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.
Beaumont West Brook senior quarterback Troy Yowman came into the 2019 season a bit of a question mark for head coach Eric Peevey. Having started four games as a junior, Yowman was gaining traction towards the end of the season when he and friends were involved in an automobile accident during the second round of playoffs.
Fighting through injuries, Yowman would play only sparingly during the Bruins six-week playoff run to the 6A Division 2 title game.
Built like a freight train, Yowman, six foot one inch and 230 pounds, has progressed his senior year into one of the top throwing quarterbacks in the region with 2,418 passing yards and 23 touchdown passes through nine games.
"Yowman has really progressed with his reads and how he moves in the pocket," said Peevey, into his third season at West Brook.
"We've always put a lot on Troy with the offense and different schemes. Each week we change schemes and each week he adjusts with it. His ability to find the open receiver with teams blitzing all the time, he's only been sacked four times the entire year."
Along with his pocket presence and cannon of an arm, Yowman also punts for the Bruins, he was all-district as a junior, and has even offered to long snap on field goals.
"Troy is exceptionally athletic," said Peevey.
"He's strong, he squats 485 pounds, he's a very strong power cleaner, his lower body is exceptionally strong, that why a lot of people fall off of him in the pocket. He very seldom goes down with a one arm tackle."
Yowman most likely will be projected as a mid-level college prospect but winning and leadership are valued commodities at the Division 1 level. Competing in District 21-6A with the likes of nationally ranked Galena Park North Shore brings in college coaches and scouts.
"He's going to have the opportunity to go to a lot of places and they're going to want him to throw the ball and that's a positive," said Peevey.
West Brook ends their regular season with a game against Sterling and will be a 6A division two representative in the playoffs.
This Yowman's work will conclude late this fall.