By Colby Gordon / American-Statesman Correspondent
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at 12:01 AM
Updated at 7:27 AM
Through everything thrown at it, Stony Point was never out of its Class 6A bi-district playoff game against Cypress Ranch Friday at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
But in the end, a tough Mustangs defense that made the Tigers one-dimensional on offense, an injury to senior running back Kendall Thomas and a Cy Ranch offense that rushed for 235 yards was too much to overcome for Stony Point as it fell 38-24.
“One thing about our guys is that we never quit,” Stony Point coach Craig Chessher said. “You have to watch the whole game if you come to watch our game. I respect that about our guys. Cy Ranch is a good football team. They’re coached well, have good talent and I could see them going deep in the playoffs, but I’m real proud of my kids and real proud of my seniors.”
Thomas, who entered the game with more than 2,100 yards rushing on the year, suffered an injury in the first half that kept him out of all but four plays the rest of the game.
Cy Ranch’s defense shut down the Tiger ground game from that point on, limiting it to 51 yards in the contest, while the Mustangs themselves ran for 235 yards.
“When you lose a 2,100-yard rusher, that hurts,” Chessher said. “But that’s the breaks of the game, and Kendall’s a great kid who is going to have a great college career. But I thought our kids continued to pick it up and play hard.”
Stony Point (7-4) opened the game’s scoring on its first series when Kyle Overton — who finished with 222 yards and two touchdowns through the air and added a score with his legs — connected with Samuel Colis from the 30.
Cy Ranch (8-3) answered later in the first quarter on Logan McDougald’s 20-yard scoring strike to Kobe Banks, then two touchdown runs by Willie Eldridge early in the second quarter put the Mustangs ahead 21-7.
A 66-yard pass to Andre Woods set up Overton’s 7-yard TD, but Jason Gerow’s 43-yard field goal to end the half gave Cy Ranch a 24-14 lead at the break.
“We had a costly turnover in the second that gave them good field position,” Chessher said. “So I thought being down 10 at halftime wasn’t bad.”
Following a Stony Point field goal, DJ Ciers sprinted 37 yards to push the Mustangs lead to 31-17 in the third.
Woods hauled in a 45-yard TD pass from Overton to bring the Tigers back within seven early in the fourth, but Ciers’ 15-yard scoring pass to Elias Pino answered for Cy Ranch and reached the game’s final tally.
Stony Point drove to the Mustang 6 on its ensuing drive but turned the ball over on downs and Cy Ranch ran out the clock.
Eldridge finished with 102 yards rushing, while Ciers — who played most of the game at quarterback after McDougald suffered an injury — added 92 on the ground and 116 through the air.
“Ciers is dynamic,” Chessher said. “He’s a great athlete and played real well tonight. They’re just a very good all-around football team. Their offensive line is big, and their defense played well. I thought it was a good high school football team and we just came up short.”
Woods finished with five catches for 146 yards for the Tigers, whom Chessher said should be happy with what they did this fall.
“I think when you look at our nine-team district, and for us to come in third, I’m just real proud of our young men as we set a goal to make the playoffs and achieved that goal,” Chessher said. ”(Ending your season) stings, but when you lose to a good football team, you can accept it a bit more, and Cy Ranch is a good football team.”