CYPRESS — The euphoria of scoring 35 points in the second half a week earlier quickly turned to disappointment for the Bryan Vikings on Thursday night at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.

Cypress Lakes had a goal-line stand in the opening half and then took over on downs late with the Vikings at the Spartans’ 32-yard line to claim a 3-0 victory over Bryan in District 14-6A action.

“We just can’t make it happen,” Bryan coach Ross Rogers said. “We have not made it happen when we needed to. Last week we responded, and this week was very frustrating again.”

With the loss, the Vikings (2-4, 1-3) likely will have to win out to claim a playoff spot, one for which the Spartans (4-3, 3-2) are now in the running.

Joseph Staiano was true with a 30-yard field goal on the Spartans’ first possession of the second half for the only points in a game in which neither team gained 200 total yards.

The Spartans had 195 yards, 60 of it coming on the first two plays of the second half. Jarel Lewis broke off a 29-yard run, and Sean Hunter followed with a 31-yard run. The Bryan defense stood tall, holding Cy-Lakes to minus-3 yards on the next three rushes, forcing the field goal, which it looked like the Vikings would block when they broke free up the middle on the rush.

“They came out and got after it, and we didn’t play like we have been playing, but we got better after that,” Rogers said. “We got clean through [on the kick], and I just don’t know.”

The Spartans had six first downs in the game, and two came on their last possession, giving the Vikings 3 minutes, 16 seconds to go 80 yards for the win or something close to that for a tying field goal.

Kerry Brooks opened the drive with an 8-yard pass to Matt Moreno, who did his part with six catches for 64 yards. Moreno picked up the initial first down of the drive with a 4-yard run, and then Brooks ran for 11 yards to get the Vikings to the 43.

On third-and-10 from the 43, Moreno made a catch over the middle for 12 yards that he paid for by taking a big hit. Two plays later he was hit long after a pass went over his head for a 15-yard penalty that put the ball at the Spartan 29.

A penalty on Bryan backed the ball up 10 yards, and after Brooks got 7 yards back, it came down to a fourth-down pass into the end zone that the Vikings wanted pass interference on, but the ball was ruled uncatchable as it just cleared Moreno’s head at the back line.

“They said the ball was out of the end zone, and I thought it was open earlier, we just couldn’t get the ball off quick enough,” Rogers said. “They turned him loose twice, we just couldn’t get the ball to him.”

The Vikings’ best opportunity to score after the Spartans took the lead was in the third quarter when Troy Chumchal, who is the deep snapper, recovered a muffed punt at the Cy-Lakes’ 36.

Again a penalty put the Vikings behind the chains, and after three plays they had to punt from the 44.

“We didn’t do a lot of things very good,” Rogers said. “We hunt and pecked and did what we could, but consistently we didn’t do what we thought we might have a chance to do. They had good defensive speed and long kids that made tackles. The defensive ends played really well.”

The first half was a series of miscues, including two on one play when the Vikings’ Jeremiah Manley fumbled at the 1 and into the end zone, where Zabion Davis, shepherded the ball out of bounds at the 1, allowing the Vikings to maintain possession.

The Vikings were unable to take advantage of the late first-quarter blooper when they were called for a false start and then were dropped for a 3-yard loss. On third-and-goal from the 9, Brooks threw a pass over the middle that Gary Lynch tipped, and Cy-Lakes’ Xavier Corbin made a diving catch in the end zone for an interception.

On the Vikings’ next possession, Manley fumbled at the Spartans’ 36, and this time Cy-Lakes’ Malik Green recovered.

Two possessions later, the Vikings, running their 2-minute offense, went from their own 11 to the Spartans’ 32 in 1 minute, 32 seconds, but that drive ended when Brooks was intercepted by Eamon Perry.

The Bryan defense did its job again, holding the Spartans to two first downs over the first 24 minutes, both in the first quarter. Xavier Johnson intercepted a Khaliq Abdul-Mateen pass on Cy-Lakes’ opening possession.

The defense also turned the Spartans away, with the big play coming on a 12-yard sack of Khaliq Abdul-Mateen for 12-yard loss.

The Bryan defense also got good play out of linebackers DeTerious Bryant and David Parks, especially in the opening half when the Spartans, who only threw twice, were held to 65 yards.

“Maybe they thought they were good enough that we weren’t going to score, and just do a little bit and win,” Rogers said of the Spartans sticking to the run after averaging 108 yards a game through the air. “Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, shoot yourself in the foot, and we seem to be pretty good at that.”

Bryan returns home on Oct. 19 for its next game against Cypress Park.

Cypress Lakes 3, Bryan 0

Bryan 0 0 0 0—0

Cypress Lakes 0 0 3 0—3

Third Quarter

CYPRESS LAKES — Joseph Staiano 30 field goal 9:50

Bryan Cy Lakes

First downs 14 7

Rushes-yards 34-80 40-189

Passing yards 92 6

Total yards 172 195

Passes comp.-att.-int. 8-24-2 1-2-1

Punts-average 8-38 6-28.5

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 8-68 6-59

Records 2-4, 1-3 4-3, 3-2

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — BRYAN: Jeremiah Manley 12-37; Kerry Brooks 7-34; Matt Moreno 4-8; Christian Richardson 1-1. CYPRESS LAKES: Jarel Lewis 19-77; Sean Hunter 16-111; Khaliq Abdul–Mateen 4-(minus-8); Taven Canty 1-9.

PASSING — BRYAN: Brooks 8-24-2 92. CY LAKES: Abdul-Mateen 1-2-1 6

RECEIVING — BRYAN: Moreno 6-64; Gary Lynch 1-14; Manley 1-14. CY LAKES: Robert Milam 1-6.

NEXT: Cypress Park at Bryan

(5) comments

The Real Deal

Shame on Ross Rogers and his "youth league coaching staff." The offensive continues to run the same 6 running plays all season long, cmon man. Offensive line continues to be inconsistent at best, they get no push off the line of scrimmage at all and still you trying to run the ball. QB mechanics and decisions are horrible, maybe time for a change at QB Ross?! DL subbing in and out? 2nd team DL continues to get gashed when they are on the field. Clearly the mind set for this year's Viking team is "everyone gets to play and everyone gets a participation trophy at the end of the season." This is Texas HS football not youth league football. See ya Ross, you'll be calling the moving company soon.

Wreck

I agree real deal. It’s a shame that these boys aren’t coached up. They lack discipline on the field. They have too many turnovers and miscues. It all goes back to coaching. Some guys on this staff have been in the Bryan system for 12 to 15 years. They have no position coaches to help these young men develope as players. Bryan has a state caliber defense with no offense. Bryan clearly has the most talent out of the 4 high schools in town. This team should be undefeated and ranked in the top 5 in the state.

Wreck

Ross needs to scrap this offense that he ran in 1991 and get a little innovative with today’s game. We are third to last in district with the number 1 defense in the district. These boys deserve better than what they’re getting. A change is clearly needed and it doesn’t need to come from within the current staff. Bryan is a big school that would attract some big names. Let the search begin.

Hardtime

I agree with both for you guys .it just dawned on me how coaches have seven years on a contract .versus a kid going through a lot at home only have 3 years to make the best of his future .while being trapped in a district where it is a buddy system if you not that type a guy that they are looking for .you will be swept under the rug Coach is always can say we will get it next time but next time mean a Nother year Kids would have wasted in this program as the year goes on Kids go into second year dealing with the same issues same results no video no recruit But if a coach will sometime sit down and listen to a Kid story and understand what they are going through and the reason why they fight so hard at school and on the field so they can be successful and get out the situation that you’re in and that’s why they play football hard not to be playing in the system that’s going to fail them and turned there back like BISD always have done to all the talent have came to the school and not one good prospect have came out of the school in the last past seven years under these coaches and we have had plenty of talent within those seven years have come to this school so now it is time for a change a change in the right direction with a school like this with so much potential Now it’s time to put the win behind this school that we love

Topcat55

I agree with all of you guys. It's pitiful that in a district where on every school bus it says where the kids comes first, that's clearly not the case in athletics. These coaches are clearly just here for a paycheck. They don't really give a flip about cultivating and nurturing what I believe is a very gifted group of young men. It is time for change and everyone who comes out to support this team knows it. However, it's not just good enough to know it, we need to do something about it now. ROSS NEEDS TO GO AND SO DOES ALL OF HIS MINIONS WITH THIS ARCHAIC STYLE OF COACHING, PERIOD!!!!!

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