This Week in HS Sports - January
The best of 2012
When the 2012 high school football season began, nearly
everyone expected that the Katy Tigers had a very good
chance to be playing for another state championship in
December. Almost no one expected the Lamar Redskins to be
doing the same thing.
But when the final weekend of the 2012 UIL high school
football, both teams were playing at Cowboys Stadium in
Arlington for the opportunity to bring home a state
Because of that, Katy and Lamar represent the best of
Houston Class 5A high school football for the 2012 season.
Katy (16-0) managed to come away with the Class 5A
Division 2 state crown, knocking off the Cedar Hill
Longhorns,35-24. It was the Tigers' seventh state
championship in school history and their first since
back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008.
Adam Taylor, who has committed to Nebraska, rushed for
277 yards and five touchdowns, including a 56-yard run on
fourth-and-one for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter,
and Katy held off Cedar Hill in the 5A-2 championship game
on December 22.
The victory capped a dominant season for the Tigers. Katy
won 11 games by at least 35 points this season.
They outscored opponents 829-206 -- or roughly an average
of 52-13 -- and rolled through the Region III bracket with
dominating wins over Westbury (77-7), Langham Creek (49-0),
La Porte (55-10) and Cypress Ranch (70-21).
There were plenty of individual leaders for the Tigers in
Taylor finished the season with 2,750 yards and 42
touchdowns rushing. He and sophomore Rodney Anderson made an
unstoppable one-two punch in Katy's rushing attack.
Quarterback Kiley Huddleston threw for 1,600 yards and 20
touchdowns during the season and defined the team's
toughness by playing in the state championship game after
being diagnosed (and cleared to play) with a broken fibula.
Senior defensive back Isaiah Brown, who has verbally
committed to Tulsa, led a defense that collected 31
interceptions. Defensive end Matt Dimon, an Oklahoma commit,
was named defensive player of the game against Cedar Hill.
Katy is now tied with Abilene, Brownwood and Plano for
the third-most championships in Texas history. Celina and
Southlake Carroll have eight apiece.
Lamar Redskins (15-1)
The Lamar Redskins failed to bring home the Class 5A
Division 1 title, losing to Allen 35-21 in the title game,
but to dwell on that game would be to miss the point of the
outstanding season head coach Tom Nolen's team put together.
Lamar was expected to be the class of Houston ISD teams
this season. But few observers, if any outside the program
itself, expected them to be the team that would navigate a
difficult Region III-Division 1 bracket to represent the
area in the state semifinal and final rounds.
But, led by junior quarterback Darrell Colbert, the
Redskins went through their regular season 10-0 before
easing past Seven Lakes, 36-33, in the first round of the
Then, Lamar began to open some eyes with a second-round
30-14 victory over Alief Taylor, whose highly-regarded
defense had held Cy-Fair to seven points the previous week.
The Redskins easily disposed of District 22-5A's Travis
Tigers, 24-7, to set up a regional final showdown with area
powerhouse North Shore.
North Shore had impressive wins over playoff teams Clear
Springs, Manvel, Cinco Ranch and Port Arthur Memorial in the
regular season and a big win over Elsik to get them into the
The Mustangs were expected to be the Region III
representative in the state semifinals.
But Lamar dominated North Shore and walked away with a
Lamar's defense shut down North Shore’s vaunted rushing
attack of Tristan Houston, Micah Thomas and Jared Pendleton.
They forced three turnovers and blanked the Mustang offense
until Pendleton scored on a one-yard run with under five
minutes remaining in the game.
At the same time, Colbert threw for a pair of touchdowns
and rushed for another on a 42-yard fourth-quarter run.
The following week, Lamar shut down San Antonio O'Connor,
15-7, to advance to the championship round.
Lamar became the first Houston ISD Class 5A team to
advance past the regional final round since Vince Young's
Madison Marlins did it in 2001 and the first HISD team to
play for a state championship since the Yates Lions won the
5A-D1 title in 1985.
Colbert threw for nearly 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns
and ran for over 700 yards and nine TDs.
Nolen earned his 250th win as the Lamar head coach during
the season and, at season's end, had raised his win total to
255 in his 28 years as the Redskins' head coach. He was also
named the Touchdown Club of Houston's coach of the year.
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