North Shore shuts down La Porte in 21-5A showdown
North Shore defenders caused turnovers, tackled for losses and forced La Porte to punt several times on Friday night — and that was just in the first quarter.
When the Mustangs traveled to La Porte for a District 21-5A showdown, their defense set the tone within the first few minutes and were steady for the remainder of the game, as North Shore beat the Bulldogs 37-7.
La Porte had a season-high four turnovers in the game.
“The defense took control early, and they kept it up,” North Shore coach David Aymond said. “That made a big difference in this one, and I think (the defense) set up for the offense and special teams play well too.”
That’s exactly what happened. The game started with La Porte fumbling the opening kick off. On the next drive, North Shore scored a field goal. Then the Mustangs held the Bulldogs to a three and out. When North Shore took the field again, the Mustangs drove down the field and scored again, taking a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Mustangs would go on to make it 17-0 before the second quarter. La Porte finally got on the board early in the second on a three-yard run by Anthony Webb. North Shore would score again before the half when Kevin Alexander returned a punt for 85 yards. The Mustangs led 23-7 by halftime.
North Shore ended up holding the Bulldogs to 135 total yards in the game.
“We took the lead early because our defense kept us on the field, and that is huge,” North Shore quarterback Keenon Gibson said. “I think that made it tough for their defense. This is a big win, but we know that La Porte is a really good football team.”
La Porte was the third in a string of tough district games for the Mustangs (7-1). They are now 3-0 in district play with wins over Beaumont West Brook, Port Arthur Memorial and La Porte (6-2).
“We know that the other district teams will be ready for us,” Aymond said. “But I am pleased that we have made it to this point and beat three very good football teams in our district. But (Baytown) Sterling and Channelview aren’t teams we can overlook, so we still have work to do.”
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