The La Marque Cougars have been one of the top programs in the state of Texas for nearly two decades with multiple 4A state titles and championship game appearances. After a down year in 2008 finishing with a 3-6 record and not advancing to the playoffs for the first since 1989, the Cougars are seeking redemption in 2009.
If the Cougars are to build on their 2-0 start with wins over Waller and Galveston Ball, the production of sophomore running back Timothy Wright will be the key. Wright, 5-8.5, 180 with 4.5 speed, is latest in a long line of talented runners.
In limited time as a freshman, Wright showed his instincts, elite level quickness, burst and speed to the tune of more than 500 yards and six touchdowns in six games. For his efforts, Wright was named 24-4A second team all-district, the lone freshman in the district to be awarded first or second team all-district honors.
In 2008, Wright posted games of 100-yards rushing or more against Friendswood and Pearland Dawson while totaling 90 against Manvel.
This season, Wright has missed time due to a minor shoulder injury. The ultra quick sophomore missed the Waller game, but returned to the field two weeks ago against archrival Galveston Ball. Wright wasted little time getting back to making the big plays he is accustomed to scoring from 42 yards out on the Cougars first possession. Wright totaled 10 touches in the game for 171 yards. He had 98 yards rushing on nine carries and one reception for 73 yards.
Wright says his goals and that of the La Marque team are clear.
“Take state,” Wright said. “That’s our goal right now. Get better and take state.”
While Wright is still less than 100%, he wants the ball more in the coming weeks. He is looking to take over and carry the team on offense.
“Anytime I’m in the ball game, just give me the ball. I’ll take over or do my best to take over,” Wright said confidently.
Several programs from around the region are already recruiting Wright, including the Texas Longhorns. Wright and his brother, junior defensive tackle Antonio Wright, will be in Austin on Saturday for the Longhorns game against Texas Tech. It will be Wright’s third trip to Austin.
“Antonio and I are going to the Texas Tech-Texas game on Saturday. I’ve been to Texas before, but it will be fun because of the game. I went to UT camp last summer and the summer before that. The camp last summer was great. It was a quick tempo and I liked the drills,” Wright said, who lists Texas and Texas Tech as his top two.
The Longhorns are recruiting defensive tackle Antonio Wright in addition to the ultra talented sophomore back. The elder Wright is a 5-11.5, 285-pound nose guard/zero technique prospect that is know as one of the hardest working players in the LaMarque program.
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