SPEED TO BURN - Manvel running back Jordan Vaughn (28) will be a key player on offense for the Mavericks this season.Vaughn had 556 yards rushing on 96 carries for 11 touchdowns last season and should be the featured ball carrier his senior year
MANVEL — Manvel and Shadow Creek are connected by the same school district -- Alvin ISD. The past two years, they were both in Class 5A, but in different divisions.
As the 2020 season gets underway in a few weeks, Manvel will continue to compete in 5A while their district cousin moved up to 6A thanks to the realignment by the UIL.
While Shadow Creek got most of the headlines last year after going 16-0 and winning the 5A Div. I state championship, Manvel had an incredible season as well going 13-1 while advancing to the 5A Region III Div. II title game.
The Mavericks won their district, but lost to league rival Fort Bend Marshall in the Region III finals. Marshall went on to advance to the 5A Div. II state title game where they came up short to state-power Aledo 45-42.
Manvel is in a new district without FB Marshall and they are once again picked to win the league crown.
But that doesn't mean it will be easy as there are some very competitive teams in the district so head coach Kevin Hall is going to have to see his chargers be ready to play each week.
Besides Manvel, the rest of the league are picked to finish in this order: Manvel, Richmond Foster, FB Hightower, Angleton, Katy Paetow, FB Kempner, Rosenburg Terry, Houston Milby, and Houston Wisdom.
The Mavs will depend on their defense to be the early strength, but the offense isn't without talent and speed.
Leading the way on offense will be RB Jordan Vaughn (6-3, 215, 4.6) and RB De'monte Seymore (5-8, 205, 4.6). There will also be speed to burn with the wide receivers led by WR Jalen Walthall (6-2, 180, 4.6), WR/DB Malachi McLean (5-11, 185, 4.5), WR Zion Johnkins, WR Kelby Williams, and WR Isiah King.
The offensive line will be anchored by Hunter Schroeder (6-1, 230), Jaden Edmonson (6-1, 280), and OL Christen Robinson.
The biggest question will be who will be the field general to lead the offensive attack where there will be inexperience.
But the Mavs have always found someone at the position and this year should be no different.
Defensively, Manvel will look to DE J.P. Deeter (6-3, 260), Josh Kennard, and LB Justin Medlock (6-1, 215, 4.6) to lead the way.
They will get plenty of help by FS Corey Swinney (6-0, 180, 4.5), DB Jaqai Neal, CB Jordan Bennett, and CB Benjamin Wilson.