Lone Star Gridiron

Manvel Wins Offensive Showdown

Glenn McCarthy

photo: Glenn McCarthy

Defenses Tested Early and Often

Pasadena-  The Manvel Mavericks and Coach Kirk Martin took another step towards their end goal this season with a win over undefeated Clear Creek Wildcats on Friday night, 70-56.  This game was a track meet with two of the Houston areas best offenses going at it. From start to finish, neither team stepped off the gas.  The teams sport two of state’s top senior signal callers in Manvel's D’ Eriq King and Creek’s Chase Hildreth. This was not a back and forth affair but rather a game of chase.  Throughout the game the question was, "could the mighty Wildcat offense catch the vaunted Maverick hurry-up no-huddle machine?"

The resounding answer was no.  Manvel had 797 total yards to 667 yards for Clear Creek.  That's a total of 1, 464 yards, 18 touchdowns and 126 points.  There were no field goals in this game .  The MVP of the night for Manvel was star running back D’ Vaughn Pennamon who ran for 361 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Pennamon said this in regards to his stellar outing, “Coach challenged me this game, he challenged me to be a dog, come out and play the best game of my life.  That's just what I did and I worked hard all week.”

In the early going the big Manvel offensive line was mauling a smaller Wildcat front while opening big holes for Pennamon and allowing King all the time in the world to find his receivers.  The Mav offense ran 7 plays in an amazing minute and 31 seconds covering 58 yards before Pennamon scored the first of his touchdowns from 5 yards out.  This gave Manvel a 7-0 lead they never gave up.  Manvel stretched the lead to 14-0 before the end of the first quarter.

Clear Creek got on the board when Hildreth struck Brandon Hower for a 70 yard touchdown kick.  The score tightened things up 14-7.  The chase was now on.

The two revved up offenses then scored on the their next four alternating possessions going into the half at 28-21.  Around the race track they went.

After a Brandon Hower fumble to start the third for the Wildcats the Mavs starting the scoring once again on an 11 play drive culminating on a 5 yard flip pass from King to Dartmouth commit, Hunter Hagdorn.  This stretched the Manvel lead to 35-21. Shortly after that, the lead was extended t 42-21 Manvel.

Clear Creek didn't give up.  The Wildcat fans stayed were renewed when they saw Hildreth pump fake a short pass and the hit Andrew Wiesen as he executed a double move that dropped his defender to the turf.  67 yards later the Wildcats were down 2 touchdowns but about to reach for the nitrous button.  Creek cornerback Jeremy Wadyka picked King off in the end zone.  Creek took advantage and scored on the next drive.  Hildreth found Da’ Von Smith for an 80 yard strike and the Wildcats were in the rear window crashing into the back bumper of the Mavericks, 42-35.

Manvel wasn't fazed by the comeback.  On the next drive, Pennamon jammed on the gas and scored once again.  The lead was now 49-35 Manvel.

Neither team was ready to slow the scoring.  Creek's Hildreth hit Jaiden Woodson for a 21 yard touchdown.  Manvel's King responded by showing off the athleticism that earned him a scholarship at TCU.  On 3rd and 13 on their own 35, King turned on the jets, and put the pedal to the metal as he zoomed down his left sideline for a 65 yard highlight reel score.  Manvel's lead was 56-42.

King's star offensive linemen Austin Meyers who is also headed to TCU, dropped this about the huge night, “We were throwing the ball and weren't successful with it, we had to put it on the ground and grind it out.”

Time was running short when Creek went on a methodical 70 yard, 10 play drive.  Maybe too methodical as this was a sprint race, with 28 points scored in the last 4 minutes and 11 seconds. The score was 63-49 when Hildreth was intercepted by New Mexico State pledge Brandon Bell. Bell took it in for a 40 yard return and touchdown.

Just as it seemed over, Hildreth found Andrew Wiesen for another score.  At 70-56,  JJ Joseph intercepted Hildreth for his final prep pass. The Mavericks, now 10-2 move on to face Houston Strake Jesuit next weekend at NRG stadium.

King finished with 213 rushing yards and 195 passing on the night.

Coach Martin said this about the big win and all the points, “We needed every point we had, you know the officials thought I was funny, I told them they haven't put our extra point on there yet(the scoreboard took some time converting 69 to 70), its supposed to say 70, we made it right?  Honestly I didn't take a breath until we were up 14 with 59 seconds to go in the ball game. Surely we can get out of this thing with a W now.”

by Glenn McCarthy


Players of the game:
Offense- running back D’ Vaughn Pennamon
Defense- defensive end Hasaun Glasgow and cornerback Brandon Bell

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Manvel 14 14 14 28  - 70
Clear Creek 0 21 7 28  - 56

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