It’s not news that the Katy Tigers recorded their ninth shutout of the season.

Their 66-0 win over Friendswood was just another routine victory for the Tigers, who now get to face a familiar foe in Manvel for the third straight year.

The Tigers were led by their defense, as always, who gave up a grand total of 91 yards and recorded eight sacks on Friday night.

“I expected them to play well,” coach Gary Joseph said after the game, as if this Tigers team could be capable of anything less.

One week after surrendering 20 points to Cypress Ranch, more than they gave up all season long, the most Katy’s defense would bend this week was on an early fourth down conversion. Facing fourth-down and six yards to get the first, Friendswood quarterback Tyler Page would scramble for 11 yards from his own 25-yard line to get the conversion.

Katy eventually forced Friendswood to punt and Page would rush for only 48 yards on 24 attempts the entire game.

On offense, the Tigers managed to maintain a balanced attack with Garrett Dorian and Kyle Porter combining for over 300 yards of offense and six touchdowns, four of which occurred in the first quarter alone.

Looking ahead at next week, Katy’s upcoming matchup against Manvel is the ultimate clash of offense against defense. But history tells a different story.

Manvel has scored at least 70 points in all three of its playoff games this season, but Katy won in blowout fashion against the Mavericks, 56-14 in 2013 and 45-17 in 2014.

“It’s always been in the back of our mind,” Manvel coach Kirk Martin said. “They’ve whipped us two years in a row and knocked us out of the 4th round, knocked us out of a chance at going all they way. It’s been on our mind for a long time.”

The third time could be a charm for Manvel, but Katy’s defense is more dominant than ever this season. And as Tyler Page found out first hand, the Tigers are nothing to mess with.

“They’re as tough as they look,” Page said. “Their defense is strong, big, fast and disciplined. They don’t fall for any of the tricks you try to pull on them, and they’re fast to the ball. They play as a unit, and it’s hard to beat that. They’re just really good. I expect Katy to go all the way and win state.”

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