NORTH SHORE 35, WESTFIELD 3 Evans’ legs, Davis’ arm ignite No. 1 team
Westfield has pretty much had its way with North Shore over the years, including three wins in the last four seasons.
But North Shore is playing at another level this year.
With Westfield struggling to adjust to a new quarterback after a season-ending injury to SMU pledge Terrance Gipson, North Shore rolled to victory on the road, winning 35-3 on Thursday night at George Stadium.
“They’re a phenomenal program,” North Shore coach Jon Kay said. “That’s why we loving playing them. We know it’s going to be a physical game, and it was again (Thursday). It’s just one of those things.
“I’ve been on the other end of it, where it starts to snowball on you a little bit, but 35-3 — I’m pretty happy with the effort.”
North Shore, ranked No. 1 in the Houston-area Class 6A poll, solidified its standing as the best team the city has to offer right now, improving to 3-0 with wins over Katy, Ridge Point and Westfield (2-1).
Tough place to prevail
It was the second Nos. 1-2 matchup in three weeks for North Shore.
The team was second in Week 1, when Katy was No. 1, and Westfield was No. 2 going into Thursday’s showdown.
“We’re doing some good things, specifically on the road,” Kay said. “This is a tough place to play. I don’t know that we’ve ever won here, not since I’ve been here. So it’s one of those things where you come out and play, and every year is different, and we’ve just got to keep getting better.”
North Shore running back Zach Evans got free for a 51-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the game for a 7-0 lead, but otherwise he was fairly quiet in the first half, with North Shore choosing to attack Westfield’s stout defense — which held Alief Taylor to six points last week — via the pass.
It worked, but it took a while.
After the early TD, North Shore punted on four consecutive possessions before Dematrius Davis delivered a quick third-down slant to Charles King, who slipped free and went 66 yards to the end zone. That play came after Dorian Hewitt intercepted Westfield quarterback Ra’Quon Washington.
And Davis was only warming up.
He gave North Shore a 21-0 halftime edge with 35 seconds to go on a slick stop-and-start keeper — four plays after he tossed back to Shadrach Banks, who found John Gentry downfield for 19 yards.
Westfield’s defense was wicked early, but its offense was a wreck.
Washington, a senior who probably was feeling some nerves in his first start in place of Gipson, fumbled three times and threw an interception in the first half. Westfield put the ball on the ground six times before halftime, and somehow recovered them all, or the score would have been worse.
“We’re right in the area, and we talked about it at halftime — just seizing opportunities,” Kay said.
Shutout spoiled at the end
Evans’ second TD on a 3-yard run gave North Shore a 28-0 lead in the third quarter. He finished with 63 yards on 10 carries.
The score capped an 11-play, 70-yard march that chewed up 6:14, but nearly ended with a field goal before three straight penalties by Westfield — and that was the start of a rough stretch for Westfield.
Washington was injured on its ensuing series and hopped off the field, and third-string quarterback Joshua Adams, listed as a running back, threw an interception to Keeyon Stewart on his first pass. Washington returned in the fourth quarter.
Davis made it 35-0 three plays later, rolling left like he was about to take off, then stopping and finding Ajani Carter in the end zone for an 8-yard score with 53 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Rayshawn James, who decommitted from Houston on Wednesday, finished with 43 yards on 11 carries.
Senior kicker Abel Silva helped Westfield avoid the shutout with a 35-yard field goal as time expired.
“Their D-line is phenomenal, and they were making some plays in the backfield and getting some great push on our O-line,” Kay said. “It’s certainly something that we need to continue to work on.”