Riordan Hopes Tough Schedule Helps Crosby Push to State Title

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By Cameron Brock

Jeff Riordan is no stranger to success.

The Crosby coach won a state championship at Sulphur Springs as an offensive coordinator in 2008. Since arriving in Crosby in 2012, the Cougars have made the playoffs each season and now have a streak of 11 consecutive playoff appearances. Riordan also led the Cougars to an appearance in the 2014 state semifinals, ending a 54 year drought since Crosby fell in the 1960 UIL Class 3A State Finals to Albany.

With a ring already on his finger, Riordan wants to get back and take Crosby to their first ring.

“Coming in, the expectation was to make the playoffs,” Riordan said. “When I came in, I tried to bring the expectation of be the district champ and let’s go win state. My goal every year is to win a state championship. Anything less and I feel like I didn’t do a good job. We’re trying to win a state championship in all sports. That’s the goal.”

Prior to the state semifinal run, Crosby had a fairly tough non-district schedule. Before entering an eight-game district schedule, the Cougars faced Nederland and Angleton. Those two teams combined for 15-9 record. Crosby lost just one district game, which came at the hands of a tough C.E. King team featuring Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams.

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