Crosstown Cat Fight

College Station Cougars @ A&M Consolidated Tigers

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:30 PM

Unlike many football games in the past, the buildup to the ‘College Station Rivalry’ has not been met with disappointment. College Station area football fans have packed the stands for three on-the-edge-of-your-seat gridiron battles beginning in 2014.

Sure, A&M Consolidated is looking for its first win since these two Texas football giants began waging war on the football field. But only 19 points have separated the Cougars and the Tigers collectively.

The rivalry’s build up began when the attendance zone lines were drawn on the map. College Station heated up the talk with the design of a shirt that read, “Purple is the new Maroon.” Former A&M Consolidated head football coach David Raffield retaliated by tweeting the 2014 Tiger football schedule. Instead of referring to College Station by its name on the schedule, he listed them as “the purple school.”

Former Tiger assistant Steve Huff, who built the Cougar football program from scratch in 2012, brought in several assistant coaches that at one time coached at A&M Consolidated, fanning the flames one more time.

The players have taken that same kind of tenacity to the football field each year and nearly 5,000 fans have been filling the seats since the inaugural ‘Crosstown Cat Fight.’ Not only does this rivalry draw from deep community ties, but there is usually a district championship on the line in each of these gridiron struggles.

Having come so close to notching a win over their district foe, A&M Consolidated is chomping at the bit to get that first win in the series. College Station, on the other hand, just wants to play Cougar football, keep the ball rolling and secure win No. 4.

A rowdy band of football fans are expected to show up at Tiger Stadium on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. So come early and catch a glimpse of the Crosstown Cat Fight, an intense, big as Texas rivalry that is sure to have football fans on the edge of their seats.

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College Station

College Station Cougars

College Station, TX

College Station High School, home of the Cougars, is located three miles to the southeast of district rival A&M Consolidated. After opening its doors in 2012, College Station will compete in Class 5A Region 3 District 18 this fall.

The Cougars can’t seem to do anything wrong late in the game in this series. College Station has come up victorious in all three Catfights, scoring the final 17 points for a 34-31 win in the inaugural game in 2014 and putting the final 16 points on the scoreboard in a 23-14 triumph a year ago. A&M Consolidated scored the final 10 points of the game in 2015, but College Station held on for a 24-17 win.

After leaving A&M Consolidated as an assistant coach in 2006, Cougar head football coach Steve Huff spent six years in Midwest City Oklahoma putting together quite a resume as the head football coach of the Bombers. Huff posted a 60-12 mark in six seasons there, and made the playoffs each year in Class 6A, Oklahoma’s largest classification.

According to MaxPreps, Huff posted a 1-4 campaign against a mixture of varsity and junior varsity competition during his first season in 2012. College Station then went 6-3 in 2013. Since joining a Texas UIL district for the first time in 2014, Huff has guided the Cougars to a 32-7 record and three playoff runs.

College Station, who already owns a pair of district championships and was district runner-up in 2014, is 6-3 in the playoffs and competed in last year’s 5A Division 2 semifinals before falling to eventual runner-up Calallen 31-30.

While another deep run into the playoffs is a good possibility in 2017, Huff and his Cougars understand just how crucial a fourth straight win over A&M Consolidated is as far as postseason momentum goes, and of course bragging rights. But before taking on their district rival, the Cougars will be zoned in on hosting King September 1 to open the season. The Cougars bump into the Tigers in week 7.

For more information on the College Station football team, click here.

A&M Consolidated

A&M Consolidated Tigers

College Station, TX

A&M Consolidated High School, home of the Tigers, resides in eastern Texas about 100 miles northwest of Houston. The Tigers opened their doors for business in 1940. Part of the College Station Independent School District, A&M Consolidated is set to compete in Texas Class 5A Division 2 in 2017.

One of Texas’ prominent football programs, the Tigers have come oh so close to securing a win in this Texas sized rivalry, just to let victory slip away. A&M Consolidated held second half leads in 2014 and 2016, and in 2015 a Tiger rally fell seven points short.

A&M Consolidated brought in Tiger alum Lee Fedora to replace the departing David Raffield, who is moving on to Cy Ridgeland this fall. Fedora brings 18 years of head coaching experience to the table and a pair of state championships that he earned while he was at Navasota.

Over the years, the Tigers have been a mainstay in the Lone Star State’s state football playoffs, claiming 22 postseason berths since 1990. The Tigers were crowned state champions in 1991 and played for state titles in 1989 and 1992. Fedora played on A&M Consolidated’s state runner-up team in 1989.

The Tigers have played their way into the state semifinals four times since 1990 and made the quarterfinals seven times. The last time A&M Consolidated missed the playoffs was 2004. The Tigers finished in a three-way tie with College Station and Bryan for the district championship a couple of years ago.

Once again the Tigers look to be a real threat to end their CatFight drought this fall, and of course punch their ticket into postseason play one more time. But before they can get charged up about knocking off their Crosstown Rivalry foe Cougars, A&M Consolidated is set on opening the season with a win over Copperas Cove September 1. The Tigers are eyeing wins over five other foes before tangling with College Station.

For more information on the A&M Consolidated football team, click here.