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Late Langham Rally Falls Short Against Cy-Creek

photo: RB/WR Kaleb O’ Bryant

BERRY CENTER - Langham Creek rallied from 17 points down, but fell short of a comeback against Cypress Creek in a battle of District 17-6A foes, 34-31. The district loss puts the preseason favorite Lobos and Coach Todd Thompson in a precarious situation moving forward as they now sit winless for the season. The Cy-Creek Cougars evened their record at 2-2 overall and 2-1 in 17-6A.

Langham Creek junior running back Toneil Carter proved to be a work horse with two second half touchdowns (each 47 yards) to add to one in the first. Wide receiver Quartney Davis, the Texas A&M commit took a kickoff back 91 yards to pull the Lobos within 3 but that was as close as they got.

Langham Creek got on the board on their first drive when running back Jalen Howard got the start over Carter. A 22 yard Benjamin Soufley field goal started the scoring, 3-0. Their first drive was highlighted by an 18 yard Paul Watson pass and a crushing block by Quartney Davis on a defensive end on 2nd and goal from the 25.

Cy-Creek and quarterback Luke Allen then went to work. Operating only from the shotgun, Allen frequently snapped the ball with 20 seconds left on the play clock. On 3rd and 12 from the 18 yard line Allen found Kaleb O’ Bryant for a 18 yard touchdown pass, 7-3

Two first quarter turnovers helped Cy-Creek build their lead. Langham Creek QB Watson was first picked off by defensive back Chance Stevenson at the Lobo 34 yard line. A Cy-Creek 33 yard field goal put the Cougars up 10-3. Toneil Carter then had another Lobo turnover as he mistakenly ran through a zone read handoff and put the ball on the turf and the Cougars recovered at the Cy-Creek 39. On 3rd and 9 from the Langham Creek 48 Luke Allen found a wide open Miles Battle sitting in the Lobos soft zone defense to keep the drive alive. Allen finished the drive off with a 6 yard touchdown run, 17-3 Cougs.

The Cougars added to their lead with a long 11-play drive culminating on a Trevon Earl's 1 yard touchdown run with 2:49 left until half to make the score 24-7.

Langham Creek got their first touchdown on the ensuing drive. Quartney Davis returned the kickoff to his own 40. A nice 16 yard Carter run straight up the gut put Langham Creek in Cougar territory at the 46. A bubble screen to Chase McCray set Carter up for his first touchdown and a score of 24-10.

Cy-Creek started the scoring in the second half when Coach Greg McCaig elected to kick a 22 yard field goal from 4th and goal at 1 yard line. The lead stretched back 27-10.

Quartney Davis then housed the kickoff for a 91 yard touchdown which cut the leader 27-17. Then Kaleb O’ Bryant showed what he could do with a sizzling 46 yard touchdown of his own that put Cypress Creek up 34-10.

Enter Toneil Carter, one of the top junior running backs in the nation and recruited by everyone. His third touchdown run pulled the Lobos within 3 at 34-31. Cy-Creek continued to run their hurry up offense not electing to let the play clock run down and continued to snap the ball with 20 seconds left and they almost were punished for it. As the Cougars were at the Langham Creek 8 yard line Luke Allen was intercepted by Quartney Davis who returned the ball to the 17.

With 5:08 remaining the Lobos had their final drive. On 4th and 8 at their own 44, Watson converted with a pass to McCray. The Lobo luck ran out the next time they face 4th down - with 3 yards to go.   An option-right to Carter was met by three Cougar defenders. The Cougars and QB Allen then ran out the clock for the win on the night.

by Glenn McCarthy

Players of the game-- QB Luke Allen and RB/WR Kaleb O’ Bryant

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cypress Creek 10 14 10 0  - 34
Langham Creek 3 7 14 7  - 31


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