Crosby Football was down and out in late September. The Cougars had just lost their third consecutive game and seven out of their last eight venturing back to last season. Then new coach Jerry Prieto started to see a change.
"It really started with the (week 2) Manvel game," said Prieto, into his first season at Crosby.
"We started off 0-2 (on the season) but gained some momentum there. Even though we lost that game we controlled most of the second half. Unfortunately, after that game we had a bye and then our West Orange (Stark) game was cancelled."
With the two week layoff the Cougars would go into their district opener against Vidor ill-prepared for the Pirate "Slot T" offense and would lose 37-27. With Prieto's high-tempo offense the Cougars would rebound with a three game win streak over Dayton (44-0), Port Neches-Groves (13-7) and Sante Fe (42-12) before falling to Barbers Hill 28-7 two weeks ago.
The Cougars were clinging to the fourth district playoff spot at 3-2 and looking at their biggest home game in two years with Nederland coming to town. A loss to the Bulldogs would have dropped Crosby down to fifth place with one week left to go but the Cougars pulled out a dramatic double overtime 36-29 win.
The win propelled Crosby into a 3-way tie for 2nd place with Nederland and Port Neches-Groves, who play each other Friday night. Crosby still needs a win to advance, a loss Friday night against Baytown Lee will most likely end their season.
"We have to limit their big plays," said Prieto.
"Make them work harder than they are used to. That will be the key for us."
Baytown Lee brings with them the top dual-threat quarterback in the district in Ijenea Wooley (2,047 total yards). Kickoff is Friday at 7:30pm.
Click on the play button below to listen to the podcast interview with Crosby HC Jerry Prieto.
The West Brook Bruins are coming off a tough loss to North Shore last week that saw their defense give up a staggering 53 points. But Eric Peevey's squad is still a solid favorite to work through the playoffs through Thanksgiving.
The Bruins travel to Deer Park this Friday night, who themselves are fighting for a playoff spot with a district record at 3-2.
"When you play a great team like North Shore you get to see your flaws," said Peevey, into his third season as West Brook head coach.
"Our kids battled their tails off (last week) but we weren't satisfied with the outcome. We've got to keep going to work and we have a tough Deer Park team to do that against."
The Bruins will have the wind to their backs Friday as West Brook brings the top district offense, behind district MVP candidate Troy Yowman. The senior QB is third in the city of Houston in passing and has the top district receiver in speedster Thaddeus Johnson.
The aerial combo has combined for nine touchdowns on the season with Joey Pierre (23 rec, 547 yds, 5 TD) and Jordan Babino (17 rec, 259 yds, 3 TD) also contributing.
Deer Park does have weapons of their own in junior quarterback Matthew Potts (1410 yds, 9 pass TD) and senior WR Clyde Bellow (29 rec, 670 yds, 7 TD) but the Deer defense is just too big a liability to compete with the Bruin firepower.
West Brook will win easily and Yowman will confirm himself as a top threat division one talent.
Next week West Brook hosts Sterling (1-8, 0-5) and Deer Park travels to Beaumont United (5-3, 2-3) morning .
To listen to a podcast interview with West Brook head coach Eric Peevey click on the play button below.