Business as usual...Manchester continues to crush the competition

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

Manchester Academy is one step closer to the playoffs after defeating Lee Academy of Arkansas 52-16 on Friday night.

This win brings Manchester's record to 8-0 for the season, and maintains their rank at number one.

Despite the windy and chilly weather that set in on Friday evening, the Mavericks were able to rock the house and show Lee Arkansas what a top ranking team looks like.

Coach Bryan Dendy said that the Mavericks gained 415 yards on offense in this game, with 249 of those yards rushing, and 166 passing.

The Manchester boys showed out in the first quarter by scoring 30 points, and then scored another 16 in the second, bringing the total on the scoreboard to 46 points by halftime and allowing zero points to be scored by Lee Arkansas.  The Mavericks started to slow down a bit in the third quarter, allowing Lee Arkansas an opportunity to add 8 points to the board.  Both teams fought hard to finish out the 4th quarter of the game, adding 8 points each to the board, but Manchester still had the upper hand, and took the victory with a score of 52-16.

Leading the team on rushing in this game was Greyson Winstead, who had 3 carries for a total of 88 yards and scored one touchdown for the Mavericks. Parks Poe came in next with 7 carries for 46 yards, and also scored a touchdown.  Dylan Dendy made a mark with 4 carries for 17 yards, and scored a touchdown, while Jon Riley Poe contributed with 2 carries for 49 yards and also scored a touchdown. Michael Williams rushed for the Mavericks with 3 carries for 36 yards, and Staten Greenlee also helped out with 4 carries for 9 yards.

Upton Hitt had an outstanding passing game on Friday, throwing 4-4 for a total of 118 yards on offense and scored 2 touchdowns for Manchester.  Jon Riley Poe also passed 1-1 for 48 yards and scored a touchdown for the Mavericks.

Receiving for Manchester in this game were Ty Kilpatrick, with one catch for 36 yards and a touchdown; Parks Poe with one catch for 48 yards and a touchdown; and Dylan Dendy with one catch for 28 yards. Tres Paul stood out in this game by receiving 2 catches for 54 yards, and scored one touchdown.

Leading on defense in this game was Greyson Winstead, who had 4 tackles and one interference. Other Mavericks who contributed to the successful defense in this game were Dylan Dendy and Tyler Johnson with 5 tackles each, Cade Potter with 4 tackles,and Parks Poe with 3 tackles.  Jon Riley Poe stood out with two tackles and an interference.  Conner Stevens also had one interference in the game, while Staten Greenlee had two tackles, and Luke Ragland had one.

"We would like to thank all the people that came out and supported our school and our team," Dendy said. "It was a great atmosphere."

Coming up next, the Mavericks will face Sharkey-Issaquena Academy in their last home game of the regular season this Friday, with kick-off starting at 7 p.m.