“It was big for them to get out there and get that experience tonight,” said Katy head coach Gary Joseph. “We want to build that depth and that’s how you do it. That’s just growing up and growing as a team and they had that experience tonight, it will help them get better."
Katy has been using this preseason to build its depth.
The Tigers know how important it will be to not only rely on starters, but be able to count on their backups once the season starts, as every team goes through injuries and needs unlikely people to step up throughout the season.
And that was the theme for the Tigers scrimmage on Friday night at Legacy Stadium, as backups got a chance to prove themselves against a high-quality opponent in Klein Collins and were able to gain experience before Katy’s season opener.
“It was big for them to get out there and get that experience tonight,” said Katy head coach Gary Joseph. “We want to build that depth and that’s how you do it. That’s just growing up and growing as a team and they had that experience tonight, it will help them get better. There’s a newness for a lot of these kids with what they’re doing and they’re going to get better. It just takes time and going through the steps and today is the first step in that process.”
Katy tested its strengths and weaknesses in the scrimmage and came out on top of the two times quarters 17-14 over Klein Collins as the offense and defense showed bright moments throughout the scrimmage.
Seth Davis was back to doing his thing, breaking off a huge touchdown run during the timed period while another bright spot was Ramarian Tillman, as the junior running back showcased a willing and ability to run with power and fight for yards, carrying the ball a number of times throughout the scrimmage and showing that he can be a force and good compliment to Davis at the varsity level.
“He really showed that he’s going to be a good running back for us,” Joseph said. “He’s a tough runner and can be a good complimentary piece. We have a couple other ones and have some injuries right now, but he did a really good job for himself. I thought Ramarian ran hard, he looked quicker than what he had been, and I think he’s going to be able to compliment us at fullback and running back. He can do a lot of different things and he’s going to help our football team, and that’s the type of depth we have to build.”
Katy’s defense played strongly and even when they gave up a play or a touchdown they were able to respond and make plays of their own. A big example of this was in the timed period when after a touchdown the Tigers then made a huge interception on a deep pass the next possession.
“We had moments where we could have done better but we did a really good job of just being able to put it aside and go out there and make plays and play together,” said senior safety Johnathan Hall. “But now we get to look at the film and work on it. And we brought the energy, which is my favorite thing about us. Wen we scored the whole sideline was jumping, then our defense makes a play and it’s the same thing. The defense was cheering for and playing for the offense and the offense was doing the same thing for the defense.”
The Tigers showed some strong area of their games, but they also know there are some things they need to clean up for when they get to their first game.
“I think the most important thing is always just to get back and focus on the fundamentals,” Hall said. “We have to just everybody on point and go back to the roots. We just have to make sure we do that every week and go from there.”