The Cinco Ranch Cougars scored twice on kickoff runs, once on a interception return for a touchdown, and once following a Morton Ranch fumble as the Cougars’ defense and special teams play sparked the team to a 44-17 victory over Morton Ranch.
Morton Ranch got on the scoreboard first capping a 6-play 53-yard drive with a 24-yard field goal from Nazeen Kahn to give the Mavericks an early 3-0 lead with 6:04 remaining in the 1st quarter.
The following kickoff return would establish the Cougars theme for the night when Bertis Mobley returned the kickoff 85 yards for a Touchdown to give the Cougars the lead 7-3.
The Cougars would add a 39-yard field goal from Zach Gonzales to take a 10-3 lead into halftime.
Morton Ranch would open the second half with the ball. On the fourth play of the drive, Cinco Ranch’s Carson King jumped a Jaden Diaz pass and raced 57 yards to the end zone to stretch the Cougars lead to 17-3.
Morton Ranch would respond with 11-play 59-yard drive capped by a 16-yard pass from Jaden Diaz to Josh Gaton to cut the Cougar lead to 17-10 with 6:51 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Cinco Ranch would answer back on the ensuing drive with a 11-play 67-yard drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown run from David Gbenda to stretch the Cougars lead to 24-10 with 1:42 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
The teams would exchange punts and Morton Ranch would turn the ball over on downs before Cinco Ranch drove 56 yards in 8 plays capped by a 37-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Harper to Brannon King to make the score Cinco Ranch 30, Morton Ranch 10 with 6:20 remaining in the game.
The Mavericks would answer immediately with a 6-play 59-yard drive capped by 9-yard pass from Jaden Diaz to Josh Gaton to cut the Cougar lead to 30-17 with 4:53 remaining in the game.
The next two plays would seal the game for the Cougars. The Mavericks attempt an onside kick that was snagged by the Cougar’s Jacob Mathiasmeyer who then raced 50-yards for a touchdown.
On the ensue kickoff, the Mavericks fumbled the return away to the Cougars. On the second play after the fumble, GJ Kelly raced 46 yards for the final score of the night to give the Cougars a 44-17 lead with 3:43 remaining in the 4th quarter.
The Mavericks also fumbled the ensuing kickoff return away to the Cougars who were able to run out the clock to clinch the win.
The win was the 150th career head coaching victory for Cinco Ranch’s Don Clayton.
Cinco Ranch moves to 2-4 overall and 2-0 in district play. The Cougars play Katy Taylor next Friday. Taylor (3-3 overall, 1-1 district) lost to Seven Lakes 14-21 on Friday night.
Morton Ranch is now 3-3 overall and 0-2 in district play. The Mavericks play Katy next Friday. Katy (4-1 overall, 1-0 district) beat Katy Tompkins 66-13 on Friday night.
Morton Ranch – Nazeem Kahn, 24-yard field goal – Cinco Ranch 0, Morton Ranch 3 – 6:04 1st
Cinco Ranch – Bertis Mobley, 85-yard kickoff return – Cinco Ranch 7, Morton Ranch 3 – 5:49 1st
Cinco Ranch – Zach Gonzales, 39-yard field goal – Cinco Ranch 10, Morton Ranch 3 – 3:51 2nd
Cinco Ranch – Carson King, 57-yard interception return – Cinco Ranch 17, Morton Ranch 3 – 9:58 3rd
Morton Ranch – Jaden Diaz to Josh Gaton, 16-yard pass – Cinco Ranch 17, Morton Ranch 10 – 6:51 3rd
Cinco Ranch – David Gbenda, 2-yard run – Cinco Ranch 24, Morton Ranch 10 – 1:42 3rd
Cinco Ranch – Cameron Harper to Brannon King, 37-yard pass, PAT no good – Cinco Ranch 30, Morton Ranch 10 – 6:20 4th
Morton Ranch – Jaden Diaz to Josh Gaton, 9-yard pass – Cinco Ranch 30, Morton Ranch 17 – 4:53 4th
Cinco Ranch – Jacob Mathiasmeier, 50-yard kickoff return – Cinco Ranch 37, Morton Ranch 17 – 4:45 4th
Cinco Ranch – GJ Kelly, 46-yard run – Cinco Ranch 44, Morton Ranch 17 – 3:43 4th