Sharks take a bite out of the Wildcats

ANGLETON — When the 2018 prognosticators were predicting how the teams would finish in District 10-5A I, which may be the toughest district in the state, they had 2017 Class 5A Div. I state finalist Angleton finishing atop the league leaderboard in 2018.

Upstart Shadow Creek, who is in their first year of varsity competition, was picked to finish sixth in the district and staying home in the post-season.

It is now official that Shadow Creek is no longer under the radar as they are now considered one of the favorites to, not only make the playoffs, but to possibly capture the league title.

"It was a coming-out party for the Sharks (1-0 district, 4-0), who in their first season of varsity football exploited the Wildcats through the air.

"They are a very good opponent and you have to give credit to those guys," Angleton coach Jason Brittain said. "Our kids fought their butts off, there was no lack of effort. We made some big plays at times to keep us in the game, but they are a great team with a bunch of good athletes. Every time we made one of those big plays, they'd stretch it back out."

The game was close for three quarters even though the Sharks built a quick two touchdown lead. Shadow Creek quarterback Jamarian George found Kealon Jackson on a 13-yard scoring pass and followed that by connecting with Axel Cruz on a 50-yarder to make it 14-0 with 5:50 gone in the first quarter.

The Wildcats had no answer offensively, accumulating just 43 yards as three of their first four drives all ended on punts. The other drive ended on a fumble which stopped them inside Shadow Creek territory.

George was 6-for-10 for 151 yards in the first half as the Sharks were 4-for-5 on third down conversions. The senior signal-caller for Shadow Creek finished the game 11-for-18 for 276 yards with three TD passes and an interception.

"I am extremely happy for them and we've been aiming for this for quite a while," Shadow Creek coach Brad Butler said. "For us to come out here and be able to go toe to toe with Angleton and escape with a win, it is huge for our program."

Angleton cut the lead in half just before halftime. As the Sharks were driving at the Wildcat 35, Wildcat junior Cameron Stone came up with an unbelievable interception on a George throw into the end zone and returned it to the Angleton 47-yard line.

A couple of plays later, Angleton put the ball in the end zone as quarterback Seth Cosme found Jason Williams down the middle on a 22-yard scoring strike to cut the lead to 14-7 at intermission.

The Sharks scored first in the second half on a 6-yard touchdown by Kyron Drones with 6:23 left in the frame for a 21-7 advantage.

But Angleton cut the margin to 21-14 early in the fourth quarter on a 45-yard run by Kendel Archie with 11:43 remaining in the final period.

Shadow Creek would turn up the speed button on the Wildcats who were not able to keep up down the stretch.

With 10:01 to go in the game, the Sharks quickly answered as George hit the speedy Jackson on a 61-yard scoring bomb giving Shadow Creek a 28-14 cushion.

Shadow Creek nailed the coffin shut when Kaymen St. Junious intercepted an Angleton pass at his own 2-yard line and returned it 98-yards to close out the scoring 35-14 with 35 seconds left in the contest.

"We knew our district was going to be tough, but we also knew we were going to get one of the more talented ones first," Brittain said of Shadow Creek. "So we will figure out where we have to go from here and we will move forward."

Averaging more than 500 yards of offense in its first three games, the Wildcats were held to 292.

"I know we battled all night and we made it hard on them," Butler said. "We tried not to give up the easy ones."

Marquez Huland was the top ball carrier for Shadow Creek with 13 carries for 62 yards.

Jackson hauled in six passes for 162 yards and two scores while Cruz had two catches for 59 yards and a TD.

Shadow Creek will travel to face the Texas City Stingarees on Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Stingaree Stadium.