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By Andy Tolbert
HOUSTON - The afternoon slate of games did not disappoint and one of those included the North Shore vs Tompkins showdown.
It featured talent all over the field and VYPE was there to capture it. Check out the best photos from the 26-20 victory for the North Shore Mustangs.
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HOUSTON – With his helmet still on, swaying back and forth with his teammates while the Atascocita High school song bellowed loud from the stands of TDECU Stadium, Kam Dewberry held the newest gold football trophy in his left hand.
The senior offensive lineman then moved it to his other hand while pointing at it.
"We're not done yet," Dewberry said through his helmet. "We've got a long way to go."
Thanks to a 24-21 victory over Ridge Point on Friday Night at University of Houston's TDECU Stadium, the Atascocita Eagles are not done yet.
In fact, the program is into the State Quarterfinals for the fourth time in program history and the second time in the past three seasons.
"It's tough, everybody's good, so it comes down to those plays and we were able to make them tonight," Atascocita coach Craig Stump said.
“We're not done yet!" - @KamDewberry @AHSEagleFB defeats Ridge Point 24-21 to advance to the State Quarterfinals to face North Shore next week. #txhsfb
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Now, they will face North Shore (12-1) – who defeated Tompkins 26-20 earlier in the day – in this round for the third time.
The district-rivals faced off in 2016, with Atascocita winning 33-27 in overtime at NRG Stadium, and then in 2019 in a wild 76-49 game at C.E. King Stadium.
"We know each other," Stump said. "It's always a heavy-weight fight. We'll see what happens."
Atascocita is set to face North Shore on Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Memorial Stadium.
For a senior like Dewberry, getting back to the fourth round is great but the ultimate goal for the Eagles and their seniors lies up I-45 at AT&T Stadium in mid-December.
"Third round is the standard," Dewberry said. "Anything short of us playing in Cowboys Stadium is a disappointment. We're working on 1-0 each day to be able to get to where we want to go."
On the other side Ridge Point saw another incredible season come to an end, finishing 11-2 overall and in the third round. It marks the second-straight year the Panthers have gone this far.
"I told the young guys afterwards remember this," Ridge Point coach Rick LaFavers said. "It's not easy to get here. The seniors did a great job of committing in the offseason and the summer. Hopefully we can continue that tradition. It takes work and these young guys have seen the blueprint. We'll take it and run with it."
It was a heavy-weight defensive battle early and often at TDECU Stadium on Friday night.
Atascocita held a 10-0 halftime lead thanks to a 30-yard field goal and a one-yard touchdown run by Zion Brown but the second half would be a battle.
After a turnover on the second play of the third quarter, Ridge Point cashed in on it with a 12-yard pass from Bert Emanuel Jr. to Kerien Charlo, making it 10-7 with 10:44 left.
In the fourth quarter, Atascocita responded with a four-yard pass from Zion Brown to Chase Sowell, extending their lead to 17-7. Sowell finished with five grabs for 93 yards and the score.
Brown went 11 of 24 for 132 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and had 13 carries for 63 yards and a score in the game.
With 8:33 left in the game, Emanuel struck again through the air with a 44-yard pitch and catch with Wilson Batiste, cutting the Eagles' lead down to 17-14. A late interception would give Atascocita the ball back, which Tyras Winfield – who finished with 25 carries for 109 yards and a score – would make them pay with a seven-yard score, pushing the lead back up to 10 with just 2:29 left.
TOUCHDOWN @AHSEagleFB!!! @TYWIN32 with the EXCLAMATION POINT TRUCK 🕹 into the endzone from 7 yards out. #txhsfb
4th - 2:29@AHSEagleFB - 24@RPHS_Panthers - 14
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Ridge Point would fight back with a 17-yard rushing score by Emanuel with 49 seconds left, to pull within three again – 24-21.
Emanuel finished the game 21 of 32 for 331 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 66 yards and a score on 19 carries. The senior finishes the year an incredible 157 of 258 for 2,641 yards, 31 touchdowns and zero interceptions with 1,024 yards and 15 scores on the ground.
"We talked at halftime, and we needed him to take over," LaFavers said. "We felt like the first half we weren't getting him in a rhythm. He did what he does. He put the team on his back and got us in position … Just tremendous leadership, I know he's hurting, and I hate that it had to end for him like that."
Ridge Point attempted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff but Atascocita's Keith Wheeler jumped on it, which allowed the Eagles to kneel-down for the victory.
HOUSTON - Sometimes football is a game of inches.
Inches is what separated Katy Tompkins from extending its fourth-quarter drive against North Shore with 1:19 remaining in the game. As Tompkins signal-caller Cole Francis hit Wyatt Young, the sophomore headed towards the first-down marker. North Shore's Caleb Flagg streaked over and hit Young right at it sending them into the sideline and the marker to the ground.
After setting the ball down, the referees signaled first down North Shore, which sent Tompkins players to the turf in heartbreak as their comeback attempt had come up just short. North Shore took two kneeldowns and sealed its 26-20 Class 6A Division I Region III Semifinal victory at Galena Park ISD Stadium on Friday afternoon.
"I think a lot of it had to do with the way Katy Tompkins came out in the second half," North Shore coach Jon Kay, whose team led 20-0 at the half, said. "I've got nothing but respect for those guys. They are so well coached, they play hard. Obviously, we had our issues in the second half but I don't want to take anything away from Tompkins and how those kids came out and played.
"To have it come down to that last possession, that's what you want. You want your kids out there and experience that. Win or lose it's something you'll always remember. Just proud that we got another chance to play another week."
Katy Tompkins with the loss finishes 11-2 on the year in the Regional Semifinals.
"Super proud of the coaches and the kids for their fight coming out in the second half being down," Tompkins coach Todd McVey said. "North Shore is obviously a very good football team. We knew we had our hands full coming over here but we fully expected to compete. Can't say enough about our kids. We talk about E+R=O all the time and how they responded. Just so proud of all of them."
It was truly a tale of two halves on Friday.
In the second quarter, North Shore jumped out to a lead behind the arm of freshman quarterback Kaleb Bailey. In less than three minutes, Bailey hit Nassiah Dunham for a five-yard score and then Jhalyn Bailey for a 31-yard touchdown, making it 14-0 with 9:25 left in the first half.
"It was just the gameplan that we stuck to," Jhalyn said. "We just trusted in Coach [Willie] Gaston and it came out positive for us. We just grinded every play and it worked out."
TOUCHDOWN @NSNationFB!! @unexpectedkb9 hits Jhalyn Bailey for the 31-yard score. Mustangs and my second quarter have scored 14 points in less than 3 minutes. #txhsfb
2nd - 9:25
North Shore -14
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With 2:20 in the second quarter, Bailey threw a dart to David Amador for a 22-yard score, which gave North Shore the 20-0 halftime lead.
"I thought we had a good rhythm going offensively and the kids were executing it," Kay said. "We were running the ball well and things were going our way."
With momentum fully on North Shore's side, McVey admitted that "it was a direct" message to his team to respond. And that's what they did.
The Tompkins defense bowed up, while Young was moved back to quarterback for select plays that ended up paying huge dividends for the Falcons.
In the third quarter, Young busted off a 51-yard and 32-yard touchdown run for the Falcons, to pull the game within two scores - 26-13 - heading into the fourth quarter. Young then made it a one score game with a 25-yard score with 8:26 remaining. Three carries, 108 yards and three scores by Young and the Falcons were rolling.
"Wyatt is a super-competitive kid," McVey said. "We just can't say enough about his effort. You can see the effort to get where to where he wants to go."
There goes that man!! @wyatttyoung takes the snap and rumbles in from 32 yards out. His second rushing TD of the game. #txhsfb
3rd - 2:58
North Shore - 26
Tompkins - 13
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Despite the massive comeback, in the end the North Shore defense held just enough in the end to pull out the 26-20 victory to advance to play the winner of Ridge Point and Atascocita next week in the State Quarterfinals.
"It's great, just being around me teammates one more game, it's all one-game seasons now, it's great being around these guys," Flagg said. "I love these guys. They are my brothers. I've been with them for four years. It's my last year and it's just great being with my guys for one more week. That's what it's all about. Football, family and love."
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