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Reload...not Rebuild: Don't count out the 2018 Manvel Mavericks

(PHOTO: Lloyd Hendricks)

Unlike many Manvel teams in the past, the 2018 Manvel Mavericks have faced adversity twice in the early season.

The Mavs have been defeated twice this season by a combined three points.

The first loss came against the Crosby Cougars in a late game thriller that saw the Cougars win on a last second throw to the endzone.

The second came from the Marshall Buffalos. The Mavs and the Buffs battled it out for four long quarters, only to be tied up at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Buffaloes captured the win on a gutsy two-point conversion.

These two losses have made many people wonder if this is the end of Manvel’s historic rise to the top of 5A football in Texas.

What they might not take into consideration is that the Mavs have been in this spot before.

In 2015, Manvel finished the regular season 8-2 with losses to Westfield and Pearland. That same season the Mavericks went all the way to the Regional Finals, only to lose to the Katy Tigers.

If this year’s team follows the footsteps of their alumni, they could very well find themselves advancing to the Regional Finals and maybe beyond.

Manvel’s Layden Robinson, Garrison Johnson, Kori Roberson, Ladarius Owens and Jermaine Brown

The 2018 Mighty Manvel Mavericks are lead by seniors Kori Roberson (DE), Josh Coltrin (QB), Ladarius Owens (RB), Garrison Johnson (RB), Justin Valenzuela (WR), Eric Hebert (WR), Noah Haygood (DB), Devon Roush (LB), Layden Robinson (OT) and TJ Hardison (DT).

This group of talented young athletes is amongst the hardest working groups Manvel has ever seen.

The running back duo of Owens and Johnson might be the most underrated backfield in all of Texas.

Owens leads the two in rushing yards with 688 on 70 caries, while Johnson has 588 yards on 63 carries.

In the touchdown column Johnson leads the dynamic duo with 14 rushing TD’s, Owens is right behind him with eight (As of 10/12/2018).

The Mavs are fueled with one goal in sight, win State.

It’s the one thing that has alluded Manvel in the past. They’ve been to the title game twice, once in 2011 and another last year in 2017.

Last year’s tear-jerker to Highland Park is widely considered as one of the greatest State Championship games of all time.

The Mavs want nothing more than to get back to AT&T Stadium and become the first Manvel football team to win the big game.

In short, Manvel should not be worried.

They are still the big, fast, physical team they used to be. They have the talent and depth to go walk into Jerry World an capture that UIL gold.

If we can learn anything from Manvel’s past it’s that they don’t rebuild they reload.

Joey Allender is a student at Manvel HS and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school...


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