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Mavericks get first win at Blazers' expense

September 05, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

CLEAR SPRING -- Clear Spring had the advantage it wanted at home winning the toss and receiving the kickoff.

But things immediately went astray as the Blazers lost a muffed short kick, somewhat of a first-half microcosm for Clear Spring.

That mistake, along with another later in the first quarter, were key ingredients that went toward a 28-7 loss to Manchester Valley, the first-ever victory for the Mavericks following an 0-10 debut in 2009.

"We had some poorly timed mistakes," said Clear Spring coach Craig Bathgate. "We knew their kicks would be short. There was inexperience that showed."

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Manchester Valley set up shop at the Clear Spring 32 and scored on a 7-yard sweep right by Nick Frock, the first of his three touchdowns.

Late in the first quarter, Clear Spring began a drive from its own 27 and dutifully moved to the Manchester 23, where Adam Mellott found Tylar Habel on a route, only to have Habel lose the ball at the 1-yard line with Kyle Cavey returning it 34 yards.

Manchester took that turnover and produced a drive that Frock finished with a 4-yard score with 6:53 left in the first half.

After a quick three-and-out by Clear Spring, the Mavericks made it 21-0 with 17 seconds remaining when Frock scored again from the 4, using a nifty cutback to his left into the open.

Clear Spring got on the board with 9:47 left in the fourth quarter when Mellott hit Habel on a 15-yard pass. Mellott had hit Elwood on a 17-yard play and Ryan Aaron on a 33-yard pass to set up the score.

Mellott finished 10 of 23 for 217 yards passing, five ging to Elwood for 90 yards.

"Adam threw the ball well," said Bathgate.

But Clear Spring could manage only 36 yards on 19 carries. Mike Etzel had 60 yards on 14 carries.

"We had 50-, 60-yard drives but we'd make a mistake and that hurt," said Bathgate, "just too many costly errors."

What also hurt was possession of the football by Manchester Valley.

The Mavericks ran 71 offensive plays from a triple-option spread that produced 413 yards, a big number that was needed as they were flagged 17 times for 134 yards.

"We expected it, but that was a tough option to defend," said Bathgate. "We waited too long to defend the play."

Frock picked up 100 yards rushing on 22 carries for Manchester Valley. He was injured in the 2009 opener against Clear Spring and missed the remainder of the season.

Manchester Valley 28, Clear Spring 7

Man. Valley 7 14 0 7 -- 28

Clear Spring 0 0 0 7 -- 7

MV--Nick Frock 1 run (Alex Elliott kick)

MV--Frock 4 run (pass failed)

MV--Frock 4 run (Dominic Frank run)

CS--Tylar Habel 15 pass from Adam Mellott (Mike Sensenbaugh kick)

MV--Chad Nazelrod 3 pass from Frank (Elliott kick)

MV CS

First downs 17 10

Rushes-yards 56-203 19-36

Passing yards 108 210

Comp-Att-Int 10-15-0 10-23-1

Total yards 71-413 42-246

Punts-Avg. 3-31.3 1-12.0

Fumbles-Lost 3-0 3-2

Penalties-yards 17-134 3-24

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Manchester Valley: Nick Frock 22-100; Luke Fernandez 19-88; Dominic Frank 10-4; Sam Evans 1-1; Kyle Cavey 3-6; Colton Wilder 1-4. Clear Spring: Mike Etzel 14-60; Sam Elwood 1-3; Adam Mellott 4-(minus 27).

PASSING--Manchester Valley: Sam Evans 8-11-0-78; Dominic Frank 2-4-0-30; Clear Spring: Adam Mellott 10-23-1-217.

RECEIVING--Manchester Valley: Luke Fernandez 3-24; Chad Nazelrod 2-14; Marty Windisch 1-27; Kyle Cavey 1-9; Nick Frock 1-21; Dominic Frank 1-6; Nick Cappadora 1-7. Clear Spring: Sam Elwood 5-90; Tylar Habel 2-38; Donald Shilling 1-37; Ryan Aaron 1-33; Sam Adams 1-12.

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