Eye on the end zone

Foster junior receiver Cody Jackson fights for extra yards against Shadow Creek.

Foster Falcons (8-4) vs. Shadow Creek Sharks (12-0)

Friday, Nov. 29 — 2 p.m. — Webster, TX — Challenger-Columbia Stadium


 

The Foster football team has one more chance. One more chance to get revenge. One more chance to earn respect from across the area, if not the state. And one more chance to keep its run to state intact.

The Falcons feel like it is their time to finally get the best of Shadow Creek as the two teams meet for the fourth time in two years in the Region III semifinals of the 5A Division I playoffs on Friday at 2 p.m. at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster.

The Sharks have won all three meetings between the two teams, including a 24-21 win back on Oct. 24 at Traylor Stadium.

But Foster looks to be a different team, more focused on its technique and ready for the challenge to knock off the No. 2 team in the state.

“(Shadow Creek) has something that we want,” Foster head coach Shaun McDowell said. “They played for a state championship last year and haven’t lost many games. They are who we want to be, so between us and (Dallas) Highland Park, we’re the only two teams that have given them a game. So it’s time to give them a game again.”

The Falcon offense has been flying high the last two games, averaging 475.5 yards per game. Most of it has came from the accurate passing of senior quarterback Ryan Stubblefield, who has thrown for 243 yards against New Caney and 349 yards last week against Georgetown for a combined six touchdowns.

Stubblefield’s main target is junior Cody Jackson, but other receivers stepped up in last week’s win. Junior receiver Ethan Newton had a big day against Georgetown, catching three passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Senior Zachary Hopper also had a productive game with four receptions for 63 yards.

Meanwhile, the Foster defense stuffed the Eagle running attack last week, holding them to only two yards rushing. Also, the Falcons have forced eight takeaways in the last two games, including three interceptions and two fumbles last week.

The defense will have to keep playing well against a Shadow Creek offense that continues to be efficient. Shark quarterback Kyron Drones threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in a 63-14 win over Hutto last Friday to move Shadow Creek into the regional semis.

Against Foster a month ago, Drones was 12-of-26 for 160 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“Drones has done a great job. I think he’s one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the state,” McDowell said.

Sophomore Kelvon Brown ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns against Hutto, while the Shark defense held the Hippos to minus-7 yards rushing and forced five turnovers. In fact, it was only the third time that Shadow Creek had an opponent score 14 points on them this season, with the last time coming against Angleton on Sept. 27.

“We just have to be really patient and take what they give us,” McDowell said of his offense. “If they give us deep shots, we take it. If they give us short stuff, we take it. We’ve got to run the ball effectively on them.

“We need some luck, but we need to make our own luck.”

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