Cinco Ranch came into its encounter against Mayde Creek on a 14-game losing streak, while the Rams were 3-0 with three double-digit victories so far on the season. However, there is a reason games are not played on paper.
Cinco Ranch struggled to gain yardage on the ground, but sophomore quarterback Gavin Rutherford stepped up in a big way, throwing for 209 yards and three touchdowns. The game-winning score came with four minutes left to go in the third quarter as Rutherford lofted a beautiful ball towards the corner of the end zone and right into the hands of his receiver Noah Abboud for a 10-yard score.
The Cinco Ranch defense did its job in the fourth quarter, keeping Mayde Creek out of the end zone and sealing the first victory for the Cougars since November 11, 2018. It was also the first win for second-year head coach Chris Dudley.
Cinco Ranch will hope this victory will boost confidence moving forward this season as the Cougars do battle in an extremely competitive District 19-6A.
Rutherford’s touchdown pass to Aboud (Courtesy of Dennis Silva II): https://twitter.com/densilva2/status/1317290333684797441