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Clear Brook Game Wrap-up

The North Shore Mustangs, now 11-1, coming off of a resounding 2nd round playoff victory over Clear Brook,  31-9, now prepare for a third round opponent in Alief Elsik.


On Saturday,the offense kicked it into high gear immediately, scoring two touchdowns within the first 4 minutes of the game. Jared Pendleton scored from 22 yards, then Micah Thomas followed with a 48 yard gallup. The defense made big hit after another against the Wolverine triple option rendering very few yards in the opening quarter. After exchanging field goals -- Carlos Perez connecting from 21 yards and Clear Brook from 38 yards -- the halftime score was North Shore leading 17-3.


The 2nd half found some big plays on both sides of the ball. Tristan Houston ran 56 yards for a 3rd quarter touchdown, giving him 184 yards for the game on just 9 carries! Herbert Hunter also caught a 23 yard pass from Thomas for North Shore’s final touchdown. The Mustang defense, frustrated the Brook offense for the entire game. With pressure from the defense front, the 2nd half featured 3 interceptions by Earnest Thomas, J.T. Matthews and Prentice Tillman! Whenever, the Wolverines attempted any plays ourside, North Shore linebackers ran them down, from sideline to sideline. The Mustang defense illustrated great discipline in playing assignment football, in shutting down Clear Brook.


Next up from 18-5A are the Rams from Alief Elsik. They defeated Cinco Ranch 27-17 to earn the 3rd round bid to face North Shore. The Mustangs face the 9-3 Elsik Rams Saturday, December 1st @ 3pm at Reliant Stadium.


Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Tuesday at the GPISD Athletic Office. Pre-sale tickets will be $10 for adults and $7 for students. You can also get your tickets at the gate for $13. Parking will be an additional $10.



Deer Park Game

This past Friday the North Shore Mustangs faced adversity and overcame for a hard fought 14-7 victory over Deer Park. With a top playoff seeding at stake, Jr. QB Lawance McCardell stepped in for injured Sr QB Micah Thomas and performed well.  McCardell opened the game with a 30 yard run and continued to play well. Lawance finished the game with 165 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns!!


McCardell completed 4 passes, 3 of them to Kevian DeLeon. The Mustangs maintained a methodical attack achieving 20 first downs and an overwhelming advantage in time of possession.


The North Shore defense continued its dominance in only allowing a 4th quarter touchdown. Darius Mouton intercepted a pass at the end of the 1st half.


Next up, the playoffs!!! North Shore will open the first round against the Longhorns from Dobie High School. The game will be Friday November 16 @ Pasadena Memorial Stadium @ 7pm. The Mustangs (9-1) embark on their quest for a 2nd State championship.  



La Porte Game

The North Shore Mustangs lost their opportunity to record another perfect season in their proud tradition as they went down in defeat to La Porte, 27-10.  Both teams traded field goals in the first half as they went into halftime with the score being 3-3.  In the second half, the North Shore defense came up with a major turnover giving the offense possession of the ball at midfield.  Two plays later, La Porte recovered a North Shore fumble that led to a lead-capturing score that the Bulldogs would keep for the remainder of the game.


North Shore has Deer Park this Friday night at home in an important 21-5A District game.  It will also serve as Senior Parent Night featuring tribute to the senior leaders in the program.  This marks the conclusion of Mustang home games as they embark on the 5-A playoff road that involves the scheduling of games at neutral sites. 



Beaumont Westbrook Game

 The North Shore Mustangs maintained their perfect season with a 34-7 victory over the Bruins from Beaumont Westbrook. The win ran the season record to 8-0 and and 4-0 in District 21-5A  and clinched a playoff berth.


The 1st half was totally dominated by North Shore, scoring 3 touchdowns in only 10 offensive plays. Jared Pendleton, Tristan Houston and Micah Thomas all scored on runs of 1, 42 and 6 yards. The final touchdown of the 1st half came courtesy of the defense on a Jomal Wiltz 65-yard interception return with :23 left. The score was 28-0 at half in favor of the home team.


The defense caused 5 turnovers and played well the entire game. Carlos Perez added 2 field goals and all 4 extra points for a perfect game.


Now for upcoming games. North Shore has La Porte this friday night on the road and conclude the regular season against Deer Park at home Nov. 9. The La Porte Bulldogs are also undefeated which makes for a great match-up at Bulldog Stadium this Friday night, Nov 2 @ 7pm!!!



Baytown Sterling Game

The game domination was on early in Baytown as the North Shore Mustangs rolled to a 56-0 victory over the Rangers from Ross Sterling. The Mustangs scored 14 points in each of the 4 quarters.


Less than two minutes into the game Micah Thomas threw a touchdown pass to Kevian DeLeon for 36 yards....Carlos Perez added the extra point and its 7-0. 20 seconds later, after recovering a Sterling fumble, Justin Green romped in from 23 yards. Green would add another 23 yard TD run in the 2nd quarter and Jared Pendleton scored on a 1 yard run as well. The halftime score was 28-0. The Mustang defense led by Zach Whitley held Baytown to 5 first downs and roughly 80 yards in the first half.


The 2nd half brought no change in momentum or results. The Mustangs continued at a consistent pace except for the opening kickoff. DeLeon took it 68 yards for the score 10 seconds into the 3rd quarter. Tristan Houston, Kerwin Roach and Lawance McCardell would all trot to the endzone on runs of 17, 4,  and 36 yards. Perez was perfect on all his extra point kicks which resulted in the 56-0 final score. On the defensive side, North Shore held the Rangers to 140 yards total offense and only allowed 5 third down conversions on 15 attempts.


The #6 AP state ranked and #2 area ranked Mustangs will look to keep their record perfect this Friday night at GPISD Stadium against the Bruins from Beaumont Westbrook at 7:00 P.M.



Channelview Game

Friday night, September 28, brought the Mustangs their first district opponent and the results remained consistent with North Shore’s 2012 start as they galloped away with a resounding 59-7 victory over the Falcons from Channelview. The victory ran the season record to 5-0 and district at 1-0. North Shore came into the week in the states top ten in the AP rankings.  After #1 Allen lost Friday night the Mustangs may find themselves in the top 5 or very close.


After an opening short drive Carlos Perez booted a 31 yard field goal. A few minutes later Micah Thomas ran in from six yards and with the extra point the score at the end of the 1st quarter was 10-0 North Shore. The 2nd quarter scoring came fast and furious by Jared Pendleton who scored three touchdowns in eight minutes! Pendleton scored on runs of 3, 3, and 6 yards respectively. Meanwhile Thomas was completeing 7/8 passes for 150 yards in the 1st half. Herbert Hunter had 4 receptions for 79 yards. Halftime score was 31-0,  North Shore. The Mustang defense only allowed a total of 46 yards in the opening half.


North Shore came out strong again in the 3rd period.  Thomas scored two more rushing touchdowns on runs of 4 and 43 yards. After the third quarter the score had grown to 45-0. From that point all the North Shore reinforcements combined for a remarkable job maintaining the Mustang domination. Although the Falcons got on the board, Lawance McCardell scored on two huge runs of 28 and 60 yards!! Perez was perfect on all 8 extra point attempts and that made the final score 59-7.


The Mustangs will now enjoy their bye week and then prepare for a clash of the Titans. Port Arthur Memorial is currently undefeated and take on the Mustangs at GPISD Stadium on October 12.



Madison Game

After crushing 3 quality opponents, North Shore vaulted to #7 in the state AP rankings and in the national rankings by MaxPreps.  The Mustangs jumped 140 spots to #40 in the country....So with that in mind the Mustangs faced a 1-2 Madison team Saturday at Butler Stadium. The result was rather predictable.  A  56-8 demolition of the Marlins bringing North Shores record to a perfect 4-0.

Prentice Tillman


After scoring first, Madison had a lead that wouldn’t last long. Tristan Houston scored on a 14 yard run to close out the first quarter. The 2nd quarter was owned by the Mustangs with four tds by Justin Green, Tristan Houston , and two by Kevian DeLeon. Micah Thomas was very productive going 5/7 for 161 yards and a TD pass to DeLeon. North Shores defense held the Marlins scoreless in the 2nd quarter making the halftime score a 36-8. 


Speaking of North Shores defense, after giving up 97 yards in the first half, the second half was dominated by many of the Mustangs back-ups...Madison could only manage 19 total yards. One of the many defensive stars was junior defensive back J.T. Matthews coming up with two interceptions and Earnest Thomas with another. Another amazing stat is the Marlins could only manage 6 first downs for the entire game.


The Mustang offense just picked up where it left off in the first half. Houston added another td and even sophomore backup QB Kerwin Roach ran in from 15 yards for a score. The Mustangs kicker had an impressive night as well by being perfect on 6/6 on extra points and added two field goals of 37 and 26 yards repectively. The Mustangs offensive line paved the way for 9 different rushers for a total of 286 rushing yards.


North Shore is on the road again next friday night at Channelview looking to beating the Falcons "the Mustang way" ....Total domination!!!



Cinco Ranch Game

Cinco Ranch scored its only touchdown of the first half as the first drops of rain began to fall Friday night at Galena Park ISD Stadium.

JT Matthews


Then North Shore poured it on.


The Mustangs, fresh off a comeback win over Manvel last week that vaulted them into the state rankings, scored touchdowns on their first six possessions in a 62-21 rout of the injury-riddled Cougars.

"I used the start of the Manvel game as an example of why we need to start (fast)," North Shore coach David Aymond said. "Fast, physical and furious is what we try to be."


North Shore is 3-0 for the first time since 2008, when it went 8-0 in a hurricane-shortened season and lost in the second round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs to eventual state finalist Hightower.

It blew out Clear Springs 47-7 in the opener and rallied from 21-0 down to shock then state-ranked Manvel 56-28 in Alvin last week.


Houston romps for TD

Sophomore running back Tristan Houston, who earned a starting role by coming off the bench for TD runs of 80 and 44 yards in the third quarter of North Shore's opening win, started the scoring.


He took the first handoff and went around the right end for a 59-yard TD — his fourth of the season.

"I expected him to be fast," Aymond said. "I wasn't sure he would make the transition from freshman team to varsity the way he has."


On the Mustangs' second possession, quarterback Micah Thomas faked a handoff to Houston and kept up the middle for his own 59-yard score, giving North Shore a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter.


North Shore took advantage of a Cinco Ranch safety and two lost fumbles to score 29 points in the second quarter, and everybody was in on the act.


DeLeon makes impact

Five players scored the first five touchdowns.


Wide receiver/running back Kevian DeLeon finally broke the trend when he scored the Mustangs' final two TDs of the first half on an 8-yard run and a 53-yard reception for a 42-7 halftime lead.


DeLeon had three TDs and 99 total yards.


"We came out pretty sharp on offense, and defense did a great job against them, too, early," Aymond said.

The Cougars (2-1) were doomed from the start of the game.


Starting QB Cole Thomas (foot) didn't play as a precaution, and with second QB Luke Klingler out with a season-ending ligament tear he suffered before the Cougars' season opener, third-stringer Nick Mika, usually a cornerback, drew the start.


They also were without Notre Dame-bound RB Jamel James (sprained knee), middle linebacker Taylor Holt, who had shoulder surgery Wednesday, and free safety Kevin Colpoys (broken leg).


Cinco Ranch coach Don Clayton said James is on track to return in two to three weeks; Colpoys is out until the middle of district play.


"It was a challenge," Clayton said.


"It was an opportunity for some other kids to step up. Unfortunately, we found out that some of them aren't quite ready for prime time."


Jason McDaniel is a freelance writer.

Article Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle on



Manvel Game

Kwame Vaughn

WOW! What an amazing battle that took place in Alvin Friday night. The Mavericks from Manvel, ranked #9 by AP in the state, met the Mustangs from North Shore who went from no votes to #14 in the AP rankings after last week’s demolition of Clear Springs. What happened? A Mustangs comeback of epic proportions with a final 56-28 victory!!

Manvel came out guns blazing scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions putting North Shore in a quick 14-0 deficit. Early in the 2nd quarter,  Manvel added to its lead going up 21-0.  The Mustangs didn’t panic, stayed with the plan, then scored their first of eight touchdowns on a 4 yard pass to Jacobie Russell from Micah Thomas. A Mustang turnover gave the Mavs good field position and they capitalized with another touchdown late in the first half. That gave Manvel a  28-7 lead with less than two minutes left in the half. The Mustangs struck late after a long drive capped off with a 13 yard romp by sophomore Tristan Houston.

The Mustangs, with determination, came out in the 3rd quarter, down 14, but marched down the field and scored on another Houston run. North Shore, 7 points behind, scored again as sophomore Justin Green ran it in.  With the score tied at 28, North Shore never looked back….Four more touchdowns followed with Thomas scoring two of them as the Mustang offensive line dominated the LOS,  Senior Jared Pendleton added one and junior LB Zac Whitley took a pass off the Manvel receivers back and romped 30 yards for the TD.  49 unanswered points had been produced by North Shore!!!

Friday night’s comeback stunned Manvel and they had no answer for it and they could only manage just over 50 total yards in the second half.  The North Shore defense  controlled the line of scrimmage while applying  constant pressure on the Manvel QB.  The Mustang secondary had the very talented receivers of Manvel shut down for the entire half.

After dominating Manvel at every level of the football program, North Shore prepares to host Cinco Ranch at Galena Park ISD Stadium of Friday.



Clear Springs Game

Najee Toran

The Mustangs exploded into the 2012 season with a resounding victory over a ranked Clear Springs football team, 47-7 but the domination didn’t end there.   Clear Springs was overwhelmed at every level, for example: 


>> In the varsity game, the offense scored on the second play of the game.  As the offense continued to put up points, the North Shore defense pressured Clear Springs into turnovers and constant frustration. The Mustang special teams added to the scoring fest with touchdowns also.

North Shore looks forward to taking on Manvel on Friday (9/7) at Alvin Memorial Stadium.