College Park trounces Kingwood in non-district finale

SHENANDOAH — Two games, two dominant performances for College Park.

After beating up on Fort Bend Austin last weekend, the Cavaliers looked sharp during their final non-district tuneup Saturday evening with a 41-7 victory over Kingwood at Woodforest Bank Stadium.

College Park (3-1) now heads into the most important stretch of the season with some momentum. The Cavaliers, searching for their first postseason berth since 2015, have a bye next week before opening their District 13-6A slate against an undefeated Grand Oaks team Oct. 30.

College Park defeated Cinco Ranch to open the season and suffered its only loss against Arlington Martin the following week. The latter was a last-minute replacement game after the Cavaliers’ original opponent, Bryan, had to cancel because of COVID-19 issues within their program.

“We had four non-district games, which gave us an opportunity to play more kids, evaluate more kids, evaluate ourselves as coaches — scheme and different things,” College Park coach Lonnie Madison said. “So I feel really good about it. We played a good Arlington Martin team that’s ranked 11th in the state, and that was a challenge, and that was good for us as well. I feel good about where we’re at, but we’ve got to keep working.”

Kingwood, meanwhile, has lost six consecutive games dating back to last season. The Mustangs are 0-4 for the first time since 2010. The team begins District 21-6A play at C.E. King next Friday night.

College Park took control of the contest right out of the gates. Quarterback Ty Buckmon connected with Alex Brigman on touchdown passes of 21 and 38 yards, respectively, in the opening quarter.

The Cavaliers tacked on three more touchdowns in the second period. Cody Mladenka hauled in a 12-yard jump ball from Buckmon, Dylon DeAngelo scored on a 3-yard run, and Conner Dunphy found a wide-open Brigman for a 25-yard connection. Those scores gave College Park a commanding 34-0 lead with six minutes to play before halftime.

“I think we’re definitely starting to build some momentum on offense,” said Brigman, who finished with six catches for 135 yards. “We didn’t do too well in the game against Martin, but after that, we started working a lot harder, and we started doing some different things. We’re getting a lot better, and we’re just trying to change up our offense a little bit. It’s doing a lot better.”

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