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Westlake offense commands the way in 45-14 win over Katy, secures spot in 6A D2 state championship

Photo Credit: SBLive Sports (Thomas Hays)

WACO, TEXAS— Many people had predicted the Westlake Chaparrals and the Katy Tigers to meet in this game early in the season. Westlake and Katy are arguably two of the best high school football programs in the state of Texas. The Chaparrals came into the semifinal matchup with a record of 14-0, they’ve dominated just about every team they’ve faced this season, and they look to extend their state championship streak to 3 in a row.

The Katy Tigers, who also came into the matchup undefeated, have one of the richest histories in Texas High School Football with 9 state championships. The Tigers believed they had the team to give the program their 10th state championship, but the Chaparrals were just as motivated, and continued to dominate all around as they had all season.

The Chaparrals, who are known for their quick offensive starts, got going right away after forcing a punt on Katy’s first drive. Cade Klubnik found Jaden Greathouse for a 15-yard gain on their first play from scrimmage, but Jack Kayser took over from there with a 47-yard touchdown run (PAT good). The Chaps’ defense made an impact on Katy’s next offensive possession. A big sack by Westlake forced a fumble by Katy, and Chaps linebacker, Byers Petty, recovered the fumble at the Katy 39-yard line. Cade Klubnik took advantage, finding Pierce Turner in the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown, and the first quarter ended with Westlake up 14-0 (PAT good).

Klubnik found a rhythm with his receivers to start the second quarter. The Clemson commit led the Chaparrals down the field to the Katy 7-yard line, but they were unable to get in the end zone. Westlake had to settle for a 24-yard field goal to extend their lead to 17-0.

Westlake didn’t skip a beat on their next drive, as Klubnik and Pierce Turner connected twice to bring the Chaps to the Katy 20-yard line. Klubnik then found Jaden Greathouse in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown to make the score 24-0 (PAT good). The Westlake defense kept holding their own, as they stopped Katy running back, Seth Davis, on 4th down to force a turnover on downs, and they gave the offense the ball at the Katy 34-yard line. After Klubnik connected with Greathouse for a 15-yard gain to the 22-yard line, he found Keaton Kubecka for an 18-yard touchdown, extending the Chaps lead to 31-0 (PAT good).

Katy found their best momentum of the day on their next possession. Quarterback, Caleb Koger, led the Tigers down the field inside the Westlake 20-yard line. But Westlake held them from there, forcing a turnover on downs at their own 12-yard line to go into halftime up 31-0.

Westlake’s offense continued to dominate to start the second half. Jack Keyser got the Chaps to the Katy 9-yard line, and Cade Klubnik finished the job with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Greathouse, making the score 38-0 (PAT good). Katy wouldn’t back down just yet, however, as Caleb Kroger dished it off to wide receiver and Oklahoma commit, Nicholas Anderson, and he took the pass 45 yards to the end zone to put the Tigers on the board (PAT good).

Cade Klubnik continued to lead Westlake down the field. After he found Pierce Turner for a first down to the Katy 21-yard line, he found Keaton Kubecka for a 2-yard touchdown to make the score 45-7 at the end of the third quarter.

At this point, Katy had a good idea their season would be coming to a close, but they wanted to go out on as best of a note as possible. As the Tigers were brought to 4th down at the Westlake 31-yard line, Kroger was able to find Nicholas Anderson once again for a 31-yard touchdown, making the score 45-14. But Westlake was already in a comfortable position to start running the time out. When the clocks hit zero, Westlake had clinched their spot in the 6A D2 state championship.

Westlake continues their outstanding season, improving their record to 15-0. The Chaparrals will play in the 6A D2 State Championship next week at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, December 18th at 7 PM CT. They will take on the winner of Denton Guyer and Tomball. Katy suffers their first loss of the season, and is brought to the end of their season. The Tigers finish with a record of 14-1.

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