Team Preview: Cinco Ranch Cougars

Head Coach: Chris Dudley

2021 Results: 8-5 6AD2, Regional Semifinalists

Returning Starters: 6 offense, 2 defense

Offensively the Cougars return their starting QB who Coach Dudley praises. “This year coming up we have a handful of offensive kids back that were starters for us our skill position kids. When you look at our quarterback Gavin Rutherford, he did a tremendous job these last couple years. His leadership qualities are outstanding. His football skills – he’s the best quarterback to ever come through here in terms of just the whole package.”

The Cougars should be deep at the receiver and running back positions. “Seth Salverino, Noah Abboud, Fischer Reed and there’s a couple other guys in that receiver room that were varsity contributors last year so that position on our team is very well stocked right now. We got both running backs from last year back as well – Sam McKnight, Eric Ekstrom. We feel really good about what we’re going to be able to do offensively.”

The Cougars’ defense was hit hard by graduation but Coach Dudley things they have the pieces to be successful. On the defensive side we’ve got to replace nine starters but we feel really good about the pieces that are about to step into that into those roles. We’ve got several kids that were varsity backups that saw extensive time during the season last year so it’s not that these kids are coming in just raw from the JV team. A lot of these kids have varsity experience I think they’re ready to step up.”

LB Braden Williams (59 tackles, 5 sacks) and CB Tatum Johnson (63 tackles, 2 interceptions) return on defense and will be joined by DE Riete Nesiama, DB Brayan Perez-Gilbes, CB Superior Hill, DE Robert Marbach and DB Walker White.

The Cougars remain in district 19-6A which will once again be composed entirely of Katy ISD schools but this year defending state 5AD1 champion Katy Paetow and 2nd year program Katy Jordan join the district.

2022 Schedule

8/25, 7:00 PM – at  The Woodlands College Park   

9/1, 7:00 PM – at  Klein Oak   

9/10, 7:00 PM – at  Katy Taylor *  

9/16, 7:00 PM – vs  Katy Tompkins *  

9/22, 6:00 PM – at  Katy Morton Ranch *  

9/30, 6:00 PM – vs  Katy Mayde Creek *  

10/6, 7:00 PM – at  Katy Jordan *  

10/14, 7:00 PM – vs  Katy Paetow *  

10/21, 7:00 PM – at  Katy *  

11/3, 6:00 PM – vs  Katy Seven Lakes *  

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