Anahuac, Crosby keep winning
The Sterling Rangers were held to only 37 total yards of offense and nationally-ranked host North Shore parlayed a 49-0 halftime lead into a 63-0 win Friday night in District 21-6A football action.
Sterling (1-6, 0-4) lost its fourth straight contest and were led by Jacob Landry’s 17 yards passing and Francisco Magana’s 15 yards rushing.
Sterling returns to Baytown 7 p.m. Friday for a matchup against Deer Park at Stallworth Stadium.
Anahuac 35, Woodville 34
The magic number for the Anahuac Panthers to clinch a Class 3A-I bi-district playoff spot is down to one.
That’s because on Friday night, the Panthers (4-3, 4-0) held on tight for a narrow, 35-34 win at Woodville to remain in a tie for first place in the district and edge closer to the program’s first playoff spot since 2016.
“The kids played great, especially in the second half,” Anahuac head coach Greg Neece said. “
Foster Kreuzer (10 carries, 144 yards, two touchdowns rushing and two touchdown passes), Landyn Fanus (18 carries, 84 yards rushing), Landon Corbitt (five carries, 45 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 111 yards and two touchdown) and Zion Clark (78 yards receiving led the Panthers.
The game was tied at halftime at 21-all and Anahuac had two touchdowns called back on holding penalties.
Woodville took a 34-28 lead in the fourth quarter, but Kreuzer’s 52-yard scoring pass to Corbitt and subsequent extra point secured the win. A Kreuzer strip off of a Woodville ball carrier late put the nail in the coffin.
“I know our community, kids and school is so excited,” Neece said. “Football can bring a community together. The first few games, our crowd sat down the whole game and we gave them nothing to be loud about. These past four games, they see these young men playing their hearts out and with passion…it’s rabid in the stands.
“It’s fun to see.”
Anahuac hosts Hardin 7:30 Friday with a chance to seal their playoff spot. All Anahuac needs is a win by themselves or a loss by Hardin to advance to the playoffs. They will clinch a spot if the Panthers beat Hardin.
Crosby 42, Santa Fe 12
If the season were to end today, the Crosby Cougars would be back in the Class 5A-II playoffs.
After missing it a year ago, the Cougars have overcome an 0-3 start to the season with three straight wins, including Friday’s 42-12 win over Santa Fe, to move to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in District 12 play.
Crosby is tied with Port Neches-Groves and Nederland for second place, a game behind Barbers Hill, who the Cougars play 7:30 p.m. Friday in Mont Belvieu.
Crosby was led by Deniquez Dunn (13 carries, 92 yards and one rushing touchdown and 91 yards passing with two touchdown passes), Reggie Branch (10 carries, 118 yards and three rushing touchdowns and 70 yards passing with one touchdown pass) and Leondre Smith (10 carries, 40 yards) led the way for the winners.
“It ws a good night for us,” Crosby head coach Jerry Prieto said. “It’s more of an affirmation of what we are doing, and we are on the right path. Our defense has been playing lights out and we aren’t turning the ball over as much.
“We got the running game going and we just played a sound, physical football game.”