Shadow Creek runs past Friendswood 51-6

MANVEL SHADOW CREEK — The Shadow Creek Sharks left little doubt as to why they are the No. 1 area-ranked 5A team in the Houston area while also ranked No. 2 in the state.

Shadow Creek and Friendswood entered the District 10-5A-I showdown with perfect season records at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district.

When the dust had cleared, the Sharks were still perfect and the Mustangs were sent home to re-group to continue their journey to make the playoffs this year in perhaps one of the toughest 5A leagues in the state.

Shadow Creek is one of the state's elite football programs as they are focused on returning to AT&T Stadium in Arlington to bring home the 5A Division state championship after coming up short last season in their first year of varsity competition.

But Shadow Creek head coach Brad Butler knows his team must focus on each team in their district as any one of the teams can beat another since four of the top 10 teams are in 10-5A-I. They include Shadow Creek, Friendswood, Foster, and Hightower with Angleton just outside the top 10.

“We had some really good preparation days, some good practices, and they were able to come out and get off to a good start,” Butler said. “I’m proud of their focus, because that’s a good football team. That quarterback (Luke Grden) has a great arm.”

The Sharks took over the game from the very start led by QB Kyron Drones who had three touchdown passes in the first half covering 64-yards to Carlton Guidry; 63-yards to Jahklin Middleton; and 16-yards to Randy Masters.

Kelvon Brown scored the game's first touchdown at the 7:23 mark of the opening quarter as the Sharks built a 27-0 lead at intermission.

Things didn't go as well for Friendswood QB Luke Grden as he was sacked four times by the dominating Shadow Creek defense while the Mustangs ground attack only had two-yards on 15 rushes.

It was more of the same in the second half as the Sharks continued the onslaught as Drones scored on a 15-yard run, Brown scored again on a 44-yard dash; placekicker Eric Landaverde booted a 29-yard field goal, and Jay'Veon Bell scored on a 10-yard run to build up a 51-0 advantage.

The Mustangs offense wasn't able to penetrate the Sharks goal line, however, Friendswood did score in the final period when Nick Abowd recovered a Shadow Creek fumble and returned it 15-yards for a touchdown with 6:11 left in the game to make the final score 51-6 following the missed PAT.

Shadow Creek ran up 500 yards of total offense as Drones was 10-of-15 passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 27 yards on five totes and a score.

Bell had 17 carries for 106 yards and one score while Brown had six carries for 89 yards and two TDs.

Guidry had three grabs for 110 yards and one TD; Middleton had two catches for 62 yards and a score; and Masters had two receptions for 62 yards and one TD.

“They were as good as I thought they were,” Koopmann said. "That’s a very talented group. We told the kids that we’re done with this game. We’re moving on to Hightower. We’re not going to watch this video, we’re going to watch Hightower and try to beat Hightower.”

Friendswood's offense could only generate 181 total yards with Grden hitting 16-of-31 passing for 142 yards and the rushing attack gaining 39 yards on 28 carries.

Friendswood's loss should not damper their season as the Mustangs have the talent and tenacity to take on the rest of the teams in the district to fulfill their goal of advancing to the post-season. It is time for the team to rededicate themselves to finishing strong.

"We're still a good football team and we're going to get better," Koopmann said.

Friendswood will host Hightower on Friday, October 25 at Henry Winston Stadium at 7:00 p.m. in another critical district showdown.

Shadow Creek will face the Foster Falcons on Thursday, October 24 at Traylor Stadium at 7:00 p.m.