C.E. King rushes past Shadow Creek in 52-34 win

SHADOW CREEK — The C.E. King Panthers rolled up 518 total yards on offense while holding Shadow Creek to an anemic 128 total yards including minus -22 yards rushing on their way to a 52-34 Class 6A Region III Div. II area playoff win.

The loss ends the season for the District 23-6A champion Sharks who finish with a 9-3 mark while King improves to 10-2 and advances to play Katy Cinco Ranch (8-4) in the 6A Region III Div. II semifinals.

King established their dominance early in the game as they scored on their first possession of the game.

Beginning at their own 23, running back Jerrell Wimbley took the snap on the second play of the game and ran through the Shadow Creek defense 75-yards to the Sharks 2-yard line.

Wimbley scored on the next play for a quick 7-0 lead with 10:33 left in the opening quarter.

After King forced a three-and-out by the Sharks, the Panthers set up at their own 29 following the punt. t

On the first play from scrimmage, Wimbley took the snap and raced 71-yards for his second touchdown with 9:03 remaining in the first period giving the Panthers a 13-0 advantage following the blocked PAT by the Sharks.

Shadow Creek was forced to punt after three plays while King set up their third possession on their own 32.

The Panthers used an 8-play, 68-yard scoring drive capped off by a 3-yard touchdown by Wimbley to make the score 19-0 following another blocked PAT by the Sharks with 4:04 still left in the first quarter.

The scoring drive was sparked by a 40-yard run by D'Koreion Hammond.

Shadow Creek finally got a positive from Lawrence Armstrong on the kickoff return to the Panthers 46 to set up their third possession of the game.

The Sharks scored on a 1-yard plunge by Tylik Burton to close the gap 19-7 with 2:22 left in the first frame to complete the 46-yard, 6-play drive.

It didn't take long for C.E. King to answer as the Panthers scored again with 11:15 left in the second quarter sparked by a 24-yard run by Wimbley who ran to the Sharks 4. Wimbley completed the drive with his fourth touchdown on a 1-yard plunge making the score 26-7.

Meanwhile, the Panthers' defense continued to wreck havoc with the Sharks offense as Dylan Spencer scooped up a Shadow Creek fumble and rambled 58-yards for another score to increase the lead to 33-7 with 8:45 left in the second quarter.

With 8:33 left in the second period, Jo'Qwan West took the ensuing kickoff 76-yards for a Shadow Creek touchdown to cut the margin to 33-14 that stood at intermission.

C.E King scored the only touchdown in the third quarter as Wimbley scored his fifth TD of the game to give the Panthers a 39-14 lead on a 10-yard run while King missed the PAT.

Early in the fourth quarter, Shadow Creek's Robert Edmonson blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the King end zone for a touchdown closing the gap to 39-21 with 11:53 remaining in the final period.

But the Panthers quickly came back with a 31-yard scoring run by Hammond with 9:57 left in the fourth making the score 46-21.

Shadow Creek would score two more times in the final period when Jacob Washington scored on a 51-yard fumble recovery to close the score to 46-27 after the two-point conversion was no good and on a Duke Butler 26-yard scoring strike to West with 6:19 remaining in the game.

Sandwiched between those two scores was a 42-yard scoring run by Hammond for the Panthers with 7:33 left in the fourth making the final score 52-34.

The only weak spot in the game for the Panthers was the kicking game as they missed four PATs.

Shadow Creek had no defense for the ground attack of C.E. King as the Panthers rushed for 485 yards with Wimbley (29-312, 5TDs) and Hammond (19-192, 2 TDs) doing the majority of the damage for the Panthers.

The Sharks also had little impact on offense as they mustered only 128 yards of total offense as the Panther defense controlled the rushing attack while putting on pressure on Butler who completed only 35 percent of his passes for 150 yards and one TD and one INT.

Shadow Creek closes out the 2021 football season with a 9-3 record.