Cy-Fair’s dedication reaps state title

The dedication of the players and coaches at Cy-Fair High School got its just reward with the program’s first state football championship.

The 15-0 Bobcats prevailed over Waco Midway 51-35 to win the Class 6A Division II state title at AT&T Stadium before a crowd of 23,712. It marked the school’s first state football championship since the doors opened in 1939.

“I’m super proud of these kids,” said Cy-Fair head coach Ed Pustejovsky. “They worked from day one. People don’t understand that we started this stuff in November of last year (2016). It’s the off-season and spring ball and all the stuff they do during the summer.

“It’s a huge commitment for these guys and I’m certainly happy for them because they made that commitment,” said Pustejovsky, who has been on the Bobcats’ coaching staff for 37 years.

Cy-Fair jumped out in front on a Trenton Kennedy two-yard touchdown run en route to a 10-point first quarter and piled on 17 points in each of the next two stanzas to carry a 44-7 advantage into the fourth quarter.

“We’ve been working at this for many, many years and finally got over the hump,” Pustejovsky said. “Our coaches do a nice job of putting the kids in positions to have success. It’s certainly nice to be a state champion.”

The Cy-Fair coaching staff includes elder statesman and offensive coordinator Roy Smith (38 years), running backs coach Jimmy Reese (33 years), defensive coordinator Robbie Legg (18 years), defensive backs coach Adam Chew (14 years) and receivers coach Tad Hammel (14 years).

Not only did Cy-Fair claim the school’s first state football title but also the first for Cy-Fair ISD. Cy-Falls and Cy-Ranch have also played in state title games.

“This is exciting and we’re the first ones to do it,” said Kennedy, who was named the game’s offensive MVP after rushing for 110 yards on 23 carries and scoring three touchdowns. “We made this our goal in December of last year and to see it come true is great.

“All that we’ve been through with Hurricane Harvey and having our schedule pushed back was tough,” Kennedy said. “To bring this championship back to our school and the district is fantastic.”

Cy-Fair scored 24 points off four Midway fumbles. The Bobcats turned two of those fumbles into a 10-point swing at the end of the second quarter to take a 27-7 lead into intermission.

Cody Cunningham recovered three Midway fumbles and was named the defensive MVP for his efforts. “This is probably the best game we’ve played all year,” he said. “This is special.”

Waco Midway (15-1) outscored Cy-Fair 28-7 in the fourth quarter to close within two scores (16 points) with four minutes, 24 seconds left to play.

However, Justin Uriarte’s 48-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at the 4:17 mark put the icing on the cake for the Bobcats.

Cy-Fair’s previous best season was in 1985 when the Bobcats advanced to the state semifinals. Pustejovsky served as the offensive line coach back then.

The Bobcats have experienced their share of success on the football field in the past, but never quite this much.