State Championship Preview: Can Cy-Fair beat Midway for 1st football title?
Originally appeared on Vype.com.
Saturday’s UIL 6A Division 2 state championship game features two programs that have never won a football state title. Cy-Fair hadn’t even reached the season’s final game until this year’s run, and its counterpart, Waco Midway, has one appearance from the 2011 season.
The matchup to watch is Fair’s dominant defense against Midway’s high-flying attack. This is probably the Bobcats’ toughest test to date, but their unit is well-prepared. It slowed down seven offenses that averaged at least 28 points a game this season, including Austin Westlake (45.1 ppg), Langham Creek (36.1 ppg) and Friendswood (28 ppg) the last three rounds. The tough competition hasn’t startled cornerback Erick Hallett, linebacker Patrick Atkinson, or other boys in maroon because opponents have averaged 9.6 points against them in the postseason, and 11.9 during the regular season.
Midway not only scores a lot (45.7 ppg), but also has a trio of offensive talents. Oklahoma-commit Tanner Mordecai, who’s thrown for nearly 4,000 yards this season, and rushed for 1,100, is joined by 1,800-yard rusher James Fullbright, and 1500-yard receiver Clayton Williams.
If Fair allows over 14 points for the first time this postseason, expect its offense to pick up some of the slack. Trenton Kennedy is the latest in a long line of great Cy-Fair running backs, and the Cam Arnold-to-Christian Richmond connections will keep the Midway defense (21.3 points allowed per game) on its toes.