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Houston-area high schools represented in four Houston Sports Awards wins

HOUSTON - It was a big night for Houston-area high schools at the 2019 Houston Sports Awards.

It started with the moment everyone saw across the country to end the 2018 Texas high school football season as North Shore's Hail Mary to win the Class 6A Division I State Championship game in December won the award for Moment of the Year.

North Shore coach Jon Kay, who has guided the Mustangs to two state championships in the past three seasons, was on hand to accept the award.

"An absolute shocker," Kay said. "Obviously, that's coming from a guy that won a state championship on a Hail Mary but this was an absolute shocker for this to happen tonight. Just the whole festivities tonight were amazing and I'm at a loss for words."

Following that award, a trio of former Santa Fe High School students Annabelle O'Day, Kaitlyn Richards and Madison McCaskill were supposed to present the Sportsmanship Award to Houston Texans' defensive star JJ Watt.

Watt, who won the award for a second-straight year, was being presented the award for stepping up and paying for the funerals of the 10 victims from the Santa Fe High School shooting in May.

In a video acceptance speech, Watt turned the tables and presented the award back to O'Day, Richards and McCaskill, who started a non-profit charity Hearts United for Kindness - an organization dedicated to a movement of spreading kindness and love, while raising awareness for mental health.

"Disbelief, we came here expecting to present him an award, which in itself is such an amazing honor to get to come here and do this," Richards said. "For him to give that back to us, it was incredible."

In the next category, which was dedicated to high school athletes, the High School Athlete of the Year award went to former The Woodlands star KeSean Carter.

Carter was a football, basketball and track star at The Woodlands, where he graduated from in 2018. Now Carter is starring at Texas Tech on the football and track team.

In his high school career, Carter helped The Woodlands football team reach the state championship game, the track team win two team state championships and was named the 2018 VYPE Male Athlete of the Year.

Finally, former Manvel quarterback D'Eriq King, who is now starring at the University of Houston won the Houston Sports Awards College Athlete of the Year.

King was on pace for a potential Heisman-Trophy winning season until he went down with an injury late in the year. King had 2,982 yards passing with 36 touchdowns. King rushed for another 674 yards and 14 scores for the Cougars in 2018.

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