College Station quarterback Arrington Maiden hit wide open Aydan Martinez-Brown for a 19-yard touchdown pass in double overtime as the Cougars survived a homecoming panic for a 27-24 win over Leander Glenn Friday in District 11-5A Division I play.
“I was just thinking about how we prepared in practice and things and just thought about those situations, and just knowing the guys around me would do their job and we’d be able to perform,” Maiden said of the last play.
Falling 24-21 in second overtime, the Cougars (6-1, 4-0) faced third and fourth on the 19-yard Grizzlies. Offensive coordinator Matt DeBerry dialed Martinez Brown’s number on a fast pass.
“It was designed for my opening,” Martinez-Brown said. “I knew it was going to be open once that backer started getting Arrington Maiden. Yeah, that play was wide open.
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“I’m really excited. I can’t believe I got caught. It was like it was unreal right now.”
It took a lot of Cougars to make it happen as Glenn (5-2, 3-1) had the ball for most of the game and led for almost the entire second half.
After the first half ended 7-7, Glenn got the ball first and ate nearly 8 minutes of the hour before taking advantage of Mason Johnson’s quick 3-yard touchdown to climb 14-7.
It took until the last moments of the match for the Cougars to respond.
With 3:25 left, College Station embarked on its 25th game-tying journey to force overtime.
“The message was just do your job, literally get out and what they call just do,” Maiden said of the fourth-quarter drive. “When we run out, we are a very dangerous team.”
The Cougars had receptions from Jackson Verdugo on the drive and 57 yards from Martinez-Brown for the longest play of the night.
“I was so excited when he was running on the sidelines,” Maiden said. “He does plays every week, and I’m very happy to have him here because other than the player, he’s also a really good friend.”
After Martinez-Brown got the Cougars at 1 Grizzlies, they failed to score in three consecutive attempts to lunge. Cougar coach Stony Pryor let the clock run out after playing third and called the timeout before the crucial fourth game.
“We kind of talked about it as coaches about what we wanted to run and we felt like we did really well with what we were doing and have some confidence that our guys will do it,” Pryor said. “When I told them the play, they set off. They were like that. Yes sir. And it worked.”
The Cougars put the ball into the hands of Zack Dang running back, who shot it from one yard away with 19 seconds left.
The Cougars scored their first goal in the first overtime period at 10 yards run by Martinez Brown, and Glenn answered with the Sky Mendes quarterback from 3 yards.
In the second overtime, Glenn opened a false start, a series losing 2 yards and carrying 8 yards before settling on Armando Don Juan’s 27-yard goal.
“The defense lights up every week, and they do their job every week,” Maiden said. “I am so excited to get this defense. We have a very [senior] Defense, they are very mature, and they were in positions. We really wanted that win in overtime, and they really stepped up and did their job.”
Three plays later, the Cougars fended off Martinez Brown in the end zone and celebrated their fourth straight win to open up zone play.
College Station will play in Georgetown next Friday.
• Notes – Naming the college station Alina Wolf Homecoming Queen and Hugh Lee hers.