WACO — Georgetown's 2017 season came to a close as the Eagles fell to College Station 34-31 on Saturday afternoon at Waco ISD Stadium. Georgetown ended its campaign at 9-3 after falling in the Class 5A, Division II area round matchup.
Quarterback Cooper Bell threw for 288 yards on 19-31 passing, and wide receiver Caden Leggett caught eight passes for 127 yards in their final high school football games.
"It's all about our seniors," Georgetown head coach Jason Dean said after the loss on Saturday afternoon. "I'm so proud of those kids and everything they've poured into this program the last four years.
Quarterback Marquez Perez led the way for College Station, who rode their now 10-2 record to an Area Round championship. Perez ran the ball for 236 yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns, in addition to 15-19 passing and 213 yards and a score in the air.
Georgetown owned the first quarter, first stopping a 4th and 2 attempt at their nine-yard line to set up an 11-play, 92-yard drive that featured passes by both starting quarterback Cooper Bell and wide receiver Caden Leggett. The drive ended in Bell scampering into the endzone from two yards away.
After the two teams traded field goals by Georgetown kicker Davis Northcutt and College Station leg Alan Guerrieri, defensive back Paul Saucedo picked off a Perez pass and ran 49 yards to the endzone for a Georgetown defensive touchdown. Earlier on this season, Saucedo snagged three interceptions against East View.
An additional Guerrieri field goal for College Station, followed by a leaping touchdown from Perez had the halftime score at 16-13, with the Eagles on top. College Station carried their momentum into the third with three touchdowns, including a massive 97-yard rushing touchdown by Perez after the Eagles had pinned the Cougars down at their one-yard-line.
It wasn't there that the game ended for Georgetown, as a 16-play drive that saw four third and fourth down conversions - culminating to a Bell touchdown run - kept the score a close 34-31. From there, controversy arose. On an onside kick attempt, Leggett jumped over the competition and snatched the ball out of the air, but an illegal produced was ruled as the officials suspected Leggett caught the ball before it traveled the minimum ten yards.
On the ensuing College Station possession, Perez looked to have fumbled the ball but was ruled down by contact. Georgetown got the ball at any rate, eventually failing to pick up a first down on 4th and 8, losing the game. Perez and the offense rolled time off the clock and captured the Area Round golden football.
"I'm just extremely proud and privileged," Dean continued. "They battled the whole time and that's what our kids are made of. It's not a surprise to me to see our kids fight the way they did."