Mavericks open season with 62-0 win

Manchester Academy celebrated their first home game by dominating West Memphis Christian School 62-0 in their season opener.

The Mavericks began the game with plenty of heat, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter alone, leading the Black Knights 30-0. 

Manchester continued to steam-roll West Memphis up and down the field, preventing the Black Knights from breaking through and gaining very little yardage. 

The Mavericks scored twice more in the 2nd quarter, and by halftime had garnered a lead of 44-0 over the Black Knights. 

The West Memphis boys continued to battle into the third quarter, despite multiple errors and being outmatched by the Mavericks on both sides of the ball.  They were still falling behind with a with a score of  50-0.

The clock continued to run as the Black Knights gave one last shot at running the ball in the 4th quarter, but they were no match for the Mavericks, who continued to run up the score. 

It was in the last play of the game when Connor Stevens really put on a show for the home team. With only a few seconds left on the clock, West Memphis was nearing their endzone and were preparing to score, when Stevens intercepted a pass and ran it all the way back to the Maverick endzone, weaving across the field through a sea of defenders, and making that final touchdown.  The Mavericks won with a landslide victory of 62-0 over West Memphis.

Manchester gained a total of 304 yards in this game, with 15 carries and 183 rushing yards, and 121 yards passing.

Aside from Connor Stevens’ 102-yard interception return for a touchdown, Upton Hitt also stood out as quarterback being 2 for 2 in passing with 121 yards and two touchdowns in this game.

Michael Williams ran 33 yards on 2 carries and scored a touchdown for the Mavericks. 

Parks Poe ran for 23 yards on three carries. 

Jon Riley Poe stood out in the game with 2 touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.  He also is credited with 3 carries and 28 yards rushing, and one catch and 58 yards receiving. 

Greyson Winstead earned 52 yards on 2 carries and scored 2 touchdowns for the Mavericks. 

Staten Greenlee also stood out on the field with 6 carries over 48 yards, and scoring 2 more touchdowns for Manchester.  Dylan Dendy was a force on defense for the Mavericks with 4 tackles and a fumble recovery, and also had one catch on offense with 63 yards and one touchdown. 

Last but not least Tyler Johnson made a big effort on the field with 4 tackles of his own which slowed down West Memphis.

"We thought our kids came out and played hard," said Manchester's Head Coach Bryan Dendy. "It was a great opportunity for all of our kids to get playing time."

Dendy said that this week the Maverick's will travel to face the "well-coached and really talented" team at Marvell Academy.

"They are ranked #3 in the state," he said. "It will be a challenge for us on the road."