Smithson-Valley outlasts Manvel 38-28 in area round

MANVEL — Manvel has reached the third round of the Class 5A Region III Div I playoffs for three consecutive years, but the Smithson-Valley Rangers ended that streak with a 38-28 win in the area round at Bastrop's Memorial Stadium.

The Mavs battled the entire game but came up short in the end.

Neither team scored in the opening quarter but with 6:36 to go in the second period, Smithson-Valley got on the scoreboard as QB/Kicker McClain Garrett booted a 40-yard field goal to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead.

But the Mavs answered as senior QB Kaeden Smith got loose on a 52-yard scoring jaunt to give Manvel a 7-3 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter.

The lead was short-lived as the Rangers quickly answered as Kyler Clark returned the ensuing kickoff 99-yards for a touchdown to give Smithson-Valley a 10-7 lead with 3:19 left in the first half which stood as the halftime score.

The Rangers got the second half kickoff and promptly scored as Doug Lantz crossed the pay station on a 5-yard run with 11:56 left in the third quarter to increase the lead to 17-7.

Manvel didn't waste any time closing the gap as Smith went on another long run through the Rangers defense as he scored on a 53-yard run with 11:32 remaining in the third quarter making the score 17-14.

With 4:48 left in the third, Smith would give the Mavs a 21-17 lead as he got loose on a 29-yard scamper for his third score of the game.

Once again, Smithson-Valley came up with a big play as QB Garrett hit WR Jackson Duffy on an 80-yard bomb to take back the lead with 4:26 left in the third period to make the score 24-21.

The Rangers increase their lead to 31-21 when Lantz scored on another 5-yard run with 8:05 left in the game.

But Manvel wasn't going away as Smith hit Ja'Vhari Tyler on a 1-yard scoring toss to bring the Mavs to within 31-28 with 2:39 left in the contest.

The Rangers sealed the 38-28 win when David Dehoyas scored on a 40-yard run with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

Manvel ends the 2022 football season with an 8-4 mark while Smithson-Valley continues their playoff journey with an 11-1 record.

Smith closed out his outstanding Manvel career hitting 10-of-22 passing for 160 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also had 218 yards rushing on 12 carries and three TDs.

Joseph Paddio had five catches for 77 yards, Taylor had five grabs for 41 yards and one TD, and Donavan Sieman had three catches for 20 yards.