Westlake vs North Shore High School Football Live on 9 Dec 2023
North Shore ends Westlake’s historic run, advances to state final: In one of the most anticipated matchups of the Texas high school football season, the North Shore Mustangs and the Westlake Chaparrals met in the Class 6A Division I state semifinals on Saturday at Rice Stadium in Houston. Both teams entered the game undefeated and ranked among the top 20 in the nation by MaxPreps, with Westlake holding the longest active winning streak in the country at 54 games. However, North Shore proved to be the better team on the field, as they ended Westlake’s remarkable run with a 49–34 victory and advanced to their third consecutive state championship game.
The game was a high-scoring affair, as both offenses showcased their firepower and versatility. North Shore relied on a balanced attack, led by senior wide receiver David Amador, who played quarterback for most of the game and threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 80 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore defensive back Evan Jackson also contributed on offense, throwing for 83 yards and a touchdown, and scoring on a 79-yard punt return. Junior running back Jordan Lyle added 75 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while senior wide receiver James Madison caught four passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Westlake, on the other hand, leaned on their passing game, led by senior quarterback Cade Klubnik, who completed 23 of 36 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 51 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Jaden Greathouse was his favorite target, catching 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Keaton Kubecka and junior wide receiver Luke Nicklos also caught touchdown passes for the Chaparrals.
The game was close in the first half, as both teams traded touchdowns and turnovers. North Shore scored first on a 18-yard run by Lyle, but Westlake answered with a 7-yard pass from Klubnik to Greathouse. The Mustangs then fumbled twice inside the Chaparrals’ 5-yard line, preventing them from extending their lead. The score was tied 7–7 at halftime.
The game changed in the second half, as North Shore scored on the opening play of the third quarter, when Mack returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown. The Mustangs then added another touchdown on a 17-yard run by Amador, making it 21–7. Westlake tried to keep up, as Klubnik threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Kubecka, but North Shore responded with a 83-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Madison, making it 28–14. The Chaparrals then cut the deficit to seven points, as Klubnik ran for a 1-yard touchdown, but the Mustangs extended their lead to 14 points again, as Amador threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Lyle, making it 35–21.
The fourth quarter was more of the same, as both teams exchanged scores, but North Shore never let Westlake get closer than seven points. The Mustangs scored on a 8-yard run by Sands, while the Chaparrals scored on a 5-yard pass from Klubnik to Nicklos. The final nail in the coffin came with less than two minutes left in the game, when Amador broke free for a 64-yard touchdown run, making it 49–34. Westlake’s last drive ended with an interception by Hussey, sealing the win for North Shore.
The Mustangs celebrated their win, as they snapped Westlake’s 54-game winning streak, which was the fourth longest in Texas high school football history. North Shore also extended their own winning streak to 28 games, and advanced to their fourth state title game in the last five years. The Mustangs will face the winner of Duncanville and Prosper in the Class 6A Division I state championship game next weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The Chaparrals, meanwhile, applauded their effort and their historic season, as they finished with a 14–1 record and fell short of their fourth consecutive state title. Westlake also showed their class and sportsmanship, as they congratulated North Shore on their win and wished them luck in the state final.