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North Shore’s Zach Evans is carrying the load. Photo by Jimme Aggison

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Coming into the North Shore versus Lamar game, the million-dollar question was if North Shore's new school players could handle the old school veteran players of Lamar.

North Shore’s horsepower comes from their freshman quarterback Dematrius Davis and their sophomore running back Zach Evans, while for Lamar, their weapons happen to be seniors who are heavily recruited by D1 colleges.

However, D1 recruited or not, the youngsters from the Mustangs showed that they weren’t fazed by Lamar’s heavily recruited talent as they led North Shore to a 44-29 victory.

The first half was a blowout.

The Mustang’s senior linebacker Jacoby Allen caught a pick 6 off Lamar’s Ty Holden that kick-started North Shore’s dominant first half.

Immediately following the pick, Lamar turned the ball over as they fumbled on a kickoff return.

North Shore would capitalize again, as they took a 14-0 lead off an Evans two-yard touchdown run.

The Mustangs next two scores came from freshmen quarterback Davis who connected with senior receiver Jaylen Lewis for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Evans, the running back for North Shore would score again and make the score 28-0 in the second quarter.

Though Lamar started off shooting themselves in the foot, they got somewhat back on track with a 79-yard kick return for a touchdown by senior defensive back D’Shawn Jamison.

That allowed Lamar to end the half on a good note, even though they were still down 28-7 to North Shore.

Though the first half started out as a blowout, in the second half Lamar kept fighting.

Lamar forced North Shore into a fumble and Lamar recovered the fumble on North Shore’s 34-yard line.

Lamar tried to convert off the fumble but they would later give the ball back when North Shore’s senior defensive back Drevian Williams-Nelson picked off a Lamar pass in the back of the endzone.

The pick later set up Evans for another touchdown. Evans finished the game with four touchdowns and 174 yards rushing. His touchdown after the pick gave North Shore a 34-7 lead after their extra point was blocked.

All together Lamar gave up 21 points off turnovers, and the closest they came to coming back after their 28-0 deficit was in the fourth when they were down 44-29.

Despite the two interceptions, Lamar’s quarterback Holden accounted for three touchdown passes. He threw two to senior receiver Roderic Burns and another one to senior Al ‘Vonte Woodard, all were in the second half.

Holden’s touchdown pass to Woodard is what cut the deficit to 44-29. After that score, with about two minutes remaining in the game, Lamar kicked an onside kick and recovered it.

Lamar tried to continue their comeback, but a backwards pitch on a run-option was deflected and caused another fumble for Lamar. North Shore recovered the fumble and put an end to Lamar’s hopes for a comeback.

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