The unfinished business has been finished. After a disappointing loss in the state final last year against the Highland Park Scots, the Shadow Creek Sharks finished it on Friday night with a 28-22 win against the Denton Ryan Raiders in the 2019 UIL 5A Division I State Championship. The Sharks finished this season 16-0 and earned their first state title in only their second year as a UIL varsity football program.
The Sharks started off the first quarter with a touchdown by quarterback Kyron Drones. The Raiders, however, would respond on the ensuing kick return with a trick play to take it to the house. A two-point conversion would bring the score to 8-7 to end the first quarter.
Going into the second quarter, an interception by the Raiders left them on their own eight-yard line. The Sharks' defense would respond with a quick three-and-out. During the punt, a strange series of events led to points for the Sharks. First, a bad snap led Denton Ryan's punter into the end zone, where instead of falling on the ball or kicking it out of the endzone for a safety he kicked it forward, which is an illegal kick. In the confusion, Randy Masters recovered the kick and, as everyone seemed unsure of what to do, he returned the ball 37 yards for a touchdown. Because the penalty was not a dead ball penalty, the touchdown stood, putting the Sharks back in front 14-8. The Raiders would force another interception on the Sharks, but couldn't capitalize, sending the Sharks into the locker room up 14-8 at the half.
The Sharks have been known for their halftime adjustments all season, and this game was no different. They came out in the third quarter and quickly put a scoring drive together. Drones added his second rushing touchdown of the night to extend their lead to 21-8. The Raiders would cut into the Sharks' lead with a touchdown, sending the game into the fourth quarter with the Sharks leading 21-15.
The fourth quarter was a story about defense. The Denton Ryan Raiders would recover a fumble on the Sharks' 39-yard line, but the Sharks' defense would not let the Raiders' offense get going. With two minutes left in the game, the Sharks would extend their lead to 28-15 with a touchdown by running back Kelvon Brown. With 1:14 left, the Raiders would respond again to pull within six, 28-22. With three timeouts in their pocket, the Raiders' defense would stop the Sharks with 50 seconds left on the clock. The Raiders would push the ball down the field, helped by a defensive unnecessary roughness penalty. With two seconds left on the clock, a Hail Mary to senior Drew Sanders, would be deflected by who many would say was the hero of the game, TJ Marshall, to end the state championship 28-22.
Kansas State commit Jeremiah Harris was awarded Defensive MVP and junior quarterback Kryon Drones was awarded Offensive MVP. The Sharks put the cherry on the cake on Friday night after only two varsity seasons, and the seniors of the 2020 class will be allowed to say that they ended their UIL varsity high school careers with a 31-1 football record, plus back-to-back state championship appearances and a state title.
ARLINGTON - A 25-yard heave at the end of regulation fell to the turf the AT&T Stadium turf as Alvin Shadow Creek escaped with a 28-22 win over Denton Ryan in the 5A Division I State Championship.
By all accounts, Shadow Creek (16-0) dominated Denton Ryan with a smothering defensive attack. Halfway through the fourth quarter, Shadow Creek hadn't allowed Denton Ryan (15-1) more than 200 yards of offense.
Still, the game came down to a desperation throw by Ryan quarterback Seth Henigan hitting Drew Sanders right in the hands but fell incomplete. The play was set up as Ryan completed a hook-and-ladder down to the Shadow Creek 40 plus a 15-yard personal foul that moved the ball to the 25.
Denton Ryan was so close... pic.twitter.com/qYttUTPRUG
— Tim England (@tengland_150) December 21, 2019
Shadow Creek held a 21-15 lead midway through the fourth, forcing a turnover on downs on Ryan. Five plays later, Shadow Creek scored to push the lead to 28-15 thanks to a big, 55-yard gain by Kyron Drones, who finished as the games offensive MVP with 320 total yards and two scores.
Ryan scored less than two minutes later to make it a one-score game, missed the onside kick recovery and forced a three-and-out to get the ball back.
Shadow Creek stood tall on the last play and stands tall as the champs of 5A Division I in just the program's second varsity year. It is now 31-1 all-time, having lost in last year's state finals to Highland Park.