Crosby, Hornets to play in New Caney

The Crosby Cougars football team plans on staying hot as this year’s playoffs continue.

Of course, the Huntsville Hornets may want to take put a sting on those aspirations when the teams meet up at 2 p.m. Saturday at Porter Reed Stadium in New Caney for a Class 5A Region 3 area round playoff.

The Cougars (6-5), winners of five of their last six games, enter the contest off of a 70-35 smack down of Fort Bend Willowridge, while Huntsville (8-3) rolled past Marshall, 35-12, in last week’s bi-district contests.

Both teams come in with one win over a common opponent – Port Neches-Groves – who Crosby beat 13-7 on the road, while Huntsville beat the Indians 27-10 at home.

“Huntsville has one of the toughest defenses in the state having given up about 14 points a game for the year,” Crosby head coach Jerry Prieto said. “Marshall was averaging about 42 points per game. Watching that game, Marshall only crossed the 50 twice during the game. They are a really coached, disciplined, tough defensive team. Their defensive line is outstanding.

“It’s a challenge we are looking forward to.”

Prieto said the Hornets offense is efficient and makes very little mistakes.

Crosby’s win a week ago was essentially the breakout showing for quarterback Reggie Branch as the junior ran for 233 yards and a totaled 296 combined yards while accounting for five rushing touchdowns and three via the passing game.

It seemed like just another step in this continuing avalanche of strong Crosby play after a tumultuous offseason.

“We are grinding away like we always do and have an extra day this week so we are using that the best we can,” Prieto said. “We are trying to keep the kids fresh and they are really confident right now. We are on a heck of a run lately and they are excited about this opportunity. 

“Sports helps you heal a lot of different things. The community has continued to rally around the kids and their growth and confidence of these kids has been exciting to watch. They’ve busted their tails. Hopefully we can continue this thing.”

That might come by way of a snarling defense that has come up big over the past month and change.

“We made some personnel changes and moved some kids around who had been mainly offensive players,” Prieto said. “They rose to the challenge, embraced it and ran with it.”

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