Shadow Creek continues unbeaten season against Hutto


MANVEL SHADOW CREEK — Last year looked like a Cinderella season for Shadow Creek in their inaugural varsity season. But after a perfect regular season and then a journey through the playoffs to the state title game -- the standard was set.

Now, in 2019, the Sharks still haven't suffered a loss in the regular season or the playoffs at 12-0 and they are focused on making it back to AT&T Stadium in Arlington with unfinished business from a year ago.

But Shadow Creek head coach Brad Butler has been diligent at keeping his team focused on one game at a time and the Sharks certainly took care of business against Hutto (9-2) with a 63-14 pasting of the Hippos in the Class 5A Region III Div. I area round.

The Sharks will advance tot the region semifinals against district rival Foster on Friday, November 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Challenger Stadium in League City.

Shadow Creek built a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter as junior quarterback Kyron Drones his C.J. Guidry on a beautiful 33-yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-0.

Later in the opening period, Drones hooked up with Seth Jones on a 12-yard scoring toss to increase the lead to 14-0.

It was more of the same in the second quarter as Drones found Jared Jackson for a 16-yard scoring pass for a 21-0 lead.

The Sharks increased the lead to 28-0 when Drones threw his fourth touchdown strike to Jackson covering 42-yards.

Drones added a score on a 7-yard quarterback keeper for a 35-0 advantage and then the Sharks closed out the first half with a 2-yard run by Jayveon Bell for a 42-7 halftime lead as the Hippos found the end zone in the second quarter.

“We had a lot of respect for Hutto, the last few years they’ve been right in the mix in the playoffs,” Butler said. “We wanted to get off to a quick start and we did. Great to come out in a cold, brisk night and get a win.”

Shadow Creek’s stellar defense took advantage of the Hippos’ four first-half miscues in building the 35-point halftime advantage. Sharks linebacker Warren Shankle recovered two opening-half fumbles.

The Sharks controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage and totaled minus-2 yards rushing on 29 carries for the game.

It was more of the same in the second half as sophomore running back Kelvon Brown scored on a 52-yard run on the third play of the third quarter to increase the lead to 49-7.

Brown also punched in a score in the fourth period on a 4-yard run to make the score 56-7.

Linebacker Beau Burns returned a fumble 62 yards to put an exclamation point on the easier-than-expected win 63-14.

Shankle wasn’t the only defensive stopper for the Sharks. Linemen Alec Bryant and Ryan Williams were a force, as was outside linebacker C.J. Brown.

Drones and Brown jump-start the offense, but defense is the Sharks’ calling card. For the season, Shadow Creek has outscored the opposition 604-94. The Sharks have registered three shutouts and have held eight teams to under 10 points.

Foster is the only team that has been within seven points, 24-17, but that score came with less than two minutes to go in the game as the Sharks were leading 24-10.

“We got a lot of speed out there and got a unit that has really come together,” Butler said. “They’ve played well all year.”

Drones had another outstanding game as he was 12-of-22 passing for 159 yards and four TDs.

Brown led the ground attack with 14 carries for 178 yards and two scores.

Jackson had three catches for 57 yards and two TDs while Jones had three grabs for 35 yards and one score and Guidry had one catch for 33-yards and one touchdown.