He was quick to deflect the attention, but there was no denying Tyrek Malveaux’s impact on Comeaux’s 36-10 win over Crowley on Friday at Spartan Stadium.
After all, Malveaux finished the contest with 152 rushing yards, five touchdowns and a two-point conversion to his credit,
“All the credit goes to those guys,” said Malveaux said. “This is a first for me, and I couldn’t have accomplished this without their effort.”
Comeaux coach Kevin Magee certainly had no trouble praising his senior running back.
“That’s just Tyrek being Tyrek,” Magee said. “He is the guy who always wants the ball and wants to win.”
After getting the first game cancelled due to Hurricane Isaac, the Spartans improved to 1-0, while Crowley dropped to 1-1.
“These kids were hungry to get out there,” Magee said. “They were so eager to play. It was obvious to us that this was our first game, but after coming out a little sloppy, we settled down and put in a solid performance.”
The Gents entered the contest coming off of an impressive win over the Patterson Lumberjacks in which running back Danny Malbrough had a career evening.
Crowley won the toss and quickly got to work with a balanced attack. Dual-threat quarterback, Andre Mills, provided a few highlights on the opening drive, marching the Gents 80 yards down the field, capping the drive off with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Chanz Moore.
Not to be outdone, Comeaux took the ensuing kickoff out to the Crowley 42 where they began its own ground attack. Malveaux led the charge capping off a scoring drive with a 21-yard scamper into the end zone.
After a few exchanges of possession, Crowley’s Moore used his legs to, once again, work his way into Comeaux territory, eventually finding himself in the end zone after a 2-yard touchdown run. After a missed PAT, the Gents took a 13-7 lead into the final minutes of the half.
With the clock winding down, Spartan quarterback, Travis Southard, urged the Comeaux offense into Crowley territory and took over the lead on series of strong runs by James Guillory and Malveaux.
Comeaux took a 14-13 lead into the locker room at the half.
Both offenses seemed to come out a little flat to begin the second half, trading possessions with little progress between exchanges.
After a strong defensive effort by Crowley, Comeaux’s Trevor Vincent launched a punt, deep from his own end zone. Crowley was not able to handle the kick, muffing the punt and turning it back over to the Spartans on the CHS 22.
“I know how important it is to have them begin drives deep in their own territory,” Vincent said. “It gives our defense the best chance to succeed.
“I really credit my father and his encouragement for me to begin playing soccer at an early age. It’s really helped me develop as a kicker.”
This momentum was all that Malveaux needed as he broke off a 45-ytard run for another score.
In an attempt to answer, the Gents drove down the field in impressive fashion, only to fumble.