COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Leander Glenn gave College Station – the No. 19 team in SBLive’s Texas Top 50 Power Rankings — all he could handle for four quarters, then a Friday night at Cougar Stadium.
The Grizzlies battled College Station in overtime in a home-and-away duel for first place in District 11-5A DI.
The Cougars, however, were too hot to handle.
Senior quarterback Arrington Maiden connected with receiver Aydan Martinez-Brown for the game-winning 19-yard touchdown in double overtime, carrying College Station to a 27-24 2OT victory over Leander Glenn and securing a crucial victory in the district.
The win also helped the Cougars extend a six-game winning streak and solidify their hold on the No. 1 spot in the 11-5A DI District standings, moving to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in district play.
After a defensive first half that sent the two sides tied at halftime at 7-7, Leander Glenn took control of the gate momentum to start the second half.
The Grizzlies held the ball for most of the third quarter, going the length of the field and eating the clock before capping a long goal run with a 3-yard touchdown by Mason Johnson, giving Glenn a 14- 7 with about 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Heart Cougars responded with their own scored drive as time ticked away late in the fourth quarter.
College Station pushed the ball to Glenn’s 1-yard line on a long drive highlighted by a 59-yard run from Martinez-Brown, but was held out of the end zone on three consecutive plays by the Grizzlies defense to set up a game. -decide the scenario of the fourth and the goal.
Senior running back Zach Dang struck through the middle and scored the tying touchdown on a 1-yard run with 19 seconds left to tie the score at 14-14 and send the game into overtime.
The Cougars and Grizzlies traded touchdowns in the first overtime period to make it 21-21.
Martinez-Brown pushed College Station ahead with a 10-yard touchdown on the first possession of overtime before Glenn’s Sky Mendez scored on a 3-yard QB guard.
Glenn stumbled to start the second period of overtime and eventually settled for a 27-yard field goal, which gave the Grizzlies a 24-21 advantage and set the game-winning score for the Cougars shortly after.
College Station (6-1, 4-0) will look to continue and add to its winning streak when the Cougars return to action against the Georgetown Eagles (5-2, 3-1) in another pivotal game of the district 11-5A DI at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex.
Leander Glenn (5-2, 3-1), meanwhile, will look to follow in the hunt for the 11-5A DI District Championship when the Grizzlies take on the Cedar Park Timberwolves (2-5, 2-2) at the same Friday time. , on October 21, at the Bible Stadium in Leander.
Check out SBLive’s exclusive photo gallery of the game:
PHOTO GALLERY — COLLEGE STATION X, LEANDER GLENN X
All photos by Dustin Nguyen