The Manvel Mavericks opened up league action with a convincing 41-0 thumping over the Willowridge Eagles sending a message to the rest of the league foes that there is a reason that the Mavs are the No. 1 area-ranked 5A team in the Houston area.
The game wasn’t even close as Manvel had 468 total yards on offense and the stingy defense allowed Willowridge a mere 111 total yards including only 11 yards on the ground on 35 attempts.
On offense, Manvel turned junior quarterback Kason Martin lose as he was 22-of-29 passing for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior Kaylon Stokes showed why he is one of the premier offensive weapons in the Houston area as he had three touchdowns receiving and one score on the ground.
Manvel got things going on their first possession of the game to set the tone as Stokes gathered in a 35-yard scoring pass from Martin at the 10:48 mark of the first quarter. Luis Moreno added the PAT giving the Mavs a quick 7-0 lead.
The second possession produced more points as Stokes gathered in another Martin aerial strike covering 19-yards for a 14-0 advantage with 7:39 showing in the opening frame.
Manvel added 27 more points in the second quarter to slam the door on the Eagles (2-2, 0-1) for the 41-0 victory.
With 10:24 left in the second quarter, Martin called his own number to cross the pay station on a 5-yard keeper to make the score 21-0.
Cam Scott was the next Maverick to get in on the scoring parade as he scored on a 15-yard scamper. The PAT missed the mark and the Mavs were up 27-0 with 7:16 left in the second quarter.
Stokes would score his third touchdown with only 1:11 left before intermission on a 45-yard scoring run to increase the lead to 34-0.
After a Willowridge turnover gave the Mavericks the ball deep in Eagles territory, Stokes and Martin hooked up one more time for a 6-yard scoring toss to post the 41-0 final score.
Stokes had four carries for 54 yards and one score and 10 grabs for 120 yards and three TDs.
Manvel will host Galveston Ball on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Alvin Memorial Stadium.
Story by Dr. David Davis
Photo by Casey Chancellor