The Crosby Cougars were one of the hottest teams in the state. They came into the game against Nederland at 7-2, having won 7 straight. In their last six games, they outscored their opponents 228-44. The Nederland Bulldogs came into the game having won five in a row themselves, and though they’ve not outscored their opponents anywhere near as much as Crosby had, they put up 40+ in three straight games and beat Humble Kingwood Park by 33.
Nederland jumped on Crosby from the start and took a 15-3 lead early in the second quarter, highlighted by Josh Mazye’s 78-yard touchdown run. Crosby cut the lead to one possession when Deniquez Dunn threw a halfback pass to Kameren Kirkwood for a 51-yard touchdown. On Nederland’s next possession, Crosby blocked a punt, and then scored on a E’Monte Wilson 8-yard touchdown run to give Crosby the lead 17-15 lead. Nederland then threw an interception to end the half, giving Crosby the momentum going into halftime.
The Bulldogs took control back on the first possession of the second half when Josh Mazyek ran for a 38-yard touchdown giving them a 23-17 lead. But Crosby took the lead right back when Deniquez Dunn scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to complete a long drive and put the Cougars up 24-23. But Nederland would strike last. Kyndon Fuselier scored on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Rene Cunningham to take a 29-24 lead.
Crosby had one last chance. They intercepted the ball with a few minutes to go and Crosby drove down the field but fumbled the ball with 3 minutes to go. Nederland ran out the clock for a 29-23 win and a share of the 12-5A Division 2 district title.