Mavs stay in playoff hunt with 14th straight win over Sam Rayburn
Never in Chris Quillian’s seven seasons as Pasadena Memorial’s head football coach has Veterans Memorial Stadium looked so wonderful, so dreamy.
After three consecutive weeks of playing at Humble ISD’s Turner Stadium and dropping all three, Quillian was more than ready to finally play a game back in Pasadena ISD’s digs.
And apparently so were his players.
Quarterback Sabian Smith along with Austin Franklin and Tylen Bennett all rushed for over 100 yards to go with five touchdowns as the Mavs cruised to a 48-0 victory over winless Sam Rayburn.
It was the greatest night for Memorial’s defense in a long, long time. Why? It was the first shutout thrown by the Mavs since Aug. 26, 2016 when they blanked College Park 21-0, a streak of 26 straight games in which the Mavs allowed points.
“Anytime you play an option offense, you can’t simulate that real good in practice anyway. As the game went on, we got better at stopping them. They took the ball away from us. That’s what we’ve been trying to do with folks the last couple of weeks,” Quillian said.
Just the ninth shutout in the program’s 15-year history, Memorial raised its winning streak on Sam Rayburn to 14 in a row.
The 48-point margin of difference was Memorial’s most lopsided win over the Texans in the 15-year history of the series, breaking the old record of 44 points set just last year.
Rayburn, which suffered its fifth shutout, tying the school record that the 1971 team had been holding down for the last 46 years, only trailed 7-0 well into the second quarter.
But when Rayburn wasted an outstanding 15-play possession, ending with a 35-yard field goal try that sailed wide left, the Mavs finished six of their next seven possessions with touchdowns.
The Mavs needed just five plays to cover 80 yards and it was culminated with a Franklin 39-yard romp around left end.
After a successful two-point play made it 15-0, Jaylen Beverley, Memorial’s short yardage man, capped off a 28-yard scoring march with a five-yard run and 9:29 left in the third. Beverley also scored the first touchdown, a one-yard run less than two minutes into the contest.
The rest was academic. Smith, who rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns, scored the next two touchdowns, one from 14 yards and the other from 19.
Bennett, who finished with 166 yards, scored the final two touchdowns, one from 37 and the other from 21.
“He’s a little different back than Austin is. They give us a pretty good one-two punch,” Quillian said.
In all, Memorial finished with 513 yards of offense, 453 of that from the ground game. Sam Rayburn could only muster 175 total yards, 78 of those yards coming during the 15-play drive.
GAME NOTES: Memorial upped its all-time Pasadena ISD record to 45-13 with the victory, while raising its PISD winning streak to 10 straight. … It was Memorial’s third shutout in the series with Rayburn, but the first in a decade. The other two came in 2007, a 41-0 score and in 2008 with a 30-0 victory. Each time Memorial shuts out the Texans they go on to earn a playoff berth. Is Friday’s shutout a sign?