No. 12 state-ranked Shadow Creek thrashes Brazoswood 77-7

SHADOW CREEK — Senior quarterback Duke Butler has made his presence known since his return from an early season injury that sidelined him for much of the 2022 football season. But he is making up for lost time at the right time as the Shadow Creek Sharks blew out the Brazoswood Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs with a record 77-7 rout.

The 77 points marked a new team record breaking the 64-point score that the Sharks put up against Summer Creek in the 2019 season opener.

Butler was 11-for-17 passing for 205 yards and five touchdowns to lead the No. 12 state-ranked Sharks to the lopsided playoff win.

Shadow Creek used its speed to race past the Buc defenders for 11 touchdowns while Brazoswood snapped a 10-year playoff drought and ended the season with a 7-4 mark -- their first winning record since 2012.

The Sharks improve to 11-0 and advance the Class 6A Region III Div II area round against Summer Creek.

The Sharks scored on their first six possessions and did not punt until the 4:02 mark in the second quarter.

Running back Jacob Washington scored on two of the first three Shadow Creek possessions on touchdown runs of 15 and 34 yards. Tylik Burton's 48-yard scoring run was sandwiched between Washington's big runs.

Butler took over from there with five touchdown passes on six Shadow Creek possessions. His first touchdown pass was a 13-yard catch-and-run by Josh Best in the flat with 2:51 left in the opening quarter.

Butler's four touchdown passes in the second quarter included a 96-yarder to Caleb Washington, 25 yards to Jacorey Watson, 11-yards to Best and a 10-yard fade throw to Dane Jones.

By halftime, Shadow Creek outgained Brazoswood 355 to 74 and had five first downs to three for the Bucs.

The Sharks scored three times in the second half — a 28-yard run by Christian Seriale, 2-yard run by Justin Qualls and a 6-yard run by Joshua Davis, who had ripped off a 40-yard gain the play before.

Burton led the Sharks ground attack with five carries for 109 yards and a score. Jacob Washington had seven totes for 73 yards, Justin Qualls had six carries for 67 yards, and Josh Davis had two rushes for 40 yards.

Caleb Washington had one catch for 96 yards and a TD, Jones had four grabs for 40 yards, Christian Seriale had one catch for 28 yards, Watson had two catches for 38 yards, and Best had two grabs for 22 yards.

Placekicker Aiden Bui was 11-for-11 on his extra points.