Shadow Creek gets first win of the season

PEARLAND SHADOW CREEK — After going 31-1 in the first two years of varsity competition that includes a Class 5A Div. I state title, the Shadow Creek Sharks have little history of dealing with losing.

The Sharks were bumped up to Class 6A this year by the UIL realignment and their first game was against two-time defending 6A Div. I state champion North Shore who dealt the Sharks a 38-21 loss.

Shadow Creek faced third-year Bridgeland who edged the Sharks 27-21 leaving Shadow Creek 0-2 to begin the 2020 season.

Then came the COVID-19 that hit the team and they were forced to reschedule the start of District 23-6A play.

Finally, the Sharks were able to play their first district game against Strake Jesuit and they came away with a strong 33-0 win over the Crusaders to post a 1-0 district mark.

Shadow Creek was a pre-season pick to win the district, but they haven't played the meat of the district yet.

Things were a little slow against Strake Jesuit, but junior running back Kelvon Brown got the Sharks untracked with a 49-yard scoring dash up the middle of the Crusaders defense for a 6-0 lead after the PAT missed the mark.

“It was good to get back out here,” Sharks coach Brad Butler said. “Two weeks without a whole lot of practice. Coming into this I was concerned about our conditioning and the little things you take for granted.

“We were concerned about how well we would respond with the time off. I felt we were rusty at times, but played well enough to come out with a win, so I feel good about that.”

Shadow Creek closed out the first half with two second quarter field goals of 28 and 27-yards by Matt Allison to push the score to 12-0 at intermission.

In the second half, Drones scored in the third quarter to bump the lead to 19-0 and then the Sharks put a nail in the coffin with 14 points in the final frame making the score 33-0.

Shadow Creek’s 99-yard drive culminated in a 17-yard scoring pass from Drones to Houston commit C.J. Guidry, whose four receptions for 81 yards all came in the second half.

Running back Dylan Campbell came in the game late for the Sharks, picking up 45 yards on five carries, including a 6-yard touchdown run that concluded the scoring.

Drones was 17-for-30 passing for 211 yards and one TD.

Brown had 18 carries for 185 yards and one score while Drones had eight carries for 56 yards and a TD. Dylan Campbell had five totes for 39 yards and a touchdown.

Guidry had four catches for 80 yards and a TD while Greg Hancock had six grabs for 86 yards.

“I was proud of the defense,” Butler said. “We were active in the secondary. And offensively, we sputtered for a while but finally got untracked and found our footing. We’re just trying to find our way and get everybody back into the routine.

“Sometimes when you’re off like that, it takes a while to get everything clicking again.”

Shadow Creek (1-2) will face Alvin (0-3) on Friday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Freedom Field.