West slips past East 31-21 in 2019 Bayou Bowl


PEARLAND — The Bayou Bowl, featuring players from Texas vs Louisiana, competed from 2003 to 2013. Following the 2013 contest, the Louisiana High School Coaches Association decided they didn't want to continue the event thus ending the Bayou Bowl between the two states.

In order to continue the Bayou Bowl, the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association decided they would pit the Houston players in a revised contest between the East vs West of some of the Houston area football standouts.

The West squad won the first four games starting in 2014 while the East won last year 37-36.

The 2019 edition of the Bayou Bowl took place on Saturday, June 8 at Challenger-Columbia Stadium in League City.

Shadow Creek quarterback Ja'Marian George led the West to the 31-21 win and was named the game's Offensive MVP after he completed 9-of-15 passes for 91-yards and one TD, and rushed for 33-yards and one score.

George, who led Shadow Creek to the 2018 Class 5A Division I state finals, will continue his education and football career at Tarlton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

"It feels great to help the West win," George said. "I don't really like losing anyway, so that was the plan when we came out here."

The West took an early 10-0 lead on a field goal and a 25-yard scoring strike from George to Mayde Creek wide receiver Jalon Strong.

The East battled back for two scores and a 14-10 lead at intermission.

But the West came out strong in the third period on a scoring pass to retake the lead for good 17-14.

George added a touchdown on a slick 2-yard run to increase the margin to 24-14.

With 3:52 left in the final period, the West scored again to increase the lead to 31-14.

The East managed one more score to cut the margin to 31-21 as the final score.

Area standouts playing on the West team with George also included Shadow Creek LB Darrion Brown, and Dawson OL Spencer Cody.

Another area player who played on the East team was Friendswood's OL Michael Gibson.