Manvel thrashes Sharpstown 76-0


MANVEL — When a team is placed in a district by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) -- they don't have a choice what other teams are in the league.

In Manvel's case -- they were probably placed in one of the weakest districts in the state except having Fort Bend Marshall in the same league. The district championship will be decided when these two teams face one another just like last year. Marshall edged Manvel last season by one point and then went on to play for a 5A Div. II state championship where they came up short against state-power Aledo.

When the Mavs faced the Sharpstown Apollos, it was apparent from the start of the game that Manvel would rout their district foe who only had 23 players in uniform and less than 20 fans on the visitor's side at Freedom Field.

Give credit to Sharpstown, who did bring their band of less than 50 members, as they did give their best effort to support their team during the game and at halftime.

The Sharpstown football players gave a strong effort, but they were no match for the Mavs who scored at will.

The final score could have been much worse than the 76-0 final score. It was 62-0 at halftime.

The Manvel coaching staff cleared the bench to allow every player to play in the game.

It took only two plays for the Mavs to score on their first possession of the game and the rout was on.

Manvel quarterback Tucker Yarbrough launched a 44-yard scoring missile to Jalen Walthall for the game's first touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 11:30 left in the first quarter.

Yarbrough had five touchdown passes23 for the game while hitting 11-of-14 passing for 192 yards.

The signal-caller threw scoring strikes to Malachi McLean (10-yards); Davyon Henderson (17 and 19-yards); and Jalen Paxton (45-yards) -- all in the first half.

The Mavs got scoring runs from Donavan Eaglin (13-yards), Caleb Jordan (1-yard); Isaih Jackson (23-yards); and Jordan Vaughn (2-yards).

Edwin Law recovered a Sharpstown fumble in the end zone for a score and Rashad Dease caught a 56-yard scoring pass from Kyler Williams.

The score at halftime was 62-0.

Manvel improves to 3-0 on the season and will travel to Hall Stadium to face Fort Bend Marshall on Friday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the game that will decide the District 11-5A-II championship.