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Posts published in December 2018


MaxPreps names Mustangs #1 team in nation

Coach Jon Kay holds Championship trophy with Nation’s number one rated Mustang team.

Breath-Taking Ending

By Allan Jamail

Arlington, TX. — AT&T (Cowboy) Stadium — On Saturday, December 22, 2018, the Galena Park ISD Mustangs spoiled the “home-field advantaged” Duncanville Panthers’ Christmas and New Years too.

At the start of the battle of the two Texas powerhouses, Texas Governor Greg Abbott came out from the Panthers sideline to toss the coin, wearing a Duncanville shirt. Abbott, a graduate from D’Ville, cheered from the sideline during the game for his Panthers. But even a Governor’s State of an Emergency couldn’t give his team the crown. The East Side Boys wouldn’t be intimidated and won 41 to 36.

Duncanville traveled only a few miles and five minutes to get to the game, while the Mustangs traveled 250 miles and 4 hours to play. Last week the undefeated 14 – 0 Panthers played on the same field beating Allen to reach the championship game.

On the game’s first play, it took only 10 seconds into the game for North Shore’s defensive lineman Jordan Revels to force a fumble on Duncanville. The alert Ashton Reynolds scooped up the ball trotted nine yards for a 7-0 lead.

After an undefeated 15 game winning streak season, and the state crown within reach, the visiting Mustangs found themselves in a never-before position. They found themselves trailing 35 to 36 in the fourth quarter with 63 seconds on the clock and 78 yards away from the Panthers’ goal.

Using the clock wisely, the offense moved the ball in 8 plays to the Panthers 35 yard line, leaving only 11 seconds remaining. After a failed pass attempt and a 10 yard penalty using 8 seconds, Coach Kay then used his last timeout with 3 seconds on the clock.

After 64 quarters of outstanding  coaching this season, Kay had only one play he knew of that could give his team and their fans the title: THE HAIL MARY pass. After calling the play, Kay took off his headset to watch the season’s last play.

North Shore Mustangs Game Photos

Read the story: “North Shore Mustangs State Champions”

The last play of the State Championship game between North Shore Mustangs and Duncanville Panthers, Mustangs AJ Carter (#4) rips the ball free from two defenders for the game winning touchdown from quarterback Dematrius Davis’ 45 yard pass. Mustangs 41 – Panthers 36 (Photo: Fox Sports)

Photos below by Allan and Linda Jamail

Coach Jon Kay holds Championship trophy with Nation’s number one rated Mustang team.
Mustang receiver Shadrach Banks scores on a 80 yard touchdown pass from QB Dematrius Davis leaving a failing defender on the turf. This set a new record for the longest passing touchdown in championship history.
Keyoon Stewart, North Shore’s defensive back makes a game saving tackle near the Mustangs goal line on Panthers quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson.
Mustangs Coach Kay’s trick play using Defensive Lineman Jordan Revels on offense, scoring off a Dematrius Davis pass.

North Shore Mustangs Individual Stats 2018 State Championship

Rushing – Zach Evans 104 yds. (16 consecutive over 100 yard games), Dematrius Davis 90 yds, John Gentry 3 yds, Roger Hagan 1 yd.

Passing – Dematrius Davis 333 yds – (history making 5 touchdowns, history making longest 80 yd.TD).

Receiving – Shadrach Banks 179 yds (2 TD) –  (80 yd. history making longest TD catch), Chance Pillar 42 yds, AJ Carter 53 yds (1 TD), Zach Evans 14 yds, John Gentry 33 yds (1TD), Jordan Revels 8 yds (1 TD) Zorhan Rideaux 4 yds.

Extra points – John Villalobos 3 (16 game perfect season no misses).

Center Snaps – Luke Chavanne (16 game perfect season no miss snaps).

Leading tacklers – Keyoon Stewart 10, Daymond Lewis 10, Marco Crawford 10, Cory Flagg 8, Dorian Hewett 7, Jordan Revels 6, Tony Bradford 6, Ashton Reynolds 5,  Darius Fitzpatrick 2, Joseph Wilson 2, Upton Stout 2, Marcus Cockrell 1, Kevin Gilliam 1.

Courtesy Allan Jamail

North Shore wins thriller over Duncanville 41-36


Quarterback Dematrius Davis passed 45 yards, deep into the corner of the end zone, and AJ Carter came down in a crowd with the winning catch. This was the last play of the game, taking away a 36-35 lead that Duncanville had just claimed in the last minute, too.

North Shore wins the UIL 6A Division I State Championship, played Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.


North Shore Mustangs headed to State

The Mustangs charge onto the field while fans chant, “East-Side Boys Show UP.” (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, at NRG Stadium, the North Shore Mustangs romped on the Lake Travis Cavaliers, bringing the Mustangs within one game of a state championship title. The 51 to 10 lopsided score put into Lake Travis’s football history as the worst playoff defeat ever.

The super-charged Mustangs came out on the field and waged a relentless four quarter assault of rough and tumble football on both offense and defense. After dominating the Cavaliers for three quarters with his starters, Coach Jon Kay began substituting his talented backup players into the game, who continued the domination.

The Mustang offense was hitting on all cylinders as running back Zach Evans ran for 196 yards and four touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Dematrius Davis gave them plenty of balance with 231 passing yards for two scores.

The galloping Mustang offense made 7 touchdowns (TD’s), Zach Evans ran for 4 TD’s, John Gentry ran for 1 TD, quarterback Dematrius Davis passed to Zorhan Rideaux for 2 TD’s and John Villa lobos kicked a field goal. They garnered 557 total yards and 28 first downs. The Cavaliers only got half as much, with 268 yards and 14 first downs.

At the end of the game many of the fans cheered the players with the continuous chant, “EAST SIDE BOYS SHOW’D UP.” Fans have tagged the team “East Side Boys” for several years.

Kay’s 15 – 0 undefeated Mustangs head to Dallas to play the undefeated 14 – 0 Duncanville Panthers. These two will battle it out at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 22nd, at the AT&T Cowboys Stadium, with the UIL 6A Division I state title on the line.

Retiring Congressman Gene Green honored at Holiday Reception

THE RECEPTION HEAD TABLE included (l to r) Hosts Chris and Ana Diaz, Helen and Gene Green, State Representative Mary Ann Perez, Host Amir Khan, and Pct. 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton, and Congresswoman-elect Sylvia Garcia, not pictured, who was speaking.

By Gilbert Hoffman

A reception was held last Friday evening to honor retiring Congressman Gene Green, and thank him for the 26 years of service to the community he represented. Green was elected to represent Texas District 29 in 1992, and was re-elected 12 times.

Green is known for his service projects in the community, including Job Fairs, Immunization Days, Citizenship Days, Paying for College Workshops, Senior Citizens Forums, and Veterans’ forums.

Prior to his terms in Congress, Green served in the Texas House and Senate. He will be succeeded by Sylvia Garcia, who won the election in November. Garcia was the keynote speaker at the reception, reprising Green’s career and service to the community, and promising to continue his service projects.

Galena Manor Civic Club holds Christmas Party

Photo by Allan Jamail

The Galena Manor Civic Club came together for their annual Christmas party at the Galena Park Alvin Baggett Community Center. President Rosemary Coreathers and club officers put together a Christmas celebration dinner with delicious food and desserts. Members enjoyed traditional Christmas music mixed with religious and spiritual songs. Drawings for door prizes was exciting and fun filled for everyone.

The 2019 membership drive is underway, and anyone interested in joining can call President Coreathers at 832-755-6294 or email to learn how they can join the club.

The civic club meets monthly on the 3rd Monday at 6 PM at the Alvin Baggett Community Center, 1302 Keene Street, Galena Park, Texas. Citizens interested in joining the civic club can come to a monthly meeting to learn the benefits of being a member.

Alvarado Wins Election for Texas Senate

CAROL ALVARADO celebrates her election victory Tuesday night at her watch party at the Raven Tower. (Photo by Michael Wyka)

HARRIS COUNTY – State Representative Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, was the winner of a special election held Tuesday December 11, to fill the seat in the Texas Senate District 6, vacated by Sylvia Garcia.

There were four candidates running for the position. Alvarado finished with just over 50.4% to avoid a run-off. Democratic State Representative Ana Hernandez received 24% of the vote, Republican Martha Fierro 23%, and Democrat Mia Mundy 2.1%.

Turnout was light, with only 5% of the eligible voters turning out.

North Shore Mustangs headed to Semifinals

The North Shore Mustangs football team defeated Cy-Fair High School this past Friday and have advanced to the 6A Semifinal Playoff Game! They will take on Lake Travis High School on Saturday, December 15 at NRG Stadium. Game time is 2:00 p.m.

By Allan Jamail

Saturday, December 8, 2018, at NRG Stadium, the North Shore Mustangs remained undefeated, ending the season for the Cy-Fair Bobcats, the 2017 reigning 6-A Division II state champions, 38 to 21.

The new 6-A Division 1 Region III Champion Mustangs (14-0) will play Austin’s Lake Travis Cavaliers’ (13-1) at 2 PM on Saturday, December 15 at NRG Stadium in the state semifinals. This game is a part of the 2018 Football State Championships – 2018 Football Conference 6-A D1 tournament.

Mustang Coach Jon Kay said about the Bobcats, “They’re a well coached team that executes and plays hard. They won a state championship last year and came here to win. We still have a ways to go; we didn’t set our sights on winning a regional championship. We set our sights on being the best possible team we can be.”

North Shore’s success can’t be given to the offense or defense; they’re a well balanced team as a whole on both sides of the ball. Disciplined to execute as coached, this year’s team has the makings of winning a state championship.

The upcoming game against Lake Travis will test North Shore’s pass defense. Pass defense execution is going to be a key factor as they matchup against some of the state’s best passing quarterbacks.

Local Fire Departments, school district partner for Christmas toy drive

DeZavala Elementary School students showed their appreciation to the Channelview Fire Department and the Cloverleaf Fire Department during the 5th Annual Toy Drive.

Channelview Independent School District was proud to partner with the Channelview Fire Department and the Cloverleaf Fire Department for the Annual Community Toy Drive. The joyful event took place at Panera Bread on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. Holiday tunes filled the air as Channelview ISD choirs from Brown Elementary, Cobb Elementary, Crenshaw Elementary, DeZavala Elementary, Schochler Elementary, and Alice Johnson Junior High entertained guests who showed their holiday spirit by donating toys, gift cards, and money.

The Community Toy Drive “Every Child Deserves a Christmas” was designed to brighten Christmas for children in the North Channel Community. Corporate sponsors for the 2018 Community Toy Drive were Arkema, Caterpillar, Channelview Ministry Team, Ctab Disaster Relief, Houston Responds, LyondellBasell, and Solar Turbines (a Caterpillar Company).

Charlotte’s Web: Civic Involvement

By Charlotte Jackson

Earlier this week, I served as the Presiding Judge at one of the Precincts located in Senate District 6. There were only 33 eligible voters who cast their ballot at our location, as well as three who needed to visit another location. In addition, we had eight local residents who took time out of their busy day to stop in to vote. Unfortunately, they reside in Senate District 15 and were not eligible to vote in this Special Election.

Several of those who voted asked how were the Election Workers chosen. Some of them did not realize the workers were paid. Some were under the misconception that you had to be retired to work. As we explained to them, I realized that perhaps there were others with these same questions.

If you are a Registered Voter, you can contact the Harris County Clerk’s Office and ask to be added to the list of those who are interested in working future elections. Typically, if your voting precinct has an elected Precinct Chair, they are contacted to serve as the Presiding Judge for the upcoming election. They are then responsible for recruiting workers.

People ask why would someone spend 12 – 14 hours on Election Day working for $10 an hour. To me, it is something that I learned early in life. When I was a Senior at North Shore Senior High, my Government Teacher, Ms Mary Lou Dillard, handed each student an application to become a registered voter. She did this the first week of our Senior year. She then returned it to us 30 days before our 18th birthday so we could verify that the information was still correct. Then she mailed it to the County Clerk’s Office. She taught us throughout that year that if you did not take the time to vote, you would not have the right to complain is the elected leaders did not work for you.