Pearland and Manvel entered their district contest with identical 5-0 marks and tied for the 22-5A lead. The winner would emerge with the league title, but that was all that was on the line.
Both teams are now 8-1 on the season and both are playoff bound. The Oilers will advance as the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A Region III Division I bracket from the district while Manvel will be the No. 1 seed in the 5A Region III Division II bracket from the league. Neither team will face one another in the playoffs.
While the loss was the first for the Oilers, they will have an opportunity to right the ship on Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. when they host the Dobie Longhorns (5-4, 5-1) at The Rig. Dobie’s lone loss in district was to Manvel while the Longhorns lost all three non-district games to begin the season.
The Oilers came out flat against the Mavericks in the 42-7 loss which handed Manvel the district crown.
As expected at the beginning of the game, both defenses controlled the game as neither team was able to penetrate the goal line leaving the score tied 0-0 after the opening twelve minutes of action.
However, Manvel was driving late in the first quarter and finally got on the scoreboard as QB Deriq King rolled out and lobbed a pass to wide receiver Gary Haynes who got behind a Pearland defender. The pass covered 39-yards for the Manvel score with 11:39 left in the second period making the score 7-0.
Pearland finally answered with 4:39 remaining in the second quarter when QB Kalen Johnson hit Ryan Diaz on an out pattern. Diaz caught the pass, shucked the Manvel defender, and then raced to the end zone for the touchdown. Nicholas Keller booted the PAT to tie up the game at 7-7.
That would be as close as the Oilers would get as the Mavs reeled off 35 unanswered points to get the 42-7 win.
Manvel scored one more time in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Oilers continued to stay in the game, but just didn’t take advantage of some key opportunities.
The Mavs scored the only touchdown in the third quarter when King hit Jamond Manuel for a 45-yard scoring pass with 9:04 on the clock.
Pearland trailed 21-7 entering the final period and that’s when the Mavs scored 21 unanswered points.
Leading 35-7 and the game completely in hand with less than five minutes remaining the game, the Manvel coaching staff elected to continue to pour it on as the starting offense was still on the field while continuing to throw long passes down the field.
With 4:46 left in the contest, King called a long pass and connected with Manuel for an 86-yard scoring romp to twist the dagger in the Pearland team for the 42-7 win.
Manvel head coach Kirk Martin finally put some of his substitutes in the game with less than four minutes left in the contest.
This game was reminiscent of Manvel’s win over the Oilers last year when the Mavs were still throwing bombs down the field while holding a 42-28 lead with less than three minutes to go in the fourth quarter and the Manvel offensive starters were still in the game when the win was well in hand for the Mavs.
Pearland will host Pasadena Dobie on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m.