Battle of the unbeaten, Mustangs 61 Eagles 35

DISTRICT 21-6A CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE GAME

By Allan Jamail

October 27, 2023 — In a battle for the District 21- 6A championship title the defending champion GPISD North Shore (NS) Mustangs plucked the Humble ISD Atascocita Eagles 61-35. The game was hyped up by the sports world to be the game of the week for Texas sports fans.

Jon Kay, the former NS head coach, was on the sideline watching some of the players play that he coached. I’m sure this gave them an extra boost to perform well.

The fan base for both teams showed up and were loud and proud of their teams. At the end of the third quarter, when it was 47 to 28 for a 19 point NS lead, the Eagles fans began to fly the coop and leave early. It’s pretty certain they’ll meet up again in the post season playoff games as they did last season. NS took them then again in the playoff game and went on to play for the state championship title, which they lost to Duncanville 28–21.

With 13 TD’s it was a display of offense the fans enjoyed. One of the referees said to Linda and I that he was getting out of breath running from end zone to end so quickly. The second half started with 4 TD’s in the opening 3:20.

Head Coach Willie Gaston had the NS team playing like they were hungry for another state title game. He has been the NS Offensive Coordinator in most of their state title victories.

Near the end of the third quarter the Mustangs cooped up the Eagles to where they could score at will.

Mustang scorers: Terrence Guillory – 3 TD’s, D’andre Hardeman – 1 TD, Chris Thomas – 1 TD, Devin Sanchez – 1 (pick six), Christopher Barnes – 1 TD, QB Kaleb Bailey ran for 1 TD and passed for four, three of them to Terrence Guillory. Jonathan Soto’s perfect kicking made 8 extra points and a 3 point field goal. He has not missed this season. The offense made 263 yrds to the Eagles 141.

Junior defense back Devin Sanchez , a 6-foot-2 cornerback, is among the top in the country. He picked off an Eagles pass for a pick six TD at the start of the second quarter, his fourth interception of the season.

NS defense gave the team a big morale boost for the games first points four minutes into the contest. The defense, led by defensive lineman Cedric Henderson and assisted by line backer Morris Taylor and defensive back Dillon Dixon, made a tackle in the end zone on the Eagles QB. By game’s end, the Eagles had a negative 11 yards rushing.

For the season, NS offense has made 419 points; their defense has allowed only 133 points. They’ve won 41 straight district contests.

North Shore will take their perfect 9 – 0 record on the road to play the Kingwood Mustangs Thursday, Nov. 2nd at &PM.

Linda Jamail, statistician and photographer.