North Shore knocks off Shadow Creek in highly anticipated season opener
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HOUSTON, TEXAS—The North Shore Mustangs and the Shadow Creek Sharks are arguably two of the best teams in Texas. North Shore was set to originally open up their season with De La Salle out of California, and Shadow Creek was set to play St. Joseph’s Prep out of Pennsylvania to start their season. With Covid-19 numbers continuing to rise, those games were cancelled. Therefore, North Shore and Shadow Creek decided they would play each other in the season opener.
Both teams are coming off of great seasons. North Shore is a back-to-back 6A-D1 state champion, knocking off fellow powerhouse, Duncanville, in a thriller. Shadow Creek is also a defending state champion. The Sharks had a perfect 16-0 season last year, and they beat Denton Ryan in the 5A-D1 state championship. The challenge for both of these teams was to keep the momentum from last season going.
The offensive game started off slow, as both defenses were very explosive. This all changed when North Shore quarterback, Dematrius Davis, found Charles King for a great 56 yard catch to put them at the Shadow Creek 31-yard line. Shortly after, running back, Brandon Davis, broke a tackle and put the first points of the game on the board with a 16-yard touchdown (PAT good). But Shadow Creek responded right away, as quarterback, Kyron Drones, found Greg Hancock off a quick slant for a 30 yard gain to their own 47-yard line. Drones then completed another pass to Carlton Guidry off another quick slant for a 52-yard touchdown to tie the game (PAT good). Guidry is committed to the University of Houston.
While both teams seemed to have found their rhythm on offense, they still faced some adversity to start the second quarter. Dejuan Lewis intercepted a pass from Dematrius Davis on the Shadow Creek 9-yard line. A couple plays into Shadow Creek’s possession, Kyron Drones fumbled the football, and North Shore defensive lineman, Tai Leonard, recovered. This gave North Shore great field position at the Shadow Creek 22-yard line. Davis then found Charles King off a 9-yard swing pass to give North Shore a 14-7 lead. Shadow Creek answered right away once again, as Carlton Guidry took the kickoff return 86 yards, untouched, to the end zone to tie the game at 14 (PAT good).
Dematrius Davis did what he does best on the next possession. The Auburn commit found Charles King again for a 51 yard pass down to the 19-yard line. But, the Mustangs missed a field goal attempt and turned the ball over. Kyron Drones then used his legs to try and make an impact, and he ran the ball 31 yards to the North Shore 16-yard line. Drones is committed to Baylor. However, North Shore cornerback, Denver Harris, intercepted a pass from Drones, and took it 90 yards to the end zone to give the Mustangs a 21-14 lead (PAT good). Harris, according to 247sports, is a Top 15 player in the Class of 2022.
Kyron Drones and the Sharks wouldn’t go away, as he found Greg Hancock again for a long slant pass to put Shadow Creek inside the North Shore 20-yard line. However, Drones fumbled on the 3-yard line, and North Shore recovered. Going into halftime, North Shore had a 21-14 lead.
Shadow Creek started the second half with the ball, but they still couldn’t catch a break. Denver Harris picked off another pass from Drones to put them down at their own 21-yard line. After the Mustangs moved down the field, Daveon Ford capped off the great drive, breaking off tackles for a 5-yard touchdown (PAT good). Shadow Creek went three and out on their next possession. When they were sent to punt, the punter’s knee hit the ground, forcing a turnover, and North Shore took over on the Shadow Creek 17-yard line. They couldn’t score despite the great field position, however, as the Sharks defense came up with a great stop on 4th down. This led Shadow Creek running back, Kelvin Brown, to run 81 yard up the middle to put the Sharks within one touchdown. By the end of the third quarter, North Shore was up 28-21.
Dematrius Davis used his speed to his advantage to start the fourth quarter, as he escaped a sack and ran 23 yards after tripping himself up in open field. When the Mustangs eventually reached 4th down, North Shore kicker, Andres Montes-Zamora, made a 30-yard field goal to give the Mustangs a 31-21 lead. Davis then secured the win for North Shore on their next possession, as he shifted by defenders for a 20-yard touchdown (PAT good). When the clock eventually hit zero, North Shore came away with the win, 38-21.
North Shore picked up a big win to start their season, and their assent to 3rd straight state title. The Mustangs start off 1-0, and next week will face Klein Collins at home on Thursday, October 1st at 8 PM ET. Shadow Creek starts the season at 0-1, and will face Bridgeland at home next week on Friday, October 2nd at 8 PM ET.