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Cy-Fair wins state

VYPE Player of the Game Kyle Bell helped Cy-Fair High School & Cypress-Fairbanks ISD win their 1st football state championships. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD waited 78 years for one of its high schools to win a UIL football state championship. Cy-Fair High School was the first to claim one, with Saturday’s 51-35 win against Waco Midway in the UIL 6A Division II state title game at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

“It means a lot to us,” district athletic director Ray Zepeda said of the championship. “We’ve obviously been playing football for a long time [and] they have shown us that it can be done.”

Fair completed the best season in program history by running the same game plan it’s had for decades: running the ball, and slowing down the opposition. VYPE Player of the Game Kyle Bell led the defense with eight tackles, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and Trenton Kennedy’s 110 rushing yards and three scores played the same role on offense.

“I knew we just had to put up numbers,” said Kennedy. “Every single time we got the ball, we had to make it our goal to score.”

Bell’s performance speaks for itself, but he was also playing for his grandfather, who recently passed away.

“This team is my family,” said Bell. “Without them, I don’t know where I’d be.”

The Fair defense also had impressive outings from Payton Tally, Jace Bobo, and Cody Cunningham. Talley and Bobo finished with double-digit tackles, and Cunningham had three fumble recoveries.

“The defense balled out,” said Kennedy. “I’m glad they play for us because they caused trouble for Waco Midway.”

The team effort was too much for Midway, who scored 28 points in the fourth quarter. It also earned 36-year Cy-Fair coach Ed Pustejovsky his long-awaited first title.

“It feels great,” said Pustejovsky. “I’m happy for our coaches, players, program, community and administration. A lot of us have been together a long time at Cy-Fair.”

 

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