Crosby Cougar Football
Crosby Vs Nederland
Crosby started their quest of "Plus One" on Friday night traveling to reigning District 22-5A Champion Nederland for an opening road test. The Cougars (1-0) were affected by penalties and turnovers in the first half before getting on track in the second half en route to the 35-18 victory. "Nederland had a great game plan on defense, took some time to figure it out," Crosby coach Jeff Riordan said. "Proud of our guys going on the road and getting a 17-point win versus the 22-5A District Champs." Crosby quarterback Tristen Cotton went 14-for-21 for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Carlos Grace rushed for a team-leading 142 yards. Also contributing was Mannie Netherly with three catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars racked up 491 total yards, 244 rushing and 247 passing, while committing three turnovers in the game.
Crosby Vs Angleton
It wasn't the prettiest game but Crosby used old school football of just pounding the ground and playing solid defense to get the job done. The Cougars (2-0) toted the ball 29 times for 299 yards and three scores, while the defense forced a few turnovers, including a 30-yard scoop and score by Alec Lewis, en route to a 34-0 win against Angleton on Friday night."It was a very good win, defense pitched a shutout, which was awesome," Crosby coach Jeff Riordan said. "Played great defense, flying around, very physical. Offense overcame a lot of adversity, a lot of penalties and a lot of adversity. They just made a lot of plays."Early and often it was the run game finding success for Crosby. Carlos grace hit the ground running early, rushing for 95 yards and a score on his first six carries of the night. With 11:49 left in the first half, Crosby quarterback Tristen Cotton ran the ball 29 yards for the score, making it 14-0. Cotton finished the game going 17-33 for 165 yards and a score, while rushing six times for 48 yards and a touchdown. "What people don't know is Tristen (Cotton) can run the rock real well too," Riordan said. "We don't like to run him a lot because we're trying to stay healthy. When our running backs went down we had to play left-handed a little bit ... Tristen did some big things throwing the ball and running the ball. "He's a couple drops away from having a real breakout game."The Crosby defense was the story the rest of the way. After holding Angleton (0-2) to just 54 yards of total offense in the first half, the Cougars did about the same in the latter half. The Wildcats finished with 146 yards of total offense. But the turnovers were the key. Down 14-0 with 2:30 left in the third quarter, Crosby's Jalen Henderson recovered a fumble giving the Cougars the ball back. On the ensuing possession Crosby marched down the field capping the drive off with a 24-yard strike from Cotton to Trevian Edwards for the touchdown. On the very next drive, Crosby's Joseph Pickney blasted Angleton running back Zekoma Hall, jarring the ball loose and it falling right into the hands of Alec Lewis. Lewis turned up field, with teammates backing him, and ran it 30 yards into the house for the score, making it 28-0 Crosby. "It was probably the most awesome thing ever," Lewis, who also had an interception, said. "First defensive touchdown for the new field." The Cougars would tack on one more score as Emmanuel Netherly ran the Wildcat taking the ball himself 65 yards for the score, pushing it to 34-0 which would be the final. Crosby now takes on Barbers Hill on the road next week to open District 21-5A play, which will be a test with a few running backs ailing for the Cougars. 'It'll be a good opening game," Riordan said. "Barbers Hill is a tough hard-nosed team that runs a very hard offense to defend. You have to be solid on your gameplan defensively. Just do what you're supposed to do. They're going to play hard on defense."
Crosby Vs Barbers Hill
Crosby began its run for another District 21-5A Championship on the right foot on Friday, hitting the road and beating Barbers Hill 40-21. "Was very proud of our team on a big district win versus Barbers Hill," Crosby coach Jeff Riordan said. "We overcame a lot of adversity through injuries and things going on within the team."With a depleted backfield, Carlos Grace still out with a knee injury and Craig Williams still nursing his shoulder injury, the Cougars (3-0, 1-0 in District 21-5A play) turned to Terryl Williams.Williams finished the game with nine carries for 111 yards and a score. Sherman McGee turned in a solid night as well with seven carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. While the running game was churning, Crosby quarterback Tristen Cotton turned in another solid night. Cotton finished going 20-for-29 for 351 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.Catching a majority of his big passes was Emmanuel Netherly, who finished with eight catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns."Emmanuel Netherly had an unbelievable game at receiver with 177 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Tristan Cotton was on point at quarterback!" Trevian Edwards chipped in four catches for 70 yards, while Shane Hudson had four catches for 52 yards and a score. Defensively the Cougars shutdown Barbers Hill in the second half holding them to just 239 total yards of offense for the game.
Crosby Vs Humble
The Humble Wildcats knew there would be no easy yards gained against the state’s second-ranked Crosby Cougars at Crosby Stadium Friday night. But despite the uphill battle, the Wildcats showed poise but ultimately fell to the Cougars 33-24. Humble (2-2, 1-1 in District 21-5A) did its best to overcome a 27-0 second-half deficit, using one of the area’s best defenses to keep quarterback Tristen Cotton and the Cougars within reach. That big lead though proved to be enough as Crosby moved to 4-0 and 2-0 in district. “They’re a good football team, very tough on defense,” said Crosby coach Jeff Riordan. “We knew coming in they would be tough. They’re big and fast and play hard. “We got them tired in the first half. We started making plays, and wore them down a little bit.” In the first half, Crosby put up four touchdowns, including two long passes from Cotton to Emmanuel Netherly in route to 264 total yards and the big lead. Humble was able to rejuvenate itself in the second half however, getting the second half kickoff and driving down with ease, 63 yards in five plays before quarterback Marion Mcintosh took it in himself from seven yards out. The next two drives ended quickly for Crosby following two fumbles that Humble’s defense forced and got back for its offense. “Our first half we didn’t play very well, but in the second half the kids responded,” said Humble coach Charles West. “They gave a great halftime speech, got on each other’s butts, and we came out and we fought. ”Humble could only muster a field goal with both drives inside Crosby’s territory, keeping Crosby’s lead at 27-10 entering the fourth quarter. Crosby seemed to put the game out of reach with a 62-yard touchdown run by running back Craig Williams to push the score to 33-10. Williams was a standout all night, running nine times for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Wildcats didn’t quit though, as Terio Brown and Jayshun Anderson quickly ran back at Crosby to score a touchdown with a little over five minutes to play. One more score was put up by Humble to make the final score 33-24 with just half a minute to play, but the early deficit was enough to stave off a major upset in District 21-5A. In the first half, Cotton to Netherly produced the big plays that looked to seal the game away. Cotton finished the game with 14-of-23 passes for 159 yards and three total touchdowns, while Netherly broke out with five catches for 136 yards and the two scores.“There defense was really good, and so we had to change up what we were doing,” Riordan said. “We’re 2-0 in district so that’s huge. We’ve just got to keep getting better every week.”
Crosby Vs Galena Park
When Crosby puts it all together, the Cougar football team looks like the state title contenders many pundits had them as before the season started. Just ask the Galena Park Yellow Jackets, Crosby’s latest victim after a total team effort gave the Cougars a 57-19 victory Saturday afternoon at Galena Park ISD Stadium. A week ago against Humble, Crosby didn’t put together a strong scoring effort until the second quarter, but the scoring came almost as soon as the Cougars first touched the ball, and didn’t seem to stop until the score was out of reach for Galena Park. “We just wanted to play clean. We hadn’t really put a clean game together, and we wanted to,” said Crosby head coach Jeff Riordan. “Execute offensively, execute defensively. We still had some miscues, but we shrunk them down from the last couple of weeks. ”With the win, Crosby keeps its undefeated season going at 5-0, and 3-0 in District 21-5A, while Galena Park falls to 1-3, 0-2 in district play. On the very first play from scrimmage, Crosby running back Craig Williams broke off a 35-yard run down to the Galena Park 40 that seemed to set the tone. Four plays later, quarterback Tristen Cotton threw for his first of five touchdowns and gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets showed some fight, forcing a punt on Crosby’s next possession, and adding a field goal to cut the Cougar lead down to 7-3, but from there, Crosby took command. Cotton threw touchdown pass No.2 to Shammah Gray-Brooks, shortly followed by No.3 to receiver Emmanuel Netherly, giving the Cougars a 22-3 lead before the first quarter was over. Crosby’s quarterback had a masterful game before being pulled early in the second half, going 11-for-14 for 210 yards and five touchdowns. Not to be outdone however, Williams added the fourth Crosby touchdown with four minutes gone by in the second quarter on a 73-yard run that highlighted the sophomore’s big day on the ground. Williams ended the game with 10 carries for 195 yards and the lone score. The starters for Crosby were pulled about midway through the third quarter, including Cotton who was replaced at quarterback by Netherly. The junior didn’t miss a beat though, taking his team 50 yards on his one drive, punctuating the drive with a 5-yard pass to fellow receiver Shane Hudson. Netherly was a force no matter where he was placed on Saturday, catching four passes for 93 yards and two scores, along with a 4-for-4 passing display for 36 yards and the one touchdown. When asked if there’s anything his star receiver can’t do on the field, Riordan had a quick response. “No, not really,” he said. “We’ll even put him in the backfield and pass him the ball. He’s just one of those guys you’ve got to find ways to get the ball in his hands. “What’s great about our team is that we have playmakers all over the field, and that makes it real fun. It’s a total team effort.” The lone bad spot for the Cougars was penalties. Crosby had 11 calls go against them, accounting for 110 yards, including four different personal fouls. “There were a couple of plays where we’re giving a lot of effort, but that’s part of the game,” Riordan said. “We just have to find ways to continue to eliminate them, and improve on them.” Crosby added a 90-yard kickoff return for a score by Trevian Edwards with 4:30 left to play to complete the dismantling of its opponent Galena Park, and showcase a complete game for Riordan’s bunch.
Crosby Vs Kingwood Park
Crosby’s hopes of remaining undefeated seemed in jeopardy early, losing a fumble on its first drive Friday night against District 21-5A opponent Kingwood Park. But from then on, it was all Cougars. The Crosby Cougars (6-0, 4-0) had little trouble dispatching the Panthers (1-4, 1-2) in route to a 43-21 victory at Cougar Stadium. “It’s great being 6-0 going into the off week,” said Crosby coach Jeff Riordan. “I’m going to go back and evaluate what we’ve done, and try to get healed up.”Riordan’s concern for his team’s health was well-warranted after watching his starting running back, Craig Williams go down in the first half with a lower leg injury. Prior to the injury, Williams was the first man to score for either side, breaking off an 81-yard run for a touchdown. The score was made after Crosby’s defense held Kingwood Park on a fourth down at the Cougars’ 19-yard line with seven minutes to play in the first. Williams was off to a terrific start, rushing six times for 149 yards and the score before getting rolled up on by a Panther defender in the second quarter. Each of the last five touchdowns for Crosby involved its senior signal caller, as Cotton finished Friday night with five touchdowns on 23-of-31 passing for 276 yards, and another 34 rushing. By halftime, Crosby was up 36-0 on the Panthers and in cruise control. Kingwood Park did however manage to get some momentum back on its side after the Cougars had replaced their starters midway through the third quarter and into the fourth. Down 43-7 with 8:45 to play, the Panthers scored twice on touchdown passes from quarterback Zach Purcell to receiver Garrett Sweeney to cut the deficit to 43-21. The Panthers had given up 389 yards of offense to Crosby in the first half, but outscored the Cougars 21-7 in the second, and head coach Clayton Maple was pleased with the better showing by his team in the final 24 minutes. “You can never come out and not play a full game,” Maple said. “I know that’s obvious, but we’ve got to get that. We made a few adjustments, and added to that some intensity. We’ve just got to have that for four full quarters.”
Crosby Vs Dayton
There was already more than enough to talk about leading up to Crosby’s Friday night road game against rival Dayton. If the Cougars won at Dayton for the first time in nearly 30 years, they’d remain undefeated, and still atop District 21-5A, while a win for the Broncos would give them the inside track for the no. 2 seed as the season draws closer to its conclusion. But the onslaught of offensive firepower by the Cougars was simply too much for Dayton to overcome, and Crosby escaped with a 30-20 win at Dayton, it’s first since 1986. “It’s very special for our team; that’s a big accomplishment for us,” said Crosby receiver Emmanuel Netherly. “No one was even thought about on this team the last time it happened, so it was big for us.” Crosby had beaten Dayton the last two times these two sides met, both on the road, but a big road victory against one of the district’s top sides was good enough for Cougars coach Jeff Riordan. “Winning on the road against a good team is very important,” he said. “I told them before the game let’s just go out and play football. Let’s not be overhyped, let’s not be overexcited. “Let’s just go out and play Crosby football. If we do that, we’ll win.” And win they did behind an incredible performance from Netherly who had 71 receiving yards and three total touchdowns, including an 85-yard kickoff return for a score that swung momentum back in his team’s favor. For the opposing side, it obviously wasn’t what Dayton coach Jowell Hancock wanted, but he didn’t feel much of a need to read into the long win streak at home against Crosby either. “I just know at our place, we have a pretty good record,” he said. “I know before the game, there was a lot of talk about not losing to them here since 1986. It was great effort.”
Crosby Vs New Caney
It was a game that had a little bit of everything, from big plays to long drives, and even a little bit of defense when it was needed most.But it was the Crosby Cougars (8-0, 6-0) who made the final stand when they needed it the most in overtime to take down the New Caney Eagles (7-2, 5-2) Friday night in Crosby, 42-35, and stay undefeated.The Cougars tallied 470 total yards against the Eagles defense, but the most important were the final 25 needed in the first and only overtime. Quarterback Tristen Cotton and his team faced a 4th-and-3 from the 18, needing a score to ensure New Caney couldn’t respond and end the game with its possession. Cotton dropped back and used solid protection to find his favorite target Emmanuel Netherly for the score on a deep post to the middle of the end zone. “We knew what we had to do to come out and win it, and we did it,” Cotton said. “Me and (Netherly) have an outstanding connection. We’ve been pitching and catching it for years, and when we click, it’s just easy.” Cotton racked up 268 yards through the air and three touchdowns, two of which went to Netherly who caught nine passes for an even 100 yards. On New Caney’s possession, Eagles quarterback Timmy Ware couldn’t find his receivers on three straight plays, and the Cougars escaped on homecoming night with the 42-35 win. “This is adversity, and these kids keep playing through it,” said Crosby coach Jeff Riordan. “This is awesome. These guys are winners. No matter what happens they win.” Prior to the overtime period, both sides traded scores on a regular basis. Neither side had a bigger lead than seven at any point of the game.“Tonight, our kids went toe-to-toe with them,” said New Caney coach Brady Pennington. “The mentality is what I’m really proud of that our kids didn’t flinch; our kids didn’t bow down. They went out there and got after it. “Our kids are disappointed right now. They feel like they should’ve won tonight.” Crosby appeared as though it would run away with the game early, needing just two plays to open the scoring. Craig Williams burst through a hole and outran the entire Eagles’ defense for a 66-yard score and an early 7-0 lead for the Cougars with just 21 seconds gone. The Eagles immediately gave the ball back to the Cougars after a three-and-out, but a fumble by Netherly took the ball to the Crosby 1-yard line. Despite the adversity, the Cougars got all the way down to the New Caney 16 before turning the ball over on downs. New Caney properly responded with a long drive of its own that ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Ware to receiver David Harvey. Harvey had a monster game for the Eagles, hauling in 12 catches for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Crosby fired back with a three-play drive that ended in the first of Netherly’s three total scores to give the Cougars a 14-7 lead. Harvey hauled in touchdown catch No. 2, this one from 12-yards out, with just under six minutes in the second quarter to tie the score at 14-14. That’s the way the game would remain as both teams went into the locker room.Coming out into the third quarter, New Caney took up nearly five minutes on its scoring drive that would give the Eagles their first lead of the game at 21-14, courtesy of a touchdown pass from Ware to Eli Akin from 31-yards out. Again though, the Cougars needed little time to put points on the board, scoring in just one play on a 60-yard run from Williams. The sophomore running back coming off a leg injury performed as well as he may have all season, rushing for 175 yards and the two scores. The two sides again traded touchdowns until New Caney found itself in a hole, down 35-28 with just 3:40 left to play. Ware and the offense orchestrated a masterful drive near the end of regulation that ended with a 2-yard plunge from running back Marte Allison to tie the game up with 30 seconds left and seemingly send the game to overtime. Crosby did however have one last chance to win in regulation, as Cotton moved the ball down to the New Caney 22. The Cougars kicker, Yardley Cruz however missed a 39-yard game winner, and the game was sent to overtime where Crosby prevailed.
Crosby Vs Porter
The start may have been ugly for the No. 4 ranked team in the state, but Crosby did everything it needed to do to ensure its ninth victory this season, this one a 35-7 drubbing of the Porter Spartans on the road.With the win, Crosby moves to 9-0 overall, and 7-0 in District 21-5A, while the Spartans tough 2015 season continues as they fall to 1-8 and 0-7 respectively. “It seemed like we had some timely penalties and drops that hurt us but we still got it going at the end of the first half,” said Crosby coach Jeff Riordan. “We didn’t play great tonight. We haven’t for the past three weeks. We’ve got to find that switch and turn it on.” Crosby overcame two penalties, including a holding call on 2nd-and-goal from the 6-yard line that negated a touchdown pass, along with a fourth-and-goal to score the game’s opening points on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Tristen Cotton to receiver Shane Hudson. The opening drive of the game lasted 13 plays and 75 yards before Cotton found his target, but the extra point was blocked, making the score 6-0. The Spartans had a chance to respond two drives later, getting the ball all the way down to the Crosby 14, but failed to make a 31-yard field goal near the end of the first quarter. The miss was a window into the future for Porter who routinely had the ball in good field position, but couldn’t make the plays to put pressure on the Cougars. “Offensively, we just don’t make big plays; we haven’t done it all year,” said Porter coach Reno Moore. “For us, we just have to nickel and dime it and move the chains. We did a good job of that at times tonight. “We were trying to milk the clock and keep the ball. Sometimes it was good, and sometimes it wasn’t.” Once Crosby got the ball near the midway point of the second half, the Cougars distanced themselves with an offensive outpouring that the Spartans simply couldn’t keep up with after hanging tough through the early stages. Replacing Cotton after the starter suffered a shoulder injury, Emmanuel Netherly took over and helped orchestrate a 3-play drive that ended in a quarterback keeper for a 15-yard score. The play was set up by back-to-back runs from running back Trevian Edwards that went for 17 and 52 yards respectively. Edwards was the offensive star of the game, running 10 times for 148 yards and tallying two scores to lead the team. The next Crosby drive ended similarly, as Edwards rattled off several runs, ending with a 1-yard plunge for the score to make it 20-0 Cougars with five minutes left before halftime. Crosby added one more score with less than 10 seconds to play in the first half on a Netherly to Edwards 18-yard pass that put the lead at 28-0 at halftime and ended any realistic shot at a Porter comeback. Netherly continued his dynamic season, adding more touchdowns Friday night, two on the ground and one through the air. His rushing score was the final touchdown for Crosby, coming late in the third quarter on a 23-yard scramble that resembled something similar to a Chinese fire drill but ended in a 35-0 lead for the Cougars. “It’s definitely advantageous to have a bunch of skill guys who can come in when a player gets hurt we can throw in the next one and not step off too much,” Riordan said. “It’s good watching Manny and Trey step up, but it’d be nice to be fully healthy so our offense can get going again. ”Porter added a late score on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Jake Hall to Shane Carney that ended the Crosby shutout bid, but the result still held as the Cougars got to 9-0 with their 35-7 victory.
Crosby Vs C.E King
Never have the Crosby Cougars been a perfect 10-0 after any regular season in its existence. History wasn’t about to repeat itself. On the backs of Craig Williams, Trevian Edwards, and possibly the best defensive effort of their season, the Crosby Cougars manhandled the CE King Panthers, and outright won the District 21-5A title after a 49-12 drubbing at Cougar Stadium Friday night. “It’s awesome,” said Crosby coach Jeff Riordan. “I’ve been coaching 15 years and never been 10-0… It’s a pretty special accomplishment.” That accolade wasn’t in doubt for very long, as Crosby jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead on the Panthers thanks to two touchdown passes from quarterback Tristen Cotton to receiver Emmanuel Netherly, and one more from Williams. But coming out of the locker room at halftime, CE King put together a long drive that appeared to get it back in the game. The Panthers drove all the way down to the Crosby 17-yard line before settling for another field goal, cutting the Cougar lead down to 21-6. Momentum was up for grabs, so Trevian Edwards took it upon himself to keep it in the Cougars’ favor. Immediately after the ensuing kickoff, Edwards ran 73 yards all the way down to the CE King 1, setting up his teammate Williams for an easy plunge into the end zone one play later, and a 28-6 Cougar lead. “It was huge,” Riordan said of the touchdown. “We just kind of opened it up, and our offensive line took over the game. They were just more physical than they had been all year, and our running backs were hitting it hard. It was great.” The dual threats at tailback for Crosby both eclipsed the 100-yard mark against a solid CE King defense, as Williams went for 106 yards and three touchdowns, while Edwards added a jaw-dropping 219 yards and a score of his own. “We preached big plays on big plays all week,” Edwards said. “Coming into this game, I didn’t think I was going to do good, but coach prepared us for it. This feels good. We’re going into the playoffs, chasing rings.” Just as important to the cause in the title-winning performance was Crosby’s top-ranked defense, which did everything it could to make sure the Panthers’ star back, Trayveon Williams wouldn’t spoil the night. Coming into the game, Williams had led the Panthers with more than 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season, but the Cougar defense had the TCU-commit bottled up from the beginning. Williams ended with just 14 yards on eight carries. “There wasn’t really anything abnormal we did tonight; we just played defense,” Riordan said. “We flew to the football and gang tackled. It wasn’t a one-man show tonight; it was everybody.” Following the Williams score, CE King would score its only touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run by quarterback Johnathan Brantley, but as it did all night, Crosby had the answers. Edwards scored his lone touchdown, a 25-yard run up the middle, to put the game out of reach with 10 minutes left in the fourth, giving the Cougars a 35-12 lead. The Cougars would tack on two more scores including a 62-yard run in the growing fog of Crosby that signaled the end of the game, and a district championship for Crosby, 49-12. “Words can’t even explain how great this feels,” Craig Williams said. “This feels amazing. This is the first time we’ve done this ever.”