Manvel loses heartbreaker to Dickinson 45-42

MANVEL — Manvel scored the game's first nine points on a 13-yard TD pass from Kaeden Smith to Caden Harris and then recorded a safety off a high snap on a Dickinson punt for a 9-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

But Dickinson cut into the lead with a 71-yard pass reception by De’Rion Crooms setting up an 11-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Green to cut the lead to 9-6.

In the second quarter, the two sides traded TDs with a 10-yard run from De’Monte Seymore, a 67-yard run by Martin, a 31-yard run by Ty Harris and an 11-yard run by Martin setting the score at 23-20 in Manvel’s favor with 44 seconds left in the first half.

The Mavs set up for a 38-yard field goal to extend their lead going into halftime, but the kick was blocked by Vernon Glover and Kaleb Walker raced 70 yards for the unlikely score to give the Gators their first lead, 27-23, going into intermission.

Manvel scored on the opening drive of the second half on a 4-yard scoring run by Seymore, but the extra point kick was blocked, and Kolby Harris raced to the opposite end zone for two points for Dickinson to put the score at 29-29.

Dickinson took the lead on a scoring drive of its own which was capped by a 4-yard TD run by Sanders for a 35-29 lead, but the Mavs grabbed the lead back, 36-35, on a 16-yard TD run by Seymore with 2:18 left in the third quarter.

The Gators got a 25-yard field goal from Chance Gage to put Dickinson back in front 38-35, but Manvel regained the lead, 42-38, on Seymore’s fourth TD run of the night: an 8-yard sprint.

With less than two minutes to go, a Dickinson snap was bobbled, but senior quarterback Luke Martin picked it up and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Layton Paul for the final score in Dickinson’s thrilling 45-42 season-opening win against Class 5A-I preseason No. 2 state-ranked Manvel at Sam Vitanza Stadium.

After Dickinson’s go-ahead score, the Mavericks’ offense took over near midfield with 1:46 on the game clock and one timeout to work with, and managed to drive to the Gators’ 7-yard line with three seconds left to set up a 24-yard field goal.

But, after Dickinson head coach John Snelson called a timeout to ice the kicker, the attempt hooked wide right to allow the Gators to get the hard-fought win.

“Manvel is a really talented team, and we didn’t play well early,” Snelson said. “They came out and punched us in the mouth, and we just stayed steady and believed in each other....I love the chemistry of this team.”

Manvel will host the Crosby Cougars on Friday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Freedom Field.