COVER STORY: Amador emerges as North Shore star entering senior season
TIED 10-10 WITH 2:53 REMAINING AGAINST DUNCANVILLE IN THE 2021 UIL CLASS 6A DI STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN FRONT OF OVER 42,000 FANS, A PLAY HAD TO BE MADE.
The North Shore Mustangs vaunted defense just needed a little help from their freshman quarterback Kaleb Bailey to break the deadlock.
Mustang offensive coordinator Willie Gaston delivered the call – “Bronco Z-Spot Double Post”.
“I told our coaches that we were going to take a shot downfield,” Gaston said. “I told our assistants to tell Kaleb to throw the ball to David (Amador) no matter what! We had great protection from our offensive line, Bailey threw a great ball and David did the rest.”
The play will live in infamy as North Shore would cement itself as “The Program” in the State of Texas, winning three of the last four State titles in the UIL’s highest classification.
The school’s fifth overall in the largest classification. It was David Amador’s 11th score of the season, but none was bigger than the 39-yard game-winner.
“I knew it was coming to me and I wanted to make a big play,” he said. “When it happened, I didn’t think it was going to come so easy. It was a simple play to run, and we ran it to perfection. I was so stoked when it happened.”
So many talented players have come through the fieldhouse of North Shore High School. When you ask coaches about the three-year starting receiver, their eyes light up. “He’s probably one of the purest receivers we’ve ever had,” head coach Jon Kay said.
“Great speed, body control and catch radius. He could play just about any skill position on either side of the ball.”
Amador works on this craft feverishly. He will be the go-to-guy on offense in 2022 and will have a target on his back more than ever.
“I’ve been working on my ball-handling skills and route running,” he said. “My coaches are giving me more responsibility as a leader, playing me some at QB and of course as the featured inside receiver. That target on my back makes me work even harder. I’m ready for a much bigger year than last season.”
As his work ethic and play-making ability continued to show up on film last season, Amador started to pick up some recruiting steam. He verbally committed to the University of Texas-San Antonio due to its “facilities, coaches and hometown feel”.
Kay sees an even bigger future.
“He’s a huge pick-up for UTSA,” Kay said. “Before his career ends there, he might become the Mayor of San Antonio.” He’s that good.