Last night brought one of the first major national upsets, as North Shore, the defending MaxPreps/National Prep Poll National Champs and USA Today #2 (MaxPreps Consensus Poll #5) was taken down on its home field by unranked local rival and fellow Texas power Katy, 24-21.
This has become something like the Houston-area public school version of Bosco and Mater Dei, with these schools both annually being in contention for the biggest division state title (6A-1), being in the same playoff region/section, and trading victories every year — often ending each other’s season.
After Katy went 16-0 and won its 8th state title in 2015 at the 6A-D2 level, North Shore ended their season in 2016 with a 20-17 win in the 6A-D1 regional semis. In 2017, Katy got its revenge, blasting NS 31-3, this time in the regional final. In 2018, NS served up a double dose of clapback, beating Katy 35-21 in the season opener, then ending Katy’s season again in the regional semis, 49-38 on the way to a 16-0 season.
Last night’s Katy victory was their first at North Shore’s Galena Park ISD stadium, and included them shutting out NS 17-0 and outgaining NS 172 to minus 6 in the second half, not to mention holding ESPN’s #1 overall recruit RB Zach Evans to 37 yards on just 10 carries.
Katy is obviously a great program, but with all the hype North Shore received at the end of last season and the beginning of this year, it’s certainly not a good look to lose to an unranked rival on your home field, and not look very good whatsoever down the stretch.
Given they are abiding by the unwritten Texas UIL policy of limiting out of state games (none this year) and NEVER playing outside of the Lone Star State, unless they run the table from here on out (including possibly winning a rematch), this loss seriously reduced their chances at #1 — unless all the other top teams around the nation (including MD and SJB) take an L as well.