With 30 more student-athletes to spare, yet unfathomably somehow in the same state classification as the Santa Fe Indians, the Manvel Mavericks were able to overcome a risky first quarter to blow out the Indians, 48-17, Friday night at Alvin Memorial Stadium.
The Mavericks marched downfield on the first drive to eventually end a 67-yard drive when Kason Martin found Terrence Norman Jr. for a 13-yard touchdown.
Manvel led 7-0, when Santa Fe senior Jose Avila sacked Martin for a 5-yard loss, leading to a Manvel punt.
The Indians used some trickery on their next drive when senior tight end Josh Blankenship threw a pass to freshman Tristan Cundiff, setting the Indians up at the Manvel 22-yard line.
Blankenship finished off the drive on fourth down, hauling in a pass from junior Nathan Kruger.
Senior Kenneth Williams made the extra point, and the Indians were tied with state-ranked Manvel with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
Trying to keep the momentum going was senior Tyler Martin who picked off a pass deep in his own territory to stall a Manvel drive.
The momentum would quickly fade as the Indians lost a fumble, leading to a scoring drive by the Mavericks, capped off by a 2-yard run by Warren Laster, and the Indians trailed, 14-7.
On their next drive Manvel’s Quincy Lewis tiptoed the sideline from 29 yards out to give Manvel a 21-7 lead.
With a stable of running backs to spare (and the Mavericks spared none), Garrison Johnson picked up a touchdown of his own, running in from 59 yards out, to take a 28-7 lead to halftime.
Santa Fe would be outscored 20-3 in the second half until Kruger found Blankenship again for a late touchdown pass from 7 yards out to cut the lead to 48-17.
Blankenship led the way for the Indians, hauling in seven catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Santa Fe looks to finish the season on a high note against Fort Bend Marshall at 7 p.m. next Friday.