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Bryan’s football season appeared to come to an end a couple of quarters before the Vikings had planned against Cypress Woods, but they made the most of their final half together before losing 33-17 on Friday to the Wildcats, who clinched a share of the District 14-6A title with the victory at Merrill Green Stadium Cy-Woods (7-3, 6-1) finished tied with Tomball Memorial, which beat Cypress Ranch 27-24 on Friday. Bryan (2-8, 1-7) missed the playoffs for the third straight season. The Wildcats did what they wanted in the opening half, rushing for 155 yards and throwing for 179 on the way to a 33-0 halftime lead. “There wasn’t much we could hang our hat on coming in at half,” Bryan coach Ross Rogers said. “Our offense didn’t do a lot of good things, and give them credit. Their secondary took away some things we thought we could do, and the defensive line of theirs really came off the ball.” The Vikings only had 62 yards in the first half with more than half of it coming on the last drive of the half. Bryan reached the Wildcats’ 29-yard line but with less than a half a minute remaining had to try a 46-yard field goal that Nico Bulhof pushed ever so slightly to the right. The Wildcats’s first two touchdowns came after turnovers. The Vikings, after opening with a 17-yard run by Jalen Davis, fumbled away the ball on a trick play, and three plays later junior quarterback Dylan Cormier found Cameron Sowell wide open for a 24-yard touchdown pass. The Vikings wasted a 75-yard kickoff return by Christian Richardson, losing 17 yards on a fumble then throwing an interception on third-and-27. Cormier drove the Wildcats 96 yards on the ensuing possession, rushing for 25 yards and throwing for 66, the last 39 to Sowell, who sprinted down the left sideline before making the catch and putting Cy-Woods up 13-0. Cy-Woods only had to go 50 yards for each of its next two scores. Christian Scott scored on a 3-yard run for a 20-0 lead before the first quarter finished, and Jeshurun Williams hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Cormier early in the second quarter. Trayse Holmes made it 33-0 on a 1-yard TD run late in the second quarter. The Wildcats opened the second half with the ball, but the Vikings forced a three-and-out and Cy-Woods’ first punt. The Viking defense went one better the next time out on the field with senior JD Smith intercepting Cormier and after a few anxious moments of juggling the ball sprinting 82 yards down the Wildcat sideline for a touchdown. “JD with that great interception and run kind of sparked some things,” Rogers said of Smith, who joined the team a few weeks after the season began. “He’s an outstanding athlete, and he’ll have a good season in basketball. He might have a future in football, but he hasn’t played very much.” Bryan’s defense forced two more turnovers in the third quarter. Sophomore Tanner Allen jarred the ball loose from Cormier, and junior Daniel Castillo’s recovery led to a 40-yard Bulhof field goal. Junior Jack Blackburn recovered another Cormier fumble, but the Vikings couldn’t turn it into points. “We are very proud, because it was a tough dressing room at the half. There is no doubt,” Rogers said. “It’s not the way we wanted to go out, and we knew we were playing a good wishbone team, and they know all the nuances. And they throw the ball just as well out of it, probably as good as any wishbone team I’ve seen.” Bryan’s defense played without two of its starters but held Cy-Woods to 89 yards in the second half. Cornerback Kenny Collins left with an injury in the second series of the game, and Nic Caraway was ejected for a personal foul on a Viking punt. “I’m proud of what [defensive coordinator Bret Page] did in the second half,” Rogers said. “We made some good adjustments, and the kids played better. Our seniors played well.” Richardson capped his career with a run he won’t soon forget, getting outside on a draw and sprinting 77 yards for the final score of the game. Bryan tried an onside kick with a little more than 4 minutes remaining, their second of the game, but the Wildcats recovered and were able to run the clock with Holmes, who finished with 106 yards on 21 carries....

11/9/2019

Cypress Ranch quarterbacks DJ Ciers and Logan McDougald combined to complete 15 of 17 passes to lead the Mustangs to a 56-14 victory over the Bryan Vikings on Friday in District 14-6A football action at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. Ciers connected on his first six passes, including a 32-yarder to 6-foot-5 tight end Drake Dabney for the first touchdown. McDougald, who was slated to be the starter at the beginning of the season but missed time with a knee injury, completed all six of his passes, three for touchdowns. Cy-Ranch (7-2, 6-1) will play Tomball Memorial next week for the district title, just as the defending champion Mustangs did last season. McDougald found Ben Postma on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to put Cy-Ranch up 28-0. He started the second half and checked off at the line of scrimmage to pass to Dabney for a 5-yard TD then later found Kobe Banks in stride on a skinny post for a 19-yard TD pass — the Mustangs’ sixth and seventh touchdowns of the game. Banks had seven receptions for 145 yards, and Dabney, who has committed to sign with Arizona, had four catches for 68 yards. “They are who we thought they were,” Bryan coach Ross Rogers said. “They have two good quarterbacks, a great running back. The offensive line has good players, and their wideouts are all good players. Defensively, they’ve got some pretty good guys.” The Mustangs, who beat first-place Cypress Woods 55-7 last week, had 589 total yards of offense Friday. Wide receiver Elias Pino had four carries for 142 yards, including a 77-yarder around left end in the second quarter for a touchdown. The Vikings (2-7, 1-6) knew they had to limit the Mustangs’ possessions, and although they had some good gains early by quarterback Nico Bulhof and Christian Richardson, they couldn’t convert third-and-short situations. In the first half, the Vikings had four third downs of 2 or less yards to gain and lost a combined 5 yards on the plays. “We just couldn’t make any third-and-1s,” Rogers said. “That’s when they shut us down, and that would have taken some of the pressure off our defense if we would have converted a few of those. It was disappointing we couldn’t do that offensively, because we moved it well enough to make first downs. Give them credit. They whipped us in third-and-short.” The Vikings did convert on a second-and-short with Bulhof darting up the middle, slipping a couple of tackles and taking the ball toward his own sideline for a 61-yard touchdown run. He was tripped up near the Cy-Ranch 5-yard line but kept his balance to cut Bryan’s deficit to 28-7 midway through the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Vikings put together a five-play, 79-yard drive. Tailback Ja’liyah Tyler made a catch while on his back for 26 yards on the possession, and Jalen Davis broke outside for a 19-yard run. Bulhof found sophomore Carnellius Lawrence down the left sideline at the pylon for a 29-yard TD pass to cap the drive. “It was one of his better games,” Rogers said of Bulhof, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 152 yards. “He did some things tonight I think that we all expected him to do.” Bulhof also led the Vikings in rushing with 70 yards. The Vikings had 89 yards rushing in the first half against the No. 1 team in the district against the run, but Bryan only had three carries for zero yards in the second half when it had only three possessions. • NOTES — The Mustangs scored three touchdowns on the ground, including two short first-half runs by Willie Eldridge, who is committed to UTEP. Backup Joshua Henry had the third TD run and the only points in the fourth quarter. ... Just before Eldridge’s second TD, Bryan cornerback Kenny Collins intercepted a pass in the corner of the end zone, but the play was brought back because of an offside call on the Vikings. ... The Vikings will end their season at home next Friday against Cy-Woods....

11/2/2019

Win No. 250 for Bryan football coach Ross Rogers marked another milestone in a great career that includes a state championship. Win No. 1 in District 14-6A may have meant just as much Friday at Merrill Green Stadium, where the Vikings enjoyed a festive Homecoming as they defeated Cypress Springs 37-19. “It’s always good to be here at Merrill Green and get a win,” Rogers said. “It’s been a tough year, and this is certainly one we wanted to get. We got the district champions [Cypress Woods] in the last game here, and maybe we can loosen up and play even better going forward.” Rogers picked up win No. 249 in the opening week of the season, but the Vikings (2-6, 1-5) followed that by losing six straight. While the players celebrated their victory with the band Friday night, the public address announcer congratulated Rogers on No. 250. “It means a lot of good football players and a lot of good coaches helped me,” Rogers said. “It’s a tremendous feeling, but credit all the coaches that have coached with me over the years. I’ve enjoyed it.” The Vikings enjoyed a quick start for the second straight week. Ja’lijah Tyler’s 44-yard run set up a Nico Bulhof 32-yard field goal against a strong wind on a cold night. Three plays later, Bryan senior defensive end Caleb Merrell picked up a Terrence Sneed fumble in the backfield and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown to put the Vikings up 9-0 with 3:52 left in the first quarter. The Vikings had the wind at their back in the second quarter and took full advantage of it and field position, starting five drives inside the Panthers’ territory. Bryan scored on three of the drives for a 30-0 halftime lead. Christian Richardson’s 31-yard run to the outside set up Tyler’s 17-yard TD run up the middle for a 16-0 Bryan lead early in the second quarter. Bryan led 17-0 last week at Cypress Park but gave up 34 unanswered points in a 34-24 loss. The Vikings made sure that didn’t happen again with Richardson going over from the 1 and Jalen Davis sprinting to the pylon for 15 yards over the final 2:18 of the first half to give Bryan the 30-point lead. “We did this last week and it wasn’t enough, so it was fun to go ahead and finish it out,” Rogers said. Bryan ironically came up empty-handed on the two drives set up by interceptions over that stretch. Safety Jack Blackburn and cornerback JD Smith had the interceptions. Richardson’s TD was set up by a bad punt snap that Ethan Mitchell picked up while kneeling at the Cy-Springs 9-yard line, and Davis’ score came after an 8-yard punt into the wind. Richardson led all rushers with 97 yards on 14 carries. “He showed a lot of power,” Rogers said. “I’m pretty proud of him. He likes to play tailback and been good on defense, and he ran well tonight. We had some big holes for him.” The Vikings got a majority of their 250 yards on the ground between the tackles with the offensive line of Colby Fagan, Jacob Bennett, Mark McMath, Jonathan Flores and Justin Sheridan dominating the game. “The offensive line really did a great job,” Rogers said. “We felt like they have played well all year — we just haven’t done the little things right sometimes in the backfield, sometimes with the reads. But that is five seniors up there, and they did a great job.” Tyler benefited from the blocking with 82 yards on seven carries, and Bulhof had 52 yards on 10 carries as the Viking backfield averaged 7.4 yards a carry. The Panthers (0-8, 0-6) tried getting back into the game early in the second half by scoring on their first two drives. Cy-Springs’ big junior fullback Camdyn Brooks scored on a 17-yard run, and tailback Terrance Sneed later caught a tipped pass near midfield that set him free for an 85-yard touchdown as the Panthers cut their deficit to 30-13. Bryan responded with its one score of the second half after a failed Cy-Springs onside kick. Bulhof finished a seven-play drive by running outside and getting a block from Willie Jones for a 16-yard TD. Bryan’s defense took care of the rest with Blackburn picking up his second interception and Du’wayne Paulhill essentially ending the game with an interception in the end zone. “Those interceptions are good,” Rogers said. “All the secondary guys were pretty good ballhawks tonight. The interception Jack made was outstanding off a deflection.” Brooks added a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 26-yard run, but the Vikings held Sneed on the two-point conversion with 3:44 left in the game. Coco Gillett and Umber Christian were crowned Homecoming queen and king during the halftime ceremony....

10/26/2019

Bryan’s Ethan Jimenez threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Cooks for the Bryan freshman Blue in a 32-9 loss to Cypress Park on Tuesday. Andrew Walker blocked an extra-point kick, and Tate Schneringer recovered a fumble for Bryan (4-3, 2-2)....

10/19/2019

Daelon Hudgins ran for two touchdowns, and Erion Whittaker and Mark Morales each ran for one to help the Bryan freshman Silver football team beat Cypress Park 32-6 on Tuesday. Cameron Anderson blocked a punt, and Juan Almaraz had a fumble recover for Bryan (5-2, 2-1)....

10/19/2019

Bryan, hunting a first District 14-6A win, couldn’t have asked for a much better start, but the tables turned in the second quarter and Cypress Park scored 34 unanswered points for a 34-24 victory on Thursday at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. Bryan linebacker Nick McDaniel, with help from a Christian Richardson block, ran 81 yards for a touchdown after pulling the ball out of Cy Park quarterback Michael Tolbert’s hands to open the scoring. A few minutes later, Jalen Davis matched McDaniel with an 81-yard reception from Nico Bulhof. Davis caught the ball in stride, did well to avoid one defender and stay in bounds and got a late block from Camden Gray to put the Vikings up 14-0. With the Tigers on their heels, the Vikings recovered an onside kick, which set up Bulhof’s 33-yard field goal and put Bryan up 17-0 after only 8 1/2 minutes. It was all Cy Park (2-5, 2-3) from that point on with two Bryan (1-6, 0-5) fumbles allowing the Tigers to get back into the game. “We just couldn’t get the momentum back,” Bryan head coach Ross Rogers said. “Dropped a few passes, made some bad throws, and then all of a sudden, it turned on us and they got the easy one, and we fumbled it again, which made it a game. Offensively, we just didn’t respond. Bulhof fumbled at the end of an 11-yard run, and the Tigers recovered at their own 48. Six plays later, highlighted by a 29-yard run by James LeBlanc, Sergio Small went over from the 1. Two snaps later, the Tigers evened the score on fumble returns for touchdowns when LeBlanc picked up a Bulhof fumble in stride and had nothing but clear sailing for 35 yards. Bryan’s defense held on the next two series to take a 17-14 lead into halftime despite only gaining 50 yards outside of Davis’ reception. The Tigers came out from the break, and with their Wing-T offense, went 70 yards, all on the ground, in 10 plays. Nathan Livingston finished the drive with an 8-yard run up the middle to give Cy Park its first lead. The Tigers converted on third down twice, once with Small recovering his own fumble and another on a Michael Tolbert 15-yard scramble on third-and-12. “Wing-T offense, with our young defensive linemen, we just didn’t play the technique, didn’t tackle as well as we should have,” Rogers said. “And give them credit, they executed well.” Du’wayne Paulhill ended one Tiger drive by taking the ball away from Cameron King, who had bullied his way to the Viking 21 on a 12-yard gain. Bulhof had to leave the game on the Vikings’ ensuing drive, and Gray came in. he completed his first pass to Gary Lynch for 14 yards, but the drive stalled with three incompletions. The Tigers completed their first pass on the opening play of a drive that started at their 20 and then covered the next 74 yards in seven plays. King scored from 5 yards out on the second play of the fourth quarter to go up 27-17. Backup quarterback Harold Perkins, who was the star of the Tiger defense at linebacker, had the big play covering 28 yards on a run. The Tigers used nine plays, all on the ground, to ice the game. Small went up the middle for 13 yards, carrying a couple of Bryan defenders into the end zone. The touchdown gave the Tigers 34 points for the game, their highest point total in a game in their two-year history. “Disappointed we didn’t do a lot of things better,” Rogers said. “It’s a combination of what has been going on, and all we can do is just keep working on it.” The Vikings pulled back a touchdown with 3:04 remaining. Davis went for 30 yards on his lone carry of the night, and a play later, Gray lobbed a pass in the corner of the end zone to Willie Jones for a 10-yard score. The Tigers’ Gray and LeBlanc each had 17 carries and topped the 100-yard rushing mark with 130 and 107 yards, respectively. Sergio Small had 88 yards on 15 carries as the Tigers finished with 436 yards rushing on 62 carries. Bryan will try to break into the district win column on Oct. 25 in its homecoming game against Cypress Springs....

10/18/2019

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