College Station and Magnolia Do Battle in 5A Division II

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Tristan Tippet
November 16, 2016

favorite_logo-blue_with_hnt_1470928096__92574One of the top games in the second round of the 5A division two playoffs is in region three between College Station of District 18 and Magnolia of District 20 and it will take place 1 pm, Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Conroe ISD Moorhead Stadium. They are two of the best teams playoff field.

In Magnolia’s first playoff game against Hutto (7-4), the fourth place team of District 19, they won a high scoring game 54-38 at Bryan High School Merrill Green Stadium.

The Hippos tied the game in the second quarter at 20, but it was in the second quarter that the Bulldogs took control of the game. The Bulldogs had an 80-yard rushing touchdown from junior running back Anthony Johnson and two passing touchdowns by senior quarterback Jacob Frazier that made it 40-20 at halftime. 14 points by Magnolia in the third quarter was enough to hold off an 18-point rally in the second half by the Hippos.

Frazier threw for six touchdown passes, four of which went to junior wide receiver Michael Woods, who had nine catches for 179 receiving yards, and Johnson ran for 168 yards on 15 carries. Defensively, sophomore defensive back Austin Adamek had 15 tackles, sophomore middle linebacker Bo Willis had 12 tackles and senior defensive back Michael Garrett had two interceptions.

Magnolia’s only loss came on Sept. 9 against Katy Taylor (9-2) in a 51-28 loss at home after two non-district wins over Kingwood Park and Benjamin Davis. They went undefeated in District 20 with seven wins to win the district by two games. They had four quality wins over Tomball Memorial, Willis, Magnolia West and Brenham.

The College Station Cougars’ undefeated season continued into the playoffs as they blew out their first round opponent the Whitehouse Wildcats (6-5) 51-14 on Saturday. They didn’t do one thing great in the rout except for junior quarterback Marquez Perez, who had two rushing touchdowns along with 88 rushing yards on 14 carries for an average of 6.3 yards per carry to go with his 240 passing yards and one passing touchdown. They had a committee of running backs score touchdowns. Senior running back Chris Monroe Jr. was the most featured back with 21 carries, 77 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Senior running back Josh Ham had a rushing touchdown and so did Brandon Williams.

College Station had a mediocre non-district schedule in which they won four games against King, Shoemaker, St. Thomas Catholic and Plufergville. The best team out of those four was St. Thomas Catholic, who went 5-6. The other three teams had a combined four wins. The Cougars won six games in their district with their quality wins coming against Bryan and A&M Consolidated. Their best win came on the road against Temple (8-3) 17-16 on Oct. 28.

College Station has 11 wins compared to 10 for Magnolia and they have scored 517 points and allowed 109 points for a point differential of 408. Magnolia has scored 448 points and allowed 264 points for a point differential of 184. Magnolia’s advantages are a tougher district and they played a great team in Katy Taylor, who is in the second round of the 6A division two playoffs.

The Cougars’ strengths are their mobile quarterback Perez, who has 21 touchdown passes and seven rushing touchdowns and their punt returner Eric Peterson who has four touchdowns on punt returns. Magnolia has a better quarterback in Frazier, who has 41 touchdown passes compared to four interceptions. The Cougars prefer to run the ball, however Magnolia has a great defense. Willis has 151 tackles and senior middle linebacker Logan Whitney has 105 tackles. The Bulldogs love to cause fumbles too as they have recovered 15 fumbles as a team. The opportunities could be there for Magnolia to cause a fumble or two and that could be the difference.

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