The Alvin Shadow Creek Sharks are coming off of a 16-0 year that saw them win the first state championship in their school’s history. The year before, they went 15-1, losing in the state finals. This year, they made the jump from 5A to 6A and were considered to have a chance of making a run at another state title. Most rankings had them in the top 5 teams in Texas to start the year. But an 0-2 start leaves the Sharks needing to regroup, but it is not time to hit the panic button just yet.
In week one, Shadow Creek faced the team we have ranked #1 in the state, Galena Park North Shore, and lost 21-27. This week, they took a 27-21 loss to Bridgeland, a team we expected them to beat by double digits. However, the Sharks were without Quarterback Kyron Drones. Last year, Drones threw for over 3,300 yards and 46 touchdowns. He added another 18 rushing touchdowns. Though the Sharks are full of weapons on offense, like Houston commit C.J. Guidry (CLICK HERE for his commitment announcement), not having Drones was a huge loss. He was held out for precautionary reasons due to an injury in last week’s game but is expected to be back for the next game.
Sophomore QB Duke Butler got the start in Drones place. He played well, throwing for three touchdowns, but it was not enough as they lost by 6. They play the Alief Taylor Lions next week. It will be the Lions first game of the season. With or without Drones, Shadow Creek should get their first win of the season. They should have a good chance to win out and go 7-2 in the regular season, but they’ll need to get Drones healthy and play a bit better to make that happen. We wouldn’t count then out of state title contention just yet.