Not even a driving rainstorm could ground the high flying offense of the Crosby Cougars. After allowing 27 first half points and trailing by ten at halftime, the Cougars unleashed a ferocious second half fury behind the three touchdown performance of Aston Walter. One week after rolling up 715 yards of offense in a 63-26 rout of Barbers Hill, the Crosby Cougars (3-0, 2-0) rolled up another 617 yards against the Broncos (2-2, 1-1) in a stunning 33-27 come-from-behind victory.
Walter carried it in from eight yards out on the game’s opening driving to give Crosby the early 7-0 lead with 8:47 still to play in the first quarter.
The Broncos galloped back with thirteen unanswered points on the strength of an eight yard scoring strike from Dayton quarterback Tristan Baughman to Kyle McBride (7 receptiosn 75 yards, 65 yards rushing) and two Omar Serrano field goals building a 13-7 lead two minutes into the second quarter. Baughman (288 yards, 2TD’s) also threw a 40 yard first half touchdown pass to Jacarious Keener (4 receptions 65 yards).
Coach Jeff Riordan’s Cougars drew close at 20-17 on another Aston Walter touchdown run and a Juan Ochoa 22 yard field goal but it was Kyle McBride’s electrifying 100 yard interception return with eleven seconds to play in the half that gave Dayton its biggest lead of the night at 27-17.
In the second half, it was all Cougars as the Crosby held the Broncos to just one first down and no scores. Meanwhile Aston and Austin Walter continued to slip and slide through the Dayton defense.
"It was a tale of two halves," commented Dayton head coach Jowell Hancock. "We had our chances to take the game but came out slow to start the third quarter. The pick for a touchdown by Kyle McBride to end the second quarter was the spark we needed and if we came out and started the third the same way we would have been fine."
With the rain falling and a stiff breeze blowing, the teams traded punts to open the second half before Crosby turned an interception at their own five yard line into a 95 yard drive resulting in a field goal by Ochoa cutting the deficit to one score at 27-20 with 1:49 to play in the third.
One possession later, Austin Walter (29 carries 268 yards) raced 60 yards to paydirt to open the fourth quarter and pull Crosby to within a point at 27-26 as the extra point attempt failed.
On their next possession, the men in red raced 91 yards in three plays sparked by a 70 yard dash from Austin Walter. Brother Aston Walter (33 carries 240 yards) took it the final fifteen yards for his third touchdown of the night and Crosby's first lead since their opening possession of the game at 33-27.
Dayton's final chance came on a Chris Brown fumble recovery which gave the ball back to the Broncos at their own 35 yard line with 7:06 left in the game. Although Dayton would eventually get the ball back with 1:49 to play it was a third consecutive three and out followed by a 71 yard Crosby drive that chewed up nearly six minutes off the game clock that dashed any hopes for a Broncos comeback.
"We caught a break and recovered a fumble that could have won it but we didn't capitalize on it," continued Hancock. We didn't contain the twins and in the end that sealed our fate. No excuses."
Crosby travels to Turner Stadium in Humble on Friday September 27th to face off against Aaron Sharp and the Summer Creek Bulldogs. Dayton will host C.E. King. Kick-off for both games is set for 7p.m.