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North Shore Downs Duncanville Again

Despite Missing Stars on Both Teams, Fans Were Treated to Another Great One

The Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (15-1) beat the Duncanville Panthers (15-1) 31-17 in the Class 6A Division I Championship game. This was a re-match of last years hail mary win by the Mustangs. This was North Shore's 4th state championship. They are now 4-0 in title games. Duncanville falls to 1-2 in title games. They won a championship in 1998.

Big news was that not only was Duncanville Quarterback Ja'Quinden Jackson out with an injury but North Shore star Running Back Zach Evans was sent back home before the game started.

Galena Park North Shore (3) 3-0
2003 5A Division I - Galena Park North Shore 23, The Woodlands 7
2015 6A Division I - Galena Park North Shore 21, Austin Westlake 14 OT
2018 6A Division I - Galena Park North Shore 41, Duncanville 36 (story) (photo)

Duncanville (2) 1-1
1998 5A Division I - Duncanville 24, Converse Judson 21
2018 6A Division I - Galena Park North Shore 41, Duncanville 36 (story) (photo)

Duncanville started the game with the ball and went 3 and out. On North Shore's first possession, quarterback Dematrius Davis ran it in from 30 yards out to take a 7-0 lead. Duncanville responded with a 25 yard run by Roderick Daniels. That brought the score to 7-7. North Shore ball as the quarter ends.

The Mustangs drive ended with a John Villalobos 39 yard field goal to make it 10-7. The Panthers responded with a 6 yard run by Freshman quarterback making his first start Chris Parson. The extra point brought the score to 14-10. North Shore came right back and Roger Hagan ran it in from 2 yards out to make it 17-14 with 1:47 left until halftime. Duncanville moved the ball into field goal range and Ulises Lara kicked a 46 yarder to tie the game at 17 all. That left 2 seconds on the clock. The kickoff ran out the clock.

Both teams were stopped and forced to punt on their first drives. The Duncanville punter dropped the ball and North Shore got the ball at the Duncanville 20 yard line. After penalties on both teams, Hagan ran it in from 1 yard out. The extra point was good and North Shore led 24-17. The Panthers get a great kickoff return by Roderick Daniels but fumble the ball and North Shore recovers at their own 32. They were forced to punt and Duncanville drove down inside the North Shore 5. On 4th and 1 from the 3, Duncanville was stuffed and North Shore took over on downs. The Mustangs have the ball as the quarter ends.

North Shore took the ball into Duncanville territory before fumbling. The Panthers were unable to do anything with it and punted. North Shore had the ball at their 16 with 6:56 left in the game. They drove it to the Duncanville 45. Davis then hit Charles King for a 45 yard touchdown pass on a 3rd and 11 play. That made the score 31-17 with 2:33 remaining in the game. The Mustang defense shut the Panthers down and stopped them on downs. The Mustangs took over with less than 2 minutes to play and ran out the clock.

Defensive Player Of The Game : Corey Flagg (Galena Park North Shore)

Offensive Player Of The Game : Dematrius Davis (Galena Park North Shore)

Attendance : 47,818

Key Stats :

Total Plays-Yards
Galena Park North Shore 58-312 Duncanville 50-253

Galena Park North Shore :
Roger Hagan 27 carries for 106 yards 2 Touchdowns
Dematrius Davis 16 carries 123 yards, 1 TD (6-12, 91 yards 1 TD)
Jordan Polart 6 tackles
Corey Flagg 3 tackles 0.5 TFL 0.5 Sacks

Duncanville :
Roderick Daniels 8 carries 133 yards, 1 TD
Jadarius Thursby 8.5 tackles 1 sack

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