Mustangs Still Look Strong, Despite Second Straight Loss
Houston, Texas: The North Shore Mustangs continued their brutally tough schedule Thursday night against Spring Westfield, who rank number 6 in the state according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Rankings. North Shore scored first, then fell flat as Westfield scored 21 unanswered points in the first half. However, North Shore made adjustments and came out strong in the second half, scoring 21 points, while holding Westfield to just 3. The drive that gave them the lead began with an interception by outstanding cornerback Eric Monroe. Finishing the drive in similar fashion to the previous week's game, QB Maciah Long powered his way into the end zone to give the Mustangs in the lead. However, North Shore's lead was short-lived as Westfield marched down the field and scored a touchdown on a scramble by QB Dillon Sterling.
Down by 3 points with two minutes left in the game, North Shore moved the ball toward the goal. A field goal would tie; a touchdown would likely win it. However, on a scramble to his right, Long had the ball knocked out of his grasp. A Westfield player recovered, effectively ending the comeback upset.
Regardless of the score, there is reason to be encouraged. “I was really proud of the grit our football team showed in the second half against a tremendously talented Spring Westfield team. Obviously, we need to find that next step to finish off games like these, but I am confident our guys will grow from this experience,” said Mustang head coach Jon Kay.
The going doesn't get any easier this Friday night as North Shore takes on Euless Trinity, ranked number 5 in state, at Baylor University. But rankings are only rankings, and standings are only standings. The games must still be played and the numbers should start to change once district play begins. At the end of the season, the Mustangs will find themselves looking at a playoff run, believing that the tough schedule early in the season prepared them for a convincing run to a state championship. “We have another state ranked team in front of us this week, and I know we will be prepared for the perils of our 21-6A opponents,” Kay commented.
Pictured: Eric Monroe intercepted a pass, evading numerous would be tacklers and putting the Mustangs in position to take the lead.
Pictured: In typical fashion for the North Shore QB, Maciah Long powered his way into the end zone to give the Mustangs the lead late in the game.
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