Leondre Smith, 8, of Crosby High School and the Cougars open playoff action 7 p.m. Friday at home in a bi-district showdown against Fort Bend Willowridge.

Postseason opener at home Friday

With an 0-3 start, no one outside of the Crosby High School football circle would have predicted a playoff future.

But the coaches and players did and two months later, the Cougars find themselves back in the playoffs following a 5-1 flourish that including a lone blemish to District 12-5A II rivals and champions Barbers Hill.

Now, the Cougars (5-4, 5-2) will parlay that strong run to the postseason with a 7 p.m. Friday bi-district home game against Fort Bend Willowridge (7-3) under the guidance of first-year head coach Jerry Prieto.

“They are very athletic, and they got multiple playmakers,” Prieto said. “They have a really good quarterback (Rufus Scott) and they scored a lot of points this year on just about everybody. It will definitely be a challenge for our defense to limit the number of explosive plays and a challenge for our offense to keep our defense off the field.”

“You can not look past them at all, they are a very dangerous team. They were beating Manvel in the fourth quarter before losing to them by eight, but they still put up 41 points on them.”

Crosby also lost to Manvel, 39-27 in week two of the season.

Crosby’s offense has started to click and ended up being the top scoring and yardage offense in the district while eliminating turnovers and penalties that cost them early.

“We have just gotten better and progressed every week,” Prieto said.

The improving defense has gotten stronger at running to the football and not allowing itself to get blocked.

“They are rallying to the football and trying to create turnovers,” Prieto said. “We try to make the reads easy for them so they can go out and just play football.”

Crosby wide receiver Jelan Herman says the team never let down despite the slow start.

“I feel like we kept our heads up and continued to come out to practice and improve from week to week,” Herman said.

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