Manvel vs Katy

MANVEL — Two years ago, Manvel was headed to a highly anticipated showdown with state-power Katy for the Class 5A Region III Div. II title. Unfortunately, the Mavs lost sight of Cy-Ranch in the region semifinals and allowed Cy-Ranch to score twice in the final 2:36 to fall to the Mustangs 43-42 to finish at 11-2.

Last season, Manvel head coach Kirk Martin knew he had some talent, but he didn't know how much. As the Mavericks entered the 2014 football campaign, Martin knew he had a lot of players that are game-changers that could see them challenge for the Class 6A Region III title once again.

Manvel was in the title game last season, but so was the Katy Tigers. Most teams know that the way to state has to go through Katy. That's where Manvel's season ended in 2014 by the score of 56-14.

The Mavs still have one of the most impressive records over the past four years at 51-5.

Manvel is led by junior quarterback D'eriq King. The 5-10, 175 pound signal-caller is as elusive as you will find. Last year, he put up some eye-popping numbers including 164 carries for 1,289 yards and 17 TDs to go with 168-of-255 passing for 2,628 yards and another 36 TDs.

This year so far, his numbers are just as intimidating considering that he wasn't able to play an entire game except a few times because the Mavericks generally blew out most of their opponents.

He enters the game as the biggest offensive weapon for the Mavs, but he has a lot of talent around him.

In 2014, he has completed 184-of-279 passing for 3,011 yards and 47 TDs with only 3 INTs. He has also rushed the ball for 768 yards on 96 carries and 11 TDs.

That is a total of hitting 352-of-534 passing for 5,639 yards and 83 TDs.

However, he has a stable of receivers that have helped him pile up huge numbers led by Gary Hayes (58-979, 11TDs), Reggie Hemphill (30-636, 13 TDs), Sean Dykes (29-465, 11 TDs), Hunter Hagdorn (16-339, 3 TDs) to name just a few.

The Mavs are also impressive on the ground as Qyalan Clay leads the rushing attack with 111 carries for 803 yards and 14 TDs. D'Vaughn Pennamon has 54 totes for 590 yards and 5 TDs.

The Manvel defense will be challenged by the potent ground-game of the Tigers who prefer to steamroll their opponents using the massive size and speed.

The biggest challenge for Manvel will be trying to stop Oklahoma-bound Rodney Anderson. Not many teams in this area have been able to do that.

Anderson has rushed for almost 2,000 yards on 97 carries (10.8 ypc) and 33 TDs. Last year, he finished with 1,967 yards on 196 carries and 34 TDs while he had 970 yards on 90 carries for 16 TDs as a sophomore. His freshman year, he had 1,169 yards on 159 carries and 16 TDs. That is a four-year total of 628 carries for 6,095 yards and 99 TDs.

Katy QB Garrett Doiron has completed 97-of-157 passing for 1,593 yards and 21TDs with 8 INTs.

Katy boosts one of most aggressive and quick defenses in the area. They have outscored their three playoff opponents 222-41. The Tigers have compiled a 55-3 mark record over the past four years while winning their seventh state championship in 2012.

Manvel and Katy will collide on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at NRG (Reliant) Stadium.