Shadow Creek pops Manor 59-14 to claim region crown


PEARLAND SHADOW CREEK — Shadow Creek took out the Manor Mustangs 59-14 to claim the Class 5A Region III Div. I crown and to advance to the 5A Div. I state semifinals for the second year in a row.

The Sharks have proven that another team must play an entire game against them.

Shadow Creek head coach Brad Butler is keeping his team focused on one game at a time and the Sharks are getting close to their ultimate goal of winning a state title.

However, the next step is getting past the San Antonio Wagner Thunderbirds in the 5A Div. I state semifinal contest at Alamo Stadium on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.

“I’m extremely proud of our guys for a good team win,” Shadow Creek coach Brad Butler said. “Manor was big and physical. We feel good to get the win in the (regional final) and look forward to playing Wagner.”

Shadow Creek scored on their first possession of the game when they began their drive at their own 47.

After a missed long pass, Jayveon Bell ripped off a 39-yard run to the Manor 14. Two plays later, quarterback Kyron Drones scrambled to the right for the 3-yard score giving the Sharks a 7-0 lead.

With 4:22 left in the first quarter, Manor tied up the game 7-7 as Che Nwabuko scored on a short run to complete the 7-play, 63-yard scoring drive.

The Sharks took a 10-7 lead at the start of the second quarter after their drive stalled at the Manor five-yard line. Eric Landaverde drilled a 22-yard field goal for the Shadow Creek lead.

Manor took the lead with 5:10 left in the second quarter on a 47-yard touchdown pass for a 14-10 advantage.

Little did anyone know that Manor wouldn't put anymore points on the board as the Sharks outscored the Mustangs 49-0 for the rest of the game.

The Sharks scored three times in less than five minutes to close out the first half for a 31-14 halftime lead.

Kelvon Brown would score on a 22-yard pass from Drones; Guidry would find the pay station on a 29-yard scoring pass from Drones; and Jaedon Hill would complete the scoring in the first half with a great 55-yard interception for a touchdown.

Drones scored the first touchdown in the second half on a 4-yard run to make the score 38-14.

With 3:41 left in the third, the Sharks added another score on a Drones to Seth Jones pass covering 16-yards to increase the lead to 45-14.

Bell scored on a 22-yard run with :50 seconds left in the third quarter to bump the lead to 52-14 and then the Sharks sealed the win with a 32-yard interception return by Thomas Davis for their last touchdown making the final score 59-14.

Drones was 10-of-25 for 214 yards and three touchdowns while picking up 50 yards rushing on 11 carries and two TDs.

Bell had 10 totes for 85 yards and one score.

Trent McGaughey caught two passes for 66 yards and Jones grabbed three passes for 57 yards and a score.

Chanceller Byers, Jaedon Hill, and Thomas Davis each had an interception with Hill and Davis finding the end zone to give the Sharks a balanced game on offense and defense.