Manchester Academy’s Mavericks kicked off their entry into the world of 8-man football with a bang in the form of a 44-20 win over Marvel Academy on Friday night.
The win brought the Mavericks’ record up to 1-0, undefeated on the short season thus far.
Manchester Academy football coach Bryan Dendy was thrilled by the effort he saw out of his team.
“I thought we played hard,” Dendy said. “Our guys put forth the effort we expected out of them. Our coaches did a good job coaching them up. It was good to go ahead and get a win.”
The Mavericks jumped on Marvel early in the contest. They were able to put up 22 points to Marvel’s six in the first quarter of play.
The game got a bit tighter in the second quarter. Each team was able to put eight points, bringing the halftime score to 30-14 in favor of Manchester at the half.
Marvel refused to give an inch in the third quarter. They matched Manchester’s six points with six points of their own, making it a 36-20 game with a quarter left to play.
Manchester put the finishing touches on their season-opening win with a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter, bringing the final score to 44-20.
According to Dendy, the game plan was simple: dominate the line of scrimmage and hit the holes hard.
The Mavericks did just that.
“We wanted to establish the run right away,” Dendy said. “We did a good job with that. Our backs did a great job running hard and hitting the holes. Marvel was an excellent football team.”
Parks Poe led a strong offensive effort with 13 rushes for 97 yards with three touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. Poe also chipped in three tackles and an interception.
Michael Williams had 11 carries for 91 yards and a 2-point conversion.
Dylan Dendy ran the ball 11 times for 82 yards with two touchdowns of his own. Dendy also chipped in five total tackles and an interception.
Jon Riley Poe rounded things out with seven rushes for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Blake Coghlan also had five total tackles in the victory.
Hayes Bardwell chipped in two total tackles and a sack.
The Mavericks will return to action on Friday night when they face off with North Sunflower Academy.
The Rebels kicked off their season with a 48-0 loss to Delta Streets Academy.
Despite NSA’s big loss in week one, Dendy still believes they pose a major threat, particularly in the trenches.
“North Sunflower is really big up front,” Dendy said. “We’re going to try to establish the line of scrimmage, but again, they’re a really big team. They’ve got a really good football team.”
Manchester will host North Sunflower on Friday night at 7 p.m.