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.
The Mustangs offensive line executed so well it enabled Zach Evans to make 5 touchdowns, (TD’s) averaging 8 yards per carry for 139 rushing yards. He ran for 4 TD’s and caught a pass for his 5th TD. Quarterback Dematrius Davis had great pass protection and completed 77 percent of his 22 passes for 267 yards and ran for 112 yards. The offense made 24 first downs for 545 yards.
North Shore’s pass receivers made 285 yards, Shadrach Banks 4 catches for 87 yards, Chance Pillar 2 for 47 yards, Zach Evans 3 for 39 yards and a TD, Dorian Manuel 1 for 32 yards, Charles King 2 for 25 yards, John Gentry 2 for 21 yards, Ajani Carter 1 for 13 yards and Zorhan Rideaux 2 for 8 yards.
John Villalobos, Mustangs junior kicker continues perfect streak making all five extra points and a 19 yard field goal.
Mustang defense without question is a key factor in the team’s success; they kept the Bobcats to 3 touchdowns for 21 points, well below their 40 point per game average. They’ve only allowed 153 points scored against them in their 14 game winning streak.
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