The Fort Bend Marshall Buffs (12-1) meet the Manvel Mavericks (13-0) today on the football field for the first time in 78 days – and the winner earns the Region 3 championship and a spot in the UIL Class 5A-Div. II semifinals. You can hear the game live on vypefortbend.com starting at 1:45PM.
Manvel beat Marshall Sept. 20 at Fort Bend ISD's Hall Stadium, and it was the Buffs' only loss this season. Mavericks' QB Tucker Yarbrough threw three TD passes in a 38-34 win.
This afternoon's game is at Alvin ISD's Freedom Field, where Manvel plays its home games. The Mavs lead their all-time series vs. the Buffs, 3-1, and Marshall's only win was in Sept. 2018 at Freedom. Devon Achane scored seven touchdowns and a 2-point conversion from eight yards out for a 52-51 overtime win.
It propelled the Buffs to a 15-0 season until they met Aledo in the state finals, and lost 55-19.
This will be the end of the very brief but scintillating rivalry between Marshall and Manvel. Because of the UIL's realignment, which occurs every two years to maintain competitive balance based on the enrollment numbers of all public high schools in Texas, Manvel will play football in Class 5A-Div. I for the next two seasons. Marshall will stay where it is, in Div. II. If the two teams play each other in 2020 or 2021, it will be in a regular season, non-district game; they'll be in different playoff brackets.
Roger Smith and James Kowalewski will provide the play-by-play description on vypefortbend.com.
5A-2 Reg. 3 Final: Fort Bend Marshall vs. Manvel
1:45 p.m. Pre-game, 2:00 Kickoff, Alvin ISD
Ft. Bend Crew: Roger C Smith
HOUSTON – One win. That is all that separates teams from booking a trip to Garland, Texas next week for the UIL Volleyball State Tournament.
Regional Semifinals were held on Friday across the state and Houston-area teams were amongst the field fighting for a spot in Saturday's Regional Finals matches.
Check out below how the H-Town teams did and who will be playing who for a spot at state.
Klein downs Prosper
Heading into Friday, it looked like Klein and Prosper were pretty evenly matched on paper. Both squads had stellar juniors who could drop the hammer on the ball.
The biggest difference between the two was the been-there-and-done-that factor. Prosper won the Class 5A State Championship in 2017. On the other side, Klein hadn't reached a Regional Final since 2002.
Klein, which came out of the brutally-tough District 15-6A, in the end had enough to down Prosper in a thrilling 3-2 victory to advance to its first Regional Final in 17 years.
With a win on Saturday, Klein will be heading to its first state tournament since 2002.
@KleinVolleyball is advancing to the regional finals tomorrow! So proud of these girls!! pic.twitter.com/sI5pWd2AID
— Renee Miller (@reneemiller04) November 16, 2019
Fulshear Charges On
Fulshear for a second-straight year will be playing for a spot at the UIL Volleyball State Tournament. The Chargers defeated La Vernia 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-13). Fulshear is still one of the newer programs around the volleyball world but its has taken Class 4A by storm so far.
Fulshear faces Caldwell on Saturday inside the Blossom Athletic Center with first serve set for 11 a.m.
All-Houston 5A Region III Final Set
The Manvel Mavericks have never played in a Regional Final – until now.
With a 3-1 victory over Cedar Park at Delmar Fieldhouse on Friday, Manvel punched its ticket to its first-ever Regional Final where it will face Friendswood.
The Mustangs defeated Leander Rouse in four sets on Friday to advance to their second-straight Regional Final. Last year, Friendswood fell short in the match to eventual Class 5A State Champion Kingwood Park.
If Friendswood wins Saturday's showdown it would punch its ticket to state for the first time since 2013. The Mustangs last made a state title match in 2007 and last won the whole thing in 1994.
REGIONAL SEMI FINAL CHAMPS!!! Beat Rouse in four to move on to the REGIONAL FINALS!! We play Manvel tomorrow at 1pm at Delmar for a trip to the state tournament! 💙🏐🐴 #nopointsoff #bethere pic.twitter.com/KJYARPBymA
— Friendswood VB (@FwoodVolleyball) November 16, 2019
The Woodlands falls short to Plano West
For a second-straight year, The Woodlands will not play in a Regional Final. The Highlanders once again made the trip up to Huntsville to face off against Plano West.
After a heart-breaking 35-33 loss in the first set, The Woodlands never recovered. The Wolves carried the momentum on to win the next two sets 25-22 and 25-21 to complete the 3-0 sweep.
The loss ends The Woodlands' year at 47-6 and puts an end to the phenomenal career of Dylan Maberry, who will now head off to LSU.
Our quest for the throne ended tonight. However, we took with us big victories and even better memories. Thank you to all of our fans who were along for the ride. ❤️🏐💚 pic.twitter.com/47xIgh9Pds
— TWHS Volleyball (@TWHSVolleyball) November 16, 2019
Splendora's Magical Season Ends
Splendora battled to the bitter end. The LadyCats pushed the state's 4th-ranked team in Carthage to a pivotal fifth set. In the end, Splendora fell 17-15 in the final set to lose 3-2, ending its magical year.
Splendora finishes with the most wins in a season at 31 and made its first-ever Regional Semifinals appearance in program history.
Ridge Point, Cy-Fair set to Play
With a pair of sweeps on Friday the Fort Bend ISD vs Cy-Fair ISD regional final is set as Ridge Point and Cy-Fair are set to play at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
To read more on how they got there CLICK HERE