Manvel, Seymore runs past Weiss 41-31 to advance

MANVEL — De'Monte Seymore rushed for 381 yards on 38 carries and four touchdowns to lead the Manvel Mavericks (10-2) past the Pflugerville Weiss Wolves 41-31 in the Class 5A Region III Div. I area playoffs to advance to the region semifinals to face district nemesis Hightower (10-2) on Friday, November 26 at Hall Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

Seymore has 1,715 yards rushing on 172 carries for 27 touchdowns this season and the senior running back will be a key player when the Mavs face Hightower.

Manvel faced a tough Weiss team that was coached by former Friendswood legendary coach Steve Van Meter who was no stranger to Manvel.

The Wolves entered the game with a 10-1 record while winning their district and it is always a challenge when facing a Van Meter coached team.

After Manvel forced the Wolves to punt on their first possession, Manvel began their first snap at their own 37.

It took only one play for the Mavs to find pay dirt as Seymore got the call and he found a hole through the left side of the offensive line and raced, untouched, 63-yards for the first score of the game with 10:30 left in the opening quarter for a 6-0 lead after the PAT hit the right crossbar.

Manvel forced Weiss to punt again and the Mavs began their second offensive possession at their own 23.

The Mavs kept the ball on the ground in an 9-play, 77-yard scoring march capped off by a 1-yard plunge by Seymore to make the score 13-0 with 4:51 left in the first quarter.

Weiss narrowed the gap at the end of the first quarter to make the score 13-7 when Daelen Alexander raced 68-yards for the touchdown with 3:36 remaining in the opening period.

After Manvel was forced to punt, Weiss went on a 8-play, 76-yard scoring drive capped off with a 21-yard screen pass that found pay dirt. The PAT was good and Weiss had a 14-13 lead with 10:48 left in the second quarter.

It didn't take Manvel long to reclaim the lead as Seymore scored on a 53-yard jaunt through the Weiss defense to cap a 3-play, 75-yard drive to make the score 20-14.

With 7:36 remaining in the second quarter, Weiss went 61-yards in 9-plays capped off with a 19-yard scoring toss to make the score 21-20 in favor of the Wolves in the see-saw battle between the two state-ranked teams.

After Manvel was forced to punt, the Wolves set up their offense at their 45 thanks to a 20-yard punt by the Mavs.

But the Manvel defense came up with an interception by Collin Wright at their own 19 due to the pressure by the defensive line.

It didn't take long for the Mavs to retake the lead as junior QB Kaeden Smith found senior WR Isaiah King open on a 55-yard scoring bomb with 2:55 left before intermission for a 27-21 advantage that stood at halftime.

The only points scored in the third quarter was by Weiss who kicked a 27-yard field goal to pull within 27-24 with 4:38 remaining in the third.

Manvel made a great defensive stand with the Wolves inside the 5-yard line to limit them to three-points.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Manvel completed a 15-play, 75-yard scoring march as Smith scored on a 1-yard run around right end to make the score 34-24 with 11:24 left in the contest.

The Manvel defense forced the Wolves to punt again and Manvel began their next drive at their own 16 with 10:26 left in the game.

It took the Mavs 8-plays to complete the 84-yard scoring drive as Seymore scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run with 6:35 remaining in the contest giving Manvel a comfortable 41-24 lead.

Weiss scored one more time to close the gap to 41-31, but it was too little, too late for the Wolves.

Smith was 8-of-14 passing for 152 yards and one TD.

Senior running back Ty Harris had 18 carries for 77 yards.

King had three grabs for 106 yards and one score while Lemarkus Owens had three catches for 29 yards.

A lot of credit should also go to the Manvel offensive line led by Jaden Edmonson, John Fletcher, Michah Williams, Alex Williams, Jalen Alexander, and Tevin Shaw.

Manvel will seek to avenge an earlier 16-12 loss to Hightower in the regular season on Friday, November 26 at Hall Stadium at 7:00 p.m.