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Mavs Need Record Night to Defeat Boiling Springs

11/09/2013, 2:15pm EST
By @MavsMauldin

Mauldin's offense has been setting school records and they would need another team record to defeat Region-II AAAA foe Boiling Springs, most points in a game!  The Mavericks racked up a school record 83 points and 697 yards of total offense (also a school record) to hold off the Bulldogs 83-70.  The two teams combined for 153 points and more than 1300 yards of offense as both schools were jockeying for playoff position in the final game of the regular season.

The Bulldogs opened the game with an onside kick recovery, but the Mauldin defense held inside the red zone keeping Boiling Springs off the board.  The Mavs offense would get things going right away as they marched 85 yards, highlighted by Dre Massey's 41 yard run.  Massey found CJ Thomas for a 20 yard score and the 7-0 lead.  The defense forced a 3 and out on the second Bulldogs possession and Mauldin extended the lead to 14-0 on Massey's 13 yard scramble.  Boiling Springs cut the lead to 14-7 to end the first.

On the first play of the 2nd quarter Massey rushed 2 yards for the 21-7 lead.  The Bulldogs Daniel Thompson threw his second TD pass to cut the lead to 21-14, but the Mavs offense was unstoppable and Massey found Jason Labrador in the corner of the endzone from 12 yards out on 3rd & 10 for his second TD throw.  Two plays later Thompson threw his third TD of the game and the Mavs held a 28-21 lead.  On the ensuing drive Massey converted two 4th and shorts to keep the drive alive before finding Thomas for a 27 yard TD.  Boiling SPrings 4th TD throw would keep the back and forth going, the Mavs clinging to a 35-28 lead.  With :56 seconds left in the half, Mauldin moved the ball 45 yards and Massey hit Taz Richardson to extend the lead to 42-28 at the half.

At halftime, Massey already had 145 yards rushing and 177 throwing while accounting for four scores and his night was far from over!

Boiling Springs would open the 2nd half going 80 yards and converting a 4th & 7 for an 18 yard TD.  Leading 42-35, the Mavs were finally stopped as Massey had to punt the ball away, pinning Boiling Springs deep with a 44 yard quick kick.  The Mavs defense responded after a Tony Wideman sack forced the Bulldogs to punt, protecting the one score lead.  Massey and the offense would get back on track as he raced 22 yards for a score to extend the lead to 49-35.  Two plays later Thompson fired another TD pass.  Massey answered the two play Bulldog drive with a one play, 65 yard TD run and a 56-42 lead.  Boiling Springs again cut it to 7 until Jason Labrador raced 20 yards to keep the Mavs up two touchdowns, 56-42 after the 3rd.

In the 4th quarterbacks Thompson and Massey exchanged short TD runs on each teams opening possessions.  Massey's 4 ayrd run gave Mauldin a 70-56 lead and set Mauldin High's single game scoring record.  Thompson would answer with a 50 yard bomb, followed by a 23 yard TD throw.  Massey would score his sixth rushing TD on the next possession from 34 yards out.  The Mavs Jake Terry intercepted Thompson as the Bulldogs were driving and Massey scored from 9 yards out, his 7th rushing TD of the game and a new school record (also his 11th TD of the day with the 4 passing).  Mauldin would go up 83-63.  Boiling Springs would find the endzone one last time before running out of time.

Dre Massey ran the ball 29 times for 354 yards and the 7 rushing touchdowns.  Through the air he was 19/24 for 210 yards and 4 scores.  CJ Thomas reeled in nine of those throws for 138 yards and two scores.  Taz Richardson added eight catches for 53 yards and a score.  Jason Labrador caught one pass for a 12 yard TD and rushed the ball 18 times for 98 yards and a score.

WIth the win the Mavs improved to 7-4 and finished in a 3-way tie for 3rd in the difficult Region-II AAAA.  The win vaulted Mauldin to a 10 seed and they will travel to Sumter to open the Class AAAA State Playoffs on Friday.  Go Mavs!