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Smash-mouth defense carries Shadow Creek to Regional Final

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BRYAN – Shadow Creek brought smash-mouth defense and Georgetown didn’t have an answer for it.

The Sharks defensive unit stifled a Georgetown offense – which had scored 35 points and racked up 382 yards a week ago – with consistent blitzes, hard-nosed tackling and crushing sacks.

Shadow Creek held Georgetown to 141 total yards and seven points, forced a fumble and interception, Marquez Huland rushed for 137 yards, Jamarian George passed for 225 yards and four touchdowns and the Sharks defeated the Eagles 36-7 in the Region III-5A-DI Semifinal at Merrill Green Stadium on Saturday.

“I can’t say enough about the intensity that they played with today,” Shadow Creek coach Brad Butler said. “They came out from the get-go and got after it and I'm really proud of the effort they played with.”

Shadow Creek improves to 13-0 in its inaugural season and advances to play Foster in the Region III-5A-DI Final at the University of Houston on Saturday. The game will kickoff at either 1 or 2 p.m.

This is a rematch of the October 26 meeting between Shadow Creek and Foster, which the Sharks won 35-34 in District 10-5A-DI play in a wild come-from-behind win.

“We both found out a way to end up here again,” Butler said. “We had a crazy one the first time and so we know we’ve got our work cut out for us. They do a great job over there. It’ll be an exciting ball game.”

Georgetown finishes the year at 9-4.

After missing a 32-yard field goal on its opening drive, Shadow Creek didn’t falter on its second possession. George capped off 12-play drive with a six-yard touchdown scamper, making it 7-0 with 2:42 left in the first quarter.

Despite the slow start for the Sharks' offense, which was averaging 39.5 points per game coming in, the defense held tough allowing Georgetown to gain just 13 yards in the first quarter.

“This is what we’re all about,” Shadow Creek linebacker Warren Shankle, who had a sack, said. “This is what we do. Fly fast and get to the ball.”

Leading 7-0, Shadow Creek capitalized on another long drive, capping it off with a 25-yard touchdown pass from George to Kealon Jackson on a 3rd and 24, pushing the lead to 14-0, which would be the halftime score.

As the offense came around, the Sharks defense remained stout – including Ronald Nunnery Jr. picking off Jackson Sioson’s final pass of the first half – allowing just 40 yards of total offense and no points in the first half on 20 plays by Georgetown.

“Our game-plan was to come in and be fast and physical,” Shadow Creek defensive lineman Alec Bryant said. “We just needed to execute that for four-straight quarters. That’s how we came out with the win.”

In the second half, Shadow Creek ran away with it.

A pair of passing touchdowns from George to Jared Jackson – 29-yard and 27-yard scores – and a safety as the Georgetown punter Elijah Clough couldn’t escape the Sharks’ rush, made it 30-0 with 4:34 left in the third quarter.

“It was major, you have to start the half off fast,” George said. “They thought they were still in the game, only 14-0, but you get two scores like that you knock them down. Then you’ve got them. You’ve got them in your palm when their head’s hanging already.”

George, who capped his day with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Hancock, finished 14 of 19 for 225 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another 15 yards and a score.

“Even into the wind a few times today, he’s been really steady for us all year,” Butler said.

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