North Shore Senior High School student athletes Barrett Matthews and Thaddeus Randle were honored as finalists during the 29th Annual High School Awards Dinner held Dec. 10 in Liberty Hall at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.
Matthews, a tight end, was honored as one of only 10 offensive finalists in the greater Houston area while Randle, a defensive tackle, was honored as one of only 10 defensive finalists in the greater Houston area.
Matthews was a co-winner of the 2008 All-District Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year Award and is a unanimous First Team selection for the past two seasons. He caught 19 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns this season and also produced 60 devastation blocks and graded out at 85 percent (a very high number) on his blocking this season.
Matthews, who is 6’2” and weighs 230 pounds, caught 38 passes for 801 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in his career. He is listed on the ESPN Top 100 players in the nation and has been selected for the Under Armour All-American Game set for Jan. 4, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Matthews has already committed to play his collegiate football at the University of Texas.
Randle was a unanimous first team All-District 21-5A selection in 2008 and was also named to the 2006 and 2007 All-District teams. He finished the 2008 season with 35 solo tackles and 35 assisted tackles with 17 tackles for loss, 11.5 quarterback sacks, 16 quarterback pressures, four pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and 2 recovered fumbles.
He finished his North Shore career with 93 solo tackles, 91 assisted tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 25.5 quarterback sacks, 23 quarterback pressures, 12 pass break-ups, six forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles.
Randle, at 6’1” and 265 pounds, is ranked in the top 15 percent of his graduating class and has already committed to play at the University of Nebraska. He is a three-year starter at North Shore and the Mustangs are 34-3 during that time span.
Barrett Matthews (left) and Thaddeus Randle were honored
at the 29th Annual High School Awards Dinner on Dec. 10.