Cougars nip Manvel 49-47

Jaiden Howard reels in the game winner with only seconds left on the clock.
Jaiden Howard reels in the game winner with
only seconds left on the clock.

CROSBY – The Crosby Cougars won a come from behind last minute Hail Mary innovation to defeat the perennial state contenders Manvel Mavericks last Friday by a score of 49-47.

It was looking dangerously light near the end of the first quarter with Manvel up by three touchdowns when Crosby quarterback Jaiden Howard found Mathew Fagnana in the clear and launched his first strike to grab 6 points with 46 seconds left. Normally, the extra point is an also but in this game each was critical.

The Cougar defense deserves some high praise for holding the giant player laden Mavericks in the second quarter to a single touchdown while the Cougars snatched another touchdown and a field goal. Honorable mention should go to Noel Wright, Hunter Bailey and Zack Simon in those efforts.

As they took the field in the second half they stood at 17 to 28. Mistakes cost even the big guys as Vernon Hartfield snagged the interception. Crosby would put up a big eight points to go ahead 29-28 on a 51 yard sprint. For the first time Crosby was on top. They would return in eight plays to go up 36- 28 and now it was Manvel’s turn to look stunned. The Mavericks showed how a touchdown can come on any play as they score making it 36-34 in a sprint down the center.

In the Fourth quarter Crosby scored again but the Mavericks were now at 47 points and had shut down the pass with coverage, the run with their heavy line and it was looking bleak.

Kobe Coker hung a clear pass to Jaiden Howard with seconds to go and the game ended with Crosby up by two