By Joshua Koch
HOUSTON – Katy had four chances.
Four shots to get into the end zone from the two-yard line, four opportunities to reclaim the lead against North Shore and four chances to extend an impressive streak of State Quarterfinals appearances.
The Tigers (10-3) ran right at the Mustangs’ defense with its one-two punch of Josh Oglesby and Kadarius Page play after play.
With fourth and goal from the one and only 1:38 left in the game, Katy put its season into the hands of Oglesby, who had rushed for 157 yards and two scores up till that play.
Oglesby went to the right. Waiting for him were Jacoby Allen and Michael Boult, who stood him up and pushed him back.
North Shore’s defense held.
“It was huge,” North Shore coach Jon Kay said. “If you went man for man with the size of our defensive line and the size of their offensive line there’s no question that we’re going to be at a disadvantage. But those kids have the hearts of champions and just so proud of the way they reacted.”
A few plays and a pair of kneel downs later the North Shore (12-1) sideline broke into celebration as the Mustangs completed the come-from-behind victory beating Katy 20-17 on Friday at NRG Stadium to advance to the State Quarterfinals.
“I don’t really know right now to be honest with you,” Kay said about how he was feelng following the win. “For it to end that way, we knew if we got a first down just to see the offense in victory formation against Katy in the third round in an atmosphere like this is pretty special.”
The Mustangs’ defense held Katy to just 247 yards, after the Tigers have been averaging nearly 400 yards a game this season.
Katy relied on the legs of Joshua Oglesby, who finished with a season high 30 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns. In the end he wasn’t enough.
North Shore’s Kerrion Hadnot finished with seven carries for 96 yards, 48 of those coming on his eventual game-winning touchdown.
Bryant Badie finished with another impressive dual-threat performance with 49 yards rushing and a score, while going 9 of 15 for 102 yards and a touchdown.
North Shore advances to the State Quarterfinals for the sixth time since 1990 and for the third time since 2012.
“We have a long way to go, obviously, at some point we’d like to have as many of those State (Championship) trophies that they have over there at Katy High School,” Kay said. “That’s still the gold standard right now, that’s what every program in the Houston area is trying to reach and we’re in line trying to reach that as well.”
North Shore will take on the winner of Lamar and Atascocita next Friday at 7 p.m. inside NRG Stadium.