District 21-6A champ North Shore captures Class 6A state football crown

December 23, 2018 GMT

In the greatest non-surprise of the high school football playoffs, District 21-6A champion North Shore captured the state championship Saturday night, following a hard-fought 41-36 victory over Duncanville at AT&T Stadium.

Anyone who watched North Shore this season felt they were more than capable of winning it all and for the third time in school history, they have.

In a campaign where the Mustangs used the regular season to outscore its opponents by an average score of 55-5, it was by far North Shore’s closest contest of its entire 16-week march to the coveted state crown.

In District 21-6A play, North Shore defeated its seven opponents by an average score of 62-4, including a 75-13 win over Deer Park on Oct. 12, With the Mustangs only surrendering 30 points in district, the Deer owned nearly half that total against the eventual state champs.

Duncanville, known for its outstanding defense against the rush, held a 36-35 fourth-quarter lead on the Mustangs, but North Shore’s outstanding offense proved to be just a little bit better than Duncanville’s defense.

North Shore and Duncanville traded first-quarter blows with the Mustangs holding on to a 22-17 lead. By halftime, the advantage had grown to 29-20.

But after a scoreless third quarter, Duncanville outscored North Shore 16-6 to begin the final 12 minutes before the Mustangs scored their championship points with a late touchdown.

District 21-6A runner-up Beaumont West Brook played for the Division II state championship Saturday and the Bruins nearly gave the district two state champions, before losing 35-34 to Longview at AT&T Stadium.

Similar to the Division I game, the first quarter was full of fireworks as the Bruins held a 28-20 lead.

On Nov. 2, Deer Park gave West Brook all it could handle in losing 56-46.

Next season, both North Shore and Beaumont West Brook will be making trips to Deer Park’s Clyde Abshier Stadium.