After a disappointing 29-26 loss to the Westfield Mustangs to begin the 2015 football campaign, Manvel head coach Kirk Martin knew he needed a win over the North Shore Mustangs in a desperate way.
Beginning the season at 0-2 is not the way he envisioned his chargers to begin this season especially with all the talent he has to put on the field.
With 8:06 left in the game, the Mavs finally took the lead at 35-34 when QB D’Eriq King scored on a 10-yard keeper. The PAT was good by Randy Bermea.
The Mavs then got a clutch defensive play from Deontay Anderson when he scooped up a North Shore fumble at the Manvel 3-yard line and returned it 97-yards making the score 41-34 after missing the PAT.
But the Mustangs came charging back with a 4-yard scoring run with 1:35 left in the game to make the score 41-40.
North Shore went for the two-point conversion and the win, but Manvel’s Ryan Hudson picked off the pass and returned it 95-yards for two more Manvel points to make the final score 43-40.
North Shore led 34-21 with 1:56 left in the third quarter and it looked like Manvel was in deep trouble.
But King brought the Mavs back by hitting Arik Bennett on a 19-yard scoring strike with 35 seconds left in the third to make the score 34-28 and then the Mavs struck again to take the lead 35-34.
The Mavs offense and defense scored 20 straight points to overcome the deficit and claim the slim lead before coming up with two huge defensive plays that gave Manvel their first win of the season.
King led the offense hitting 14-of-25 passing for 255 yards and three TDs while picking up 73 yards rushing on 19 carries and another score.
D’Vaughn Pennamon had five carries for 63 yards.
Sean Dykes had five catches for 90 yards and two TDs while Reggie Hemphill had three grabs for 66 yards.