Manvel wins shoot-out over Clear Creek 70-56

MANVEL — Two of the most high-powered offenses butted heads in the Class 6A Region III Div. II area round and the game certainly proved to be entertaining until the very end.

With 1:42 left in the game, Manvel scored its 10th touchdown of the game on a 40-yard interception by Brandon Bell who returned the pick 40-yards giving the Mavericks a 70-49 lead over the Clear Creek Wildcats.

But the Wildcats took only 34 seconds to cut the lead to 70-56 with 1:08 left in the game when quarterback Chase Hildreth hit Andrew Wiesen on a 40-yard scoring strike.

Manvel (10-2) would run out the clock and escape with a 70-56 victory to move on to face Strake Jesuit in the Region III Div. II semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday at NRG Stadium. Clear Creek ends the season with a school record 11 victories.

Manvel running back D'Vaughn Pennamon rushed 23 times for 360 yards and scored five touchdowns. His last touchdown came on a 26-yard run with two minutes left in the game. It gave Manvel all the points it needed with a 63-49 lead.

"We leaned on him tonight," Manvel head coach Kirk Martin said. "He's a special back, and we have some really good guys up front blocking for him."

Quarterback D'Eriq King showed why he is a high profile recruit, too. The TCU commit rushed 18 times for 231 yards and one touchdown. He also passed for 161 yards and one more score hitting 14-of-22 passing with one INT.

On the other side of the ball was Hildreth who torched the Manvel secondary hitting 31-of-43 passing for 495 yards and six TDs. The Mavs picked picked him off twice.

All total, Manvel put up video-like numbers with 658 yards on the ground and 161 in the air for a total of 819 total yards and 33 first downs.

Creek also had crazy numbers with 595 total yards and 26 first downs.

Manvel led 14-0 after the first quarter on scoring runs of 1 and 76-yards by Pennamon.

The Wildcats rallied to outscore Manvel 21-14 in the second quarter leaving the Mavs with a 28-21 halftime score.

Manvel outscored the 'Cats 14-7 in the third sending the two teams into the fourth quarter with the Mavs clinging to a 42-28 advantage.

The fireworks exploded for both teams as each put up 28 points in the final stanza with Manvel holding on for the 14 point victory.