Needing a win, the Crosby Cougars found their first of the football season with an emphatic 44-0 win at rivals Dayton last weekend.
Jerry Prieto, who celebrated his first victory of his head coaching career, is hoping that mojo carries over to 7:30 Friday when the Cougars (1-3, 1-1) travel to Port Neches- Groves (4-1, 2-0) in a pivotal District 22-5A contest.
The Indians defeated Robert E. Lee before last Friday’s 18-10 win at Vidor, rallying with 15 fourth-quarter points to rally for the victory.
“Their only loss is to Huntsville, one of the top teams in the state,” Prieto said. “They are very methodical about what they do. They do not beat themselves and have some good all-around players.
“Our offensive and defensive lines are going to have to control the front as much as possible to put pressure on their quarterback and then when we were on offense, allow us to run the football and open some different things for us offensively.”
Prieto said a win would be key to keeping the building process going and build toward a potential playoff spot.
Crosby’s win over an improved team from Dayton was a pleasant surprise, but the Cougar clean up efforts made the difference.
Crosby recovered four Dayton (1-4, 0-2) fumbles and picked off a pass while committing one turnover of its own after being plagued by miscues the first three games.
“It’s always a little better after a win,” Prieto said. “It was nice to finally get one. It was a little bit of a release. We were confident going in, but you never expect a result like that. We finally won the turnover battle and that helped us this game. Our defense created a lot of turnovers and gave us the ball in good field position.”
Deniquez Dunn rushed for 92 yards and threw for 131 yards with two touchdown passes. Leondre Smith broke out to the tune of 110 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. He also added a catch for a touchdown.
Sir Hill led the defense with six tackles and Michael Ray and Hunter Bailey each recorded five tackles.
“Our lines did a good job of controlling things up front,” Prieto said.