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As big underdogs tonight vs North Shore, Flynn wants to see Deer Park leave it all on the field

October 12, 2018

Perhaps not since his senior year at Iowa State has Austin Flynn felt so hungry to see his team compete at an extremely high level.

In 2006, as a wide receiver for the Cyclones, Flynn and Co. went up against four consecutive nationally-ranked conference teams in Iowa (16), Texas (7), Nebraska (22) and Oklahoma (23).

As one of the Big 12 Conference’s leading receivers in terms of receptions, Flynn wanted to win so badly against that murderer’s row of quality opponents.

Tonight at Galena Park ISD Stadium, Deer Park’s new head football coach will be confronting high school’s version of a quality opponent, a very, very strong quality opponent.

Deer Park opposes state-ranked and unbeaten North Shore High School in a 7 p.m. District 21-6A kickoff.

“Individually, they obviously have some great talent and then you add that with coaching. Coach (John) Kay does a heck of a job. You still have to scheme that and coach Kay does that just as well as anybody. The combination with the coaching and the talent is what really sets them over the top,” Flynn said.

Ranked No. 1 in Region III by the Texas High School Coaches Association, North Shore is and has been the cream of the crop.

Flynn’s message to his 1-1 Deer for tonight is essentially to relax, leave it all on the field and have fun. Everyone and their grandmother is expecting a North Shore victory.

“We’re not giving in by any means. Were going to compete, I don’t care who it is. We’re going to do that week in and week out. At the end of the day, there’s no pressure on us. There’s not one person outside this football family that will pick us to win. They have the targets on their chest. That’s the biggest thing. Go compete. They’ve got great talent, But I think we’ve got talent in this locker room as well,” Flynn said.

From his football career, the No. 1 lesson that was instilled in Flynn was the mental game and that you belong on the same field as a team such as North Shore.

In a nutshell, North Shore exhibits a balanced attack on offense and a very stingy defense.

Dematrius Davis, Jr., just a sophomore, is the probable starting quarterback. He’s on his way to a 1,000-yard season in the passing game because he’s got a sophomore teammate who leads 21-6A in receiving yards to go with multiple TDs.

The running game is led by folks such as Zachary Evans and John Gentry.

Any hope of taking this game to the fourth quarter will require Deer Park to keep North Shore’s offense on the sidelines as much as possible, keep the defense fresh, not give them short fields and win the special teams game with not only deep punts but unreturnable ones.

“Do we have to play as close to a perfect game against an opponent like North Shore, no doubt about it. But you gotta have the belief even before it happens that you belong on that football field. My message to my guys is, don’t back down for a minute,” Flynn said.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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