ARLINGTON - Round 3 proved to be a defensive showcase, with one of the best throw-catch combinations you’ll ever see.
The result? Same as the first two.
Galena Park North Shore freshman quarterback Khaleb Bailey dropped a perfectly placed pass over the shoulder of David Amador, who hauled in an incredible catch to complete a 39-yard touchdown that proved to be the difference in a 17-10 Mustangs victory in the 6A Division I state championship.
Offensive firepower was hard to find before that play as both defenses were very much the best two units on the field inside AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
Both defensive lines were high powered and highly effective in stopping any big plays from happening; only 165 yards were gained in the first 24 minutes, which ended in a 7-all tie.
The game was calling for a hero with the score being 10-10 in the fourth quarter. Two players for North Shore answered the call: Amador and DB Jayven Anderson.
Late in the fourth quarter after a Duncanville punt to their 39, Amador streamed down the middle and caught the TD. Then, as Duncanville was trying to make a desperation drive, Anderson picked off a fourth down pass allowing North Shore to run out the clock.
At the end, though, this was about North Shore’s defense. DLs Kent Battle and Ronald Wilson both combined for a sack as well as getting a solo sack each. Wilson earned defensive MVP honors for his role stopping the Duncanville attack. DB Denver Harris locked down his side of the field with a pass break up and six tackles.
With the defense holding down the fort, the offense was able to get the plays it needed to win the game. Bailey finished with 107 yards and two touchdowns as well as winning offensive MVP honors. Amador had 76 yards. RB Xavier Owens was the change of play guy with 72 yards.
The Duncanville defense tried to keep themselves in it with a strong performance. DB Jordan Crook had 14 tackles with two being tackles for loss as well as recording a sack. DE Omari Abor continued being a threat in the trenches with two and a half sacks.
The Panthers’ offense couldn’t get much going, however RB Malachi Medlock was able to find room on the ground. Medlock was able to rumble through with 114 yards. QB Soloman James had 74 yards through the air. WR Lontrell Turner had 57 yards.
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