By Allan Jamail
Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Galena Park ISD football stadium the home team North Shore Mustangs once again proved why they’re number 2 ranked in the state and 13th in the nation. The Deer Park Deer ran for lots of yards but not while carrying the football, they ran chasing the Mustangs who had the ball and scored 10 touchdowns for 75 points to the Deer’s 13.
Coach Jon Kay’s undefeated Mustangs haven’t had any strong competition yet in district play which could end up hurting them when they get into playoffs. One loss in the playoffs ends the season and the chances of a state title. Normally teams have enough serious district competition that’ll prepare them for the tougher playoff teams they’ll be challenging.
The district title showdown will probably be when the Beaumont West Brook Bruins come to play North Shore Friday, October 26th. The Bruins 6 foot 1 senior quarterback L’Ravien Elia as a junior amassed over 2,000 offensive yards with 27 touchdowns in just 9 games, as a senior he’s gotten better. They’ve scored 280 points so far and boast a 5 -1 record with no losses in District play, this game is expected to be a nail bitter for fans of both teams. The Bruins will put the Mustangs defense to a test, with Elia’s dual pass and run threat the Mustangs pass defenders will play a big role in the outcome of the game along with the pass rushers.
If North Shore defeats West Brook, in the playoffs they’ll be up against teams like the hardened Katy Tigers that North Shore beat in the season opener 35 to 21. It was Katy who knocked North Shore out of the playoffs less than a year ago; it’s possible these two teams will go head to head again this year. They both will field an improved team than the recent August matchup.
In district games to date, North Shore won against LaPorte 55 to 0, C.E. King 58 to 0 and Deer Park 75 to 13. Their stingy defense has only allowed 37 points in 6 games while the offense has scored 302 points and this is after taking out their starters usually at halftime.
Friday, October the 19th at 7 PM the Mustangs take their 6 wins 0 loss record on the road to Baytown to play the Sterling Rangers who have a 2 win 4 loss record with no district wins. The game will be played at the Goose Creek ISD Stallworth Stadium.