Cy-Fair wins state

State Champs

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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Raners defeat the Astros, 4-2. Composite Getty Image.

Josh Smith homered twice with four RBIs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Smith had a two-run shot in the first and added another one with two outs in the eighth to push the lead to 4-1. It’s the first multi-homer game of the 26-year-old’s career.

The Rangers won the last two games of the series after dropping Friday’s opener 6-3. They also got a 2-1 victory Saturday thanks to Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI single in the 10th inning.

Jake Meyers cut the lead to 1 with a solo home run in the third but the Astros went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position to fall to 50-46 entering the All-Star break.

Texas starter Max Scherzer allowed four hits and a run with six strikeouts in four-plus innings in his fifth start of the season.

Jon Singleton walked before a single by Jeremy Peña with no outs in the ninth. There was one out in the inning when Singleton scored on a groundout by Joey Loperfido to cut the lead to 4-2. Trey Cabbage grounded out to end it and give Kirby Yates his 16th save.

Ronel Blanco (9-4) permitted two hits and two runs with five strikeouts in six innings. He settled down after his tough first inning and retired the last 12 batters he faced.

Marcus Semien singled to start the game but was out at second when Corey Seager grounded into a foreceout. Smith gave the Rangers an early lead with his towering shot to the second deck to make it 2-0.

Meyers opened Houston’s third with a shot to the seats in left field to cut the lead to 2-1. Jose Altuve singled with two outs and stole second base but Scherzer struck out Alex Bregman for the third out.

The Astros had a shot to tie it or take the lead in the fifth. Peña and Meyers both singled before Loperfido walked to load the bases with no outs in the inning and chase Scherzer. Josh Sborz (2-0) took over and escaped the jam by striking out Mauricio Dubón before retiring Altuve on a pop up and Bregman on a groundout to end the inning.

Seager walked with two outs in the eighth before Smith connected again to give him 10 home runs this season.

Altuve reached on a fielding error by Smith with one out in the eighth before Bregman singled off José Leclerc. Jacob Latz took over and struck out Yordan Alvarez before Yainer Diaz grounded out to leave Houston emptyhanded again.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: 3B Josh Jung (fractured right wrist) swung 15 times off a tee using a regular bat Sunday. Manager Bruce Bochy said he would continue increasing his activity during the break as he nears a rehabilitation assignment.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (neck discomfort) threw a bullpen session of 25 pitches Sunday. Manager Joe Espada said he looked “really good” and would throw another bullpen session during the break.

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