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North Shore's Devin Sanchez
Over the past decade, North Shore High School has been a hot bed for national defensive recruits, especially in the secondary.
From Chykie Brown (Super Bowl Champion), Eric Monroe (LSU/Texas Tech) and Denver Harris (LSU) to most recently Jayven Anderson (UNT), Jacoby Davis (Kansas) and Evan Jackson (UNT), the list goes on and on.
Junior five-star corner Devin Sanchez could be the best of them all.
With his Dad playing college ball at UTEP, his Mom running track at UTEP and older brother playing football, Sanchez has a lineage of elite athletes.
Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
“Football has run in my family,” Sanchez said. “From my Dad, uncles and brother, I’ve always been around the game. I remember watching my brother play when I was three years old and immediately fell in love with it. I started playing Little League early on.”
Fast forward to high school, Sanchez burst onto the scene his freshman year getting playing time on the 2021 Mustang State Champion. He followed up starting as a sophomore with a veteran group in the secondary, which finished State Runner-Ups.
That game experience and insight from the upperclassmen has been paramount in his development.
“I was the young one in the group,” he said. “There were five of us in that DB group… me and four seniors. Playing 16 games with those guys gave me the ability to mature and step up into that starting role when they needed me.
“Not many sophomores get to start on varsity, especially here in Texas where the ball is the best in the country. Playing in a State Championship against Duncanville last year was eye-opening. After that, I realized I could be one of the top DBs in the country.”
2023-24 North Shore FootballBradley C. Collier (VYPE)
Now a junior, Sanchez is ready to be the undisputed leader on a team full of alphas.
“It’s my time now,” Sanchez said. “I’m looking to build my legacy here. Everyone knows North Shore, wherever you are in Texas. There’s nothing like playing in front of that Eastside community. For anyone who’s doubting if we can continue on that legacy, just wait… just wait.”
Nate Kibble holding line for Atascocita
The high school football season kicked off last weekend and went as expected… complete mayhem.
The non-district season is a warm-up (no pun intended) for the games that count, but it sure seemed liked last weekend’s slate was meaningful for those on the fields of play.
North Shore first-year head coach Willie Gaston earned his first win in a, 38-17, win over then-No. 3 The Woodlands. The Mustangs’ defense ruled the day, while QB Kaleb Bailey knocked off the rust after an ACL injury a year ago.
Lonnie Madison, the new coach at Bridgeland, got a huge win over highly-touted Cy-Fair, 31-30, in a last-minute classic, while Katy knocked off Clear Springs in a Top 20 battle. Do not count out Katy.
Shadow Creek flexed on Class 5A power Manvel, 34-15, in a neighborhood brawl, and Willis QB DJ Lagway threw for eight TDs… in less than three full quarters.
Pearland, Tomball Memorial, Conroe and Klein Oak hop into the Class 6A rankings after Week 1. Let’s see how they handle success.
CE KING VS CROSBY GALLERY
VYPE’s CLASS 6A WEEK 1 TOP 25 RANKINGS
No. 1 North Shore Mustangs
No. 2 Atascocita Eagles
No. 3 Katy Tigers
No. 4 Klein Collins Tigers
No. 5 Westfield Mustangs
No. 6 Tompkins Falcons
No. 7 Shadow Creek Sharks
No. 8 Bridgeland Bears
No. 9 Ridge Point Panthers
No. 10 Hightower Hurricanes
No. 11 Lamar Texans
No. 12 Summer Creek Bulldogs
No. 13 The Woodlands Highlanders
No. 14 Jordan Warriors
No. 15 CE King Panthers
No. 16 Willis Wildkats
No. 17 Deer Park Deer
No. 18 Tomball Cougars
No. 19 Cy Falls Eagles
No. 20 Cy-Fair Bobcats
No. 21 Pearland Oilers
No. 22 Dawson Eagles
No. 23 Tomball Memorial
No. 24 Conroe Tigers
No. 25 Klein Oak Panthers
FB Marshall needed overtime to get past Klein, while Lake Creek knocked off Top 10 opponent Angleton. Barbers Hill had a quality win over Magnolia West, and Randle, Ball and Fulshear had easy wins.
VYPE’s CLASS 5A PRESEASON TOP 10 RANKINGS
No. 1 Lake Creek Lions
No. 2 FB Marshall Buffs
No. 3 Fulshear Chargers
No. 4 Barbers Hill Eagles
No. 5 Randle Lions
No. 6 Galveston Ball Tors
No. 7 Manvel Mavs
No. 8 Kingwood Park
No. 9 Texas City Stings
No. 10 Magnolia West Mustangs
VYPE’s CLASS 4A/3A PRESEASON TOP 10 RANKINGS
No. 1 Hitchcock Bulldogs (3A)
No. 2 Bellville Brahmas (4A)
No. 3 Bay City Blackcats (4A)
No. 4 El Campo Ricebirds (4A)
No. 5 Brookshire Royal Eagles (4A)
No. 6 Furr Brahmas (4A)
No. 7 Stafford Spartans (4A)
No. 8 Iowa Colony Pioneers (4A)
No. 9 Yates Lions (4A)
No. 10 Booker T. Washington Eagles (4A)