The Texas City Stings gave the Manvel Mavericks everything they could handle.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
On a night in which Texas City honored its 1997 state championship team, the Stings held the state powerhouse Mavericks to 14 points through the first three quarters of the game but couldn’t find an answer on offense, losing 21-0 at home on Friday night.
Playing in cold and windy conditions, the Stings held the Mavericks to their lowest point total of the season.
With the loss, the Stings (who were second in the district entering the game) fell to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in District 23-5A.
Manvel continued its undefeated start to the season, improving to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in district play.
The Mavericks remain alone at the top of the district standings.
“Our defense played amazing,” said Manvel head coach Kirk Martin. “We really got after it. I’m really proud of them. I’m also proud of our offense. It was brutal conditions out here tonight with the wind and the cold and the rain. But I’m proud of the kids.”
Manvel running back Donavan Eaglin rushed for 49 yards while running back Denerick Prince had 45 yards.
Quarterback Kason Martin had 114 passing yards for the Mavericks, and wide receiver Jalen Preston had 51 receiving yards.
Running back Jo’vel McDaniel had 66 yards rushing for Texas City, while Jonathan Jones finished with 21 yards.
“We’ve been preaching to them all week and telling them that it’ll be two great defenses facing each other tonight,” said Texas City head coach Leland Surovik. “We knew it was going to be a battle. Our kids fought hard and they came out ready to play. The ball didn’t bounce our way at times and it should’ve been a 7-point ball game until the end but it didn’t happen.”
Texas City quarterback Phillip McDaniel had 24 yards passing, while running back Zion Davis had 15 yards of receptions.
“Phillip played exceptionally well tonight,” Surovik said. “I’m proud of him. He played a heck of a game. I’m proud of him and I’m proud of our backs. We moved the ball up the middle and just made some crucial mistakes.”
Jo’vel McDaniel broke free on a 56-yard carry on the Stings’ second offensive possession of the night into Maverick territory at the Manvel 15.
The promising drive ended with a missed 25-yard field goal attempt by kicker Alex Paz.
The Mavericks tried to force the ball in from the Stings’ 3-yard line late in the first quarter but came a yard short on fourth down.
On the last play of the first quarter, the Stings only booted a 7-yard punt, kicking from their own 8-yard line and giving Manvel good field position.
Wide receiver Warren Lester scored two plays later on a short-yard pass to put the Mavericks on the board.
The Mavericks coughed up the ball on their own end of the field and the Stings recovered at the 31.
But if the Maverick offense couldn’t get the job done at times, then their defense could.
Right after the turnover, defensive back Kamryn Alexander scooped up a loose Texas City ball and darted down the gridiron for a 69-yard touchdown run with 4:48 left in the first half.
Martin threw eight incompletions in the first half for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks’ first drive of the second half ended with a missed 22-yard field goal by kicker Luis Moreno.
While trying to run the ball into the end zone, Manvel wide receiver Terrence Norman fumbled the ball and the Stings took over along with a Maverick personal foul penalty which moved the start of Texas City’s drive to their own 35 as the third quarter expired.
The Mavericks had a punt that went minus-5 yards and the Stings took over at the Manvel 37 early in the fourth quarter.
But once again, Manvel’s defense bailed the Mavericks out when defensive back Cecori Tolds picked off Philip McDaniel and darted up the field to the Texas City 21-yard line.
On the next play running back Donovan Eaglin scored on a run up the middle with 7:13 left in the game.
“That was a great play by Tolds,” Martin said. “I was proud of him. I thought he would take it all the way. But he almost did.”