Shadow Creek captures District 10-5A-I title


PEARLAND SHADOW CREEK — When you are a new varsity football program that is placed in one of the toughest 5A football districts in the state, it came as no surprise that the Shadow Creek Sharks were under the radar and not considered a threat to win a district title much less advance to the playoffs.

A pre-season sixth place pick in the district before the season started has proven that people don't always know the heart of a football team.

The regular season is now over and Shadow Creek is sitting atop the 10-5A-I throne room as champions with a perfect 10-0 record. Now, the real season begins as the Sharks prepare to see how deep they can go in the post-season against other competition with the ultimate goal to advance to AT&T Stadium in Arlington to compete for the Class 5A Div. I state championship.

Shadow Creek came out of the closet when they invited the defending district champion Angleton to be their first league opponent while making them their homecoming guests as well.

The Wildcats lost to Manvel a year ago in the 5A Div. I state semifinals so the Wildcats were expected to defend their crown and teach the Sharks how the game was to be played.

Someone forgot to tell the new kids on the block and Shadow Creek beat Angleton 35-14 for their first district win to improve to 4-0 overall after running the table in non-district.

The rest is history as the Sharks rolled over each district opponent and now they are crowned district champions in their inaugural varsity season.

While the 21-6 score was a very modest win over Rosenberg Terry to complete the perfect regular season, Shadow Creek head coach Brad Butler knew that he needed to make sure that his star players didn't suffer some needless injury and to let some of the other players get some valuable experience before the real season begins.

Shadow Creek scored a touchdown in the first, second, and fourth quarters to build a 21-0 cushion before Terry finally found the end zone late in the game to post the 21-6 final score.

Quarterback Jamarian George put the Sharks on the scoreboard in the first period with a 2-yard keeper for a 7-0 lead. Marquez Huland had an 80-yard reception for a TD on a screen play in the second period for a 14-0 halftime lead. Warren Shankle scored the final touchdown for the Sharks we he had a 56-yard interception for a touchdown and a 21-0 cushion. Greg Ezechukwu was 3-for-3 on extra points.

George was 10-of-18 for 233 yards and one TD and one INT. The senior finishes the 10-game season hitting 117-of-185 passing for 2,162 yards and 24 TDs with 4 INTs.

Marquez Huland had 10 carries for 43 yards against Terry to add to his 10-game total of 848 yards on 108 totes and 12 scores.

Kealon Jackson had three catches for 22 yards against the Rangers and 695 yards on 38 receptions and 6 TDs for 10 games.

The Sharks will continue to add numbers to each player when they face the New Caney Porter Spartans (6-4) on Friday, November 16 at Freedom Field at 7:00 p.m.