COLLEGE STATION — John Tyler donned their Cujo jerseys for the playoffs, hoping to bring some magic to the postseason.
Although the Lions gave a gusty performance in trying to rally from four-touchdown halftime deficit, JT fell to College Station 40-21 on Friday in a Class 5A Division I bi-district football game before 5,000 fans at Cougar Field.
The Cougars (8-3) advance to the area round of the playoffs. The Lions conclude their season at 3-8, their first losing campaign since 2007 and the first in coach Ricklan Holmes’ eight-year tenure.
College Station broke out to a 27-0 halftime lead and JT eventually pulled within 34-21 but that was as close as the Lions could get.
The 1-2 combination of running backs Kolbe Cashion (24-233, 4 TDs) and Roderick Brown (23-105, 2 TDs) was too much to overcome.
The Cougars broke out to a 14-0 lead on an 11-yard run by Brown and an 8-yard run by Cashion in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Cashion scored from 41 yards and then with 26 seconds remaining in the first half, Brown found the end zone on a 2-yard run. The PAT failed on the last TD.
After the JT band got an ovation from the fans at halftime, the Lions applied some pressure and Kameron Mayfield picked off a screen pass and rumbled 44 yards into the end zone. Victor Leon’s PAT made it 27-7 with 8:45 on the clock the third.
The Cougars went up 34-7 as Cashion scored on a 15-yard run and Dawson Schremp’s kick was good with 6:20 showing.
The Lions scored the next two TDs to pull within 34-21 as Cameron Ford scored on a QB sneak and Kameron Medlock found paydirt on a 6-yard run. Leon booted both PATs.
The latter TD came with 5:33 in the fourth.
The Cougars recovered the onside kick and Cashion rushed in from 29 yards. The try for two failed for the final score of 40-21.
Kitan Crawford led JT in rushing with 62 yards on 12 carries, while Ford hit 11 of 24 passing attempts for 152 yards, including a 70-yard toss to freshman Xavier Tatum.
Tatum had two catches for 82 yards. Frank Turner had five catches for 30 yards.
JT was competing in its 38th postseason action.
Since Tyler High began playing football in 1906, it is the school’s 28th losing season.
College Station 40, John Tyler 21