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Temple Faces Big Challenge From Undefeated Manvel

Manvel QB Kason Martin (Photo by Casey Chancellor).
Manvel Mavericks (13-0) vs. Temple Wildcats (10-3)
Saturday, December 3 – 8:00 p.m.
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas

The final game of a quadrupleheader at the home of the Dallas Cowboys pits undefeated Manvel against Temple.  The two teams meet in the Region III Class 5A Division I finals.

Last week, the Mavericks halted Cedar Park’s 28-game winning streak with a 47-35 victory.  Manvel jumped to a 40-21 halftime lead which the Timberwolves closed to 40-35 early in the fourth quarter.  But the Mavericks put the game out-of-reach with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Kason Martin to Arik Bennett less than a minute later.

In the contest, Martin threw for 390 yards and four touchdowns with 25 completions in 39 attempts.  His scoring tosses covered 18 yards to Keylon Stokes, 19 yards to Caleb Jolivette, 53 yards to Jalen Preston, and the 39-yard clincher to Bennett.  For the season, Martin has passed for 3,216 yards with 45 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Stokes paced the receiving corps in the contest with 10 catches for 107 yards and also returned a kickoff 66 yards for a score.  In 2016, the senior wide receiver has totaled 71 receptions for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Manvel relies more on the pass than the run and spreads the carries among several running backs.  Jolivette leads the Mavericks in rushing for the season with 538 yards on 67 carries with six touchdowns.  Against Cedar Park, he gained 27 yards on seven carries.

Temple thrashed Port Arthur Memorial 39-7 in its regional semifinal contest.  The Titans jumped to early 7-0 lead on Kary Vincent, Jr.’s 55-yard gallop, but the Wildcats played relentless defense the remainder of the contest, holding Memorial to 34 yards on its other 31 rushing plays and producing two safeties.

Reid Hesse tossed three first-half interceptions, but they resulted in zero points for the Titans.  Hesse finished the game with 318 passing yards and a 45-yard touchdown pass to D’Yonte Heckstall with an 18-for-37 effort.  Zaccheus Johnson snared six receptions for 143 yards, and Jemiyah Franklin returned a free kick 80 yards for Temple’s first touchdown.

In 2016, Hesse has thrown for 2,978 yards and 18 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.  Franklin leads the Wildcats in rushing with 1,033 yards on 160 carries including 10 touchdowns, and Heckstall heads the receiving list with 49 catches for 815 yards and four touchdowns.  Johnson follows closely with 43 receptions for 801 yards and five touchdowns.

Temple and Manvel originally agreed to play at the San Antonio’s Alamodome, but the venue had already booked games scheduled for 2 and 6 p.m. next Saturday.  Other games on tap at AT&T Stadium for December 3 include Denton Ryan vs. Colleyville Heritage (10:30 a.m.), Allen vs. Duncanville (2 p.m.), and DeSoto vs. Cedar Hill (5:30 p.m).

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