Manvel loses a heartbreaker to Crosby 49-47


MANVEL — Coaches try to instill into their players the concept of playing all 48 minutes and Crosby found out down to the final second when they scored on the final play of the game against Manvel to pull out a shocking 49-47 win with no time left on the game clock.

It appeared that Manvel was going to run away with this non-district game after jumping out to a 21-7 first quarter lead.

If someone had told Manvel coach Kevin Hall that his two running backs were going to pile up a total of 501 yards on the ground and score seven touchdowns and still lose, he would say you have lost your mind.

But that is exactly what happened as Garrison Johnson had 192 yards on 12 carries and five touchdowns while Ladarius Owens had 309 yards on 26 totes and two scores.

Johnson scored on runs of 13, 7, 40, 2, and 42 yards while Owens scored on runs of 66 and 18 yards.

Crosby took the second quarter 10-7 to cut the margin to 28-17 at intermission.

But the Cougars dominated the third quarter by outscoring the Mavs 19-6 to take a 36-34 lead into the final frame.

The two teams scored 13 points each in the final quarter, but Manvel took the lead with only 2:32 left in the game on a 42-yard Garrison touchdown giving Manvel a 47-43 lead after the 2-point conversion came up short.

The final possession for Crosby saw them drive the ball to the Manvel 7 with only 1 second remaining in the game.

Backup QB Kobe Coker entered the game on the final play sending Crosby's starting QB Jaiden Howard out as a wide receiver. Coker lofted the ball in the right corner of the end zone and Howard made a diving catch in the corner in front of a Manvel defender for the unbelievable touchdown giving the Cougars the 49-47 win.

The Mavs will begin district this week when they travel to Butler Stadium to face Sharpstown at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14.