Manvel runs past FB Marshall 56-27

MANVEL — The No. 2 Class 5A state-ranked Manvel Mavericks needed a little resistance and they got it from the Fort Bend Marshall Buffaloes. At least for the first three quarters until the Mavs shifted into another gear and blew out the Buffs 56-27.

"They're a really good football team, very well-coached, with a lot of speed, and we needed a fight like that," Manvel coach Kirk Martin said. "Our kids needed that, and I was proud of how we did respond."

The Mavs weren't tested by the Buffs last season as Manvel easily won 63-6.

The No. 12 Buffaloes tested Manvel early this season as they scored on a 66-yard pass from Jabari James to Devon Achane on the game's first pass for a 7-0 lead with 10:35 left in the opening quarter.

But Manvel's quick-strike offense took just a little over two minutes to even up the score 7-7 as Texas A&M commit Deneric Prince broke free on a 38-yard scoring dash with 8:04 left in the first period.

Less than a minute later, Manvel's defense got in on the scoring act as linebacker Trent Serrato caused a fumble by James and defensive tackle Derrick Williams scooped the ball up and rumbled 48 yards for a 14-7 lead with 7:05 left in the first quarter.

Marshall was determined to compete and with 2:29 left in the opening stanza, the Buffs intercepted Manvel QB Kason Martin and eventually turned the miscue into a 20-yard scoring strike. A missed PAT left the Mavs clinging to a 14-13 lead.

Manvel got the ball back on their own 50. It took only one play as Jalen Preston, another A&M commit, took a direct snap and weaved his way for a 50-yard scoring jaunt putting the Mavs up 21-13 with 10:58 left in the second quarter.

Martin redeemed his previously misguided aerial by hitting Kam Scott for a 38-yard scoring strike down the left sideline for a 28-13 advantage with 7:04 to play before the end of the first half.

Another interception by Martin thwarted a late drive leaving the Mavs in front 28-13 at intermission.

With 8:58 left in the third quarter, Marshall scored on a 22-yard scoring pass to pull within 28-20, but that was as close as the Buffaloes would get.

Manvel reeled off four straight touchdowns on an 18-yard scoring run by Prince, a 17-yard scoring pass from Martin to Preston, and two touchdown runs by Garrison Johnson covering 6 and 55 yards for a 56-20 lead with 7:25 left in the final quarter.

Marshall got a 52-yard scoring run from Achane with 3:07 left in the game to make the final score 56-27.

"We've got a really good football team," Martin said. "(But) we've got way too many penalties. I've talked to them all year about discipline, I'm running the mess out of them every time we have a personal foul, and I'll be danged if we don't get another one. It's frustrating."

Prince led the ground attack with 12 carries for 148 yards and two scores while Johnson added 109 yards on 10 totes for two TDs.

Martin was 6-of-14 for 108 yards and two touchdowns and two INTs.

Preston had three catches for 44 yards and one TD while Scott had one grab for 38 yards and a score.

"This is a big step forward, as far as winning the district championship, but we've got bigger fish to fry," Martin said. "We've got to get better."

Manvel will host the Fort Bend Elkins Knights on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Alvin Memorial Stadium. It will be Cancer Awareness Night.