Manvel slips past Texas City 21-0


MANVEL — It was a cold and windy night for football and the weather conditions certainly played a part in the game between Manvel and Texas City. But in the end -- it would be the Mavs escaping Stingarees Stadium with a 21-0 victory to remain undefeated on the 2017 football season at 7-0 while staying atop the District 23-5A standings at 5-0.

But give credit to Texas City who held the No. 2 Class 5A state-ranked Mavericks to only 14 points through the first three quarters before a final score in the fourth period sealed the 21-0 win.

"Our defense played amazing," said Manvel head coach Kirk Martin. "We really got after it. I'm really proud of them. I'm also proud of our offense. It was brutal conditions out with the wind and the cold and the rain. But I'm proud of the kids."

The game had significant meaning to the Texas City fans as they honored its 1997 state championship team.

While the Stings defense played an outstanding game against the high-powered Mavs offense, the Texas City offense couldn't answer with any points against the aggressive and fast Manvel defenders.

While Manvel didn't put up video game-like numbers on offense, they did just enough to get the important 23-5A win to secure their second consecutive league title.

The Mavs scored two times in the second quarter after neither team was able to put up points in the opening 12 minutes of the contest.

With 11:28 left in the second quarter, Manvel scored its first touchdown when quarterback Kason Martin tossed a 1-yard pass to wide receiver Warren Laster for a 7-0 lead.

Texas City set up the Manvel score thanks to a 7-yard punt from their own eight-yard line giving the Mavs the ball at the Stings 15.

Manvel made the score 14-0 with 4:48 to go before intermission when defensive back Kamryn Alexander scooped up a loose Texas City fumble and raced down the field for a 69-yard score.

The best opportunity that Texas City had to score in the first half was when running back Jo'vel McDaniel broke through the Manvel defense for a 56-yard run to the Mavs 15.

However, the Mavs defense stiffened to force a 25-yard field goal attempt by Alex Paz, but the ball missed the mark leaving the game scoreless.

Neither team scored in the third period as the Mavs entered the final 12 minutes up 14-0.

Manvel did miss a 22-yard field goal on their first possession of the third quarter by kicker Luis Moreno.

The Mavs also fumble the ball in the Stings end zone at the end of the third period.

Texas City got a break when a Manvel punt went minus-5 yards giving the Stings a first down at the Mavs 37, but the Manvel defense came through with an interception by defensive back Cecori Tolds which was returned to the Texas City 21.

On the next play, Manvel scored on a 21-yard run by Donovan Eaglin with 7:13 left in the game to post the 21-0 final score.

"That was a great play by Tolds," Martin said. "I was proud of him. I thought he would take it all the way. But he almost did."

Martin finished the night hitting 9-of-25 passing for 108 yards with one TD.

Eaglin was the top rusher with five carries for 49 yards and one score. Deneric Prince had 11 totes for 45 yards.

Jalen Preston had five catches for 62 yards.

Manvel will host the Santa Fe Indians on Friday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Alvin Memorial Stadium. It will be Senior Night for the Mavs.