Achane leads top-ranked Marshall past Manvel

September 24, 2018

Devon Achane would not be denied.

The junior athlete, who already holds a Houston offer, supplied all seven of Fort Bend Marshall’s touchdowns Friday — five rushing while playing quarterback and two on kickoff returns.

But his biggest scores were two 2-point conversions.

The first ensured the game went to overtime, despite Garrison Johnson’s 18-yard TD run with 1:13 left in regulation, and the second sealed a dramatic 52-51 win over the Mavericks at Freedom Field.

“I took it to another level,” Achane said.

“I had to step up for my team. They needed me, and they called on me, so I had to do what I had to do.”

Achane finished with 210 yards and five TDs on 24 rushes.

He returned kickoffs 88 and 73 yards — both coming only seconds after Manvel scored, stealing the momentum back.

“Devon Achane is an amazing kid, and such a humble kid — great kid — and as you saw, a special athlete out here,” Marshall coach James Williams said. “He put a team on his back (Friday) vs. a great team.”

Achane even completed a 28-yard pass to Dalevon Campbell in OT on his only pass attempt, setting up his 1-yard TD run. Manvel scored first in OT, with Johnson notching his fourth rushing touchdown, so, with Manvel leading 51-50 after Achane’s score, the Buffalos opted to go for the win.

They didn’t change their minds after an illegal procedure penalty either.

On the conversion, Achane rolled right, trying to find a receiver, then scrambled back inside for the winning points.

“We had to (go for it),” William said.

“Defense wasn’t getting it done (Friday). The offense was doing a great job all evening, so we put it I their hands and said go get it.”

The win was Marshall’s first over Manvel, and both were state-ranked.

Marshall (4-0, 2-0) came in at No. 6 in the Associated Press Class 5A poll, and Manvel (2-2, 1-1) was No. 10.

“It’s a great accomplishment, and we’re going to celebrate this one,” Achane said.

Johnson finished with 148 yards and four TDs on 20 rushes for Manvel, and LaDarius Owens added 121 yards and one TD on 20 carries.

But, just like in a 49-47 loss to Crosby, the Mavs came up short in the final seconds.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Johnson said. “It’s our second loss of the year. But right now we’ve got to work on a lot of stuff, offensively and defensively.”

It was a wild first half.

The Buffalos carried a 29-21 lead into the locker room, despite giving up nearly 300 yards in the first half. But they were stingy in the red zone, forcing Manvel into two turnovers on downs and a field-goal attempt kicker Luis Moreno couldn’t get off, keeping the Mavs from running away.

And it was a track meet at one point — with five consecutive possessions resulting in TDs in the second quarter.

They came fast and furious in the first quarter, too.

After quarterback Josh Coltrin’s 17-yard pass to Jude Mayon for the game’s first score, the Buffalos answered 19 seconds later, with Achane returning the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a TD.

That was the start of a busy first half for Achane.

Kacey Barnett started at quarterback but only played receiver in the second quarter, and with Austin transfer Malik Hornsby still ineligible, Achane moved under center for the rest of the first half.

Then he ran for TDs of 5, 31 and 33 yards on three consecutive series.

“I’m in awe of these kids,” Williams said. “They found a way. It wasn’t a perfect game. It’s two really good staffs, two really good character teams, fighting hard for this, and it’s great to come out on the positive side of it.”

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