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GCM wide receiver Brendan Williams, 86, tries to break a tackle during the Patriots 44-7 loss Friday night against New Caney in Baytown.

Crosby wins again

Goose Creek Memorial football will have to wait another year for a potential playoff bid.

The Patriots were officially eliminated from the bi-district race when they were beaten 44-7 by District 9-5A I leaders New Caney Friday night at Stallworth Stadium.

New Caney (9-0, 6-0) led 23-0 at halftime and 37-0 at the end of the third quarter.

GCM (3-6, 2-4) got on the board in the fourth quarter when Dylan Pitre scored on a 38-yard run late in the contest.

“We tried to control the ball and the clock, and it was a microcosm of the season: We’d get them into 3rd-and-long on defense and they’d convert, but they have really good players,” GCM head coach Shannon Carter said. “We had some good things going in our run game and they made some changes and were able to capitalize on it. I was just glad that our kids competed.”

The Patriots wrap up the season this at 7 p.m. this upcoming Friday at Kingwood Park.

“I want to give the seniors a memorable year, since they have given everything they’ve had,” Carter said. “They have been great kids and I want to send them out right. Let’s put together all the things we have learned and worked for and end the season out right.”

 

Crosby 36, Nederland 29 (2OT)

And just like that, Crosby was in second place of District 12-5A II.

The Cougars didn’t look like that would happen for a bit after squandering a 16-0 halftime lead and seeing it unravel into a 21-16 deficit against visiting Nederland Friday night heading into the fourth quarter. 

However, the Cougars (4-4, 4-2) battled back with a stirring comeback over the last 12 minutes and rallied for a 36-29 double overtime win over the Bulldogs and into a three-way tie with the Bulldogs and Port Neches-Groves, but having victories over both of them gives Crosby the edge for second.

The Cougars won the game when Reggie Branch hit Jeremiah Patterson with a 25-yard scoring strike on the first play of the second overtime and the Crosby defense held Nederland on four plays, including the last-ditch effort into the end zone.

“It was definitely a crazy win,” Crosby head coach Jerry Prieto said. “It was a game of ups and downs and I thought our kids did well dealing with adversity, they stayed with it and continued to fight.

“It was a great high school football game.”

Crosby travels to REL for 7:30 p.m. clash this upcoming Friday and with a win would clinch the No. 2 seed heading into the bi-district round. A Vidor win at Dayton and a Crosby loss would create a 3-way tie with the Nederland-Port Neches-Groves loser and a 3-way tie for third and fourth places.

“We are not in by any means, but we have control in our own hands,” Prieto said. “If we win, we are second if we lose it comes down to tiebreakers.

Crosby got a Reggie Branch touchdown pass to Deniquez Dunn who later threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Herman. Trevor Helburg added a 27-yard field goal to build the early lead.

Crosby rallied after squandering its lead as quarterback Reggie Branch connected with Herman on a 64-yard pass to go up 22-21 with nine minutes left. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

They added another score in the waning moments of the game before the Bulldogs sent the game into the extra periods with a late score.

Both teams failed to score in overtime with Nederland missing its field goal attempt and Crosby’s 25-yard attempt got blocked.”

Branch finished with 201 yards passing and 136 yards rushing while Herman ended up with 125 receiving yards.

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