Mustangs eye berth in state semis
father’s deployment, said he exchanged e-mails with his father, but once went four months without being able to communicate with him. Hutchinson was able to talk with his stepfather on the phone.
Molette “couldn’t take” some of the stories his father had told him about Afghanistan, but his father insisted his son needed to focus on his own wellbeing.
“I had to grow up,” Molette said.
Eric Rivers, Hutchinson’s stepfather, told his stepson that as long as the family was fine, he would be fine, too.
“I try to keep my head up,” said Hutchinson, who plays on special teams and is a third-down pass rusher for a Manor defense that has allowed 18.2 points per game. The Mustangs also have forced eight turnovers in the playoffs.
The Mustangs — who are trying to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history — have been led offensively by junior running back Tyrone Owens, who has rushed for at least 135 yards in each of his past six games. But a receiving
UIL state quarterfinals
Cedar Park (11-2) vs. San Antonio Brennan (13-0), late Friday
Westlake (9-4) vs. Plano West (9-4), 2 p.m. Saturday (Waco ISD Stadium)
Georgetown (13-0) vs. Nederland (12-1), 3 p.m. Saturday (Berry Center, Cypress)
Rouse (9-4) vs. Corpus Christi Flour Bluff (13-0), 7 p.m. Saturday (Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos)
Manor (10-3) vs. Fort Bend Marshall (13-0), 8 p.m. Saturday (Alamodome) corps anchored by Molette and fellow senior Kelton Evans has given Manor other offensive options, too. Mustangs quarterback Chris Johnson has thrown for 16 touchdowns this season, and there are five Manor receivers who have at least 26 receptions.
“It kind of makes our offense a little difficult to stop at times, “said Jackson, whose team has won eight straight games. “Every one of those kids (has) got the capability of making plays.”
With the holiday season approaching, Molette said the Manor coaches have been asking the Mustangs what they want for Christmas. The answer: state championship rings.
“The W.A.M.M. Nation train, everyone wants to be a part of it now,” said Molette, using the team acronym for “We Are Manor Mustangs.”
“We have a chance to win state and we all believe that.”
The stepfather of Manor’s Denzel Hutchinson (left) and the father of Rodney Molette recently returned from Afghanistan. Molette holds an Army dog tag that he wears each game.