State’s Toughest Class 5A District is ... 10-5A-DI

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Last season, Shadow Creek knocked off Foster twice as they reached the Class 5A DII State Championship game.

Both teams are loaded and could meet again in the regional finals. But that's not the end of the story. Angleton, Friendswood and Hightower are in the next cut and could make playoff runs of their own.

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VYPE Preseason Rankings

Shadow Creek
Foster
Friendswood
Angleton
Hightower
Terry
Texas City
Galveston Ball

(Bold Denotes Playoff Teams)

VYPE Preseason Awards

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Alec Bryant, Shadow Creek
CO-OFFENSIVE MVPS: Ryan Stubblefield, Foster Jordan Jones, Angleton
CO-DEFENSIVE MVPS: Xavion Alford, Shadow Creek Chidozie Nwankwo, Foster
BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kyron Drones, Shadow Creek
SLEEPER TEAM: Hightower

Shadow Creek Sharks

"Them Creek Boys" are back after making history in their first varsity season. The went 15-1, just falling short in the state title game against Highland Park. Coach Brad Butler is at the epicenter of this program as Shadow Creek becomes a state power. The defense will be the strength with LSU-commit Alec Bryant (70 tackles, 13 sacks) and Kansas State-commit Ronald Triplette leading the charge up front. The linebackers are Kansas State-commit Jeremiah Harris (90 tackles), Warren Shankle, TJ Harris and Courtney Brown. The back end is elite with national recruit Xavion Alford (58 tackles, 6 INTs) and Jaylen Lane patrolling the secondary. The new quarterback will be Kyron Drones, the son of Sharks' defensive line coach Kevin Drones. He has a big arm and is a physical runner. The OL is anchored by Damien Jackson, while WR Jared Jackson will be the deep threat. Tight end Trent McGaughey has become a national recruit for 2022 and should play a bigger role in the offense. The bar has been set high at Shadow Creek.


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The Texans didn't have an answer for Derrick Henry. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Romeo Crennel made a valorous call that might have costed the Houston Texans from winning their second consecutive game on Sunday. Up by seven with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, Crennel decided to call a two-point conversion following Deshaun Watson's one-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

During the two-point conversion, Watson had a look at an open Randall Cobb, but Titans' defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons got a hand on the ball to deflect the pass. The failed conversion allowed the Titans to take a 42-36 victory over the Texans inside Nissan Stadium. Tennessee scored 13 unanswered points, which included a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown to send the game into overtime.

"I think I would do it again," Crennel said during his media availability on Monday. "You are on the road against a divisional opponent who is undefeated, and if you could get that two-point conversion — you shut the door on them. We had a guy open, but unfortunately, the ball got tipped and we did not make it. I would do it again because it was a good choice."

The decision to not kick the field goal caused somewhat of an uproar, but it is understandable why Crennel made the call. Crennel had faith in Watson to put the Texans in a position to close the game, similar to his 4th-and-4 call during last week's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the end, Crennel's risky decisions could stem from the lack of faith he has in the Texans' depleted defense.

Houston's defense hit an all-time low against the Titans. They gave up a franchise-worst 601 total yards — with Derrick Henry accounting for 212 yards on 22 carries. But despite their struggles against the run, the Texans' secondary were just as faulty. They gave up a total of 338 yards through the air and allowed Tannehill to go 8-for-9 down the field during the Titans' final drive of regulation.

Had Houston's defense made a stop during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, the Texans could have ended the game 2-0 under their interim head coach.

"I wanted to go ahead and get the two points — I felt like that would have put the game out of reach for them," Crennel said. "If we had gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. But we did not get it. We did not perform well in overtime, and they [Titans] won the game."

Following Sunday's heartbreaking loss, Texans safety Justin Reid said it best, "Had we converted on the two-point conversion, this would be a totally different conversation. So it is what it is."

Up next, the 1-5 Texans will look to bounce back from defeat against the 4-1 Green Bay Packers, inside NRG Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 12:00 PM CT.

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