Deveaux, Marvin Ridge defense lead Mavericks past Parkwood

Marvin Ridge receiver Michael Freeman looks for running room. (Photo by Greg Arthur)

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By the Numbers

2 Marvin Ridge had two interceptions against Parkwood.

51 Jason Stricker hit a 51-yard field goal for the Mavericks.

90 Carson Cross intercepted a Parkwood pass for a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown.

183 Yards rushing for the Mavericks against Parkwood.

Caleb Deveaux rushed for two touchdowns and the Marvin Ridge defense came up with two first-half interceptions as the Mavericks rolled to a 48-6 victory over Parkwood Friday night in a Southern Carolina Conference game.

Carson Cross came up with the play of the game when the junior stepped in front of a pass by Parkwood quarterback Austin Burns and raced 90 yards for a touchdown that gave Marvin Ridge (7-0, 3-0 SCC) a 14-0 lead with 7 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first half.

Myles Hunt ended Parkwood’s first drive of the game when the senior came up with an interception at the Mavericks’ two.

Marvin Ridge head football coach Aubrey Carter said Cross’ interception change the complexion of the game.

“It was a big momentum shift,” Carter said. “They were driving and it was just a 7-0 game. To pop one and score one on defense was a big shift of momentum. That carried us through. Forcing two turnovers is always a big deal.”

Deveaux finished with 81 yards rushing on nine carries and his four-yard scoring run on the Mavericks first possession of the game gave Marvin Ridge an early 7-0 lead. Deveaux also had a 35-yard touchdown run that gave Marvin Ridge a 21-0 lead three minutes before halftime.

Marvin Ridge finished with 183 yards rushing as eight different Mavericks touched the football. Caleb Woodley added 49 yards rushing on eight carries for Marvin Ridge.

Quarterback Bryce McLain rushed three times for 39 yards and the senior was 10-of-17 passing for 79 yards and one touchdown. Backup quarterback Jake Cameron was 3-of-6 passing for 39 yards.

Senior tight end Devin Powell had six catches for 53 yards while Michael Freeman had two catches for 38 yards. Sean Brown had four catches for 28 yards.

Marvin Ridge took a 24-0 lead at halftime after Jason Stricker hit a 51-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.

“I couldn’t tell from the sidelines if it was going to sneak in,” Carter said of the 51-yard field goal. “It looked like it would have been good from 60. He ripped it pretty good. That was his first career kick over 50. For him, it is a big deal. For us to score before halftime helped us carry the momentum through.”

Alejandro Lopez had a 31-yard field goal for the Mavericks.

Will Smith led the Mavericks’ defensive charge with nine tackles while Deveaux added six stops.

“Defensively, we adjusted to some of the stuff they were showing early,” Carter said. “I thought the guys played extremely hard and they got to the football.”

Marvin Ridge travels to Cuthbertson on Friday, Oct. 13. The Mavericks also still have Weddington (home), Sun Valley (away) and Charlotte Catholic (home) left on the schedule.

“We know what we have got in front of us,” Carter said. “That part of the schedule, we are going to have to play clean football. There are no off weeks in this conference.”

Scoring Summary

Marvin Ridge 48, Parkwood 6

Marvin Ridge 7 17 14 10 48

Parkwood 0 0 0 6 6

First Quarter

MR – Deveaux 4 run (Lopez kick), 9:20

Second Quarter

MR – Cross 90 interception return (Lopez kick), 7:36

MR – Deveaux 35 run (Stricker kick), 2:52

MR – Stricker 51 FG, 0:00

Third Quarter

MR – Nanna 9 run (Lopez kick), 7:05

MR – Freeman 29 pass from McLain (Lopez kick), 2:08

Fourth Quarter

PW – Benton 7 run (Kick failed), 10:04

MR – Woodley 1 run (Stricker kick), 6:32

MR – Lopez 31 FG, 1:59

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at