Manvel blows out Channelview 71-21

MANVEL — It didn't take long for Manvel to take control of their Class 6A Region III Div. II bi-district opening round against the Channelview Falcons.

With an 8-2 regular season behind them and a second-place finish in District 22-6A, the Mavs were facing the District 21-6A third-place team as the real season now begins in Manvel's quest for a state championship.

For the past three years, Manvel head coach Kirk Martin has been blessed with a stable full of talent in hopes that the Mavs could win a first-ever football state championship. Manvel, while a young school, has two state championships in their trophy case.

The Manvel girls won a Class 5A state basketball title and last year, the Manvel boys brought home a state championship in track.

But the elusive football title has evaded the Mavs over the past six years when they have had a flurry of talent on the field.

Three years ago, they lost a heartbreaker to Cy-Ranch who pulled out a miraculous 36-35 victory in the 5A Region III Div. II semifinals.

And for the past two years, they have been dropped by the Katy Tigers in the Region III finals and it appears that the road to state will still have to go through Katy who is ranked No. 2 in the state. The Tigers may have their best defense ever in their long history of talented teams who have won five state titles and come up short in several other state finals.

Martin has the task of keeping his chargers focused on each game if they are going to challenge Katy again before they are realigned to Class 5A by the UIL when Shadow Creek High School opens in 2016 that will re-adjust the enrollment at Manvel High School.

It was clear that the Mavs (9-2) were focused on Channelview (7-4) as they blew out the Falcons 71-21 to move on to the area round where they will face a much more talented team in District 24-6A champion Clear Creek on Friday, November 20 in the Class 6A Region III Div. II playoffs at 7:00 p.m.

Manvel scored 27 points in the opening quarter as D'Eriq King hit Sean Dykes on a 16-yard scoring pass for a 7-0 lead.

Reggie Hemphill put the Mavs up 14-0 after catching a 37-yard strike from King with 6:47 left in the first.

D'Vaughn Pennamon added two more scores in the opening frame on scoring runs of 4 and 1-yards. Enis Sefa hit three PATs with one two-point conversion attempt falling short.

Manvel put 13 more points on the board in the second quarter to build a 40-0 lead at intermission.

Sam Smith scored on a 4-yard run and Deontay Anderson scooped up a Channelview fumble at the Manvel four-yard line and returned it 96-yards for a touchdown.

Manvel kept the offense going to score 24 more points in the third when Keylon Stokes hauled in a 66-yard touchdown pass from King covering 66-yards. Dykes caught his second pass on a 50-yarder while Pennamon scored his third touchdown on a 22-yard run.

With 27 seconds left in the third, Sefa booted a 26-yard field goal to increase the lead to 64-7.

Channelview managed one score on a 7-yard run by Demontre Tuggle with 4:16 left in the third.

The Mavs coasted the rest of the way as Jalen Preston returned a kickoff 98-yards for the lone score in the fourth quarter.

Channelview added two scores in the final frame against the reserves to make the game closer 71-21.

King was 12-of-17 passing for 191 yards and five TDs. Pennamon had 10 carries for 88 yards and two scores.

Stokes had three catches for 117 yards and one TD. Dykes had two grabs for 66 yards and two TDs.