by: Rusty Maynard, EastlandSportsPage.com
With a packed stadium full of some of the greatest fans in Texas expecting a true, classic matchup between two ranked teams, the Mavericks were able to erase a 21-0 deficit early in the game to pull out the victory and improve to 3-0 on the season. The heart and determination of these guys to never give up, being down multiple times during the game, is a testament to the great coaching staff and parents we have in Eastland. The Mavericks finished the night with 640 yards of total offense, with 322 of that coming on the ground. A lot of the credit goes to the offensive line. McKennon Cecil, Tyler Adams, Grandle Thompson, Clay Brewer, Ty Gosnell, Cruz Cervantez, Jaxon Stone, Dylan Miller, and Braden Blackwell, who all played a part in creating huge holes, leading to multiple touchdowns.
Grandview got off to a quick start with Jordan Martinez taking the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. The Zebras followed that up with two more scores, one on a blocked punt return for 30 yards by Rhett Van Zandt and the other on a 1 yard touchdown pass from Zach Smith to Colby Lee. With 6:46 left to go in the 1st, the Mavericks cut the Grandview lead to 21-15 on a 1 yard touchdown run by Josh Moylan, followed up by a successful 2 point conversion pass to Jeremy Finley. Mason Thayer found the end zone on a 9 yard touchdown pass from Moylan to finish the first quarter scoring for both teams.
The Zebras struck quickly again to start the 2nd quarter on a pair of touchdown passes from Smith to Goldwater and Lee, but the Mavericks dominated the final 8:10 of the 2nd period with 4 straight scores to go in at halftime leading 43-35. Moylan, who has now had 3 straight big games and well deserving of another player of the week honor, found Caleb Honea from 17 yards out for the Mavericks first score of the quarter. In between 2 rushing touchdowns, one of them coming after a Zach Carlton interception, Moylan capped off the 1st half scoring with a 20 yard touchdown pass to Samuel Joiner.
The 3rd quarter went back and forth as both teams scored 2 touchdowns a piece. Moylan opened up the scoring with a 31 yard touchdown run, putting the lead at 50-35. The Zebras answered with a 25 yard Peyton Mahan touchdown run to trim the Maverick lead to 50-43, after a successful 2 point conversion. The Mavericks marched down the field again, this time with Brant Bailey scoring on a 16 yard touchdown run. Mahan added another touchdown run to finish the 3rd quarter scoring, with the Mavericks leading 57-50.
Moylan found Matthew Majors from 26 yards out, 8 seconds into the 4th quarter, but a failed PAT made the score 63-50. After a short touchdown run by Martinez for the Zebras to make it 63-57, Grandview recovered the onside kick and Martinez took the ball 19 yards on the very next play to give the Zebras back the lead, 64-63.
The Mavericks answered again (as they did all night) with another touchdown pass from Moylan to Majors with 5:48 to play and take back the lead, 69-64, after a failed 2 point conversion attempt. The Mavericks sealed the deal, coming off a successful onside kick recovery of their own by Easton Sanderson and great blocking by the offensive line allowed Moylan to run time off the clock and finish the scoring for the night with a 23 yard touchdown run, making the final score Mavs 76, Zebras 64.
Josh Moylan finished the game with 318 yards passing and 5 touchdowns to go along with 217 yards rushing and 5 more touchdowns.
Grandview hurt themselves with 19 penalties for 146 yards, falling to 2-1 on the season.
Much of the talk was how our prolific offense would stack up against a tough Grandview defense, I think 76 points and 640 total yards of offense answered that question.
The Mavericks will look to go 4-0 on the season as they travel to Goldthwaite next Friday to take on the Eagles. Kickoff starts at 7:30.
First Downs 26
322 Passing Yards – 318
Josh Moylan – 318 yards passing and 217 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns
Samuel Joiner – 69 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Zach Carlton – 20 yards rushing
Brandt Bailey - 16 yards rushing, 1 touchdown
Matthew Majors – 104 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
Mason Thayer – 80 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Josh Gosnell – 40 yards receiving
Caleb Honea – 17 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Tyler Adams--8 PATs