Johnson rushes for 245, Cy-Fair improves to 5-0
Cy-Fair – Ed Pustejovsky's teams have always been known for four things – defense, run game and big tight ends and linemen.
It's a traditional form of football. Cy-Fair isn't flashy. They don't run what has become a now-traditional spread offense. Instead, it's power, power and more power.
Cy-Fair flexed its muscles again on Friday.
LJ Johnson rushed for 245 yards and four scores, tight end Bayne Tryon had two receptions for 83 yards and a score and Cy-Fair remained undefeated with a 37-20 victory over Cy Falls at Pridgeon Stadium.
"It's a big win but every wins a big win," Pustejovsky said. "It's about us improving on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week regardless of who we're playing. That's the only thing we can control and hopefully our kids have that mentality and they understand that and continue to improve."
Cy-Fair (5-0, 3-0) made its first statement with the defense.
On its second drive, Cy Falls running back JP Vickers had the ball jarred loose, while Cy-Fair cornerback and kicker Jake Ruiz jumped on it.
Now, the run game's turn.
First play of the ensuing drive, Johnson burst up the middle and was gone for the 45-yard touchdown, pushing the lead up to 10-0.
"It's always big, that's one of our goals is to score after a turnover," Pustejovsky said. "Defensively is to not allow a score after a turnover. So, it's a big momentum swing, it's good for us."
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Cy Falls (5-1, 3-1) did respond with a pair of touchdowns to take a 14-10 lead with 5:42 left in the first half.
Now, step in the big tight end.
Cy-Fair quarterback Carter Craven dropped back and hit Bayne Tryon across the middle. The Tulsa-commit took it and muscled his way to the endzone, running over a would-be tackler on the way to a 49-yard touchdown reception to take back the lead for good.
"I think we came out and understood what we had to do," Pustejovsky said about coming back from the deficit.
Cy-Fair quarterback Carter Cravens finished 9 of 12 for 152 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The rest of the night was owned by the defensive unit and Johnson.
Defensively, Cy-Fair held down the district's top-rated offense by the numbers. Entering the night, the Golden Eagles were averaging 394.6 yards per game and 43 points per game.
At the end of the night against Cy-Fair, the Bobcats had given up just 332 yards, 20 points and forced two turnovers (1 int – 5 th of season, 1 fumble – 9th of season).
"Extremely proud, that's a talented football team," Pustejovsky said. "They have a lot of weapons, wide outs, they can run, quarterback did a great job scrambling around. I'm extremely proud of our defense."
Johnson, who finished the night with a season high capped the night with touchdown runs of 89 and 14 yards to help seal the victory and another impressive statistical night for the back.
"[LJ] played well," Pustejovsky said. "He saw cuts good and he stuck his foot in the ground and went. Wasn't a lot of studder and he's a darn good back, he lowered his shoulder several times."
Cy Falls was led by Brandon Collins who went 21 of 34 for 207 yards and one touchdown. Collins' top target was Ricky Johnson, who had six receptions for 63 yards.