Can anyone challenge the Mavericks? MA cruises past highly-ranked Humphreys

By TAYLOR HAWKINS,

Manchester Academy took a massive step toward finishing the regular season undefeated when they defeated Humphreys Academy, one of the top football teams in the MAIS 8-man league, in convincing fashion on Friday night.

The Mavericks won the game 53-14 to improve to 6-0 on the season.

Manchester received the opening kickoff and began to move the ball, but their drive ended with a strip sack by the Rebels.

Luckily for them, their defense stepped up in a big way, as it has all year, with a turnover on downs on the 28.

A few moments later, Parks Poe scored his first touchdown of the game to give the Mavs a 6-0 lead with 2:17 remaining in the first.

On the first play of the second quarter, Jon Riley Poe added a score on a 35-yard run. Parks scored a 2-point conversion to make it a 14-0 game.

After a quick turnover, the Mavs were at it again, but a screen pass was picked off by HA’s Tucker Wells and returned for a score to cut the lead to 14-6.

Parks Poe scored once again on the ensuing drive with a 35-yard touchdown reception to make it a 20-6 game.

As time expired on the half, Parks Poe struck once again with a 70-yard touchdown run. After the 2-point conversion, it was a 28-6 game at the half.

In the second half, it was all Manchester. The Mavericks added 25 points to their total, while only giving up eight, bringing the final score to 53-14.

The Mavericks racked up a total of 581 yards on offense, a staggering 535 of which came on the ground.

Parks Poe was masterful in the win, rushing the ball nine times for a team-high 168 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and chipped in four tackles to the winning effort.

Manchester Academy head football coach Bryan Dendy was thrilled with how Poe played.

“Parks had a great all-around game for us,” Dendy said. “He ran the football hard all night and did an outstanding job.”

Michael Willams had six carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Dylan Dendy contributed 11 carries for 104 yards. He also had a catch for eight yards and racked up eight tackles.

Jon Riley Poe refused to be outdone by his peers. He led the Mavericks with 10 tackles, rushed the ball eight times for 82 yards and a touchdown, and completed an 8-yard pass.

Greyson Winstead had four carries 58 yards one touchdown, while racking up three tackles on defense.

Staten Greenlee took two carries 8 yards.

Upton Hitt was the leading passer for the Mavs, going 2-for-5 passing for 46 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Tyler Johnson had six tackles, while Cade Potter had four tackles

Matt Carroll and Reid Bain had three tackles.

Luke Ragland had two tackles, while Conner Stevens rounded things out with one tackle.

Dendy was proud of his boy for stepping up when it mattered most.

Now, he’s ready for them to step up again.

“We were proud of our kids’ effort,” Dendy said. “They came out and really played hard. We have a big week this week with Homecoming at Buster Crawford.”

Lee Academy will be coming to town to try to knock off the undefeated Mavericks and play spoiler at Homecoming.

The Cougars are 3-4 on the season after falling 38-28 to Deer Creek this past Friday night.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Manchester