The Shoemaker Grey Wolves entered Friday night’s game looking for a win after dropping the first game of the season last week against Mexico's Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.
A rough performance at home against Class 5A’s eighth-ranked College Station Cougars, however, left Shoemaker 0-2 with a 49-10 defeat.
The Shoemaker defense was tested first, stopping an explosive offense in seven plays to force a punt, but the Grey Wolves were unable to capitalize on the short drive and punted on fourth down.
The visitors took advantage of a short field and punched it in from 3 yards out to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Shoemaker was ineffective on its next drive and punted once more.
The Cougars launched a no-huddle offense and scored in just eight plays to stretch their lead to 14.
As the Grey Wolves struggled to generate offense, the Cougars responded with six consecutive scoring drives in the first half. The home team was able to string together a strong drive into Cougar territory just before halftime.
Shoemaker trailed College Station 42-0 at intermission.
The Cougars’ scoring was achieved by running back Azarian Foght, quarterback Marquez Perez, and running back DaDa Anderson with big plays covering 34 and 46 yards before the break.
The Grey Wolves began the second half with renewed purpose, and marched to score their first points of the night with a 20-yard field goal. The drive was extended by a fake field-goal pass play that covered 23 yards to bring the score to 42-3 in the third quarter.
The first score’s momentum revived the home team’s spirit as it forced the Cougars to punt — the first time since the first quarter — reaping the benefits by scoring its first touchdown of the night and shrinking the deficit to 42-10.
Shoemaker reserve quarterback Mark Walker engineered the drive with a masterful pass of 33 yards to wide receiver Claude Williams. The touchdown was the result of a 14-yard scamper by Walker.
College Station extended its lead once again in the fourth quarter on a time-consuming drive that ended with a 5-yard run for a touchdown by running back Daniel Tice.
Next week, Shoemaker will be away against Round Rock Cedar Ridge (1-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Both teams are coming off losses. Cedar Ridge fell to Shoemaker's 8-6A rival Waco Midway 34-19 on Friday.