Emonte Wilson, 11, of the Crosby Cougars tries to get past teammate Jaden Fields during a recent practice. The Cougars open up the season at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at New Caney.

Junior WR pushes for starting role

With a new coaching staff in place, the Crosby Cougars football team has underwent change from top to bottom.

That means a number of new players have tried to make an impression on head coach Jerry Prieto and the rest of his staff as a new era has begun at Crosby.

One of those players that has made his mark is wide receiver Emonte Wilson.

The junior has caught the eye of Prieto with his speed, adaptability and work ethic.

It also hasn’t hurt that Wilson has a winning pedigree.

Wilson is a member of the Crosby track team and the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams while also being a 200-meter dash participant.

Wilson would go on to state in the 4x200 relay and that experience has toughened him up to get ready for football.

“He’s definitely been maturing even since I got here in May,” Prieto said. “He’ll be able to handle the setbacks even better than he did in the past because of track. Track is a great second sport for kids who play football.”

Wilson has elevated his game with a lot of time spent getting closer to the sport.

“I am learning the plays and the routes that we do,” Wilson said. “I showed up to summer workouts every day. When I was at home, I would play basketball and stay active.”

After being a track participant, Wilson knew he had been toughened up by being vulnerable to prying eyes and unable to hide underneath a helmet.

“I just grew my confidence up and trusted my coaches and my teammates,” Wilson said. “Track is more nerve wracking than this. If I make a mistake, I keep my head up and move on to the next play. I don’t get cocky and stay with myself.”

That included putting in the time commitment over the offseason to put himself in the position of potentially being one of the better used wide receivers.

“Emonte worked his tail off this summer, he’s on our state qualifying 4x2 team and he’s a very talented individual,” Prieto said. “He also has a very strong work ethic. He shows up to work every time and he’s learning.

“He’s getting better every single day.”

So much so that Wilson believes he could continue with a strong campaign following a breakout summer.

“I want to have a lot of receiving yards, score a lot of touchdowns and have our team make it to state,” Wilson said.

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