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Cougar win over A&M Consolidated 53-50 sends team to Semifinals

After their victory over A&M Consolidated, the team holds up the winning Quarterfinals match, in UIL 5AD2 Region III matchup. Next the team goes plays the Semifinals against the Texarkana Texas Tigers.

By Gilbert Hoffman

CROSBY – The community was thrilled with the Cougar victory over the A&M Consolidated team from College Station, played last Friday night at the Cy Fair ISD stadium in Houston. Crosby won by a score of 53-50, holding on to a lead that was challenged by the Tigers in the last few minutes of the game.

The Cougars, with a record now of 11-2 overall, and 7-0 in District play, will move on to the Quarterfinals this Friday, and play Texarkana’s Texas Tigers at 7:30pm at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin. The Texas record is 12-0 overall, and 7-0 in District play.

Crosby had to stop a late drive by A&MC in the fourth quarter, to hold the lead and win the game. Senior Kameren Kirkwood intercepted two passes, and scored a touchdown in the last quarter to help bring victory to the Cougars. Crosby played a strong offensive game, with a total of 500 yards gained, 316 passing and 184 rushing.

Four players were named for their outstanding play: Players of the Game were Special Teams, Trevor Helburg; Overall performance, Kameren Kirkwood; Defensive Player, McCoy Casey; and Offensive Player, Cyrin Miles. QB Cyrin Miles had a total of 351 yards advanced. He was 13 for 21 passing with 239 yards, and also rushed 24 times for 112 yards.

Also notable was a halfback pass by Luke Smith for a gain of 69 yards.

Coach Jerry Prieto said, “I am proud of our guys for staying in the fight,” when A&MC challenged late in the game, but the Cougars held them off.

In the first half, the Cougar offense performed well, with a number of runs along the perimeter. Kicker Trevor Helburg completed a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter. At halftime Crosby led by 39-29.

But in the second half the Tiger defense stiffened against these plays.

Although penalties hurt the Cougars in the second half, they managed two interceptions to slow the Tigers and maintain the lead.

Another outstanding play was a fumble recovery by #40 McCoy Casey, with an 80 yard return.

In the 4th quarter, Crosby scored on an 11-yard pass from Miles, and then he followed up later with a 5-yard run after Camari Parker intercepted a Tiger pass.

In the next playoff game Friday night, the Cougs will face a team that they beat last year in the Region III area round playoffs. The Crosby community looks forward to a repeat of that victory and advancing to the Semifinals.

BATTLE OF HIGHWAY 90: Crosby Cougars defeat Dayton Broncos 52-21

#14 K. Kirkwood receives a pass from Cougar QB Cyrin Miles to score 1 of his 3 touchdowns.
#5 T. Cooper carries an interception back to the goal line for another Touchdown.

CROSBY – In the annual Battle of Highway 90, the Crosby Cougars overpowered the Dayton Broncos team by a final score of 52-21 last Friday night, Sept. 24 at Cougar Stadium. An indication of the intensity of play by the Cougars was the fact that at half-time they led 49-0.

Cougars winning season closes one short of state title

By Allan Jamail

Arlington, TX. — At AT&T (Cowboy) Stadium, on Friday, January 15, 202, Crosby’s head coach Jerry Prieto took his Cougars farther than they’ve been in 61 years. It was 1960 the last time they played for a state championship.

The Cougs, with a 12-4 record for the season, don’t have to hang their heads; the scrappy team upset several teams to get there and should be proud to be the 5A Div 2 Region State Runner-up Champions. They’ve been billed as the underdogs but won four consecutive games over undefeated teams, only to lose to one of the state’s perennial powerhouse teams, the Aledo Bearcats. The Aledo team won their third consecutive championship and set a record for having won a total of ten state titles.

Cougar 62-61 win propels Crosby to State

Liberty Hill fails to score their third consecutive extra two points when they fumble just before the goal line against a stalwart Crosby defense.

BRYAN – In an undisputed best game of the Texas high school play-offs, the Cougars scratched the Liberty Hill Panthers 62 to 61 last Friday.

This Friday, the Cougars travel to Arlington to take on Aledo, defending their third straight State title. That sounds daunting but Crosby has conquered four undefeated teams in a row now. These include an overtime stinging of the Huntsville Hornets 32-29; Fort Bend Marshall 37-38 who were two-time reigning state finalist. The last time Crosby was this far along in the hunt for the State was 1960. This team intends to get there; their motto is “All Gas And No Brakes.”

Crosby Cougars romp to semi-finals

Running Back #1 Reggie Branch sprints toward the goal line, with blocking help from #55 Tyler Thomas. (Ruben Sauceda Photos)

When Crosby Cougars surprised the undefeated Huntsville Hornets 32 to 29 in overtime by a field goal, it was against a team that had not experienced more than a single touchdown against them per game.

Then they took on the Marshall Buffalos at Turner Field, who boasted consecutive State finals and a 42 to 21 drubbing of the Cougars in a 2016 play-off. But the game last Friday ended 37 to 28 in favor of the Cougars, with four of the Cougar touchdowns scored in the fourth quarter.

So the implication is simple: the Crosby Cougars are an improved team. This next game is not only a showdown between teams that have improved during the season and distinguished themselves, but a challenge to their coaching leadership as well.

Jerry Prieto said, “Extremely proud of our kids. They continue to be the underdogs against undefeated teams but it hasn’t phased them. They have a special bond and fight together as a family. No matter what the score was yesterday we always felt like we could win the game.”