MANSFIELD TIMBERVIEW 45, MAGNOLIA WEST 28 Mustangs’ playoff run comes to an end
WACO — Mansfield Timberview rushed for more than 400 yards and played stout defense when it mattered the most to earn a 45-28 victory over Magnolia West in a Region II-5A (Div. I) area playoff game on Friday afternoon at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Wolves (7-5) were led offensively by junior running back Stacy Sneed, who collected 284 total yards (189 rushing, 95 receiving) and scored three touchdowns. With the triumph, Timberview advances to the regional quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. The Wolves will face either Highland Park (11-0) or College Station (9-2) — a pair of defending state champions who will square off on Saturday — sometime next week.
“It’s nice, and it’s good for the kids,” Timberview coach James Brown said of the victory. “We’re super young with 17, 18 sophomores on the varsity, and I think 9 or 10 of them start, so it’s huge for the kids and our program to just keep it moving.”
Magnolia West (9-3), meanwhile, wrapped up another successful season under third-year head coach J.D. Berna. The Mustangs finished second in a tough District 8-5A and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year.
“This group of seniors is very special,” Berna said. “They’ve won 25 football games in three years. This senior class, most of them started as sophomores, so they’re special to me and to this coaching staff. We came in, and those guys bought into me and to our philosophy and just kind of flourished a little bit with it. Super proud of those guys because they’ve worked super hard.”
Timberview put the first points on the board early as Montaye Dawson caught a short pass from Jordan Davis and raced 54 yards. The score was set up by a fumble recovery by Damarius Issac after a mishandled snap by the Mustangs.
Magnolia West responded on the ensuing drive when quarterback John Matocha hit Seth Hayes down the right sideline on a 40-yard score. Hayes, who is also the Mustangs’ starting kicker, was forced the leave the game later in the quarter after falling hard on his shoulder.
Timberview scored twice more before the end of the opening period to grab a two-score lead at 21-7. Sneed found paydirt on an 18-yard run with 1:38 to play, and Dawson raced 93 yards to the house as time expired for the second touchdown.
“I just think we were able to get on the edge a little more than I thought we could early,” Brown said. “Our speed has been pretty effective for us all year. Our starting quarterback went down a couple of weeks ago, so we’ve been kind of forced into a little bit of Wildcat (formation) stuff, and forced into some things we weren’t completely comfortable with early. But over the last two weeks, the kids have really come on and done a good job with it.”
Bema said the Mustangs threw the ball well.
“I thought we moved the ball around and made some plays, but we were just inconsistent in some crucial times in the game,” he said. “Coming out for the second half, they kicked it off to us, and it’s an opportunity to go down and put some points on the board and tie it up, and we didn’t make that happen.”