Despite giving up more than 500 rushing yards, the Tomball Cougars still had a chance to make it interesting during their contest against state-ranked Ft. Bend Marshall Sept. 27.
When Travon McDonald ripped the ball away from a Ft. Bend rusher trying to get in the end zone and took it 99-yards for the score, it cut the Marshall lead to 21 and gave some much needed life to the Cougars. While Tomball ended up falling 47-20, it was an improvement over last year's 38-point blowout to a team that ended up just two wins shy of a state championship.
The Cougars promptly gave up a 57-yard touchdown run by Marshall's quarterback J.W. Ketchum on the game's third play, making many wonder if the Cougs were in for a long night against the major Division 1 college recruit.
Ketchum didn't give the Tomball faithful any more hope when he found teammate Jeremy Smith for a 49-yard touchdown pass, putting the Cougars behind 14-0 with just more than 2 minutes left in the first quarter.
Tomball promptly fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Buffalos great field position and Smith promptly found the end zone from 6 yards out, putting his squad up 21-0 at the end of the first.
Ketchum would score again early in the second period, running it in from 28 yards away to put the Buffalos up 28-0.
The Cougars finally got something going after Mykheal Taylor took the kickoff back to the Cougars 48-yard line.
A 20-yard catch and run by Tomball receiver Kade Barnes was called back due to a personal foul call on a lineman, seemingly taking any air out of the drive. Running back Percy Alford then fumbled the ball on a brutal hit, but Barnes saved the drive by recovering it for a first down.
The drive would eventually stall, but kicker Trent Hohl booted a 38-yard field goal to finally put Tomball on the scoreboard with 4:43 seconds to play.
The final four minutes of the half saw some wild play.
The Buffaloes would fumble the ball away on their ensuing drive and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a Marshall player gave the Cougars the ball on the Marshall 15-yard line.
Shattuck had a beautiful 10-yard scramble, which set up running back Xavier Powell's 5-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 28-10.
Marshall immediately answered, going the length of the field in just two minutes to up their lead to 34-10.
The Cougars would then go up tempo and race downfield to get themselves in field goal range just before the half. Hohl booted his second kick of the night, cutting the lead to 34-13 at the half.
The Tomball defense seemed to play better in the second half, limiting the Buffalos to two scores, while the fumble return by McDonald provided the final score of 47-20.
Shattuck led the Cougars with 114 yards rushing on 24 carries, while also throwing for 52 yards.
The Cougars traveled to take on Northbrook in a district contest Oct. 4. The Cougars blew out the opposition 75-21. A full recap will be in the next issue of the Tribune.
The Bulldogs used a big second quarter to propel themselves to a district win over Huntsville, winning 41-28 Sept. 27.
Magnolia opened the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown run from Greg Solomon with less than a minute of time elapsed in the game.
Huntsville answered with a score of their own, tying the game at 7 late in the first period.
The Bulldogs then promptly marched down the field and scored again, with Solomon getting his second of the game.
Following a Huntsville turnover, Magnolia scored again to take a 21-7 lead; this time on a 9-yard run from Shyerome Harris.
Huntsville came roaring back, scoring eight straight points on a safety and a touchdown, cutting the lead to 21-15.
The Bulldogs had an answer as John Grunkemeyer scored from 9 yards out to close the first half and Solomon got his third touchdown of the game to open the third quarter, pushing the lead to 35-15.
Harris would have his 1-yard touchdown plunge sandwiched around two Huntsville scores, for the final 41-28 margin.
Solomon had 125 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while Grunkemeyer had 141 yards and one score. Harris added 36 yards and two scores.
The Bulldogs hosted Caney Creek Oct. 4. Results were not available at press time.
Magnolia West 0
To say it was a defensive struggle would be an understatement.
Magnolia West fell to county rival Montgomery 7-0, falling by way of a fumble recovery in the end zone on homecoming night.
The Mustang defense came up big all game, holding Montgomery to less than 140 yards of offense, but it was a wild sequence of events in the second quarter that sealed their fate.
It started when Montgomery picked off a Troy Logan pass. Four plays later West returned the favor, but a Mustang was called for an illegal block on the return, backing the Mustangs up to the 4-yard line.
On the ensuing snap the entire Montgomery defensive line crashed the play, causing and recovering a fumble in the process.
The Mustangs had a chance on their final drive of the night when Logan threw a backwards pass to Justin Smith who promptly launched a ball 44-yards downfield to Adrian Thomas. The drive stalled after that, however, as a Logan pass fell incomplete on fourth down.
The Mustangs traveled to Bryan Rudder Oct. 4 for a district contest. Results were not available at press time.