LEAGUE CITY – The Bayou Bowl represented the last time that some Houston-area football stars played as high schoolers.
And a handful of Fort Bend County players made the most of the opportunity.
Four of the five Lamar Consolidated ISD schools were represented on the Bayou Bowl’s West squad, with a couple of players making contributions to the West’s 31-14 win over the East team on Saturday night at Challenger Columbia Stadium.
Foster head coach Shaun McDowell was the West head coach, leading the team to a come-from-behind win.
Foster wide receiver Shadeed Ahmed had five catches, including an 11-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter to put the team up 17-14. Ahmed will head to Navarro Junior College this fall. Senior linebacker Kendall Johnson also saw action as a late addition to the West roster.
Lamar Consolidated linebacker Roman Punch had four tackles, including two tackles for loss. Punch, who is going to Texas A&M-Commerce in the fall, also took the punting duties for the West team, with two of his five punts downed inside the East’s 20-yard line.
George Ranch center Garrett Jaster manned the offensive line, helping the West to move the ball effectively on the ground. Jaster will be heading to Arkansas Tech.
Terry wide receiver De’Ronde Moore played in a lot of offensive sets, but got only a couple of looks from the West quarterbacks. Moore will be joining Punch at Texas A&M-Commerce this fall.
George Ranch defensive back Sean Lebari played mostly on special teams and played well against the East receivers. He will be heading to Blinn College in August.
The West trailed 14-10 at the half, but after the touchdown catch by Ahmed from Hastings quarterback Javon Williams, Shadow Creek quarterback Jamarion George scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to put the West up by 10.
Then late in the fourth quarter, Kempner running back Jordan Shelton, who ran for 69 yards on 11 carries, scored from six yards out with 3:52 left in the game.
Shelton will play at West Texas A&M this fall.