No. 3 Manvel runs past No. 1 Foster 66-28


MANVEL — Manvel made a statement against the Foster Falcons that they should be considered the No. 1 area-ranked Class 5A team in the Houston area and they did it convincingly with a 66-28 thumping of the Falcons.

The Mavs began the season ranked No. 1, but a 49-14 loss to No. 1 Class 6A North Shore, which is their lone loss this season, moved them down to No. 3 and Foster ascended to the top spot.

There was little doubt who the best team was on the field as both teams played evenly in the first half, but the Mavs flexed their muscles in the second half to get the 66-28 win to clinch the top seed for the playoffs.

“The North Shore score was lopsided (49-14), but if you look at the film, we had three busted blitzes, and that’s right where they hit us, and of course their quarterback (Dematrius Davis) is the most phenomenal football player I’ve seen in I don’t know how long,” Manvel coach Kevin Hall said.

“But the physicality of the game, and intensity of the play, was a lot closer than the score, and I knew after that game we had a chance to mature … but we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot.

“Against Foster, we came out and played our best ballgame of the year.”

Manvel led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and edged the Falcons 17-14 in the second period for a 31-21 halftime margin.

But the third quarter was all Manvel as they scored 28 points while limiting Foster to only seven points to enter the final period with a 59-28 advantage.

Manvel tacked on a final score in the fourth frame to post the 66-28 final score.

The Mavs' defense played an outstanding game and picked off three enemy aerials in the lopsided win. Defensive back Colling Wright got two of them.

Offensive, Manvel racked up 498 yards rushing and 189 yards passing for a total of 687 yards while Foster picked up 187 yards rushing and 142 yards passing for a total of 329 yards.

Quarterback Gabriel Larry was 12-of-16 passing for 189 yards and two TDs while picking up 61 yards on 13 carries rushing and another TD.

De'Monte Seymore was the workhorse on offense with 11 carries for 145 yards rushing and two scores.

Jordan Vaughn added 116 yards rushing on four totes and two TDs.

Ty Harris had eight carries for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Isiah Jackson had 11 carries for 50 yards.

Jalen Walthall had four catches for 59 yards and one score. Zion Johnkins had four grabs for 64 yards and Davyon Henderson had two catches for 52 yards and a TD.

The impressive win by the Mavericks (5-1, 3-0) clinched the District 10-5A, Division I championship, and a No. 1 playoff seed. The Falcons tumbled to 6-1, 5-1 with their first loss.

“This was a really good football team we played,” Hall insisted. “We just came out and did a great job offensively. Other than a missed field goal, this was the best special-teams performance by Manvel in the five years I’ve been here.”

The Mavs clinched the District 10-5A Div. I championship and a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

“We’ve got a young football team here, with a bunch of young kids starting,” Hall said. “So it’s a growth process, and there have been growing pains along the way, but I saw us take a leap against Foster and I was tickled to death to see.”