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College Station HS vs. Magnolia West Recap

November 11, 2019

Last Friday night the College Station Cougars took on the Mustangs of Magnolia West in an all-out fight to keep their playoff hopes alive. Playing for a spot in the playoffs in the last game of the season was not something Coach Huff’s Cougars had done before. After coming off of five straight playoff appearances since the birth of their varsity football, the Cougars were eager to stave off elimination from the Mustangs. 

Despite an early defensive safety by the Cougars, Magnolia West would get out to an early 13-2 lead after the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter of the game however, the Cougar offense would attempt to bounce back. After putting together two deep offensive drives, the Cougars would turn the ball over on downs to the Mustangs. This would lead to two consecutive Magnolia West touchdowns putting the early first-half score at 27-2 in favor of the visiting Mustangs. When all seemed to be going downhill, the Cougars got the spark they needed from sophomore wideout Dalton Carnes, who would take back the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion, the Cougars would go into half down in score, but not out of the game, at 27-8.  

In desperate need of a lighting-quick start to the second half, the Cougars struck gold when Senior running-back Kolbe Cashion took the ball 58 yards to the house, cutting the Mustang lead to 27-15 and igniting the fans. After the eruptive play of their senior offensive leader, College Station used their newfound momentum to force a punt which would then be blocked. The blocked punt would open a window for the Cougars as they were now within striking distance of making this a one-score game After a six-yard rumble from tail-back Roderick Brown, College Station would do just that, bringing the score to 27-22. 

Despite the offensive surge from College Station, Magnolia West would drive over 90 yards down the field, ending a near ten-minute drive with a field goal to make the score 30-22 at the end of the 3rd quarter. After a punt by each team, College Station would again find the end zone, going back to Senior captain Kolbe Cashion once more. After the completed two-point conversion the Cougars would come back to tie the game at 30, coming back from a 27-2 deficit in the first half. 

In the ensuing drive, the Cougar defense would hold on a 4th down stop deep within their own territory. With just over five minutes left in the game, College Station and their dynamic one-two punch at running-back had a chance to seize the win. Despite a valiant attempt by the Mustang defense, a 4th down pickup by the Cougars would give them the rest of the momentum they needed to bring home a win. A long pass to Roderick Brown would set up quarterback Austin Sosa for the game-winning and playoff-clinching touchdown run to complete the massive comeback. The Cougars would go on to be victorious, winning 37-30 and completing one of the largest come-from-behind wins in school history. 

The Cougars finish the season 7-3 overall, going 5-2 in district play. This win puts College Station as the 2nd place team in district, and earns them a home matchup against John Tyler next Friday, November 15th at Cougar Stadium. 


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