JV Mavs Hang On 14-12 at Riverside

Mavs Hang On 14-12 at Riverside

09/24/2013, 11:00pm EDT
By @MavsMauldin

Mauldin traveled to Riverside for their first road contest of the season and narrowly escaped with a 14-12 victory.  Riverside took the opening kick-off and turned a 3rd and 13 into a 65 yard TD run to take an early 6-0 lead.  The Mavs would answer on their opening possession.  Mitchell Norman would hit Will Groves for 49 yards on a 3rd and 17.  On the next play Norman would find Shawn Livingston for 18 more yards, setting up Norman for a 2 yard TD run.  On the 2-pt attempt, Norman would hit Cam'ron Jackson on a slant for the conversion and what turned out to be the difference in the game.

The Mavs would march their second possession down to the 14 yard line only to be stopped on downs to open the 2nd quarter. Riverside would capitalize by marching 87 yards to take the 12 - 8 lead.  The Mavs would answer when Norman found Cam'ron Jackson for a 26 yard TD strike and the Mavs held a narrow 14-12 lead at the half.

In the 2nd half defense reigned supreme.  The Mavs would eat up almost 6 minutes of clock marching the opening drive down to the one yard line only to have a fumbled snap cost them as they turned the ball over on downs.  Riverside would march to its own 10, before James Snipes fell on an errant pitch for a fumble recovery on 4th and 2 early in the 4th quarter. The Warriors would force a quick punt and return the ball inside their own 20, but the Mavs defense would hold strong forcing negative yards and a 4 and out.  Jake Tribble came up from his corner position to force a 4-yd loss. From there, the Mavs turned to the power running of Cris Paez to melt the clock and seal the victory.  Paez rushed for 55 of his 120 yards on the final possession eating up the final 4:30 off the clock to secure the victory and move the Mavs to 2-0 on the season!

Mitchell Norman went 6 for 9 for 117 yards and a TD passing and added a rushing score.  Plus, Mitchell's 2-pt conversion to Jackson was the difference in the game.  Rahjai WIlson and James Snipes each recorded five tackles.

The Mavs travel to Wade Hampton to face the Generals next Tuesday at 6:00 pm.  Go Mavs!