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HORNETS HAND MANVEL 34-10 AREA DEFEAT

Hornets hand Manvel 34-10 area defeat

STEVE COLLINS

The Alvin Sun | 11/27/2018

PHOTO CREDIT: Prentice C. James

Little things can often add up to be big factors in the postseason.

Like a team shooting themselves too much in the foot with penalties and turnovers and not taking enough advantage of opportunities, as well.

The Manvel Mavericks found the pair to be a lethal dose, along with being unable to overcome an overwhelming performance by the Huntsville Hornets’ defense in a season-ending 34-10 defeat in the Class 5A Division-2 Area Football playoffs Friday afternoon at NRG Stadium.

Watching their season come to a close before the third round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years, Manvel’s season ends at 9-3, while 11-1 Huntsville advances to play East Texas Marshall in the regional semifinals later this week.

While managing 272 yards of total offense, the Mavs were plagued by 114 yards in penalties, three turnovers and having several drives stalled on downs in Hornets’ territory.

“You can’t have 93 yards worth of penalties in the first half against this team,” Manvel head coach Kevin Hall said following the game. “We shot ourselves in the foot. I knew coming into this game that we had to play great.

“We played hard for four quarters, but there was just some things we didn’t do right.”

The game’s turning point possibly came after the Mavs’ defense stopped Huntsville on downs with a sack of Hornets’ QB Matthew Southern near midfield late in the second quarter. The Hornets still held a slim 17-10 advantage at the time.

Manvel promptly drove from their own 46-yard line to the Hornets’ 27, but Luis Moreno’s 41-yard field goal attempt fell just short to leave the Mavs still trailing by seven at intermission.

The Mavs also got the ball back to start the second half, but were forced to punt the ball away and Huntsville put the game away with touchdowns on back-to-back series.

Jaeryne Green went in from 6 yards out on the ground, while Southern hit Jaylon Griffin with a 7-yard scoring toss to give the Hornets a 31-10 cushion into the final 12 minutes.

Nathan Batten added 35-yard field goal for Huntsville to account for the final margin.

“If you’re not perfect against a team like this, it will cost you,” Hall said. “Again it goes back to little things. We preach little things and you got to take care of little things like eliminating penalties, turnovers and lining up correctly.

“But the kids played so hard. I love this senior class and I’m going to miss them dearly.”

The Hornets took the opening kickoff and got on the board first with Batten’s 36-yard field goal with 10:43 left in the opening period. Miles Tatum then turned a short reception from Southern into a 33-yard catch-and-run TD to increase the margin to 10-0 into the second quarter.

However, Manvel answered with a nine-play, 48-yard march, which was capped off by Josh Coltrin’s 9-yard strike to Roland Kimble in the end zone to bring the Mavs within 10-7 with 10:41 left in the period.

Despite Green’s 2-yard run a few minutes later for Huntsville, Moreno hammered a 33-yard field goal through the uprights to keep the Mavs in close range at 17-10.

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