No. 2 area-ranked Manvel survives Willowridge 49-41

MANVEL — Manvel may be playing in one of the weakest 5A districts, but their win against Willowridge didn't come easy.

Entering the final quarter, Manvel was trailing Willowridge 41-35 with 7:54 to go in the game after the Eagles scored on 52-yard pass from Rufus Scott to Mar'quise Garrett.

The Mavs responded with a 38-yard scoring pass from Tucker Yarbrough to Jalen Paxton. Luis Moreno booted the PAT making the score 42-41 with 3:38 left in the game.

Manvel got the ball back and cashed in on a 30-yard scoring run by Donavan Eaglin. Moreno hit the PAT with 1:25 left to pull out the district win 49-41.

Both teams were tied at 14-14 after the first quarter and Manvel took the second period 14-7 for a 28-21 halftime lead.

The Eagles tied up the game 28-28 entering the final quarter.

Eaglin led the Mavs on the ground with 155 yards on 14 carries while scoring on runs of 50, 6, and 30-yards.

Yarbrough was 15-of-26 for 272 yards and three touchdowns while Paxton caught six passes for 117 yards and one score.

Isaiah King caught two passes for 35 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Manvel (9-0, 7-0) will travel to play Waltrip (3-6, 3-4) on Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.