Shadow Creek gets amazing come back win over Foster


SHADOW CREEK — It was possible that some Shadow Creek fans left Freedom Field early when the Sharks were down 34-7 to the Foster Falcons with only three minutes to go in the third quarter.

While it is understandable that even the most loyal fan might have left thinking all was lost, it would be the most regrettable decision one would have made after they learned the final score.

No one expected the Sharks to score 28 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes of the game, but that is exactly what happened that enabled Shadow Creek to pull out the miraculous 35-34 district win and remain undefeated at 8-0 in their first season of varsity football.

With only two games remaining for No. 2 area-ranked Shadow Creek against Terry and Hightower, the first-year varsity squad is on the cusp of winning the District 10-5A-I championship when they were a pre-season sixth place district pick and not considered to make the post-season.

Foster built a 21-7 lead at intermission as Shadow Creek scored their only touchdown on a Marquez Huland 24-yard scoring run to tie up the game at 7-7 following the PAT by Greg Ezechukwu with six minutes left in the opening period.

That's when the Falcons would take control of the game to score 27 unanswered points that included a missed extra point making the score 27-7.

Foster would add one more score late in the third for a comfortable 34-7 advantage, but then things began to get uncomfortable for the visitors as they learned the meaning that the game isn't over until the clock is showing no time left in the game.

The come-from-behind rally began late in the third quarter when quarterback Jamarian George scored on a 2-yard keeper to cut the lead to 34-14 following the Ezuchukwu PAT. That would be the score to begin the final quarter.

At the nine minute mark, the explosive Shadow Creek offense would strike as George hit Huland on a 65-yard scoring bomb to cut the margin to 34-21.

The Sharks would strike again late in the fourth quarter when George would connect with Axel Cruz covering 38-yards for another score to cut the lead to 34-28 with a couple of minutes left in the game.

Shadow Creek got the ball immediately back and staged their final come back effort with less than a minute left in the game as George fired a 32-yard strike to Jared Jackson who made a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone over a couple of defenders for the score to tie up the game at 34-34. Ezuchukwu would calmly boot the all-important extra point to complete the remarkable rally giving the Sharks the improbable 35-34 win.

George was 13-of-26 passing for 212 yards and three TDs. He also had 41 yards rushing on 16 carries and another score.

Huland had 103 yards on nine carries and one TD while also gathering in six passes for 63 yards and a score. Jackson had two catches for 50 yards and one score while Cruz had one grab for 38 yards and a score.

The Sharks will host Hightower on Friday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Freedom Field. It will be Senior Night.