Manvel thumps Willowridge 51-7

MANVEL — Having already punched their ticket for the post-season, Manvel cruised to an easy 51-7 win over the Fort Bend Willowridge Eagles in a District 11-5A-II contest.

It was obvious that Manvel wasn't totally interested in the game as the score was only 7-7 at halftime as Manvel running back Garrison Johnson scored on a 31-yard run with 5:21 left in the first quarter and Willowridge (6-3, 5-2) tied up the contest early in the second period on a 17-yard pass from QB Vaughn Frederick to Mar'quise Garrett with 10:30 left before intermission.

Manvel head coach Kevin Hall must have had some words of urgency during halftime as the Mavs came out more focused and charged up to make sure they weren't going to be victims of an upset with the playoffs just around the corner.

The Mavs blew the game open in the third quarter with 35 unanswered points as Ladarius Owens got things started on Manvel's first possession of the second half with a 7-yard scoring run to make the score 14-7 with 10:57 left in the third quarter.

It took only a minute and a half for the Mavs to strike again following a Willowridge turnover as Johnson scored on a 1-yard run at the 9:32 mark of the third period.

Manvel took advantage of Willowridge's poor play and struck quickly within two minutes as quarterback Josh Coltrin tossed touchdown passes to Eric Hebert for 11-yards and then hit a 60-yard bomb to Jalen Paxton to increase the lead to 35-7 at the 5:07 mark.

The Mavs added one more score before the third quarter was over as Owens scored on a 6-yard run to up the margin to 42-7.

Manvel added two more scores in the fourth quarter as Jonatan Ramirez booted a 22-yard field goal to make the score 45-7 and Donavan Eaglin scored on a 1-yard plunge to post the 51-7 final score.

Coltrin was 12-of-22 for 162 yards, two TDs, and one INT.

Owens had 14 carries for 162 yards and a score while Johnson had 14 totes for 95 yards and two scores.

Jalen Paxton had two catches for 71 yards and one TD while Hebert had five grabs for 63 yards and one score.

The Mavs (7-2, 6-1) close out the regular season at Freedom Field on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. against the Waltrip Rams (3-6, 3-4).