Katy upends Manvel 35-17 for third straight time

MANVEL — As Yogi Berra once said, "It was deja vu' again." And a third time wasn't a charm for the Manvel Mavericks in their 35-17 loss to the Katy Tigers in the Class 6A Region III Div. II title game.

For the third straight year, Manvel and Katy faced off in the Region III Division II finals and the Tigers prevailed once again ending the Mavs hopes of winning a state football championship.

The Tigers won the 2012 state title with a close win over the Cedar Hill Longhorns and then they came up short against Cedar Hill in 2013 and 2014 in the state finals.

However, Katy won't have to face two-time defending state champion Cedar Hill for a fourth straight time because the Longhorns (10-1) were eliminated by Southlake Carroll 37-33 in the opening round of the playoffs in 2015.

With the University Interscholastic League (UIL) revealing their realignment in February, 2016, it appears that there won't be a Katy/Manvel contest next year since the Mavs will most likely drop down to Class 5A with the opening of Shadow Creek High School in the fall of 2016.

Manvel did give Katy a battle, but eventually the Tigers were able to pull away for the win to send them to the state semifinals against Cibolo Steele on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.

It appeared that Katy would rout the Mavs when they scored the game's first three touchdowns to build a 21-0 first quarter lead.

The Tigers opened the scoring with a Kyle Porter 2-yard touchdown with 10:14 left in the first quarter. Porter scored another touchdown on a 30-yard run and added his third score of the opening frame on a 3-yard scamper.

But Manvel battled back in the first period as the offense found some rhythm leading up to an 11-yard score by D'Vaughn Pennamon to cut the margin to 21-7 with 1:05 left in the first frame.

Manvel drove the ball to the Katy nine-yard line and Manvel settled for a 26-yard field goal by Enis Sefa at the 9:58 mark of the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-10.

Katy scored on Porter's fourth touchdown of the game with only 38 seconds left before intermission to post a 28-10 lead.

The Mavs let the Tigers know they weren't going away as Manvel QB D'Eriq King hooked up with WR Sean Dykes on an 80-yard scoring bomb to draw Manvel within 11 points 28-17 at the 7:00 mark of the third quarter.

But that would be all the scoring offense that Manvel could muster for the rest of the game as the bend-but-don't-break Katy defense kept the Mavs under control.

Manvel had their best opportunity to draw within eight points in the middle of the final quarter when they attempted a 22-yard field goal, but it was blocked by Katy's Breyden Boyd.

Officials threw a penalty flag on Katy for roughing the holder, but after discussion it was ruled that the player who was called for the foul was the one who blocked the kick, nullifying the penalty.

That play changed the whole complexion of the game for Katy.

Katy took over possession of the ball and Porter got loose for his fifth score of the game when he swept the left side, found a hole, and outran the Manvel secondary for a game-clinching 58-yard touchdown with only 2:05 left in the region final ending Manvel's season.

"It is what it is and we made way too many mistakes to let that one play affect the game in such a huge way," Manvel head coach Kirk Martin said. "I just didn't see how they got that overturned, but hey, that's sour grapes on my part."

Katy's defense once again focused their defense on King and controlled him for most of the game.

The TCU commit, who burned opposing defenses, not only passing, but with his legs was held to only six yards on the ground on 14 carries.

King hit 12-of-18 passing for 171 yards and one score and one INT, but 80 of those yards was on one play.

Katy outgained the potent Manvel offense 400 yards to 238 yards. Katy had 235 on the ground while Manvel was held to only 54 yards on 29 totes.

Pennamon was held to 54 yards on 14 carries and one score.

Dykes had three catches for 105 yards and one TD while Reggie Hemphill had six grabs for 50 yards.

"If you can hold a team like that to 17 points, you've done a great job," Katy head coach Gary Joseph said. "It's not one or two people, it's a team effort."

Porter finished with 31 carries for 212 yards and five TDs. QB Garrett Doiron hit 13-of-21 passing for 165 yards and two INTs.

The two interceptions by Manvel came when Katy was threatening to blow the game open. One pass was picked off in the Manvel end zone when the Tigers had the ball with a first down on the Manvel 2-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

The other pick helped the Mavs move the ball to the Katy five-yard line before the Tigers blocked the field goal.

Manvel closed out the season with an 11-3 mark.