Manvel knocks off Crosby 35-21

MANVEL — There were a lot of questions being asked Manvel head coach Kirk Martin regarding his 2016 football team after being hit with the graduation of over 20 players who moved on to play at the next level.

One of the biggest questions was who was going to replace four-year starting QB D'Eriq King, who amassed over 10,000 yards in his high school career while moving on to the University of Houston.

Answers to the overall team play was answered as the Mavericks beat No. 2 area-ranked Crosby 35-21.

Manvel is now playing at the Class 5A level due to this year's opening of Shadow Creek High School which took a good portion of his future players.

But Martin didn't have to go any further than a bedroom in his home to find the answer to his quarterback replacement as son, Kason, got the nod to become the next Manvel field general. The junior responded quite well as he led the Mavs to the season opening win against a team that some of the pre-season prognosticators had Crosby as a possible state title contender.

That prediction might come true, but not on Manvel's watch just like the Mavs beat 2015 6A Div. I state champion North Shore last season.

Meanwhile, the young Martin was 13-of-27 passing for 233 yards and 3 TDs in his debut for the Mavs.

Of course, the test only gets harder as the Mavs will travel to face North Shore on Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Galena Park ISD Stadium.

The game against Crosby was supposed to be much closer than it turned out to be as Manvel used a 28-point second quarter to ride the 35-21 victory.

Crosby opened the game with a 71-yard scoring run by Manny Netherly with 11:38 left in the first quarter to quickly take a 6-0 lead after missing the extra point.

Manvel scored with 5:18 left in the opening period when Yeskin Williams-Walker return a fumble 35-yards for a touchdown. Luis Moreno booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead.

The Mavs then went on a 28-8 scoring spree in the second frame to build a 35-14 advantage.

Manvel scored on an 11-yard run by Jalen Preston; an 8-yard pass from Martin to Keylon Stokes; an 85-yard scoring bomb from Martin to Preston; and a 17-yard pass from Martin to Michael Tolds to end the scoring for the Mavs.

Crosby scored on a 27-yard pass from Netherly to Craig Williams. The two-point conversion was good leaving the Mavs with a 35-14 halftime lead.

The Cougars did score on a 24-yard pass from Netherly to Cedric Patterson with 5:34 left in the game to post the 35-21 final score.

Manvel had 310 total yards including 77-yards on the ground which was led by Caleb Jolivette who had eight carries for 74 yards.

Preston led the receiving corps with 84 yards on two catches and one TD. Stokes had 84 yards on six grabs and one score.