Bouncing back from their heartbreaking defeat to Dickinson on the road in week one, the Manvel Mavericks pulled away in the second half for a 35-21 victory over Crosby Friday night at Freedom Field in Iowa Colony.
After the Cougars evened things at 14-14 on Quincy Jones’ 8-yard run early in the second half, the Mavericks (1-1) quickly responded with a six-play drive, capped by quarterback Kaeden Smith’s 20-yard keeper with 8:57 left in the third.
Manvel continued to pad its lead. Ty Harris went in from a yard out to make it 28-14 and De`Monte Seymour exploded for an 81-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds still left in the third to give the Mavs their biggest lead at 35-14.
Seymour unloaded on the Crosby defense for 226 yards on 15 carries and two TD’s. Harris also nearly reached the triple digit rushing barrier with 94 yards on 15 carries and one TD.
Crosby attempted to rally late with Cyrin Myles firing a 27-yard scoring toss to Kameren Kirkwood with seven minutes left to cut the deficit to 35-21. The Cougars moved within scoring range on their next series, as well.
However, the Mavs’ defense rose up to stop the possession, sewing up the victory.
The Cougars struck for the game’s initial tallies with Myles’ 1-yard run giving Crosby a 7-0 lead with 9:07 remaining in the opening period.
Seymour answered from 14 yards out with 10:48 left in the second for a 7-7 affair and the Manvel special teams then came up with another big play, blocking Trevor Helburg’s 50-yard field goal attempt.
Chancellor Whittaker grabbed Helburg’s short kick in the air and dashed 58 yards to give the Mavs their first lead at 14-7 with 4:45 left before the break. The Mavs were on the other end of special teams’ blocked kicks twice last week against Dickinson with the Gators returning both deflected field goal and PAT attempts for scores.
The Mavs next open 10-5A D-1 play by hosting Houston Wisdom Sept. 10 at Freedom Field.
In other area action, the Shadow Creek Sharks dropped a 24-14 decision to Bridgeland Saturday at FCU Stadium in Cypress.
The Sharks had rallied to cut a 17-0 halftime deficit to 17-14 late in the second half, before the Bears finally put the game away in the fourth quarter.
Duke Butler passed for 110 yards and one TD in the contest, while Sean Gilbert and Maurice Williams intercepted passes for Shadow Creek and Theo Randle and Zion Taylor had sacks.
The Sharks next play Cy Woods Friday at FCU Stadium in Cypress at 7 p.m.