BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- The A&M Consolidated Tigers made their second straight run to the third round of the playoffs, falling to Fort Bend Marshall by a touchdown at NRG Stadium.
Consol found themselves sitting at 3-3, but won their final three district games and picked up a pair of play-off wins before facing Marshall. The David Raffield run at A&M Consolidated came to an end after six seasons, six trips to the playoffs, and a 46-26 overall record.
The Tigers begin a new era in 2017 as Lee Fedora returns to his alma mater. The 1990 A&M Consolidated graduate takes over after sitting out the 2016 season. He will have a solid group of re-turning starters to work with: eight on offense and five on defense. The line may be the strength of the offense with four starters back, including all-district selections Zachary Ruiz and Reid Francis.
Cade Williams moves from quarterback and joins a great group of wide receivers. Junior Caden Fedora will take over under center. The defense will be led by Oklahoma State commit and Friday Football Fever magazine cover athlete Kolby Peel at safety and linebacker Trevor Williams. Chase Martinez and Jordan Woodard make it three of four starters coming back in the secondary.
“Chemistry will be our biggest strength,” said Fedora. “Our biggest challenge will be learning a new system.” The Tigers face a tough non-district slate that includes Copperas Cove and Foster before entering the 18-5A race where they should join College Station and Temple as the favorites to bring home a district title. Fedora said, “We expect to win one game at a time. We play fast, play hard, play physical, and play with a lot of class.”