Football gets Big Win At Spartanburg

Mavs Get Big Win at Spartanburg

11/02/2013, 12:45am EDT
By @MavsMauldin

As the regular season winds down and playoff seedings are on the line, the Mauldin Mavericks traveled to Wofford College to take on the Spartanburg Vikings and come home with an impressive 56-42 win.

The Vikings took the early 7-0 lead on a 25 yard passing touchdown.  Mauldin would answer when Dre Massey scored from 8 yards out to make it 7-7.  Spartanburg scored the next 14 points after blocking a Maverick punt to set up a 4 yard scoring run and the Mavs found themselves down 21-7 on the road early in the game. 

Massey would find CJ Thomas for a 9 yard score to cut the lead to 21-14 early in the 2nd quarter.  After the defense forced a punt, Mauldin would go 91 yards in 16 plays to cut the Vikings lead to 21-20.  Ronald Cespedes would keep the score at 21-20 at half catching an interception while lying on his back at 6 yard line at the end of the 2nd quarter.

Spartanburg took the opening possession of the 2nd half and increased their lead to 27-20.  Sophomore Jason Labrador would score his first Varsity touchdown of the season to tie the game at 27.  Two plays later the Vikings were back on top 35-27.  On the ensuing kick-off Dre Massey would record the longest touchdown in Mauldin history when he raced 99 yards to make the score 35-33.  Nate Patterson would close the 3rd quarter by giving the Mavericks their first lead of the night when he stepped in front of a pass and returned the interception 35 yards for a score and a 41-35 lead.

The Vikings muffed the kick-off to start the 4th quarter and freshman Zeb Sneed recovered the fumble.  Massey hooked up with Taz Richardson on the very next play for a 32 yard TD and a 49-35 lead.  Two possessions later Rashun Gupton would snare an interception, the fourth Vikings turnover of the day.  Jason Labrador would score his second TD of the day from a yard out to give the Mavericks a 56-35 lead.  Spartanburg would tack on a late TD, but Mauldin would recover the onside attempt and secure the 56-42 victory in Region-II AAAA play.  The win moves Mauldin to 6-4 on the season and 3-3 in the region.

Dre Massey thre for 187 and two scores, while rushing for 96 yards and two scores.  He also had the 99 yard kick-off return for a touchdown.  Jason Labrador added 91 yards and two scores on the ground.  CJ Thomas and Taz Richardson each caught a touchdown.  The Mauldin defense forced three interceptions with Nate Patterson's INT return for a TD giving the Mavs a lead they would not relinquish.

Mauldin travels to Boiling Springs next Friday to wrap up their regular season. Go Mavs!