Manvel rushes past Cedar Park 56-17 to advance to region finals

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GAME-CHANGER – Manvel’s Kam Scott (8) was a game-changer against Cedar Park as he broke loose from a defender to complete an 81-yard touchdown run on a reverse and he also had an 82-yard kickoff return for a TD to give the Mavs a 28-7 lead in the first half. Manvel went on to a 56-17 win to advance to the Class 5A Region III Div. I finals and a showdown with the Temple Wildcats on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie View A&M Stadium. Winner advances to the 5A Div. I state semifinals. (Photo by Bill Rinhart)

By DR. DAVID DAVIS

Manvel finds themselves in familiar territory as they will be in the Class 5A Region III Div. I finals after beating the Cedar Park Timberwolves 56-17.
This is the second time the Mavs have beaten Cedar Park to send them to the 5A region finals to face a familiar foe from last year in the Temple Wildcats. Manvel came up short against the ‘Cats last year 24-23, but hope to avenge last year’s loss that kept them out of the 5A state semifinal contest.
“We would love to win this one so we could go to the semifinals for just the second time in school history,” Manvel head coach Kirk Martin said. “Temple is a great team very similar to us. They are physical and have real good team speed. They are balanced and well coached.”
Manvel is looking for their first state football championship after knocking on the door at so many playoff levels particularly over the past seven years, but Martin has always focused on a one game at a time philosophy.
The Mavs took advantage of Cedar Park’s defensive approach to stop the pass so Martin countered with the ground attack featuring the running tandem of Texas A&M commit Deneric Prince and junior Garrison Johnson.
Prince had five carries for 75 yards and one score while Johnson had nine totes for 75 yards and one score.
There were nine different ball carriers who rushed for 340 yards and five scores while senior quarterback Kason Martin was 10-of-19 passing for 92 yards with one TD and one INT.
“We wanted to go fast and control the tempo,” said Martin. “Our defense was great, they smothered them… and only gave up seven points to a really good team.”
Manvel scored the only touchdown in the first 12 minutes of the game as Martin hit Warren Laster with an 8-yard scoring toss for a 7-0 lead with 8:40 left in the first quarter.
Both teams got their offense going in the second period as Manvel outscored Cedar Park 21-10 to build a 28-10 advantage at intermission.
Owens scored on a 3-yard run, Kam Scott got loose on a reverse resulting in an 81-yard scoring jaunt, and then Scott scored on an 82-yard kickoff after Cedar Park had intercepted Martin and return the pick for a touchdown.
With no time left on the second quarter clock, Cedar Park got a 26-yard field goal from Lucas Bardshar.
The Mavs got the only score in the third quarter when Prince scored on a 53-yard run on Manvel’s first possession of the second half to give them a 35-10 cushion.
It was all Mavs in the final period as Garrison Johnson scored on a 54-yard run, defensive back Brian Johnson scored on a 64-yard interception, and Donavan Eaglin scored on a 1-yard run.
The Timberwolves scored on a 35-yard pass from Ryder Hernandez to Logan Mayou making the final score 56-17.
Cedar Park was playing without their starting quarterback Mak Sexton due to breaking his leg during the regular season.
“It affects your team when you lose your signal caller, but the kid that stepped up started about seven games for them,” said Martin.
Manvel’s defense held the Timberwolves to only 194 total yards while getting three interceptions including two by Johnson. The Mavs’ offense posted 420 total yards with 17 first downs.
Manvel will face Temple on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Prairie View A&M Stadium in the 5A Region III Div. I finals. The winner will advance to the 5A Div. I state semifinals.
“We will just try continue to do what got us to this point and try to play better each week hopefully with fewer mistakes each week,” Martin said. ” We are pretty healthy and we are getting our guys back and close to full force at the right time.”

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