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Tough loss ends Deer postseason hopes

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

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The Deer Park football team bowed out of the 2017 playoffs with a 48-7 loss Friday night at home against Northshore. The Deer ended the season with a 6-4 record and 6-0 in District 22-6A. The undefeated mark earned the team its first district title since 2011.

fbvsnorthshoreThe Deer football team had a difficult time with Northshore at Friday's playoff game. The Deer eventually fell 48-7. Photo by Andrew Pressley/Deer Park Photos.The Deer Park football team’s season came to an end Friday night with a 48-7 loss to Northshore at Abshier Stadium.

Northshore got on the board early and often, racing out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter.

Stymied by the Mustang defense, the Deer broke through in the second quarter. Facing a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Deer Park had to choose between a field goal attempt or to go all-in for the touchdown one more time.

Head Coach Chris Massey elected for the latter, and this decision payed off when QB Broc Weidner forced the ball in on a quarterback sneak. Cameron Garner’s ensuing PAT was good, and Deer Park was now on the board with 7:36 left to play in the half.

Unfortunately for the Deer, Northshore kept up the pressure and eventually took a 42-7 lead at halftime. The Mustangs added a second-half touchdown, but missed the point after to drag the lead to 48-7.

Deer Head Coach Chris Massey said the loss difficult, but was still proud of what his team accomplished this season and is looking forward to next year.

“We did end up winning a District Championship after having a rough start so I was proud of how they bounced back and did what they had to do to get that title. I’m also proud of the seniors that stayed the course this year,” he said.

“I’m going to tell the young guys coming up to enjoy Thanksgiving break but we have a district championship to defend so we are gonna get right to work on that. We just have to get better in the playoffs, and every phase in our game. Offensively, defensively, special teams, our strength, our speed; you name it, we gotta get better at it. We have a lot of returning guys so they’re going to have to step up and be leaders,” said Massey.

One of these leaders is Weidner, who will be a senior next year.

“We just got to put this behind us and come back after the break ready to work. Our season starts after Thanksgiving break, it doesn’t start next spring or next fall. We got a lot of guys returning on offense and we had such a great season this year so we’re gonna build off of that and just come out better next year. I’m ready to challenge myself as a leader. I trust in my team and I’ll continue to prove to them that they can trust me,” Weidner said.