There were only two teams in Manvel’s new District 23-5A that were supposed to offer up any challenges, but that has proven to be wrong as Manvel has crushed Fort Bend Marshall and FB Elkins by a combined score of 113-20.
The latest victim was Elkins who were blasted 50-14 to fall to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in district.
Meanwhile, the Mavs improved to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in league play and have all but clinched the district title with Texas City (4-3, 3-1), Santa Fe (3-4, 1-3), and Galena Park (2-5, 0-4) remaining on their schedule.
None of those team pose any threat to the Mavericks who should move on in the post-season with a perfect regular season mark.
The three remaining teams are a combined 9-12 with Texas City the only team likely to make the playoffs out of the final three teams left on Manvel’s schedule.
Manvel wasted little time setting the table for what was going to happen to the Knights as the Mavs scored twice in the first quarter and twice in the second period for a 29-0 halftime advantage.
All four scores came on scoring passes from junior QB Kason Martin who hit Warren Laster for a 7-yard scoring toss; Michael Tolds on a 16-yard TD; Arik Bennett on a TD covering 12-yards; and Caleb Blanton on a 5-yard scoring pass. Luis Moreno hit three PATs while Deneric Prince scored on a two-point conversion.
Elkins finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter as Patrick Ballard caught an 11-yard pass from QB Luke Leblanc to cut the lead to 29-7.
Manvel responded with a 21-point run to build a 50-7 lopsided lead.
Prince scored on a 4-yard run with 7:20 left in the third to make the score 36-7.
J.J. Joseph intercepted a Leblanc pass and returned it 25-yards for a score and a 43-7 advantage.
With 11:28 left in the game, Chas Love snagged a 27-yard scoring strike from Martin to post the 50-7 lead.
The Knights managed one more score with 5:38 left in the contest as Jordan Colesante caught a Leblanc aerial covering 28-yards to make the final 50-14.
Manvel had 557 total yards of offense while the defense held the Knights to 193 total yards including only 20 yards rushing.
Martin was 22-of-30 passing for 320 yards and five touchdowns.
Prince had 72 yards rushing on 14 carries and one score. Tolds had four catches for 57 yards and one TD.
Manvel will host Texas City on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Alvin Memorial Stadium.
Story by Dr. David Davis
Photo by Casey Chancellor