Manvel takes out Crosby 39-27

MANVEL — What a difference a year makes especially when you consider that Manvel lost to Crosby last year 49-47. It was only one of two losses during the regular season. The other was a one-point loss to Fort Bend Marshall in the district showdown game.

This year was a different story for Manvel as they dominated most of the game building a 39-14 lead before Crosby closed the gap to 39-27 as time ran out.

Crosby took the opening kickoff to their own 40 and scored on a 6-play, 60-yard drive capped off by a 47-yard scoring pass from Deniquez Dunn to Jalen Herman. The Cougars missed the 2-point conversion to leave them with a 6-0 lead with 9:55 left in the opening period.

But Manvel responded with six-play, 67-yard scoring drive with QB Tucker Yarbrough finding Jalen Walthall on a 30-yard scoring strike. The PAT was good by Antonio Rodriquez for a 7-6 lead with 8:24 left in the first period.

With 1:28 left in the opening stanza, Manvel would score again as Yarbrough found Walthall open on a 15-yard scoring pass. The PAT was good and the Mavs had a 14-6 advantage.

Crosby narrowed the lead to 14-13 with a 4-yard scoring run at the 9:54 second quarter mark.

The Mavs answered with a 87-yard, 10-play drive that resulted in another Yarbrough to Walthall 20-yard scoring toss giving the Mavs a 21-13 lead with 5:47 left before halftime.

Manvel got an interception on Crosby's next possession by De'Undre Potts placing the ball at the Cougar 45.

It took only two plays as Donovan Eaglin busted through a hole and raced 43 yards for the touchdown and a 27-13 lead at intermission following the missed PAT.

Crosby did attempt a 24-yard field goal at the end of the first half which missed the mark.

Manvel opened the second half with a 65-yard scoring bomb from Yarbrough to Jalen Paxton that took only 22 seconds off the clock. The PAT missed the mark leaving the Mavs with a 33-13 advantage.

Manvel would score on their next possession as Jordan Vaughn scored on an 8-yard scamper to increase the margin to 39-13 with 10:00 left in the third.

The Cougars would score the final points of the game leaving the final 39-27 in favor of the Mavs.

Yarbrough was19-of-33 for 308 yards and four TDs.

Eaglin had 13 carries for 142 yards and one score.

Walthall had six grabs for 104 yards and three scores while Paxton had five catches for 126 yards and one TD.

Manvel improves to 2-0 and will host Sharpstown on Thursday, September 12 at Freedom Field at 7:00 p.m.