The College Station Cougars came into town with an undefeated record in District 18-5A and a chance to further prove themselves as a contender for the district title.
The Cougars took advantage of that opportunity as they manhandled Waco High, claiming a 52-14 victory over the Lions on Friday night at Waco ISD Stadium.
College Station quarterback Marquez Perez passed for 131 yards and a couple of touchdowns and running back DaDa Anderson rushed for 119 yards and a pair of TDs. The duo led the way as the Cougars (7-2, 5-0 in 18-5A) piled up 486 yards of total offense.
Waco High (4-4, 1-3) finally got on the scoreboard when running back Terrance Hamilton broke loose for a 72-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. But Hamilton’s touchdown merely cut College Station’s lead to 24 points and the Lions didn’t have a massive comeback in their arsenal.
Lions quarterback Jaylen Harris, who started against the Cougars after missing last week’s game at Temple due to an internal team issue, ran 58 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Lions’ other score.
Waco High will face Bryan next week in a road game that could decide the fourth-place playoff berth in 18-5A. The Lions finish the regular season in two weeks against University and Waco High might need to win both contests to qualify for the playoffs.
College Station will play Temple (6-2, 4-0) next week in a game to decide the 18-5A championship.
By the time College Station kicker Alan Guerrieri nailed a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter, the Cougars had seized control of Friday’s game.
College Station hoarded the momentum for most of the first half as it built a 21-0 lead against a Waco High team that couldn’t find much consistency on offense.
Anderson broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown on his second carry of the contest, giving College Station a 7-0 lead with 8:40 left in the first quarter.
Anderson then capped the Cougars second drive when he took an option pitch from Perez and darted seven yards for a touchdown midway through the opening quarter.
Cougars defensive lineman Truce Tumlinson blocked a Waco High punt attempt at the Lions 20 early in the second quarter to set up College Station’s third touchdown.
Cougars defensive back Brandon Joseph picked up the loose ball and returned it to the Waco High 9. Three plays later, Perez picked his way through the Waco High defensive front for a two-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead with 9:34 left in the first half.
The Lions offense failed to punch back as they gained only three first downs in the first half and gave up an interception and the blocked punt.
Perez tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Maxwell with 1:01 left until halftime, boosting the Cougars’ lead to four touchdowns.
Then came Waco High’s final mistake of the first half as kick returner Quinn Williams fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving College Station the ball at the Lions’ 36 with 52 seconds to add more points before the break.
The Cougars pulled off a double pass from Perez to Harrison Wellmann to Jaelin Campbell for a 30-yard gain to the Waco High 6. Though the Cougars didn’t get a touchdown before the break, Guerrieri’s 20-yard field goal put them in front 31-0 as the bands took the field at halftime.
Anderson rushed for 108 yards in the first half, leading the way as College Station outgained Waco High 220-95 in total offense in the first two quarters.
Waco High finished with 257 yards of total offense, a huge chunk of which came on the long TD runs by Hamilton and Harris.