Edwards Carries Mavs to Victory in OT Thriller

Senior RB Logan Edwards carried the ball 36 times for 322 yards and 5 touchdowns versus TL Hanna on Friday night, and the Mavs needed every inch as they narrowly defeated the Yellow Jackets 43-37 in double overtime.

Hanna received the opening kick-off, but the Mauldin defense forced a quick 3 and out and the Mavs took possession at their own 30.  Edwards rushed for 17 yards on his first carry and 41 yards on the opening drive, scoring on a 4 yard run to give the Mavs a 7-0 lead.  After the defense forced another punt, the Mavs marched down the field with 30 yards rushing from QB Drequan Harris and anopther 41 yards for Edwards who capped the drive with a 1-yd TD plunge to extend the lead to 13-0. 

On their third possession, Hanna would find the end zone on a 37-yd TD run to cut the Mavericks lead to 13-7.early in the 2nd quarter.  The teams would exchange punts before Jonathan Castle extended the Mavs lead to 16-7 with a 20 yard field goal.  Hanna would answer with a 14 yard TD pass late in the quarter to make the score 16-13 at the half.  Edwards would have 18 carries for 160 yards and two scores at the half, pretty good night for most but he was just getting started.

The Mavericks opened the 2nd half with the ball, but after three plays and a loss of 12 yards, the Mavs were pinned deep in their own territory and on fourth down the punt was blocked out of the back of the end zone for a TL Hanna safety making the score 16-15.  The Yellow Jackets marched the ball to the Mavs 13 before having to settle for a FG attempt, that was blocked by the Mavs, preserving a thin one point lead for Mauldin.  From their own 15, the Mavs turned to Edwards who gained 7 yards on his first carry, and on his second burst through the left edge for 78 yards and another touchdown.  Mavs regained a 23-15 lead, but it wouldn't last.  Hanna matched Edwards big play with a 73 yard passing TD and the 2-point conversion tied the game at 23.

On 3rd and 5 on the ensuing possession, Drequan Harris found Taz Richardson (7 catches for 93 yards) for a 55 yard catch and run at the end of the 3rd quarter.  Edwards would finish off the drive with a 5 yard TD run.  Hanna marched right back to the Mavs 16 yard line, when linebacker Jonathan Strubel forced a fumble recovered by the Mavericks.  Mauldin missed an opportunity to seal the game and was forced to punt which led to a 56 yard TD pass from the Yellow Jackets to tie the game.  The Mavs had one last chance to win as Jonathan Castle set up for a game winning 29 yard FG, put pressure up the middle let Hanna block the kick and send the game to overtime.

In the first overtime, the Mavs opened with the ball and Edwards carried the ball on all three plays, finishing with a 2-yd TD run.  Hanna answered with a 1-yd TD and the game went to a second overtime.  The Mavs defense made a huge defensive stand as Zeb Sneed forced a tackle for loss on 1st down.  After an incompletion on 2nd down, Strubel recorded sacks on 3rd and 4th down.  The Mavs turned to Edwards who gutted the Hanna defense for 9 yards on first down.  Jason Labrador finished the game with 1 carry for 1 yard and the game winning TD.