RSS falls; Anahuac, Crosby big winners
It was more a victory of progress than a dreaded moral victory for Goose Creek Memorial and head football coach Shannon Carter.
The Patriots rallied from a 20-2 halftime deficit Thursday at Port Arthur Memorial and came within one drive of potentially forcing an overtime session before dropping a 20-12 District 9-5A I decision.
GCM (2-3, 1-1) marched to within the PAM 40-yard line with less than four minutes to go before the drive bogged down and the Titans (3-2, 2-0) would kill off the clock to escape with the win.
“I am very proud of our kids’ effort and they left it all on the field,” Carter said. “There were no adjustments it was just simply they took advantage of our mistakes in the first half and we got our football and came a possession short. At halftime, we just got them refocused and the kids had the look in their eyes, went out there and played better.”
GCM’s scoring game via a safety with 4:30 left before halftime, a Luis Acosta 23-yard field goal with just under four minutes gone in the third quarter and a seven-yard touchdown run by Dylan Pitre about three minutes later.
Pitre was credited for making plays with his feet and arm to extend drives.
“We had some young kids really take that next step,” Carter said. “I thought our O-line kept our quarterbacks upright. We are still getting to that point to where the difference of getting beat and losing. We are still trying to overcome ourselves.”
The Patriots were led by Pitre (17 carries, 87 yards rushing, 12-for-20 and 114 yards passing), Brice Lane (10 carries, 48 yards) and Peter Simien and Emerson Haywood who both had three catches apiece.
Channelview 40, Sterling 14
The Sterling Rangers fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in District 21-6A with the defeat at Channelview.
Gavin Herbert had a 72-yard touchdown run and Jacob Landry connected with Amauri Norris on a 27-scoring pass to account for the Sterling scoring.
Anahuac 18, Buna 14
Anahuac can start thinking about a potential Class 3A playoff bid.
The Panthers found their way back from a 14-6 deficit and were able to rally for a key, 18-14 win at Buna to move to 2-3 overall and more important 2-0 in District 12-3A I play.
“I’m very proud of our football team: We faced a lot of adversity in the first half,” Anahuac head coach Greg Neece said. “We had a tough time stopping them moving the football and we missed a couple of opportunities on offense with a couple of dropped passes. Also, we had two drives that were stifled because of penalties.”
Anahuac outscored its hosts 12-0 after halftime
“Defensive coaches did a great job with adjustments at halftime with our kids. We shut them out in the second half and stop the big play,” Neece said.
Quarterback Foster Kreuzer ran seven times for 78 yards and two touchdowns while Landyn Fanus carried the rock 11 times for 117 yards.
Anahuac hosts Warren 7:30 p.m. Friday for homecoming.
Crosby 44, Dayton 0
DAYTON – The Crosby Cougars ran out to a big half-time lead and coasted in the second half to notch their first win of the season, 44-0 over Dayton, for head coach Jerry Prieto Friday night in district 12-5A II action at Houston Methodist Field at Bronco Stadium.
Leading 30-0 at the half, the Cougars picked up right where it left off in the first half by moving 70-yards on just two-plays with Leondre Smith busting up the middle for a 53-yard touchdown run to make the score 37-0 just :43 seconds into the third quarter.
The final Crosby score of the night came at the 4:28 mark of the third quarter as Isaiah Kidd scored on a 19-yard run to make it 44-0.
In the first half it was Crosby capitalizing on four Dayton turnovers to lead 30-0 at the half. The Broncos fumbled on their second play of the game and the Cougars McCoy Casey recovered at the Dayton three-yard line. Smith scored on the next play and Crosby was in front 7-0 with 11:14 left in the first quarter.
The third Broncos fumble of the opening quarter was recovered by the Cougars Jeremiah Isaac at the 44-yard line. Six-plays later it was Smith scoring on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Deniquez Dunn to make it a 13-0 game with 3:08 left in the first.
Early in the second quarter Crosby added to their lead with a 26-yard field goal by Trevor Helburg to lead 16-0.
In the second quarter, the Cougars added a one-yard Smith scoring run and a Dunn to Jeremiah Patterson 14-yard scoring strike to lead 30-0 at halftime.
Smith finished with 104-yards rushing and three touchdowns while Dunn added 88-yards on 12-carries. Dunn also added 130-yards through the air on 10 of 16 passing.
Crosby (1-3 1-1), will travel to Port Neches-Groves at 7:30 p.m. Friday night while Dayton (1-4, 0-2) stays at home to host Nederland.
-Jerry Michalsky, for the Baytown Sun