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Cougars, Falcons advance on State

The Crosby Cougars and the Hargrave Falcons convincingly advanced in the Bi-District playoffs last week as they routed their opponents by over 28 points.

Crosby defeated Willowridge by 70 to 42 with the homefield advantage last Friday. It was a record high score for the Cougars.

Huffman bested Furr Brahmans 49-6 last Thursday with he home field advantage before the half time. The blow out before the half allowed the coaches to keep the second half time clock turning like after the two minute warning. The Falcons have won eleven games straight.

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Crosby & Huffman in football play-offs

Both Crosby and Huffman have succeeded it to be in the play-offs this year.

The Huffman Falcons had a banner year in 11- 4A as Champions with their 10-0 regular season and 5-0 in district. Their undefeated stature is the first time in that division. The falcons will play Furr Brahman on Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Falcon Stadium. Brahman is 5-5 in regular season but number three seed in their division.

Crosby will play at home this week against Fort Bend Willowridge of 11-5A. The game starts at 7:30 on Friday in Cougar Stadium formerly known as the Jungle.

Crosby is 5-2 in District and tied for second place. Fort Bend Willowridge is 6- 3 in regular season.

Crosby comes into the play-offs after a sound feasting on the Baytown Lee Ganders of 59-14. The Cougars recently were reranked in the State as 39 and 393 in the nation. Just in time, they are building momentum.

Cougars maul Broncos 44-0

The US 90 Rivalry has another game in the books and this time it is an overwhelming victory for the Cougars as they blank the Dayton Broncos 44-0.

Two rebuilding teams clashed and Jerry Prieto won his first Head Coach event against legendary Jeff Nations.

Early action demonstrated the game. The Cougars sacked the Bronco’s Quarterback on the first play and then recovered a fumble on the 3 yard line. Deniquez Dunn proved in this game he can pass, catch and scramble. In the first quarter the Cougars were up 13 to 0.

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Hunter Hearn plays America’s Pastime

The Hearn family with Hunter’s girl friend, with Carol and Blane next to Coach Deggs.

Signs with MLB Phillies

CROSBY – Blane and Carol Hearn raised a son who played baseball since he was four years old.

The couple sat with this reporter at Blane’s shop, where he was reconditioning a truck from the 1940s and making a fantastic queen sized bed from vintage truck parts, complete with lights and radio. He showed me what he was making for his customer as I made my way through a menagerie of artisan life-like, taxidermic crafted deer heads.

“I was concerned to see if he wanted to keep living baseball after college.” said Blane. “Hunter answered, ‘I can do this, dad.’ So, I knew he would get after it.”

Hunter signed with Philadelphia Phillies in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft on June 5. That means he gets to try professional baseball and is in Florida training currently. The training isn’t a walk in the park; it is the same workout as U.S. Navy Seals endure for fitness training. The details of what his freshman year in the big leagues will be are still open, although he has a great history as a catcher. The minor’s papers only say “outfield.” We are told that is just generic.

Hunter is a graduate of Crosby High School and Sam Houston State University with a degree in Construction Science and Management with a minor in General Business Administration. Hunter continues to hold baseball records at both his former schools. (more…)

Hargrave HS wins State Softball Championship

Congratulations to Hargrave High School Varsity Softball team. State 4A Champs! Katy Janes pitched two shutouts, winning 4-0 vs. Fredricksburg and 11-0 vs. Anna. Janes was also the MVP. This is the second state championship for Hargrave in the last five years.

Coach Riordan moves to Tyler

TYLER, Texas – Chapel Hill Independent School District named Jeff Riordan as successor to lead their football program and athletic department next year.

Riordan will serve as new head football coach and athletic director.

Riordan will replace Jason Hooker who resigned on February 11.

Riordan’s 16 years of experience; including seven at Crosby ISD with a mark of 66-18 at Crosby. He led the Cougars to six playoff appearances and four district championships.

Just prior to Crosby he was at Sulphur Springs. He began at Garland Lakeview Centennial High School for four years and was the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M-Commerce in 2001.

Riordan will officially begin his duties on March 18.

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Crosby A.D. quits in March for other offer

Coach Jeff Riordan, second from left, pictured with Crosby Coaches in heyday 2014 after winning Regional Championship. From 1960, the Crosby Cougars went 13-2 that year. Jeff Riordan has Crosby’s most winning 66-18 record from the last seven years. Riordan oversaw much athletic equipment and athletic capital improvements, including 2 baseball and 2 softball fields of all artificial turf in an area known for raising grass. Crosby Stadium grew into “the Jungle” during his tenure, and a lighted real-time video scoreboard became a feature.

CROSBY – It is no secret that the financial condition of Crosby ISD has cost the district some fine people and most knew that would happen when the laying off of over 100 teachers was announced.

The district had to layoff a bunch of coaches and cut the budget for athletics by 60% in 2018.

Riordan was known to have been upset in October of last year when it was announced that Michelle Trotter, later chosen to be Coach of the Year, was to be laid off in spite of her diligence with the Lady Cougar’s Basketball Team. She had been Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator and her last day was going to be Dec. 20. That was prior to the intercession of local parents.

Coach Jeff Riordan, Athletic Director and Head Coach of Crosby Football has indicated he will be leaving after Spring Break but that is unofficial and all await approval of the school board. He has indicated an offer came for an opportunity to return closer to where his extended family lives.

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Crosby crowns 2018 Homecoming King and Queen

Crosby High School announced Senior Dayton Berezoski as King and Senior Maggie Hearn as Queen of the Homecoming King and Queen contest. The halftime announcement was made at the annual Highway 90 Showdown football game between the Crosby High School Cougars and the Dayton Broncos. Crosby won 56 to 41. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

CROSBY vs DAYTON 56-41

By Allan Jamail

Crosby, TX. – Friday, October 5, 2018 there was a rumble in “The Jungle” as the Crosby Cougars and Dayton Broncos displayed a thrilling offensive performance with 14 touchdowns to the near capacity crowd for bragging rights as it’s been billed as, “The Highway 90 Showdown.”

As you enter the new two year old Cougar stadium their welcoming message reads, “Welcome to the Jungle.

The Broncos came out ready to rumble scoring first, using just three plays in two offensive drives to lead 13 – 0 early in the first quarter.

At the end of the first quarter Dayton led 13 to 7. But then Crosby gained their composure, scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter to lead at halftime 35 – 20.

In the third and fourth quarter the rumble continued with both teams scoring three touchdowns each. A 97 point high scoring game ended with the Cougars remaining undefeated having 15 more points than the Broncos 56 – 41.

The rivalry matchup began in 1923 between the two Highway 90 rivals. Last year Crosby won at Dayton, again a high scoring game of 96 points, Crosby won 69 to 27.

Crosby’s Coach Jeff Riordan who in 2012 came from Sulphur Springs High School as offensive coordinator and now serves as both head coach and athletic director of the Cougars said, “We are 6 – 0 and not near where we can be,” Riordan said. “We have lots to fix and improve on. We are a really good football team that will only get better.”

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Cougars nip Manvel 49-47

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.

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