the big game this Saturday.

VYPE: As the countdown to kickoff gets closer, how does your team feel to be heading to the school’s first-ever state championship game?

Arnold: We have gotten close before, but never have been able to make it this far. We just want to finish the job and make our school proud. We are excited that we finally made it this far.

VYPE: When did it all become real?

Arnold: I always expected to go as far as we have this season, but I think the whole team started buying in after the Cy-Spring’s game. We came out a little flat and got down 14-0 in the first half. We got ourselves together during the second half to come back and win. After that we, we beat Cy-Ranch and our confidence grew from there. This is when the team realized we were pretty good.

VYPE: What was it like making history?

Arnold: It’s an awesome feeling, especially with the group of guys we have. We have played together since seventh-grade and have all grown up playing together. It has been really special. Now it’s time to finish it.

VYPE: You committed to Northwestern State, what sold you on that college?

Arnold: The coaching staff is great, and the school provides an awesome atmosphere. I believe I can thrive there as a quarterback. Also, I have family in Louisiana.

VYPE: Cy-Fair has been traditionally run-oriented, what changed this year?

Arnold: I have become more confident in my passing abilities, and the team as a whole trusts each other more. This year, I was able to make more plays and throw the ball.

VYPE: What is the greatest moment of your high school career?

Arnold: Hopefully, the state game will be the greatest moment of my life this far.

Adriana Iademarco is a student at The Woodlands High School and a part of the VYPE U Internship Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Intern, click here! 

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After rallying in the ninth inning in Game 1 to take the pivotal opener of this best-of-three ALWC series, the Astros were in the driver's seat to try and end the series on Wednesday with another win at Target Field. Here is a quick rundown of Game 2:

Final Score: Astros 3, Twins 1.

Series: HOU Wins 2-0.

Winning Pitcher: Cristian Javier.

Losing Pitcher: Cody Stashak.

Houston gets the first hit and first run in the fourth

Through the first three innings, neither team could get a hit off of Jose Berrios or Jose Urquidy, though the Twins did load the bases in the bottom of the first on two walks and an error, but Urquidy would strand the runners before getting 1-2-3 innings in the second and third.

Meanwhile, the Astros lineup was retired in order in three perfect innings by Berrios. That changed in the top of the fourth when Houston would get back-to-back two-out walks to set up the first hit of the game, an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.

Dusty Baker makes another early call to the bullpen before Twins tie it up

Urquidy was able to keep the 1-0 lead by working around a two-out single in the bottom of the fourth, the first hit for the Twins. He returned in the fifth, allowing a leadoff single before a strikeout for the first out. Dusty Baker would pull another early hook, like Greinke the day prior, dipping into his bullpen early to end Urquidy's day at just 76 pitches in the fifth. His final line: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 76 P.

Brooks Raley was who Baker called on to face the top of the Twins' lineup. He would walk his first batter, putting runners on first and second, get a strikeout for the second out, then allow an RBI-double to Nelson Cruz that almost scored a second, go-ahead run. Instead, the runner was out at home thanks to a terrific defensive play by Carlos Correa, bulleting the ball to Maldonado at home, who made a great tag to save the run and keep it tied 1-1.

Correa homers, Astros advance to ALDS

After Raley completed the fifth inning for Urquidy, Cristian Javier was the next reliever out to begin the bottom of the sixth. He would toss a 1-2-3 frame, sending the tie game to the seventh. In the top of the seventh, Carlos Correa broke the tie with a long, loud two-out solo home run to center-field, putting the Astros back in front 2-1.

Javier held on to the one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh by working around a leadoff walk, then returned for the eighth. He would get through it scoreless, despite allowing a one-out walk to Nelson Cruz, who would be pinch-ran for by the speedy Byron Buxton. After a strikeout for out number two, Javier would catch Buxton between first and second base in a rundown, getting the big final out of the inning.

Houston added insurance in the top of the ninth, getting two on base before an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, his second of the day to make it 3-1. That left things up to closer Ryan Pressly, making his first appearance of the postseason. He would notch the save, advancing the Astros to the ALDS for their fourth-straight year.

Up Next: The Astros will now have a few days off to travel to the west coast before starting their ALDS with the winner of the A's / White Sox ALWC series. Game 1 of their ALDS will be on Monday, October 5th, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, with start time TBD.

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