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Katy's Star RB Seth Davis
Katy’s dominant postseason continued following their recent 56-34 victory over C.E. King at NRG Stadium last Friday in the Regional Finals.
With only two wins away from claiming their 10th title, the undefeated Tigers will look to their top playmaker, RB Seth Davis, to maintain his MVP-caliber form and lead Katy to the State Championship.
After falling to Westlake in last year’s State Semifinals game (45-14), Davis and company are determined to flip the script in their matchup against Vandegrift.
“Last year didn’t end how we wanted it to,” said Davis. “It would be awesome to get another ring, so we have been working hard all throughout the offseason in order to make up for that, and win another State Championship.”
Seth Davis and his older brother, Jalen, were key factors in Katy’s 2020 title. The younger Davis’ game has only sky-rocketed since. Since he was a child, it’s been a goal of his to become one of the best running backs to ever play for Katy.
“I knew Katy had a lot of great running backs and I wanted to be part of that list,” Davis said. “It took hard work, even when times were tough. I’d have to thank my parents for that. They took me to all the workouts so that I could get better and perfect my craft. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am.”
Due to his exceptional high school career, Davis has been given the opportunity to play in college at Mississippi State, following the conclusion of his senior year. Exciting though it may be, the memories the young athlete has amassed during his time as a Tiger, will not soon be forgotten.
“It’s been great playing for Katy,” said Davis. “My most memorable moment is when I scored six TDs in one game (the most single-game scores in Katy history). But, I’ve made several life-long friends, and it’s been great playing for Coach [Gary] Joseph and all the other coaches who have taught me to be unselfish and how to persevere.”
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The future looks bright for No. 23, but the Tigers have their sights set on another 6A State Championship, before anything else. Currently, Vandegrift stands in their way of returning to the Title game. The two powerhouses are set to face off this Saturday at 1 P.M, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
“We are just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Davis said. “Running the ball and executing the play-action has been our offensive strength. We expect to play a good team, who plays hard on Saturday. So, we’ve gotta be ready to go.”
The Batenhorst-era at Seven Lakes is officially over with the graduation of Casey Batenhorst. The Spartans will need to replace a ton of the offense and will look towards Temi Sam-Olibale (139 kills) and Sameena Burns (121 kills) to do just that.
Burns will be a force defensively at the net as well after registering 107 blocks a year ago. Grace Lanier will be the leader of the defensive unit. Lanier led the team in digs with 427 in 2021. Next was Sam-Olibale with 216. Simone Romriell will be looked to fill the shoes of Batenhorst at setter. She had 292 assists in 118 sets played.
Also, watch out for Isabella Deuel (MH), LeAnna Beaty (M/OH) and Julia Valverde (Setter) to fill in some much-needed roles for 2022 as well.
Keys to success for Amy Cataline’s crew will be the “young returners and strong defense”. Cataline enters 2022 only five wins away from career win No. 400 in her 14th year as a head coach.