With bouncing back from their loss two weeks ago against Hightower apparently still fresh on their minds, the Manvel Mavericks bounced Angleton in the process, delivering a 49-10 knockout of the Wildcats, Friday night at Wildcats’ Stadium.
Moving their record to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in 10-5A Division I Football play, the Mavericks dominated throughout with the exception of a pair of special teams’ miscues.
The Wildcats converted a bad Manvel punt snap into the game’s initial tallies, as Josh Hernandez booted a 36-yard field goal for a 3-0 Angleton lead with 9:36 remaining in the opening period.
However, the Mavs took a little over a half a minute to respond with De`Monte Seymour exploding for a 66-yard touchdown run on Manvel’s second play from scrimmage following the ensuing kickoff.
Seymour paced the 430-yard Manvel ground onslaught with 196 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns.
Antonio Rodriguez added the PAT for a 7-3 Mavs’ edge.
After the Manvel defense forced an Angleton punt, Collin Wright busted loose for an electrifying 60-yard punt return.
Despite losing the ball to the turf at the Wildcats’ 20-yard line, the senior managed to scoop it back up and dash the remaining distance to put the Mavs up 14-3.
Things continued to unravel for the Wildcats during the first quarter, as not even being back up at their own 3-yard line following another Angleton punt was stopping Kevin Hall’s squad on this night.
The Mavs promptly marched towards more points with Kelby Williams turning a short Kaeden Smith pass into a 48-yard reception gain. Williams’ run-and-catch set up Ty Harris’ 6-yard run with 47.7 seconds still left in the period to increase Manvel’s lead to 21-3.
Smith completed 7 of 8 passes for 102 yards, while Harris added 89 yards on the ground on 13 carries and two TD’s.
Another short Harris scoring run (3 yards) extended the margin to 28-3 with 7:52 left in the second. Angleton managed to close within 28-10 at the break, thanks to Elijah Walker picking up a loose Manvel punt snap and racing 20 yards to the end zone.
However, the Manvel quickly reestablished the momentum in the third with Seymour (33 and 3 yards) rambling for a pair of TD’s to make it 42-10. Seymour’s second TD was set by Lemarkus Owens hauling in a 40-yard fling from Smith.
Back-up signal caller Jakoby Stephenson capped the scoring for the Mavs with a 9-yard keeper late in the final period.
The Mavs also delivered an overwhelming performance on the defensive side of ball by limiting the explosive Wildcats’ attack to only 85 yards of total and sacking Angleton QB’s 7.5 times.
End Kivon Wright provided five of those sacks. Senior linebacker Tyree Scranton also had a big night with 12 tackles.
The Mavs next host Foster, Oct. 15 at AISD Freedom Field at 7 p.m.