The Shadow Creek Sharks rallied for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to edge Pearland, 24-20 in the 23-6A Football opener for both teams, Friday night at “The Rig” in Pearland.

Shadow Creek improved to 4-0 overall with the victory.

Kennedy Lewis went in from nine yards out to give the Oilers a double digit cushion at 20-10 with 11:47 left in the contest. However, Sharks’ quarterback Jacorey Watson hit Joshua Best with an 84-yard touchdown pass to cut the margin to 20-17 with 6:49 remaining.

Following a defensive stop by the SC defense, Watson exploded for a 59-yard scoring run to give the Sharks the lead for the first time with 4:58 left and the Shadow Creek defense held Pearland in check the rest of the way.

Pearland took an early 10-0 lead on Jackson Hamilton’s 26-yard TD pass to Christian Pitts and Jackson Stagg’s field goal. The Sharks evened things at 10-10 on Aiden Bui’s 31-yard FG and Jacob Washington’s 78-yard run, before Stagg kicked another field goal to take a 13-10 advantage at intermission.

Watson compled 11 of 22 passes for 197 and one TD, while Washington rambled for 141 yards on 11 carries and one TD. Maurice Williams paced the SC defense with nine tackles.

The Sharks next host Alief Hastings, Sept. 30 at AISD Freedom Field in Iowa Colony.

In other area football action, the Alvin Yellowjackets dropped a 37-20 decision to Alief Taylor, Thursday at Crump Stadium in the 23-6A opener for both teams.

Alvin (2-2 overall) held a 12-10 lead at the break, but Taylor erupted for 20 unanswered points in the third quarter. Chase Jenkins went in from 29 yards out on a keeper and threw a pair of scoring passes to Bricen Brantley (8 and 32 yards).

The Jackets pulled within 30-20 early in the fourth on QB Brayden Griffin’s 2-yard  TD keeper and two-point conversion run. However, Jenkins later hit Terrence Nauiings with a 40-yard scoring strike to put the game out of reach.

Dayshawn Peterson busted loose for a 64-yard TD run in the opening period for the game’s initial tallies and Austin Hill also booted a 25-yard FG for an early 9-0 Alvin lead.

After Taylor took the upper hand at 10-9 in the second quarter, Hill booted a 35-yard FG through the uprights for the 12-10 lead at intermission.

Alvin compiled 373 yards of total offense with Peterson rushing for 193 yards on 27 carries and one TD and one reception for 33 yards from Ryan Munson. Griffin also completed a 24-yard pass to Joseph Palermo

Riley Pavlas returned seven kicks for 129 yards with the longest being a 34-yarder.

The Jackets next host Strake Jesuit, Sept. 30 at AISD Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.

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