MANOR — Twelve months ago, the Manor Mustangs came to Killeen and cost Shoemaker a shot at school history. But in 2015, the Grey Wolves were up to the task of going to the Manor ISD Stadium and returning the favor.
Behind the big play duo of junior quarterback Jaiden Spivey and junior wide receiver Tyri’K Barnes, along with the normal Shoemaker stingy defensive effort, the Grey Wolves dominated the Mustangs 21-6 on Friday.
“Our plan was to come out here and hit them hard from the start,” Shoemaker senior linebacker and defensive end Rahssan Thornton said. “Don’t give them any room to get anything. Don’t give them leverage, hype, anything.”
The win makes this the first Shoemaker team to begin the season 2-0 since 2005.
Spivey and Barnes connected for touchdown passes of 24, 81 and 48 yards while Shoemaker allowed just 315 yards of offense and 11 first downs.
“We did it on the road against a very good football team so we’re excited about that,” Shoemaker head coach Channon Hall said. “We’ve got some hard games on the road in district, so this is very important to come in here, show up and play a good football game.”
The Mustangs (1-1) came to Leo Buckley Stadium last season and scored 16 points on five Grey Wolves (2-0) turnovers to beat Shoemaker 26-18.
“It feels great, it feels real good,” Spivey said. “It was really just motivation, pregame motivation.”
Spivey completed 7 of 15 passes for 169 yards. Four of those passes went to Barnes for 153 yards. Zakerrius Walker was Shoemaker’s top rusher with 53 yards on 10 carries.
“It feels awesome,” Barnes said. “Shoemaker never did it before and it’s good to see that we can do that.”
Spivey and Barnes provided the Grey Wolves with both fireworks and points in the first half.
Facing fourth-and-2 from the Manor 23, Spiver lofted a pass on the left side as Barnes was coming out of a double move. Barnes hauled the ball in at the 10 and coasted in for the first score of the game.
“It was really improvising,” Spivey said about the first touchdown. “A great connection between me and Tyri’K. It was a great play.”
“Telepathy,” Barnes joked.
The duo connected early in the second quarter as Barnes took a pass from Spivey down the left sideline and blew by the Mustangs defense, racing down the sideline 81 yards for the touchdown.
The scores came in a span of 3 minutes, 2 seconds of game time to put Shoemaker ahead 14-0 early in the second quarter.
The Grey Wolves defense did its part to send the team into the locker room at halftime with a lead.
The Mustangs had just 115 yards of offense in the first half, punted three times, and converted on just one of 10 chances on third and fourth down.
Spivey’s third touchdown pass to Barnes capped a seven-play, 65-yard scoring drive and put Shoemaker ahead 21-0 with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter.
The Mustangs got on the scoreboard with a couple of big plays early in the fourth quarter as Manor quarterback Jonathan Gaston connected with Jamaal Collins for a 21-yard reception to set up a 29-yard touchdown strike to Camryn Harrison and get the Mustangs on the board midway through the fourth quarter.
“They wanted this win, they deserved it against a very, very good football team that coach (Sadd) Jackson has in Manor,” Hall said.
Shoemaker’s defense closed things out by forcing two turnovers-on-downs on Manor’s final two drives and Thornton came up with the final sack deep in Manor territory with less than a minute left.
“We had a conversation before the game and our coach said all we have to do is do our job,” Thornton said. “We have everybody we need, just do our job and we’ll see progress.”
Shoemaker looks to avenge another loss from last season when they host Round Rock Cedar Ridge on Thursday.
“We can’t celebrate it for long because we’ve got another game on Thursday,” Barnes said. “We’ve got to get set for that game.’