MAVERICKS OPEN WITH 17-10 WIN OVER PINE TREE
PHOTO CREDIT: LES HASSELL, LONGVIEW NEWS JOURNAL
The Marshall Mavericks (2-2) opened District 15-5A play with a hard-fought 17-10 road win over a determined Pine Tree (2-2) squad Friday night in Longview at Pirate Stadium.
The victory avenged last season's loss to PT that snapped Marshall's 25 game district winning streak that had dated back to 2016.
The Mavs piled up 315 total yards on the night with 162 coming on the ground and 153 through the air.
Running back JQ Davis ran wild for 153 yards on 23 carries with a TD while QB Michael Olvera had 162 yards passing going 11-20 and also tossing a TD.
Marshall jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter while a stingy defense kept the Pirates in check most of the first half.
PT kicked a 40 yard field goal late in the half to cut the Marshall lead to 14-3 just before the intermission.
The Pirates cut into the Marshall lead again late in the third quarter with a touchdown to make it 14-10 with 3:00 left in the period.
Mav kicker Buck Buchanan increased Marshall's lead to 17-10 late in the third quarter.
In the fourth...Marshall's defense saved the game, while the offense got some critical first downs to preserve the win.
PT marched inside the Mav 5 yard line with just over 5 mins left in the game, down by 7. But a stellar goal-line stand kept the Pirates out of the end-zone after 4 consecutive stops.
Marshall then drove 92 yards all the way down to the PT 4 yard-line; looking to clinch the win.....BUT...a fumble kept the game alive for the Pirates.
A few plays later... an interception by Marshall ended the PT threat and allowed the Mavs to run out the clock after advancing inside the PT 5 again.
Marshall improved to (1-0) in district play and will now return home for just their second home game of the season to host Jacksonville for homecoming.
LADY MAVERICK VOLLEYBALL TEAM BEATS LONGVIEW IN KEY 15-5A MATCH
The Lady Mavs beat Longview in three straight sets Friday afternoon to remain in the middle of the district title race.
Marshall improved to (3-1) in district 15-5A play with the victory, but also (21-11) on the season.
Texas High is in first place at (5-0) and (21-10). Sulphur Springs is in second place at (3-1) but has the edge over the Lady Mavs with their win.
Marshall will travel to Mount Pleasant on Tuesday and then return home for a critical match against Texas High.
DISTRICT 15-5A STANDINGS
Texas High (5-0)
Sulphur Springs (3-1)
Mount Pleasant (0-4)
Pine Tree (0-4)
The JV team also beat Longview Friday in three games, while the Freshman team fell to the Lady Lobos in two games.
JACKSONVILLE UP NEXT FOR MAVS IN 15-5A RACE
Marshall (2-2), (1-0) will finally return to the friendly confines of Maverick Stadium this Friday as they prepare to host the Jacksonville Indians (1-3), (1-0) for Homecoming festivities.
It will mark only the second home game for the Mavs in spite of being a month into the season.
Marshall won their home opener in week 3 over 5A-Div I McKinney North 41-29.
Jacksonville will enter Maverick Stadium coming off of a dominating 49-20 win over Hallsville.
The Indians are averaging a little over 29 points per game on offense.
They are also surrendering 35.7 PPG on defense.
Marshall defeated Jacksonville last season at the Tomato Bowl 36-21 in an offensive battle.
Meanwhile Marshall's defense is surrendering 19 PPG.
The Maverick offense is averaging 16.2 PPG overall, but that jumps to 29 PPG with Olvera under center.
Go to the GAMEDAY tab on the top menu to get match-ups and stats headed into this game.
HOW ARE THEY DOING?
A LOOK AT HOW MAV OPPONENTS ARE FAIRING
The New Caney Eagles, who Marshall lost to in the season opener 23-7, suffered their first loss of the season Friday night with a 35-6 loss to state ranked A&M Consolidated. The Eagles are (3-1) on the season.
Longview, whom Marshall lost to 14-0 in week 2.... got a 56-28 win over West Mesquite Thursday night. The Lobos are (4-1) on the season).
McKinney North continues to struggle defensively after falling to Tyler High 35-18 Friday night. The bulldogs are (1-3) on the season.
MAVERICKS EARN 629TH PROGRAM WIN WITH VICTORY OVER PINE TREE FRIDAY NIGHT
The 17-10 victory over Pine Tree Friday night recorded the 629th win for the Maverick Program since its inception in the early 1900's.
Marshall currently ranks #43 in the state of Texas for all classifications in wins. More than 1,300 schools play football in Texas.
The Mavs rank #12 in wins for class 5A.
LINKS OF INTEREST
2021 MAVERICK SCHEDULE
9-5A DIVISION II STANDINGS
DISTRICT RACE UNDERWAY
District 9-5A Division II officially got underway Friday night.
Texas High overcame a slow start offensively that saw MP lead 13-9 early in the contest. The Orange Tigers then exploded for 35 unanswered points for the big win.
Nacogdoches jumped out to a big lead over WH and held on for the 9 point win over Whitehouse. Nac snaps the 5 game losing streak to the Wildcats.
Marshall jumped out to a 14-0 lead over PT and used a stingy defense that had a 4 play goal-line stand inside their own 4 yard-line to preserve the 7 point win. Marshall is 7-0 at Pine Tree Stadium.
Hallsville gave up over 40 points for the third time in four games this season.... 35 has been the least they have surrendered in a game (45.2 PPG). Jacksonville is averaging 29.5 PPG.