Dre Massey did his share of damage Friday night, passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 59 yards and two scores in Mauldin’s 48-7 victory against Riverside at The Reservation.
But Massey, the Mavericks’ senior quarterback, had plenty of help.
“We didn’t ask Dre to do a whole lot tonight,” Mauldin coach Lee Taylor said. “We let some of the other guys kind of carry the load, and they did a good job.”
Guys such as senior Beau Craft, who ran the ball nine times for 86 yards with two touchdowns and had two catches for 18 yards.
“Beau’s a versatile player for us,” Taylor said. “He’ll line up at tight end, wide receiver, running back. He was over there joking about running Wildcat a little while ago. He’s very valuable blocking for receivers and catching the ball out of the backfield.”
Sophomore running back Jason Labrador had 10 carries for 77 yards, helping the Mavs improve to 5-3, including 2-2 in Region 2-AAAA.
“We’ve been grooming him Thursday nights on the JV,” Taylor said. “Jason’s one of the strongest kids on the team. We’re trying to work him in on Friday nights, because he’s going to be our back of the future.”
The Mavs got another big game from junior wide receiver Taz Richardson, who had five catches for 123 yards with two touchdowns.
Richardson also returned the opening kickoff to Riverside 16-yard line, and he returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
“I thought I was going to fumble the punt return, because I was bobbling it,” Richardson said. “Then I saw my hole, so I just ran there, and saw another block and just ran off that.”
Mauldin also bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to Gaffney, in which the Indians scored two touchdowns in the final 1:39 to pull out a 63-59 victory. The previous week Dorman rallied from a 34-25 halftime deficit to beat the Mavs 51-34.
“I think our defense needed this tonight, too, after giving up so many points the last couple weeks,” Taylor said. “We made some changes on defense — used some new guys, some younger guys — that really helped us.”