HOUSTON (Covering Katy News)—Katy began its 2017 football season with a loss to North Shore in the August 31 season opener. Friday night, at NRG Stadium, Katy ended its season with another loss to North Shore in the regional round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs.
North Shore’s 49-38 win improves their record to 13-0. The Mustangs will play the winner of the Cy-Fair-Atascocita game, which is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium.
The Tigers end their season at 11-2, with both losses coming against North Shore. The Mustangs won the season opener by a 35-21 score.
North Shore scored on its first play from scrimmage, a 61-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Dematrius Davis to sophomore wide receiver Shadrach Banks.
The Mustangs forced a Katy punt and scored again, this time on a 29-yard pass from Davis to Banks.
The Tigers had started slow in spotting North Shore the two-touchdown lead, but they rallied and scored with a touchdown of their own on the ensuing drive. Sophomore quarterback Bronson McClelland hit junior wide receiver Matthew Stanley with a six-yard scoring pass with 1:55 left in the first quarter.
The Tigers tied the game with a 57-yard touchdown pass from McClelland to junior wide receiver Jordan Patrick with 5:56 seconds left in the second quarter.
North Shore needed only two plays to reclaim the lead. The score came on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Davis to senior wide receiver Chance Pillar.
Katy put together a 69-yard drive and tied the game with a two-yard touchdown run by senior running back Deondrick Glass at the 1:07 mark.
The Mustangs needed only one play to reclaim the lead. It came on an 80-yard touchdown from Davis to Banks, their third touchdown connection of the game, with 52 seconds left in the half. The score put the Mustangs up 28-21 at halftime.
“He made all the difference in the world,” Katy coach Gary Joseph said of Banks. “He’s a great football player.”
Katy got the ball to begin the 2nd half, and put together a scoring drive that culminated with a 32-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Nemania Lazic.
The Mustangs responded with a 75-yard scoring drive, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Davis to senior defensive lineman Jordan Revels, who was an eligible receiver on that play.
The Tigers fought back and scored again, this time on a one-yard quarterback sneak by McClelland with 10:18 remaining in the game. But this was as close as Katy would get. The Mustangs scored the clinching touchdown on a 59-yard run by junior running back Zach Evans with 4:33 remaining.
On the ensuing possession, McClelland threw an interception, and Mustang junior defensive back Upton Stout returned it for another North Shore touchdown.
With a 49-31 lead at this point, the game was all but over, but Katy put together a final scoring drive, with Glass scoring on a two-yard run with 11 seconds left in the game. Glass finished with 107 yards on 26 carries.
This last touchdown, his second of the night, was a nice finish for Glass, who expects to continue his football career in college. He has made official visits to Alabama, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State, and made unofficial visits to LSU and Texas A&M.
Joseph said he told the team after the game that he loved them and was proud of them. He said coaches ask the players to give the team a chance to win. They did that, he said, but the team couldn’t follow through with the win.
“We had our chances,” Joseph said. “They converted and we didn’t.”