Shadow Creek and Friendswood both took perfect records into their District 10-5A, Division I showdown.
Only the Sharks are No. 1 – and they played with an exclusive edge, too.
Quarterback Kyron Drones led the area’s top-ranked Class 5A team to touchdowns on their first four possessions en route to a 51-6 rout of the fifth-ranked Mustangs on Friday at Freedom Field.
“It was a statement game,” said Drones, who finished with 230 yards and three TDs on 10-of-15 passing, and 43 yards and a score on six carries.
Shadow Creek, No. 2 in the state and a reigning 5A Division I finalist after going 15-1 in its first full varsity season, improved to 7-0 overall, 4-0 in district. Friendswood’s first loss sent it to 6-1, 3-1.
The Mustangs kept the game close last year, eventually falling 27-19.
They were never in this one.
“We had some really good preparation days, some good practices, and they were able to come out here (Friday) and get off to a good start,” Shadow Creek coach Brad Butler said. “I’m proud of their focus, because that’s a good football team. That quarterback (Luke Grden) has a great arm.”
After Friendswood punted its opening possession, Drones directed a seven-play, 86-yard drive that took only 1:39 and ended with running back Kelvon Brown’s 34-yard scoring run on a well-designed misdirection play where Drones took the snap, started right, then handed to Brown, who cut back right.
The Mustangs, who moved the ball well in the first half, racking up 11 first downs, tried to answer but stalled at the Shadow Creek 23, where kicker Ryan Sweeney missed a 40-yard field goal, leaving them without any points to show for the drive – which was another common theme early on.
After the missed field goal, they turned the ball over on downs twice in Shadow Creek territory.
The Sharks, on the other hand, snatched every opportunity.
Drones pushed their lead to 27-0 at halftime with touchdown passes on their next three possessions, including a 64-yard score by wide receiver C.J. Guidry, a 63-yard TD grab by WR Jahkin Middleton and a 16-yard reception from Randy Masters with 7:59 left in the second quarter.
Drones completed five of his first seven passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns.
“We focus on trying to stay pretty balanced, being able to run and throw, but he did a good job (Friday) of buying a little bit of time here and there, and hanging in the pocket and making some good throws,” Butler said.
Grden didn’t have it as easy, taking four sacks in the first half, including two by defensive lineman Alec Bryant. The Mustangs had only 2 yards on 15 rushes at the break.
The Sharks iced the game with touchdowns on their first two third-quarter drives.
Drones supplied the first on a 15-yard run, and Brown’s 44-yard scamper made it 41-0 Shadow Creek with 6:44 left in the third.
RB Jay’Veon Bell finished with 109 yards and one TD on 16 rushes to lead Shadow Creek.
Brown added 90 yards and two scores on six carries, and the Sharks generated 500 total yards and 20 first downs.
Grden wound up 16-of-30 passing for 142 yards.
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