Crosby running back Craig Williams raced 91 yards on the first play from scrimmage and the Cougars never looked back claiming their third consecutive Bi-District title with a convincing 42-14 win over Lumberton (7-4). The Raiders vaunted rushing attack could not keep pace with Crosby in Friday night’s match at Texan Drive Stadium in New Caney, Texas. It was Lumberton first appearance in the playoffs under head coach Chris Babin.
While Crosby was building a 21-0 lead in the first five and half minutes of the game, Lumberton was struggling. The Raiders went three and out on their first three series starting from their own 13, 16, and 10 yard line. Senior Tim Rhodes who ran for 1600 yards and 22 touchdown in the regular season could muster just 23 yards in the first half against a stingy Crosby defense that had allowed 3.5 yards a carry coming in.
The Cougars followed their one play, 91 yard opening drive with a three play 54 yard drive on their second series. Quarterback Tristan Cotton found Trevian Edwards down the middle of the field for a 32 yard strike and a 14-0 lead. Crosby followed that drive with an 8 play, 55 yard possession that saw Williams find the endzone again from three yards out. The sophomore running back finished the opening half with 147 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns.
Down three scores, Lumberton defensive back Keaton Upshaw intercepted Cotton and gave the Raiders a first and ten at the Crosby 24 yard line. Lumberton drove to the Crosby one before turning the ball over on downs and missing a golden opportunity to get back in the game.
Crosby made it 28-0 on a 16 yard run by Williams with 9:27 left till halftime before Jordan Hill hauled in another Tristan Cotton touchdown pass and 35-0 halftime lead.
Cougars running back Sherman McGee scored his first touchdown of the postseason on Crosby’s first possession of the third quarter extending the lead to 42-0.
A Brenner Boykin interception at the Raiders three yard line stopped another Crosby drive. The senior’s first interception of the season led to the Raiders first scoring drive of the night. Two false start penalties had the Raiders offense backed up to their own half yard line before Rhodes and backfield mate Caleb Thomas helped engineer a scoring drive that consumed 5:55 off the game clock and put Lumberton on the board. Rhodes finished the drive taking it the final 11 yards for his 23rd rushing touchdown of the season.
Lumberton’s third interception of the game on Crosby’s next possession led to the final scoring drive of the night for the Raiders. Thomas took it in from one yard out to close out the scoring of a 42-14 defeat.
“We got off to a good start and were able to control the game,” said Crosby head coach Jeff Riordan following the win. “We stayed healthy, got some other players reps and got the win and now we play one more game.”
Crosby (11-0) rolled up 439 yards of total offense as they got in tune for next Saturday’s encounter with Fort Bend Ridge Point at NRG Stadium in Houston. Ridge Point (8-3) defeated Port Lavaca Calhoun 42-35 to advance to the Area round.