by Coach Robert Beynaerts
The JV Black football team opened up district play Thursday night against Deer Park. From the opening snap, the game would include physical hits on all levels of the game. Unfortunately, the Mavs couldn’t quite finish drives on both sides of the ball and fell 14-0. Despite the scoreboard saying otherwise, the young Mavs took huge strides forward Thursday night. The offense had its most offensive production fall just short of the end zone multiple drives. The ground game would finish with 98 yards rushing thanks to Everett Epps and the determined offensive line. Perhaps the big surprise of the evening was the resurgence of the passing attack. Hayden Stallings and Roger Orrellano combined for 65 yards in the air going 5 for 9 with no INTs. Abel Aguirre and newly acquired Darrius Carr both provided sure-handed grabs at pivotal moments of the game. The Mav defense led by Greg Carringer, Isias Rodarte, and Gilbert Partlow, came up big all night and put an exclamation mark on the second half with a long INT return by Partlow. “We challenged them at halftime to go out and finish drives. We felt like there were plays on 3rd and 4th down that we didn’t make in the first half, and these kids made the plays in the second half,” said Special Teams Coordinator and DLine- Coach Stoughton. The Mavs will travel to South Houston on Wednesday at 4:00 pm
by Jacobson Joseph
The JV Teal Lost to Deer Park yesterday by a score of 27-0. The Mavs had trouble securing the football on offense with 2 fumbles lost. Lack of execution on offense and poor tackling on defense pretty much sums up the night for the Teal. Players who stood out were linebacker Ayden Blackmon and free safety Gabriel Roca with 5 tackles a peace and a sack for Blackmon. On Offense, running back Joshua Giraldo got things going early in the first half with some tough running. On the offensive line, Isaac Gutierrez did a great job blocking. The Mavs played well in the first half but it wasn’t good enough to overcome Deer Park in the second half. The JV Teal will play the South Houston Trojans next week.
by Coach Terry Garza
The Memorial Mavericks Freshman A Team entered Thursday Night’s game with a 2-2 Non-District Record. Opening District with the #11 Ranked Deer Park Deer would be no easy task. Coming into the game as a 13 point underdog, the Mavs knew they would have their hands full. Falling behind early 12-0, the Mav’s scored on a 12-yard scamper by Joe Luis Reyes. After that, yards were hard to come by. Great Special Teams effort was given by Carlos Amaya with his consistent Kickoffs, pressuring punts, and a 32-yard Field Goal. Jamal Robinson also excelled in Special Teams and was always around the ball on Defense. Jaelyn Nowlin led the offense with great blocking, as did Brian Tapia. Shawn Armstrong had some nice tackles defensively. Said Offensive Coordinator Terry J. Garza, “Look, we knew what we were getting into when we came to Deer Park. We knew we would have to be at our best, and that just wasn’t the case tonight. We are going to do a better job of preparing, practicing, and making some adjustments to get us back on track.” The Mavericks will take on an always tenacious South Houston Trojan Team next week.
by Kaylon Melancon