The North Shore Mustangs, against many odds, have journeyed a tough road to earn the right to play in the state championship game, most recently defeating Converse Judson 23-17 at NRG Stadium Saturday evening. Judson, a perennially tough opponent, has advanced to the state semifinals 18 times a state record. But on this day, the Mustangs doused the Rockets fuse with a mighty defensive effort and the strength of their special teams.
The first score, and the only score of the first quarter, was a 23-yard field goal by North Shore’s kicker Aaron Cuevas. The defense shut down the Converse offense, aided by a punishing defensive line and a perfectly timed interception by Eric Monroe. In the second quarter the Mustang offense got things rolling, capping a drive with a 32-yard touchdown run by Eric Monroe, giving the Mustangs a 10-0 lead. But four minutes later the Rockets scored on a 58-yard pass. As tension mounted, Aaron Cuevas again answered the call, kicking a 46-yard field goal to give the Mustangs a little breathing room and a 13-7 lead at the half. But the cushion was not enough as the Rockets scored first in the second half and took the lead 13-14.