Football season ends in close playoff loss


Junior RB Jamel James grabs the handoff from junior QB Cole Thomas and dashes through the gap. James rushed for 289 yards in the playoffs.

Shaun Lal, Sports Editor

After an extensive, high-scoring season, the Cougars were finally caught a little short.

Cinco Ranch lost to 29th ranked Cy-Fair 21-14 in the area round of playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Rhodes Stadium.

The Cougars were thinking upset in the first quarter when senior wide receiver James Rhoden caught a seven-yard pass from junior quarterback Cole Thomas to start the scoring.

However, Cy-Fair senior running back took command of the second quarter, running in two touchdowns for 41 yards.

Closing the first half, senior WR Alex Ludowig caught a 26-yard touchdown, evening the score at 14-14.

The Bobcats regained the lead with 8 minutes 54 seconds on an 11-yard catch by senior WR Kaleb Moore.

With 18 seconds left in the game, Thomas and the Cougar offense lined up at the seven-yard line for first and goal. Then, on a scramble pass into the end zone, Cy-Fair senior defensive back Dwight White correctly read the play and picked off the pass, protecting the Bobcat win.

Although Cinco Ranch registered 123 more total yards than Cy-Fair, the Cougars’ four turnovers to the Bobcats’ zero proved unhealthy, and Cinco Ranch failed to capture a lead.

The loss ends Cinco Ranch’s season at 8-3, but Cy-Fair advances to the next round of playoffs, facing Hightower on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Senior WR’s Ludowig, Rhoden, and Jack Canfield, and junior RB Jamel James all scored two touchdowns each in the playoffs.

With the playoff loss, which marks the end of the seniors’ high school football career, the team enters offseason.