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

John Tyler      0     0     7    14   -- 21
College Station   14 13 7 6 -- 40
First Quarter
CS -- Rodrick Brown 11 run (Dawson Schremp kick), 8:16
CS -- Kolbe Cashion 8 run (Schremp kick), 4:31
Second Quarter
CS -- Cashion 41 run (Schremp kick), 11:41
CS -- Brown 2 run (pass failed), :26
Third Quarter
JT -- Kameron Mayfield 44 interception return (Victor Leon kick), 8:45
CS -- Cashion 15 run (Schremp kick), 6:70
Fourth Quarter
JT -- Cameron Ford 1 run (Leon kick), 11:47
JT -- Kameron Medlock 6 run (Leon kick), 5:33
CS -- Cashion 29 run (pass failed), 2:17
EST. ATT. -- 5,000
                        JT       CS
First Down       15         24
Rushes-Yards  35-100   52-351
Passin Yards   169        86
C-A-I               12-25-0     10-16-1
Punts-Ave.        5-43.0        4-50.1
Fumbles-Lost   2-1            2-0
Penalties           1-10        7-71
Individual Statistics
Rushing -- John Tyler, Kitan Crawford 12-62, Cameron Ford 17-28, Kameron Medlock 2-8, Ken'Yontae Pinkard 4-2. College Station, Kolbe Cashion 24-233, Roderick Brown 23-105, Austin Sosa 4-14, Team 1-(-1).
Passing -- John Tyler, Cameron Ford 11-24-0-152, Isaiah Johnson 1-1-0-17. College Station, Ausitn Sosa 7-10-1-56, Jett Huff 3-6-0-30.
Receiving -- John Tyler, Frank Turner 5-30, Xavier Tatum 2-82, Kitan Crawford 2-29, Austin Campbell 2-11, Isaiah Johnson 1-17. College Station, Traylen Suel 4-43, Trey Winn 4-29, Dalton Carnes 1-11, Roderick Brown 1-3.

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