This weekend is the rematch we have all been waiting for: it’s finally time for Katy to revenge the first game loss to Galena Park North Shore. These two teams have been in the top two spots of my rankings
from the start of the season, throughout the season, and into the playoffs. Max Preps has Galena Park North Shore as the number one team and Katy as the number seven team in Texas. North Shore (12-0) is currently undefeated, while 11-1 Katy’s only loss was the first game of the season against North Shore.
The first match-up was a close game, with the final score of 35 to 21. Katy’s star running back, Deondrick Glass, carried the ball 29 times for 148 yards but no touchdowns. Katy's quarterback, Bronson McClelland threw for 110 yards and one touchdown while also carrying the ball 3 times for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns. North Shore’s star running back, Zachary Evans, had a day, starting off with an 18-yard rushing touchdown to put them on the scoreboard first. Then McClelland scored a 53-yard rushing touchdown to tie up the game early in the first quarter. Zachary Evans of North Shore followed up with a 4-yard touchdown to take the lead late in the first quarter. Zachary Evans would also have an one yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter to make the score 21 to 7 at halftime.
The second half started off with Katy having a 3 and out; their series ended with a blocked punt by North Shore to set up a 16-yard passing touchdown from Dematrius Davis, Jr. to “AJ” Carter. Katy would answer back with Bronson McClelland’s 17-yard rushing touchdown. The last score of the game would be a Zachary Evans 1-yard rushing touchdown to give North Shore the lead 35 to 21 over Katy.
That was 11 games ago. Neither team has lost since that game and they meet up in the third round of the playoffs inside NRG Stadium at 7 PM Friday. It promises to be a great matchup of Titans from the Houston area with both teams looking for a state championship. The two teams have great offensive lines, top ranked running backs, and quarterbacks who can finish the game on any play. One thing is for sure, Katy’s Head Coach, Gary Joseph, will have his team looking to get revenge on the top-ranked North Shore Mustangs with hopes of making it to the next round in the final 4 of the Texas 6 A Division One State Championship.
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RICKEY’S TOP 25 HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS
By Rickey Girouard
Here begins a weekly review of the Top 25 Houston high school football teams based off of UIL Region 3 alignment (Houston metropolitan area). I am judging off of play on the field, the talent of players, and strength of wins versus losses. Below are my rankings, along with the record of the teams. There will be some changes to come to this list as we are halfway through the season and many of these teams start facing each other.
Top 2 Teams
North Shore once again takes the top spot as king of Houston, thanks to an undefeated season, loads of talent, and coaches that keep it all together. Check out #Recruitnorthshore on Twitter as it has everything you need for proof. Katy still only has one loss (against North Shore) while taking out the other Katy area teams. I will stand by my approach for these two teams, as they will not move until someone else beats them.
The top 10 teams have been devouring the competition in their respective districts. Pearland has been constantly beating out the other teams in my top 25. South Houston area is well represented on this list with Pearland, Dickinson, and Shadow Creek all fighting it out in that area. Pearland defeated who was my #3 team in my rankings two weeks ago in Strake Jesuit in a hard-fought rainy game.
Every team on my list is great, but most of the last 15 have losses to the Top 10 teams only. Since my first rankings came out, it has started to cannibalize itself with Tompkins losing to Katy and several teams losing to Strake Jesuit. Atascocita blew me away two weeks ago with some of their playmakers. (You can find my live game report of the Atascocita @ South Houston game here.) Every team in the last 15 has a high chance to move up here, as major match-ups are coming soon.