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College Station HS vs. Lone Star Recap

November 30, 2019
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This past Friday, the College Station Cougars took on the Frisco Lone Star Rangers in the Area round of the playoffs. The Cougars came into the game with an 8-3 record and riding high after a decisive 40-21 victory over John Tyler the week before where they ran for over 300 yards. College Station had the luxury of playing at home last week, but this week they had to travel to Waco ISD Stadium to play against what looked to be their toughest opponent of the season. Lone Star came into the game at 11-0 ranked first in the state by most media outlets. The Cougars (as we know from watching them beat Huntsville who was ranked fourth at the time) never let media and rankings get into their heads. 

The explosive Lone Star offense, led by University of Oklahoma commit Marvin Mims, jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead to start the game. The Cougars responded late in the first quarter though, as sophomore kicker Dawson Schremp put three on the board for his team despite the howling wind to bring the score to 14-3. The score would remain the same until senior quarterback Austin Sosa punched in a short touchdown run early on in the second quarter, which cut the deficit to only four points. After a Lone Star touchdown drive to make it 21-10 midway through the second, the Cougars came back with a drive of their own. The Cougars marched down the field and capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run from junior running back Roderick Brown. The two point conversion attempt, however, fell short and left us with a score of 21-16 with right around four minutes left in the half. Both teams would get the ball one more time and each of them would score again, with Lone star tacking on one more touchdown followed by Schremp making his second field goal of the night to leave a halftime score of 28-19.

After a long TD pass to Mims early in the third quarter to make the score 35-19, many probably expected College Station to roll over. With this Cougars team though, that is never the case. After a long drive late in the third quarter, the Cougars were again able to punch it in on the ground and cut the Rangers lead down to just 10. Seeing an opportunity to make it a one possession game, the Cougars went for a two-point conversion again but were not successful. At the end of the third, the Cougars trailed 35-25. 

Another Lone Star touchdown early in the fourth quarter gave the Cougars the ball back down 42-25, and they responded with another field goal off the leg of Schremp, his third of the evening. The ensuing drive ended with the Ranges kicking a field goal and bringing the score to 45-28 in favor of Lone Star. The Cougars then went on a drive that led them into the Lone Star red zone but were stopped just short of the goal line on 4th and goal. As we know though, this wasn’t the end for a Cougar team that never thinks the game is over till the final whistle sounds. The College Station defense forced a safety with just under a minute left in the game to give us a score of 45-30. This would prove to be it for the Cougars however, as they fell short of keeping their season alive. 

The Cougars had a very successful season that saw them finish second in their district and win the Bi-District championship. With eyes now to next season, they will look to replace key contributors like Austin Sosa, Kolbe Chashion, and Trey Winn on offense as well as Trevon Thompson and Michael Medlin on defense. Returners like leading rusher Roderick Brown and leading tackler Christian Carter will look to lead College Station as seniors next year, and hopefully make a run back at the state title game like the Cougars did when Brown and Carter were freshmen. One thing is for sure, if Coach Steve Huff can continue to get effort like he did against Lone Star, and lead a team that never quits, the Cougars will always have a shot a making a deep run through the post season. 

 
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