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Season Review: CSHS Football

December 1, 2019

People who are familiar with CSHS’s successful past of state titles and competing for state titles might take one look at the record of the 2019 Cougars and say that it was a down year or a rebuilding year. But as their season comes to a close, Coach Steve Huff, and his program can be proud of a successful year. They finished 8-4 (5-2), second in their division while playing a very tough schedule; including schools like Lufkin, Tomball, Magnolia, and Magnolia West in their division.

The Cougars’ strengths without a doubt came from their backfield. The offense was led by senior QB Austin Sosa and spearheaded by a tandem of two very talented running backs, senior Kolbe Chasion and junior Roderick Brown. Having two running backs that could make explosive plays at any point in the game, plus an experienced QB leading the way, made their offensive deeply dynamic. This style of offense kept them in every game no matter the score. They were one of very few teams to play well against a Lufkin team that was undefeated in district, and beat a good Magnolia team handily.

The Cougars also played well against an extremely talented Lone Star team that had won 9 of their 11 games by 30+ points and were led by blue-chip OU WR commit Marvin Mims. The Cougars played extremely tough and never gave up, but unfortunately fell to the more talented team. Perhaps the most impressive game of the season was the last regular-season game against Magnolia West. The Cougars controlled their own destiny going into this game. With a win, they were in the playoffs. On paper CSHS was the better team but that is not how the first half went. The Cougars were down 27-8 at the half and needed a comeback with the likes of the 2017 Super Bowl winning Patriots to make sure their season did not come to an abrupt halt. The Cougars did not panic and kept playing hard in the second half and, led by the aforementioned talented backfield, came back and won 37-30. The Cougars showed that game what they showed all season - toughness and grit - but most importantly a never-give-up, play-to-the-final-whistle approach to the game. That is why, despite previous seasons of setting the bar extremely high in terms of expectations, the Cougars had a season that they and all their fans should be proud of.

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