IOWA COLONY - While the 10-5A Division I waters were considered too brutal by some for a certain first-year gridiron program to navigate prior to the 2018 campaign, the Shadow Creek Sharks are making their own statewide waves through the season’s first six weeks.
The Sharks erupted for 28 opening period tallies and never looked back, coasting to a 59- 16 triumph over Galveston Ball on Friday at AISD’s Freedom Field.
Shadow Creek (6-0 overall, 3-0) remained unbeaten and in a first-place tie with Richmond Foster in the league standings. Foster edged Friendswood 28- 20 on the road Friday, as well. The Sharks pay a visit to the Mustangs (who were handed their first loss of the season) on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
Not wanting the Sharks to look much ahead to the following weekend at Friendswood, SC head coach Brad Butler expressed concern earlier in the week about Friday serving as a possible “trap game” for his team.
“We were concerned, but there’s still a lot left on our schedule,” Butler said following Friday’s victory. “We’re working each week to try to reset on Monday and take it one step at a time.
“We’ve had some good focus in practice and trying to get through the nine-week grades, making sure that was taken care of. We have been real proud of their preparation.”
Such attention to detail has led to the Sharks making their way into the AP’s Class 5A state poll following their 35-14 triumph over Angleton on Sept. 28. SC moved up to the 11th spot last week.
“People are starting to talk about us, but it’s something we talk about all the time,” Butler said. “We have to keep our feet on the ground. That’s great that people are noticing. It’s focus preparation every week that has gotten us here.
“We can’t deviate from that.”
The Sharks didn’t deviate from their season-long trend of establishing dominance early. SC rolled up 402 yards of total offense, while the second-ranked 10-5A Division I defense held the top rated offense to just 230 yards. Quarterback Jamarian George passed for 170 yards and three TD’s to Jared Jackson, who amassed 80 receiving yards with the three receptions. Marquez Huland added 81 yards on the ground and two scores, as well.
The Sharks took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in four plays for the game’s initial tallies. Huland, who seemed to be plowing through Tors' defenders all evening, rambled 10 yards to the end zone just 46 seconds into the contest.
Greg Ezechukwu booted the extra point through the uprights for a 7-0 SC lead.
The Sharks’ defense then forced a quick-and-three out, paving the way for Kealon Jackson to unload on special teams with a 68-yard punt return to make it 14-0 with 9:19 left in the first.
After Jaylen Lane stopped a Tors’ series with an interception deep in Creek territory, Galveston finally forced a Sharks’ punt, only to have to the ball sail over punter Michael Tran’s head. The miscue set up Jay`Veon Bell’s 13-yard scoring run on the next play for a 21-0 SC advantage.
George hooked up with Jared Jackson on a 61-yard TD bomb a few minutes later and while Ball finally got on the scoreboard on its next drive on Martavian Jackson’s eight-yard fling to Jaden Bennett, Isaiah Harper answered with a 37-yard run for Shadow Creek early in the second quarter for a 35-7 lead.
The Tors cashed in a Deonza Yokum interception with Zack Lerner’s 29-yard field goal, but the Sharks followed with three more TD’s before the break. Huland broke loose for a 48- yard scoring run, while George found Jackson for TD passes of 6 and 13 yards to increase the cushion to 56-10.
Ezechukwu rounded out the scoring for SC with a 20-yard field goal in the third period.
SHARK FOOTBALL NOTES - Martavian Jackson was forced to leave the contest with an apparent ankle injury for Ball late in the first half.
With the game well in hand, both teams agreed to use a running clock in the second half.
Louis Rose also recovered a Tors’ fumble and Jalen Rideau collected the SC secondary’s second interception of the evening.