Dream season continues for Shadow Creek


PEARLAND SHADOW CREEK— The game between Shadow Creek and Cedar Park could have been like watching paint dry as there were over 20 punts in the game with a few scores in between.

Shadow Creek is in their first year of varsity competition and they are now 12-0 while beating a team that won state in 2012 (4A) and 2015 (5A) while being state finalist in 2014 (5A). So the Sharks beat a state power 21-14 to continue their dream season.

Shadow Creek will return to Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan on Saturday, December 1 in Bryan to face the Georgetown Eagles (9-3) at 1:00 p.m. in the Class 5A Region III Div. I semifinals.

"We knew this was going to be a really tough test for us," Shadow Creek head coach Brad Butler said. "Defensively I thought we really played tough and they hung in there and made some plays."

The Sharks entered the game averaging 40.9 points per game, but the Timberwolves held the potent offense in check for most of the game, but were unable to completely shut them down when needed.

Shadow Creek scored twice in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead that stood up until intermission.

On the Sharks opening drive, they got a big play from quarterback Jamarian George who lofted a 56-yard scoring bomb to wide receiver Greg Hancock for a 7-0 lead.

After getting a Cedar Park interception, the Sharks got another score on a 14-yard scamper by running back Marquez Huland to cash in on the turnover for a 14-0 lead.

That's when the punt exchanges began and the game was filled with penalties and misguided passes from both teams.

Being the more experienced team in big games like this, Cedar Park battled back with two touchdown passes in the third and fourth quarters to tie up the game at 14-14 with the second score coming just over six minutes to go in the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Shadow Creek answered as Kealon Jackson returned the ball 70-yards for a touchdown, but the score was nullified after an offside penalty leaving the game all tied up.

But it didn't take long as Shadow Creek quickly scored following the kickoff as George fired a long pass to C.J. Guidry who hauled in the ball for a 49-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead 21-14 with 5:26 left in the contest.

"When we've got our back against the wall we've been able to respond," Butler said. "We'd love to come out here and not have to answer so many times but I'm proud of them that they just continue to fight. Really excited to be 12-0."

The Sharks defense stepped up and forced Cedar Park to turn over the ball on downs at their own 31 and the Shadow Creek offense was able to run out the clock a punch the Sharks' ticket to the third round.

This is not the first time that Cedar Park has tangled with an Alvin ISD school. For the past two years, Manvel has eliminated the Timberwolves in the post-season in 2016 (47-35) and 2017 (56-17). The win by the Sharks is just keeping the winning tradition over Cedar Park alive.

George was 15-of-28 for 192 yards with two TDs and two INTs.

Huland led the ground attack with 30 carries for 99 yards and a score.

Handcock had one catch for 56 yards and a TD while Guidry had six grabs for 77 yards and a score.