Humble–Cy-Woods is back to the only place they’ve ever known: deep into the playoffs. Meanwhile, Clear Creek is in a place its never known: the third round.
No matter which team is used to still playing at this late stage, only one will emerge when the Clear Creek Wildcats (9-3) take on Cypress Woods Wildcats (9-3) in a UIL 5A Division II high school football playoff game tonight from Turner Stadium in Humble.
In order to extend their longest playoff run of all time, Creek must rely on an offense that has been held below 20 points only twice this season.
“They’re terriific offensively,” Cy-Woods head coach David Jones said of Clear Creek. “It goes without saying that number 28 is a special player, one we haven’t seen all year.”
“Number 28” is a reference to C.J. McElroy, who according to the Houston Chronicle has rushed for 1,432 yards on 163 carries and has 23 TD’s going into Saturday. The University of Houston commit leads district 24-5A with an average of 8.79 yards per attempt.
“We’re not gonna enjoy chasing him around,” said Jones. “We don’t feel like we regularly play anybody of that caliber, so it’s gonna be a new experience for us and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Cy-Woods, which has been at least three rounds deep every season of varsity football, is led by quarterback Colton Huntsman, a quick and shifty 5′ 11″ and 170 pound senior who can create with both his legs as well as his arm. According to Maxpreps, going into Saturday Huntsman has thrown for 2,127 yards and 22 touchdowns this season as well as rushing for 740 yards (7.26). This is despite the fact the Air Force Academy commit missed 4 games due to an ankle injury.
“He’s a great leader and very competitive,” Jones said. “We have a lot of confidence in his ability in the right setup and normally when has the ball good things are gonna happen.”
Woods helps run a spread offense where the Wildcats try to snap the ball as quickly as possible and let “The Circus,” as he has been nicknamed, make plays with his legs or his arm.
“We’re just a four-wide offense, we’ll be Trips Splits or double on each side and we’ll generally be in the shotgun formation,” Jones said. “We try to snap the ball as quickly as we can snap it since we have three pretty good skill people and we feel that if we can get out in space we can have good things happen to us.”
This is the first ever meeting between the schools.