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Glass, Cue spur Katy to emotional comeback win over Atascocita

What took place for the Tigers could be one of those games they look back upon Vype

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The excitement was palpable. There was no questioning that this regular season, non-district football game on a dreary Saturday evening in September meant more than most for Katy High.

The Tigers’ emotional 31-28 come-from-behind win over Atascocita at Legacy Stadium was even a sight to behold for the First Lady of Katy football and coach Gary Joseph’s wife, Sheila.

“Wow!” Sheila exclaimed while greeting Joseph with a hug after the game. “Wow. What a game.”

In the long run, what took place for the Tigers could be one of those games they look back upon as a turning point this season. One of those mystical games that people could eventually reminisce about as they stand around at work, buying time around the vending machine, shooting the breeze with fellow friends and colleagues.

The Katy fans who stayed through a 45-minute delay at halftime because of inclement weather will remember the furious comeback from an 21-0 deficit in the first half, 21-6 at the break. They will remember the energy and momentum building even as the Tigers trailed by 14 points with 15 minutes left.

They will remember the ridiculous, workmanlike performance of Tigers running back Deondrick Glass, who blitzed, bullied and buried the Eagles for 372 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries.

They’ll remember the defense rising to the occasion by allowing a single touchdown in the second half. And they’ll certainly remember senior kicker Kaleb Cue’s 40-yard field goal with 1:18 left that flew through the uprights to award the Tigers the win and stun the Eagles.

 

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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