ARLINGTON, Texas -- For Matt Dimon, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Dimon's Katy Tigers went 16-0 and capped off a perfect senior season with a 35-24 win over Cedar Hill on Saturday for the Class 5A-2 state championship at Cowboys Stadium.
Dimon led the Tigers with three tackles for loss and finished with five tackles and 1.5 sacks for a more than satisfying finale to his Katy career.
“To be able to do this in my senior year and my last game, obviously I’m moving on to better things, but I’ll never forget what we accomplished,” Dimon said.
Now the Oklahoma defensive end commit will turn his attention to getting to Norman and becoming a difference-maker from day one.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound ESPN 300 defensive lineman is more than solid in his pledge to the Sooners and is looking forward to big things in his college years.
“I’m really excited. They play in the Cotton Bowl here soon and I’m looking forward to watching it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting up there and doing my absolute best to get on the field however they need me.”
Dimon knew Cedar Hill provided a tough test with all its offensive weapons, namely ESPN 150 athlete and Texas A&M commit LaQuivionte Gonzalez.
Though mobile quarterback Damion Hobbs ended up keeping Dimon busy most of the night, Katy did have relatively good success holding off Gonzalez – he picked up 117 yards on two receptions, but carried eight times for only six yards.
“If he gets in the open field, he’s pretty much gone,” Dimon said. “I’m so happy we contained him enough to win.”
Cedar Hill landed plenty of punches. The Longhorns even took a briefly took the lead with 9:22 left in the fourth quarter. Dimon took pride in the resilience his Tigers showed when it was all on the line late.
“I thought we had a lot of championship-caliber drives and plays,” he said. “That just goes to show how bad we wanted it. We went out and earned it today.”