Shadow Creek returns to 5A Div. I state championship game


PEARLAND SHADOW CREEK — The first half between Shadow Creek and San Antonio Wagner was a back-and-forth affair with the Sharks scoring on a 55-yard pass from junior quarterback Kyron Drones to wide receiver Carlton Guidry with :04 seconds left before halftime for a 24-13 lead.

But the Thunderbirds used those final four seconds to make a statement that they weren't going away as Avante Stevens took the ensuing kickoff 75-yards for a Wagner touchdown with no time showing on the first half clock. Jordan Patterson caught a pass from QB Isaiah Williams for the two-point conversion to narrow the lead at intermission to 24-21 in favor of Shadow Creek.

Until the final moments of the second quarter, both teams’ defenses had flexed their muscles. Wagner had forced Shadow Creek to punt on three straight possessions, while the Sharks twice stopped Wagner on downs and twice forced punts.

Shadow Creek capitalized on a Wagner fumble on the second play from scrimmage to seize control early.

The Sharks led 17-13 after the first period as Drones threw and ran for scores and kicker Eric Landaverde drilled a 25-yard field goal.

Drones, a junior, connected with wide receiver Greg Hancock for a 3-yard score and a 7-0 lead only 90 seconds into the contest and raced 24-yards for a touchdown on fourth-and-10, escaping Wagner’s pressure to score untouched.

The Thunderbirds replied with each score making the first half close 24-21.

With both teams on the same stage -- against the same opponent, and with identical gigantic stakes, Wagner couldn't change the outcome.

Shadow Creek dominated the second half starting with Guidry's 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the third quarter to put the Sharks up 31-21. The touchdown was the third combined for the teams during a 19-second span overlapping the second and third quarters.

The Sharks extended its lead to 38-21 with 5:30 left in the third period when Drones connected with wide receiver Jared Jackson for a 55-yard score.

With 1:47 left in the final quarter, running back Jayveon Bell put the nail in the coffin with a 28-yard scoring dash to post the final score 45-21.

Drones finished the game 11-of-22 passing for 219 yards and three touchdowns.

Bell was the leading rusher for the Sharks with 19 carries for 149 yards and one score.

Jackson had two catches for 69 yards and one TD while Guidry had one grab for 54 yards and one score. Handcock had four catches for 39 yards and one TD and Seth Jones had three catches for 45 yards.