With 333 total yards, the Deer Park football team stunned the Pasadena Memorial Mavericks 16-3 in the regular season finale. The Deer finish the regular season 7-3, 5-2 in District 22-5A.
On the strength of Deer Park's Andy Pettitte's left arm and Hideki Matsui's six RBIs, the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 to win the 2009 World Series in six games
Pettitte, a graduate of Deer Park High School, pitched five and two-thirds innings got the win in the championship-clinching game. He won two games in the 2009 series.
"This is what I came back I came back for," said Pettitte as a raucous Yankee Stadium crowd chanted his name. "I thank God for the opportunity. I'm blessed to be here. "
The Deer Park volleyball team opened the playoffs with a sweep over visiting Channelview in the bi-district round. They will face Clear Lake Friday night at Pasadena Memorial High School at 7 p.m.
Chandler Meyers' spectacular 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the only score Deer Park could muster as they fell at home 27-7 to Pearland Friday night.
Meyers broke three tackles, including one as he crossed into the endzone to put an electric charge into Clyde Abshier Stadium. Unfortunately for the Deer, it was their only major highlight.
The Oilers (7-2, 5-1) got on the board first, with Miles Kanipes returning an errant Austin Rainer pass for a touchdown. The following PAT made the score 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Meyers fielded the ball at his own two yard line before bolting down the far sideline and turning toward the middle of the field. With the help of a few key blocks, he avoided two tackles and broke free down the middle. He broke a final tackle just as he finished the run. Jacob O'Neill's extra point tied the game at seven with 39 seconds in the first.
After that, the Oilers went into full throttle. They led 20-7 at halftime and tallied a final touchdown with 1:34 in the game.
Rainer finished the game with 61 yards on five-of-13 passing and two interceptions. Shawn Oneychi had 20 carries good for 113 yards.
Deer Park (6-3, 4-2) plays their regular season finale on the road against Pasadena Memorial Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
With one game remaining, Deer Park has clinched a spot in the Texas High School Football playoffs. They will play either North Shore or Beaumont Westbrook in the opening round, according to Deer Park ISD Athletic Director Jerry Creel. If the Deer draw North Shore, the game will be played at Abshier Stadium. If they draw Westbrook, there is the possibility the game could be played at Stallworth Stadium, in Baytown.
Deer Park's opponent for the opening round of the 5A State Volleyball Playoffs is Channelview Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the North Campus. The Falcons finished in third place in District 21-5A with a 6-3 record and 13-19 mark overall. Away from home, they were 5-6 in the 2009 campaign. The Deer finished their regular season winning 10 out of their final 11 matches after starting district play 1-2.