Mavericks non-district schedule to prepare them for season

MANVEL — Manvel posted a 9-3 mark in 2018 with a trip to the area round in the post-season where they lost to Huntsville.

Head coach Kevin Hall will welcome one offensive and five defensive starters back to go with 23 lettermen for the 2019 season as graduation hit the Mavs hard last year.

The only offensive starter returning is All-District WR Jalen Paxton (6-0, 185, 4.5) who should provide a special skill set for the offense.

The Mavs will be tested more in non-district than in the league games except when they face the Fort Bend Marshall Buffaloes which should decide the district champion like it did last year.

The rest of the league teams really don't offer much resistance until the Mavs enter the post-season.

Clear Lake Falcons
Friday, August 30 - Challenger Stadium - 7:00 p.m.

Manvel easily took care o the Falcons last season 42-6 and there's no indication they won't be able to take care of business again this year.

Clear Lake did make the playoffs last season going 6-6 overall and advancing to the area round, but with only two offensive and two defensive starters returning with 20 lettermen -- it appears that Clear Lake will finish in the lower half of the league standings unless some unknow talent steps up especially in the trenches where games are won and lost.

The Falcons have a good running back returning in Brendon Holms (5-8, 190, 4.5) who had 569 yards and 8 TDs last year while missing time due to injuries.

Quarterback Donovan Sweeny (6-1, 190, 4.6) played as a result of an injury to the starting quarterback. He threw for 679 yards and 9 TDs so he should be ready to step up to lead the offense.

Other offensive prospects include: OL Alex Williams (6-3, 250), QB/DB Jackson Carter (6-2, 185, 4.7), WR Julian Humphrey (6-1, 165, 4.5), OL Aaron Douglas, and QB Tyler Durst.

Defensively, the Falcons will be led by DBs Mark Wilson (6-1, 175, 4.5) who had 2 INTs and Tommy Geremia (6-1, 190, 4.6) who had 83 tackles. Both are considered FBS prospects.

Other defensive prospects include: ATH Blake Baltazar (6-1, 190, 4.6), DL Jaime Sanchez (6-1, 240, 4.8), DL Anthony Zapata, DL Larry Everfield, DB Andre Massicon, and LB Jaden Washington.

Prediction: Manvel 28 - Clear Lake 10

Crosby Cougars
Thursday, September 5 - Freedom Field - 7:00 p.m.

Manvel came up short against Crosby last season 49-47 which was only one of the two losses they suffered in the regular season.

This time, the Cougars will come to Freedom Field to face the Mavericks after finishing 7-3 overall and 4-3 in district in 2018, but didn't make the post-season for the first time since 2004.

Crosby is picked to finish fourth in their district that is headlined by Port Naches-Groves, Nederland, and Barbers Hill.

The Cougars have a new coach in Jerry Prieto who arrives at Crosby as the former offensive coordinator at Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial. He inherits a very young team with four offensive and three defensive starters returning with 20 lettermen.

The offense is built around strong offensive linemen in Keegan Schexnayer and Blaine Berry.

WRs E'Monte Wilson and Hubert Mitchell are the top pass catchers while QB Deniquez Dunn will guide the offense.

Other offensive prospects include: OL Robert Medina and kicker Trevor Helburg.

The defense will be led by LB Hunter Bailey and DB Marcus Jnoffin with strong support from DB Jaden Fields, and DL Tramell White.

Prediction: Manvel 28 - Crosby 24

Sharpstown Apollos
Thursday, September 12 - Freedom Field - 7:00 p.m.

This game should be another rout as the Mavericks beat Sharpstown 60-0 last year. The score could be the same again in 2019.

Sharpstown was 0-9 last year and 0-8 in district.

WR Lidarian Carter is probably their best player, but he won't get enough support for the Apollos to win a game this season as they are picked to finish last again.

The Apollos have a steep climb out of the district cellar this year and the offense and defense will need a much better effort to post a win.

Prediction: Manvel 48 - Sharpstown 0