Shadow Creek wins district opener 35-21

SHADOW CREEK — Shadow Creek jumped out to a 28-7 lead over Alief Taylor and then held off the Lions in the final quarter 14-7 to come away with a 35-21 win in the District 23-6A opener for both teams.

The Sharks opened the scoring when junior QB Duke Butler hit Joqwan West for a 12-yard scoring pass to take an early 7-0 lead after Matt Allison hit the PAT.

The scoring drive was highlighted by a long pass from Butler to West and a 25-yard keeper by Butler to the Lions 14.

Shadow Creek scored again in the second period on a Butler to Caleb Washington 2-yard scoring toss to increase the lead to 14-0.

With about two minutes left in the first half, Taylor scored on 12-yard run by Alonzo Hines to cut the lead to 14-7 at halftime.

The Sharks scored twice in the third period for a 28-7 advantage.

Butler fired his third scoring pass covering 24-yards to Joshua Best with close to nine minutes remaining in the third quarter and Butler added his fourth scoring pass covering 18-yards to Jacorey Watson at the five minute mark in the third.

Taylor rallied in the final period with two scores to cut the lead to 28-14 with eight minutes to go in the game.

The Sharks answered as Butler scored on a 7-yard run with less than three minutes to go in the game to put the dagger in the Lions 35-14.

Alief would score with less than a minute to go in the game to make the final score 35-21.

Butler had one of his best games this season as he hit 17-of-25 passing for 227 yards and four TDs while rushing for 59 yards on nine carries and a TD.

Best had five catches for 99 yards and one TE, West had four catches for 58 yards and a score while Lawrence Armstrong had three grabs for 36 yards. Watson had two receptions for 20 yards and a TD while Washington had two catches for 11 yards and a score.

Shadow Creek will travel to Pearland ISD Stadium on Friday, October 1 at 7:00 to face the defending district champion Dawson Eagles. The outcome of this game will have district title implications.