Shadow Creek rallies to pull out win over Foster

PEARLAND SHADOW CREEK — Shadow Creek is in their second year of varsity football and they have never lost a regular season game as they have registered a 20-0 record.

The only game they have lost is the state title game to Highland Park last year to finish 15-1 in 2018. If the Sharks advance to the state finals -- they won't have to face the three-time state champion Scots as they were eliminated by Frisco Lone Star in overtime 17-14 this year.

In 2019, the Sharks are currently 13-0 with a goal to return to the state championship game and bring home the Class 5A Div. I state crown.

The dream for Shadow Creek almost came to an end when they played District 10-5A-I foe Foster in the 5A Region III Div. I semifinals.

Foster has challenged the Sharks on four occasions. Twice during the regular season in district play and twice in the playoffs. The Falcons have lost by single digits on all four attempts to beat Shadow Creek and the last encounter looked like they would finally prevail when they were leading 24-7 at intermission.

Shadow Creek beat Foster 25-21 in the 5A Region III Div. I finals last year after overcoming a seven-point fourth quarter deficit. The rallied from a 20-point deficit during their regular season battle last year.

The Sharks beat the Falcons 24-17 earlier this year after building a 24-10 lead. Foster score with less than two minutes in the game to make the score 24-17, but couldn't recover the onside kick.

The Falcons scored 10 points in the opening quarter when Nicholas Arellano booted a 24-yard field goal at the 4:46 mark and Issac Johnson caught a 36-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Stubblefield with 2:26 left in the first for the 10-0 lead.

Shadow Creek committed two first quarter turnovers that led to the scores by Foster.

Foster pushed the lead to 17-0 at the 9:49 mark of the second quarter when Mario Simmons scored on a 2-yard run to complete the 10-play, 78-yard scoring drive.

Shadow Creek finally got on the scoreboard on a quick five-play, 42-yard drive that was capped off by a 2-yard Kelvon Brown touchdown with 8:18 left in the second quarter to cut the margin to 17-7.

The key play in the drive was a 25-yard pass from quarterback Kyron Drones to Randy Masters.

But Foster wasn't finished as Cody Jackson caught a 33-yard scoring strike from Stubblefield with 1:03 left in the first half to post a comfortable 24-7 halftime lead -- or so they thought.

The third quarter was all Shadow Creek.

Shadow Creek scored a field goal and three touchdowns in less than five minutes to take a 30-24 lead to a shell-shocked Foster crowd.

Kicker Eric Landaverde booted a 22-yard field goal on the Sharks first possession of the second half to cut the lead to 24-10 with 5:00 left in the third quarter.

Then, Foster's Cody Jackson lost a fumble fighting for more yards which was recovered by the Sharks at the Falcons 40. Drones quickly scored on a 40-yard run on the first play with 4:05 left in the third to narrow the margin to 24-17.

The Shadow Creek defense forced a three-and-out forcing a punt by Foster which was mishandled. Punter Bryson Harrell tried to throw a pass which fell incomplete giving the Sharks the ball at the Falcons 32.

Four plays later, Drones hit Trent McGaughey on a 21-yard scoring strike to tie up the game 24-24 with 2:10 remaining in the third.

After forcing Foster to punt again, Drones hit a streaking wide receiver Seth Jones on a 41-yard bomb with :09 seconds left in the quarter giving the Sharks their first lead of the game 30-24 following the missed PAT.

“We knew it would be a battle,” Shadow Creek coach Brad Butler said. “It’s been a battle all four times. And really we didn’t get off to a very good start, and it tested our guys’ resolve going in at halftime.

“So I couldn’t be prouder of the way they came back out.”

However, Foster took the lead again in the fourth period when Isaac Johnson scored his second touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run giving the Falcons a 31-30 lead after Arellano drilled the PAT with 8:30 left in the game.

Shadow Creek's defense stepped up late in the fourth when they stopped the Falcons four times inside the 5-yard line.

That's when Drones and Co. marched 99-yards in 10-plays to score on a 14-yard Drones to C.J. Guidry touchdown pass in the end zone with 2:30 remaining in the contest giving the Sharks a 36-31 advantage. The two-point pass attempt failed.

Foster couldn't mount a game-winning charge and the Sharks escaped with the 36-31 playoff win to advance to the Class 5A Region III Div. I championship game against Manor (8-5) who were overtime winners against Cedar Park.

Drones finished with 20-of-33 passing for 313 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 111 yards on 12 carries and one score.

Brown had 25 yards on 25 totes and one TD while Jayveon Bell had four carries for 24 yards.

Jones had four catches for 89 yards and one score while Jared Jackson had four grabs for 62 yards.

Shadow Creek (13-0) and Manor (8-5) will play on Saturday, December 7 in San Antonio at the Alamodome at 12:00 noon.