Cypress Fairbanks forced five fumbles and held off a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat Waco Midway 51-35 Saturday night in the Class 6A, Division II state championship game.
The Bobcats (15-0) won a state title in their first appearance in a final after jumping to a 27-7 halftime lead.
Midway (15-1) scored four touchdowns in the fourth quarter after trailing 44-7 through three quarters.
Leading 17-7, Cy-Fair scored a touchdown when the football was snapped over the head of Midway quarterback Tanner Mordecai and Kyle Bell of the Bobcats recovered the loose ball in the end zone. On the ensuing kickoff return, Midway lost another fumble, and Cy-Fair’s Max Duque later added a field goal to make it 27-7.
Payton Tally led the Cy-Fair defense with 11 tackles, and Patrick Atkinson added two sacks and seven tackles. Bobcats Jace Bobo and Bell combined for 15 tackles.
Justin Uriarte returned an onside kick 48 yards for Cy-Fair’s final touchdown, which came with 4 minutes, 17 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.
Bobcats running back Trenton Kennedy scored three touchdowns while gaining 110 yards on 23 carries.
Mordecai, who signed with Oklahoma on Wednesday, finished 33-of-52 passing for 406 yards and five touchdowns for Midway. Panthers wide receiver C.J. Williams caught 13 balls for 195 yards and three TDs.
Cy-Fair was the lone Houston-area program to claim a UIL football championship in 2017. A pair of teams from the Dallas area, Allen and Highland Park, won two of the four titles in the state’s two largest classifications, based on enrollment.
Allen defeated Lake Travis 35-33 to claim the Class 6A, Division I championship. Highland Park topped Manvel 53-49 in the 5A, Division I final.
These high school football teams won UIL championships last week at AT&T Stadium:
Class 6A, Division I: Allen (16-0)
Class 6A, Division II: Cypress Fairbanks (15-0)
Class 5A, Division I: Highland Park (15-1)
Class 5A, Division II: College Station (14-2)
Class 4A, Division I: Carthage (16-0)
Class 4A, Division II: Texarkana Pleasant Grove (16-0)
Class 3A, Division I: Rockdale (13-3)
Class 3A, Division II: Newton (15-0)
Class 2A, Division I: Mart (15-1)
Class 2A, Division II: Muenster (16-0)
Six-man, Division I: Borden County (14-1)
Six-man, Division II: Strawn (15-0)